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Discover what student life is really like at the University of Otago with the Pacific On-Campus Experience

A group photo of young Pacific people in school uniforms gathered outside the University of Otago Pacific Islands Centre

Pacific On Campus Experience 2023 – Recipients outside the Pacific Islands Centre on Otago's Dunedin campus.

  • Attend Dunedin Tertiary Open Days
  • Visit academic departments and meet our amazing academic support staff who'll be there to support you if you come to Otago
  • Meet current students

Why Otago?

This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about how the University of Otago could be the place for you to study and call home.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS, 2019)
  • The University of Otago Pacific Peoples' Entrance Scholarship
  • Impressive academic support for Pacific students
  • Outstanding graduate employability with 95% of our graduates going straight into work or further study
  • Academic excellence by being ranked New Zealand's top university for educational performance (Tertiary Education Commission Educational Performance Indicators)
  • Amazing facilities and ranked one of the world's most beautiful campuses
  • Thriving Pacific student community:
    • 1,365 Pacific Students enrolled in 2022
    • 175 Pacific first-year students awarded scholarships
    • 256 Pacific graduates in 2022

When is the Pacific On Campus Experience (POCE) and what are the application details?


Sunday 26 May to Monday 27 May 2024


Covers all expenses (travel, accommodation, programme activities and meals)

Who can apply

Year 13 students of Pacific heritage

Applications close

5pm Friday 22 March 2024

Interested? Apply today

The competitive application process involves:

  • Reference from School Principal
  • Write a 500 word essay on: NCEA – My plan on how to achieve excellence at the end of the year
  • NCEA L2 School results summary or alternative if non NCEA

Make sure you have:

Students must seek parents' permission first.

Apply now

To find out more, contact:

Programme Co-ordinator

Tel +64 3 479 8278


Checklist of requirements for trip (DOCX)

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