Summer Start International

Study as an international student at the University of Auckland over 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 graduating 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 2022 will open towards the end of 2021.

Summer Start International accommodation grant

When you enrol in Summer Start International at the University of Auckland, you can stay in our on-campus accommodation in the heart of the city for free.

All Summer Start International students are eligible for an accommodation grant to stay for six weeks in one of our University residences.

Applications for Summer Start International 2022 will open towards the end of 2021.

Academic enrichment

If you are planning to enrol in a full degree with the University of Auckland, you can get a head start on your studies by joining us for Summer School.

You will complete one course that will count towards your University of Auckland degree programme* before Semester One classes start.

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 one of our halls of residence on campus, 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 optional extras and more at no additional cost, for example:

  • 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 classes begin on Thursday 6 January 2022 and end on Friday 11 February 2022, with exams following.

Frequently asked questions

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