Summer support for international students

Here at the University of Auckland International Office we are getting ready to make sure our international students can enjoy a great Kiwi summer.

Summer opportunities

ENZ Great Kiwi Summer

Education New Zealand (ENZ) has put together information at NauMai NZ about what’s on offer for international students in New Zealand over summer. You can find out how to explore, travel, make friends, study, develop new skills and stay active and connected during your break.


Study Auckland has launched BeKiwi - a brand new platform to help international students connect with New Zealand's culture, people and unique way of life through experiential learning and travel experiences.

Explore Aotearoa and discover a huge variety of top quality destination experiences where you will have fun (by yourself or with friends) and gain valuable skills for your future!

Summer Start International

Summer Start International runs from 5 January to 17 February 2021 for onshore international students to experience life on campus, get a head start on your degree, and explore Auckland City. We offer a comprehensive programme of co-curricular activities at no extra cost.

Summer School online

We also have a range of Summer School courses available for students who are overseas and studying online. Explore the list of online courses for students overseas.

Virtual microinternships

Do you want to gain real world industry experience with a leading New Zealand business? Start your story in New Zealand with a University of Auckland microinternship this summer.

In this three week internship you'll work in a team of five students collaborating with an Auckland organisation to tackle a real-world business challenge.

What’s in it for you?

  • Develop your employability skills and competencies
  • Grow your network of connections
  • Develop your commercial acumen, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills
  • Receive a certificate, boost your CV and portfolio of experience

Apply now and have the chance to apply the skills you’ve learned in university into real-world projects.

Other virtual opportunities

Discover how virtual programmes can enable you to stay engaged with your academic, professional and personal development from home with a range of virtual short courses from our exchange and network partners through our 360 International programme. All of our virtual programmes offered by 360 International are open to international students, with funding and scholarships available. Check out the new virtual opportunities on offer.

Are you still looking to secure a summer internship? Look no further! Apply now for an international remote internship with The Intern Group, funded by the University of Auckland through our Career Development and Employability Services. Find out more about our funded, remote, global internship programme.

Summer Lab

Summer Lab is a four-week experience running from 25 January to 19 February 2021 that is designed to ignite the entrepreneur within, and is free for all current students and staff of the University of Auckland.

No prior experience with innovation, entrepreneurship or business is required and you don’t need to already have a venture idea to participate. Places are limited and applications close on 2 November 2020.

Doctoral summer series 2021

The doctoral summer series is made up of fun (and completely free!) activities for doctoral candidates run by support services across the University.
If you’re a doctoral candidate looking to connect over the summer then sign up for their events in January.

International student support

The University will be closed on Thursday 24 December 2020 and re-open on Tuesday 5 January 2021, however the International Student Support team is available over the summer holidays and you can contact us by phone or email if you need help with anything during that time.

Emergency contact

In an emergency, international students can contact:

Rebecca Walkinton
Manager International Student Support Services

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 86911
Mobile: +64 21 376 922

Campus Life

All Campus Life services will be closed from Thursday 24 December and will reopen for normal business on Tuesday 5 January.

Campus Life events and activities will restart for O-Week Semester One 2021 (the week beginning 22 February).