Student Support

Student support is very important to us, we hope that we have provided you with information in regard to International Students, Maori and Pacific students. Also Student Learning Services which will provide you with the necessary short courses needed to enhance your learning experience here at the University of Auckland.

International Student Support

At the school Dr Judith McCool is our academic support person for international students.

Judith McCool
Phone: +64 9 923 2372

A number of staff are available to support international students in the School of Population Health.

Student Support Advisor for Undergraduate Students, Serena Liang

Serena is available at Tamaki Campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and works from Grafton Campus on Thursdays.

Student Support Advisor for Postgraduate Students, Jo Commins.

Jo is available at Tamaki Campus on Wednesdays and works from Grafton Campus on Mondays and Thursdays.

Serena and Jo work in Building 730, Room 291 at Tamaki Campus and the FMHS Student Centre at Grafton Campus.

Vtoria Turo is the International Student Support Advisor based in the International Office on the City Campus who supports FMHS students. Vtoria can meet students at Ask Auckland on Princes Street.

All 3 student support advisors work closely together and between us can provide advice on accommodation, visas, immigration requirements, academic progress, settling into New Zealand and pastoral issues.

Karen Dorian, the Senior International Manager for FMHS is involved in student recruitment and retention and has a vast amount of knowledge and experience supporting international students.

Karen Dorrian
International Development Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 9377
Serena Liang
Student Support Adviser (UG - BHSc)
Phone: +64 9 923 9273
Jo Commins
Student Support Adviser (PG)
Phone: +64 9 923 7354
Vtoria Turo
International Student Adviser (FMHS)
Phone: +64 9 3737599 ext 88694
For more information go to and select International Students and see:



For more information go to and select International Students

Faculty support for Māori and Pacific students

Malo e lelei, kia orana, talofa lava, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula, taloha ni,

halo olaketa, ia orana, kam na mauri, kia ora,

MAPAS provides both academic and pastoral support for our Māori and Pacific students. Each semester, MAPAS hosts a set of cohort lunches with several courses to introduce support available, such as study workshops in conjunction with Student Learning, access to Māori and Pacific medical health and research staff within the faculty, support to apply for summer studentship research opportunities, support with any pastoral issues such as financial, personal, family and work related. All support is provided in a culturally appropriate way for Māori and Pacific students.  If you are a Māori or Pacific student please make contact with the MAPAS Coordinator Postgraduate to find out what support is on offer and how MAPAS can assist you:

Mapas: 0800 20 20 99
Fax:  09 373 7074

Student Learning Services

Student Learning Services offers academic development workshops, advice and online resources relevant to postgraduate study. Themes include academic reading and writing, communicating and presenting, critical thinking, mathematics and statistics, research skills and study skills.  Student Learning Services takes a culturally responsive and holistic approach to Māori and Pasifika students’ academic aspirations through its Te Fale Pouāwhina programme. It provides tailored academic development for students with learning disabilities and offers English language development opportunities on the City campus and online at English Language Enrichment.

To find workshop details and book online go to:

There are Student Learning Advisers on the City, Grafton, Epsom, Tāmaki and Tai Tokerau (Whangarei) campuses.

Student Learning Services


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