Otago Polytechnic

International Student Support

International admissions

Tracie Stevenson-Wright is the International Admissions Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring your application is processed.

Contact Tracie:

International support

Yvonne Fogarty and Sheena Roy are the International Student Advisors and are here to help you settle into Dunedin and support you during your studies.

Contact Yvonne or Sheena :                        

International Study Abroad & Exchange Coordinator

Elizabeth (Liz) White is the International Study Abroad & Exchange Coordinator. She can assist with any queries relating to studying at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand under a study abroad or student exchange contract.

Contact Liz:

Student Success team

The Student Success team are based on the Dunedin Campus. They are available to talk to in person, via phone or email anytime.  They can help you with any personal problems and study issues as you settle into life at Otago Polytechnic.

Contact Student Success:

Student Liaison Advisors

Our Student Liaison Advisors are out in the world meeting prospective students and their parents, providing advice and discussing study options.

If you would like to find out more about studying at Otago Polytechnic or would like a referral to an agent in your country, contact a Student Liaison Advisor:

Kerrie Hodgson
International Market Manager - Japan

Yuan Pei
International Market Manager

Click here for a list of International Market Managers based at our Auckland International Campus.  

Career support

Patricia Quensell is our Career Practitioner who can help with career and study planning. Patricia is based on the Dunedin Campus, but is available via phone or email to provide career and study guidance. 

Contact Patricia: 

Disability support

We offer support tailored to your individual needs. This may include classroom note-takers, readers/writers, tutors, equipment, adaptive technology, orientation and liaison with lecturing staff and community agencies.

Contact Disability support: 


Counselling services are available to help you work through any issues you may have while studying at Otago Polytechnic.

There are four counsellors on the Dunedin Campus, available to see students between 8.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. This is a free service.
Student Health Centre, Harbour Terrace, M Block, Dunedin Campus

International +64 3 479 6082
New Zealand 0800 762 786

Central Otago
If you’re a student studying in Central Otago and would like to book an appointment to see a counsellor, please contact the Otago Polytechnic Central Otago Campus.

International +64 3 445 9900
New Zealand 0800 765 9276 

If you’re studying in Auckland, you will have an academic mentor who will meet you at the beginning of your study and at least every four weeks to discuss your progress and provide guidance. We also have a student support team that can help you with anything relating to your stay in New Zealand.

International +64 9 309 0301
New Zealand 0800 111 212 

Online counselling 
A counsellor is available Monday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm for a Skype or phone appointment.

New Zealand 0800 762 786 between 8:30am - 5:00pm weekdays and ask for Student Health

You will be asked to provide your Skype address and phone number. If a phone call is required, the counsellor will ring you at your appointment time. 

  Learning Advisors

The Learning Advisors offer learning support services to all enrolled students. Services include:

  • One-on-one appointments with a learning advisor
  • Facilitated study groups and tutorials
  • Peer tutors
  • English grammar and language development
  • Hand-outs and study cards
  • Online information.

Contact the Learning Advisors:
International +64 3 477 3014
New Zealand 0800 762 786 

  Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association (OPSA)

Visit OPSA

Students are the heart of Otago Polytechnic’s culture. As a student, it is vital you have an independent organisation to represent and promote your views and interests.

OPSA provides a huge range of quality services and facilities to safeguard your welfare and ensure you have a successful study experience. OPSA is run by students, for students. It offers advice, assistance, representation, advocacy and student events, and will protect your rights so you can spend time focusing on your studies.

The Students’ Association manages a range of services including:

  • ID and discount cards
  • Free phones and microwaves
  • Financial and personal advice
  • Cheap phone cards and DCC rubbish bags
  • Photocopying, binding and laminating
  • Student Job Search
  • Gym and recreation facilities
  • Clubs and social sports.

Contact OPSA

S Block, Cnr Harbour Terraace and Union Street
International +64 3 477 6974
New Zealand 0800 762 786


Find out about places of worship or talk to someone who can understand your spiritual needs. Our experienced Chaplain can help you with a range of issues including homesickness, grief and blessing flats. Based in Dunedin, our Chaplain is available via phone or email for students based on other Campuses.

International +64 3 477 3014
New Zealand 0800 762 786

  Worship and religion

Many faiths are practiced and respected in New Zealand. Dunedin has facilities and places of worship for Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and other major faith groups. There are many faith-based groups that students are welcome to join on their arrival. Many are based at the nearby Otago University, and can be located through OUSA Clubs and Societies.

  Polykids Childcare Centre

Polykids Childcare Centre provides quality early childhood education and care for children up to five years of age. Spaces are limited and we strongly advise contacting Polykids when you apply for your programme of study.

Forth Street (opposite Otago Polytechnic Campus), Dunedin 
+64 3 479 6169

  Student Health Centres


Located on our Dunedin Campus, the Student Health Centre provides the same services offered by your family doctor. It also promotes health education, and offers health screening tests, nutrition advice, vaccinations and some minor surgery options. The cost is $15 or free if you have a current Community Services card.

Harbour Terrace, M Block, Dunedin Campus
International +64 3 477 3014
New Zealand 0800 762 786


Cromwell Medical Centre 
+64 3 445 1119
190 Waenga Drive, Cromwell

Junction Health
+64 3 445 4588
1A Traders Lane, Cromwell


Aspiring Medical Centre
+64 3 443 1226
Wanaka Lakes Health Centre
23 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka


Queenstown Medical Centre
+64 3 441 0500
9 Isle Street, Queenstown


Please contact the Auckland International Campus for advice regarding recommended medical centres in Auckland.

International +64 9 309 0301
New Zealand 0800 111 212

  In an emergency

In an emergency, please follow all instructions for emergency evacuations, whether it is a practice drill or real. Note that Otago Polytechnic has regular evacuation fire drill practice. 

Follow all instructions for emergency evacuations whether practice drills or real. Note that Otago Polytechnic has regular evacuation fire drill practice.

Evacuation procedure  

On the continuous sounding of the alarm:

  • All occupants must evacuate the building in an orderly manner via the stairwell or nearest designated exit. The lift must not be used. 
  • All doors should be closed when the area is clear. 
  • Occupants should assemble in a designated area clear of the building. 

Refer to evacuation plans displayed in hallways and classrooms for assembly points. 

Occupants must not return to the building until an all clear is given. The all clear is usually given by intermittent short bursts of fire alarm sounder, or as instructed by the Building Warden or the Fire Service.

Earthquake evacuation procedure

  • Stay where you are.
  • Move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover and hold on.
  • If inside, get under a heavy piece of furniture or a doorway, or stay low alongside an inside wall. Keep away from windows.
  • If in a lift, stop at the nearest floor and get out.
  • If outside, stay outside and keep clear of buildings and power lines.

Who to contact in an emergency:

New Zealand 0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014

Andy Westgate
Senior Advisor in Health, Safety and Wellness
International +64 3 474 8468
Mobile +64 21 735 439