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When you first arrive at Otago Polytechnic, you will take part in an orientation programme. The Auckland campus orientation takes place over three days for undergraduate students and four days for postgraduate students. It will introduce you to your new study environment.

It is important for students to attend orientation because it is an opportunity for you to learn about the services, facilities, and support available to students.

The first day of orientation will include introductions from academic and professional staff. You will also hear presentations from New Zealand Police and The Asian Network Incorporated.

The following days will include an introduction to your programmes and lecturers, an IT induction, and a workshop about employability.

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What should I bring to orientation?

You must bring your passport and visa.

How will orientation help me?

At orientation you will:

> Finish your enrolment in your programme

> Meet the support people and learn about the services available

> Meet and make friends with other international students

> Get answers to any questions or concerns you have about being a student at Otago Polytechnic, so you can successfully start your studies

Where and when?

The next orientation event will begin at 9.15am on Tuesday 16 October. It will finish on Thursday 18 October for undergraduate students and Friday 19 October for postgraduate students. The first day of activities will take place at The Maritime Room, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Quay Street, Auckland. Students will be on campus for the remaining days. 

 Maritime Museum Map



You must register at the campus at any time between 9.30am and 3.30pm according to your programme of study below:

If you are not in Auckland for the above dates, your last chance to register will be on Monday 15 October.

Registration will take about 30 minutes, and you can receive your ID card at the same time. Please come to Level 7, Room 709, to register. 

Please bring your passport, visa details and your insurance plan (if you have one). If you do not already have an insurance plan in New Zealand, you will have the opportunity to sign up for Southern Cross travel insurance during registration (or you may choose your own insurance provider).

You can also request a proof of address letter during registration as you will need it to open a bank account in New Zealand.

You will need to have a bank account to apply for an IRD number.

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