Summer Start

Designed for school leavers, our Summer Start programme lets you earn credits towards your degree, experience our campus and get started on your academic journey.

What to expect on your first day

When: Tuesday 5 January at 10am

Where: Waipapa Marae, 16 Wynyard Street, Auckland CBD

To help you launch into Summer Start, we’ve organised a special introductory day on Tuesday 5 January. We’ll be kicking things off at 10am with a Powhiri at Waipapa Marae followed by a morning tea where you’ll have a chance to connect with your Summer Start leader and new classmates.

There will also be campus tours to help you get familiar with the tutorial rooms and lecture theatres that you’ll be using, as well as library tours and even a mystery library challenge!

We also have wellbeing and time management workshops for you to attend, tours of our sports and recreation centres, and Q+A information sessions to ensure that you’re well-prepared for the weeks ahead.

Lunch will be provided and the day will wrap up by 4pm.

What is Summer Start?

Summer Start is a six-week programme giving eligible* school leavers the opportunity to gain credits towards their degree and start their university journey early.

If you’re planning to study in Semester One 2021, Summer Start can help you make the transition to university life that much easier. It’s a great opportunity to make the most of the summer and gain the skills you need to survive and thrive at university.

*The Summer Start programme is free for New Zealand school leaver students who meet the eligibility requirements of the New Zealand government’s Fees Free tertiary education initiative.

Applications for Summer Start 2021 have now closed.

What will I be doing at Summer Start?

Summer Start is the perfect introduction to life on campus. If you want to get started on your university journey – and have some fun while doing it – then this is the programme for you.

You’ll be part of a community of new students discovering what university life is all about. There’ll be plenty of fun stuff happening outside of class time too, with everything from sports competitions to outdoor movies to quiz challenges. You can even hit the water for a waka hourua sailing experience!

Over the six-week programme, you’ll 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. There’s a diverse range of courses to choose from, and we’re sure we can find one that’s right for you.

As a Summer Start student, you’ll also have access to mentoring and support options to help you get the most out of your studies. All students will also receive a free gym membership for the duration of the programme.

Whatever your future goals are, we have the options available to help you achieve them.

^Students considering Engineering or Science should see the Summer Start for Engineers or Summer Start for Science Students information. Conditions may apply for students intending to apply for Engineering or clinical programmes, e.g. MBChB, BPharm, BOptom, BMedImage.

What does Summer Start cost?

Summer Start is free for New Zealand school leaver students who meet the eligibility requirements of the New Zealand government’s Fees Free tertiary education initiative.

There is a tuition cost and other charges for the credit-course within Summer Start but the charges will be paid through Fees Free if students are eligible.

When does Summer Start begin?

Summer Start begins on Tuesday 5 January 2021 and ends on Wednesday 17 February 2021.
For more information about important dates, visit Summer School dates 2021.

Is Summer Start available to International students?

Yes. Find out about Summer Start International.

Frequently asked questions

Check out our FAQs below for more information on Summer Start.