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What to expect on your first day

Please be at the Language Centre by 8.45am.

What do I need to bring?

  • Your passport and visa including your eVisa letter
  • Evidence of meeting admissions conditions as specified in your Letter of Offer
  • Lunch money

What happens when I arrive at the Language Centre?

  • Please report to the reception desk upon arrival and present your passport and visa including your eVisa letter to the staff behind the desk.
  • If there are enrolment conditions in your Letter of Offer, please give the staff evidence of you meeting the conditions.
  • You will be given a Registration Form which you should complete in pen and your photo will be taken and put on our database.
  • You will also be given a small piece of paper with your ID number written on it. You will need to take this paper with your passport to the ID Card Office who will take your photo and give you an ID card which you can use to access University of Otago facilities.


Placement test

  • After completing the paperwork, you will be taken to a classroom where you will be given an English placement test. Once the test is completed, teaching staff will grade the test and place you in a class with other students who are at a similar proficiency level to you. There is a maximum of 18 students per class.

Meeting our staff

  • After completing the placement test you will have an orientation to the Language Centre, which includes meeting our Student Support Officers. You will be given a welcome pack and a brief overview of the services available at the Language Centre. You will also be given your class timetable and books in the afternoon before your classes start.
  • View a sample timetable

What to do with your free time

  • There are microwaves and lunch area on the first floor of our building and a cafe right next door. We have a library on the first floor too with a great selection of books, computers and DVD's for your self-study and entertainment so you won't get bored when you have some free time!

Getting home

  • Your day will end around 04:00 pm and your homestay parents should pick you up or you should have arranged your own way home.

More questions

  • During your first week the Student Support Officers will talk to you about banking, visa application / renewal, insurance claim, dealing with homesickness, ID cards, study and life in New Zealand, and relevant policies. They offer support and help when you need it during your time at the Language Centre.

If you have any questions about your first day at the Language Centre please contact us on:

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Otago Language Centre.