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.
You must bring your passport and visa.
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.
The next orientation event will begin on Monday 18 March and will finish on Wednesday 20 March. Orientation will take place at the OPAIC campus.
You must register at the campus at any time between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Thursday 14 March and Friday 15 March. If you are not in the country on those dates, you can register on Monday 18 March between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
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.