Summer Start International

Study as an international student at the University of Auckland this summer to experience life on campus, get a head start on your degree and explore Auckland City.

Is Summer Start International for me?

If you are an international student currently in New Zealand and are about to graduate from a New Zealand high school or foundation programme, Summer Start International with the University of Auckland could be the perfect transition for you.

Your plans to travel home might have been disrupted due to Covid-19, and maybe you’re not sure what to do over the summer break before you make a start on your degree.

With border restrictions making travel uncertain, you could stay in the safety of our modern, fully-catered accommodation on campus in the heart of Auckland City for six weeks.

Applications for Summer Start 2021 have now closed.

New Summer Start International accommodation grant

Exciting news! If you still haven’t decided what you are doing over the summer break, enrol now in Summer Start International at the University of Auckland, stay in the heart of the city and only pay half of your accommodation and food costs.

All Summer Start International students are eligible for an accommodation grant to stay for six weeks in our newest residence, Waipārūrū Hall, the largest fully-catered hall in New Zealand. The grant will cover 50% of your stay and includes three meals a day – a savings of $1,200.

You’ll also be able to enjoy lots of fun extracurricular activities at no additional cost. Take a day trip to Rangitoto Island – a dormant volcano, go on a city tour of Auckland, experience a Kiwi barbecue with your new classmates, and much more.

The Summer Start International programme begins on Tuesday 5 January 2021 with a Pōwhiri (Māori welcome) and Orientation events to get you settled in. You are welcome to enrol even if you aren’t planning on further study at the University of Auckland.

Get a head start on your studies, make new friends and have the time of your life this summer at the University of Auckland with Summer Start International!

Applications have now closed.

Academic enrichment

If you are planning to study with the University of Auckland in Semester One 2021, you can get a head start on your studies by joining us for Summer School.

You will complete one course from the 2021 Summer Start course list that will go towards your University of Auckland degree programme* before Semester One classes start on 1 March 2021.

If you intend to enrol in a different university after Summer School, you may be able to transfer your credit.

*Conditions may apply for students intending to apply for Engineering, or clinical programmes, e.g. MBChB, BPharm, BOptom, BMedImage.

Accommodation and activities

You will stay in Waipārūrū Hall, the University’s most modern hall of residence, with services such as resident support and catering included.

The focus for Summer School is not just on academic preparation, but will also include free, fun social and cultural activities outside of class time. You can enjoy these optional extras and more at no additional cost:

  • Pōwhiri (Māori welcome)
  • Orientation
  • Quiz night
  • Day trips to Rangitoto, Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges
  • Yoga or Zumba class and other sports
  • Art gallery visit
  • Tour of Auckland City
  • Summer barbecue

Make new friends, explore Auckland City in your free time, and get a taste of what life on campus is like!

See above for information on the Summer Start International accommodation grant.

Summer School dates

Summer School begins on Wednesday 5 January 2021 and ends on Wednesday 17 February 2021

For more information about important dates, visit Summer School dates 2021.


Tuition fee

  • $4035.00 plus the Student Services Levy (The tuition fee is an estimate and may vary depending on the course you select)

Additional activities are included in the course fee and are at no extra cost to the student.

Accommodation cost

  • $398.00 per week at Waipārūrū Hall (meals included). See above for the Summer Start International accommodation grant to save 50% of this cost.

Study options

You can select any Stage One course from the Summer School 2021 course list.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about our Summer Start programme? Check out the Summer Start FAQs for more information.