Jocelyn Pietro - “Making Dunedin Home”


Jocelyn Pietro

Jocelyn Pietro is on exchange at Otago University from her home school of Elon University in North Carolina, USA. Back home she studies Public Health and she also has specific interests in Human Services and Interreligious Studies. While at Otago, Jocelyn hopes to immerse herself in studies as well as adventure outside of her comfort zone. She is very excited to share her exchange experience with people near and far as she continues to travel around New Zealand.

There are so many emotions that come along with embarking on an adventure to study abroad in a new place whether that be for a semester, a year, or longer. If you are considering the University of Otago hopefully the following information will help to settle some of the nervous emotions that come along with that.

Move in feels like it was just yesterday and it’s crazy to think that so soon I will be having my last weekend here in Dunedin (my home away from home). There are always things to do in Dunedin and always support systems to fall back on. One of these support systems is the infamous Uniflats.


Okay first things first about Uniflats, they ROCK! They are super helpful in placing you with the right people and if all else fails they are willing to help you find the right place. We have had a student go home for personal reasons and then had another one move in and she was the perfect addition.

In addition to Uniflats incredible job of placement, we can also consider the placement with a Kiwi Host. A Kiwi Host is a New Zealand student who attends University of Otago and will help you to get your feet on the ground (no they are not an RA, nor a babysitter). This person can be extremely helpful and typical are some of the most friendly people you will meet while on your exchange.

International Office

In addition to Uniflats, the International Office at Otago has a huge support system for your time here in Dunedin. They aid with the process of orientation as well as provide emotional support throughout one’s time in Dunedin.