Summer Start Programme FAQs

What is the Summer Start Programme?

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

If you're a Year 13 student planning to study at university in Semester One 2021, this is a great opportunity to experience life at the University.

Applications for Summer Start 2021 have now closed.

What is included in the Summer Start Programme?

  • Enrolment in one credit course to help give students a head start in their university studies.
  • Access to Summer Start leaders who will provide academic, social and pastoral support throughout the programme.
  • Additional tutoring and study skill sessions to enable you to kick-start your University journey.
  • Orientation to both the University and Auckland city.
  • Accommodation options for students from outside of Auckland.
  • Future leadership opportunities for students in the Summer Start programme.
  • Study, tutorial and hangout spaces.
  • Fun activities such as sports and quizzes to introduce you to University life.

Is there a cost for Summer Start Programme?

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.

Tuition fees and accommodation costs apply for Summer Start International.

What is the difference between Summer Start and Summer Start International?

Summer Start and Summer Start International both aim to increase students’ preparedness and success at University. The key differences are who is eligible for each programme and associated programme fees.

Summer Start International is aimed at international students currently in New Zealand and who are about to graduate from a New Zealand high school or foundation programme. Tuition fees and accommodation costs apply for Summer Start International.

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

What are the dates for Summer Start and Summer Start International?

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.

Can eligible students participate even if they intend to go to another institution in Semester 1 2021?

Yes.

Can a student participate in Summer Start if they have not yet found out if the achieved University Entrance (UE)?

Yes, we understand that Summer Start programme will commence in advance of the final secondary school results (NCEA/Cambridge International/IB) being published and we are enabling eligible students to participate in advance of having achieved UE.

What happens if a student participates in Summer Start but their secondary school results (NCEA/Cambridge International/IB) come out and the student has not achieved UE?

For students whose secondary school results (NCEA/Cambridge International/IB) indicate they have not achieved UE, the university will work with the student on appropriate options to help them continue their tertiary studies, which could include pathway programmes. Students will be able to complete the Summer Start programme.

What is the difference between Summer School and Summer Start?

Summer School is primarily for existing students who are looking to get ahead on their degree, catch-up on unsatisfactory performance in a previous semester, or spread their workload. Students from other tertiary institutions can also study in Summer School, and courses may be credited back to their degree at their home institution.

Summer Start is a specific programme designed for school leavers. It lets them earn credits towards their degree, experience our campus, and get started on their academic journey. The focus for Summer Start is not just on academic preparation. It also includes free, fun social and cultural activities outside of class time to help students settle into life on campus and meet new people.

I am a NZ/International NZ School Leaver. Can I do Summer School instead of Summer Start?

No. Summer Start has been specifically designed to enable school leavers to have an early entry pathway into the university and assist in preparing them for academic success.