Arrival & Orientation


New students will be met at Dunedin Airport by an International Department staff member and transported to their permanent or temporary accommodation arrangements.  It is important that flight and arrival details are provided to the School at least two weeks before arrival and any changes to flight plans are provided immediately.

For urgent notifications after travel is underway, please ring or text the Director of International Students, Tel +64 21 799 469.


Orientation Programme

Each student will receive an individualised orientation programme which will take place during the first few days of school.  If you arrive early some things can be completed before the first day of School. The orientation programme will cover the following aspects:

  • organisation and fitting of uniform items, including both day and physical education uniforms.
  • photo taken and production of a student ID card
  • setting up a bank account and advice on handling cash and making purchases
  • setting up a prepay phone account and updating contact information
  • purchase of Go Bus Card and advice on the use of buses
  • login information for School wifi access and access to other electronic resources
  • final selection of subjects and timetable and explanation of how the School timetable works
  • introduction to KAMAR, the School student management system and use of the student portal
  • provision of textbooks and exercise books
  • tour of the School and familiarisation with classrooms, toilets, library and recreational facilities (current students to help)
  • taking a short English and/or Mathematics exams so we can gauge your ability and place you in the right classes.


What to bring on Day One

Please come to the International Department on the ground floor of the Shand Building by 8.45am with:

  • your passport
  • student visa letter (if applicable)
  • your lunch (if you are in homestay)
  • a pen and pencil


Information On Life As An International Student

Before you leave your home country we recommend that you look at the NauMai NZ, a useful online resource covering living and studying in New Zealand.