About our China Learning Centres

Find all the information you need to know about the University of Auckland China Learning Centres.

The University of Auckland is pleased to collaborate with our prestigious partners, Southwest University (SWU) in Chongqing and Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) in Harbin, to open dedicated learning centres for our students who remain in China during the Covid-19 crisis.

The University of Auckland China Learning Centres gives our students the option of joining classmates on campus at one of China’s respected Double First Class universities, and participating in face-to-face tutorials with local learning facilitators and online classes delivered by the University of Auckland’s top academics for Semester Two 2020.

Building on the University’s support for students impacted by Covid-19 travel restrictions, we also offer a NZ$1,000 relocation allowance to help students move to the appropriate institution.

Courses are offered in Arts, Education, Engineering, Science, and Economics. Which campus students go to may depend on the programme or course they are enrolled in.

The University of Auckland is working with the New Zealand government on options to welcome international students back to campus when it is safe to do so, but plans were not confirmed for Semester Two 2020.

General information

How do I apply to study at the University of Auckland China Learning Centres?

Applications for the China Learning Centre are now closed for Semester Two 2020.

I'm not currently in China. Can I travel there to study at the Learning Centres?

No, this offer is only for students currently in China who are unable to enter New Zealand right now due to Covid-19 border restrictions. Students in New Zealand or other countries are not eligible to study at the University of Auckland China Learning Centres.

What are the semester dates for the University of Auckland China Learning Centres?

The Centres will operate on the same calendar as the main University of Auckland campus, so Semester Two classes will start on Monday 27 July 2020.

The deadline for adding or deleting courses is 7 August 2020, and the deadline for withdrawing from or substituting courses is 9 October 2020.

See Important dates.

I am in China and want to study with the University of Auckland for Semester Two 2020. Do I have to join a China Learning Centre or can I choose to study online at home?

You do not have to join a University of Auckland China Learning Centre if you are currently in China. You can choose to study online at home.

If you would like extra support and to meet other University of Auckland students in Semester Two 2020, we recommend joining one of our China Learning Centres.

What is the difference between the two University of Auckland China Learning Centres? Can I choose which one I go to?

The main difference is that Education courses will only be offered at the Learning Centre in SWU. The other courses and programmes and courses will be available at both China Learning Centres.

Do I need a New Zealand student visa to study at the China Learning Centres?

Students at the University of Auckland China Learning Centres do not need a visa for Semester Two 2020.

When New Zealand’s border restrictions are lifted, students can provide evidence of online study to support their visa application. Visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information.  

What if the China Learning Centre campus shuts down due to Covid-19?

Any potential impact on the programme of a closure of campus arising from Covid-19 health risks will be clearly outlined in the Student Agreements we will ask the students to sign.

Students will be expected to abide by the rules of the university where the China Learning Centre is based, especially regarding any response to Covid-19.

Study options

What can I study at the China Learning Centres?

You can find a list of eligible programmes and courses at China Learning Centre study options. We may add more course options over time so make sure to check back. The Learning Centre option is not recommended for research students, who will need to request supervisor approval to be eligible.

Why are there fewer course options to choose from at the China Learning Centres, compared to on campus in Auckland?

The University of Auckland China Learning Centres are offering the most popular programmes for international students from China. We have selected courses within programmes that give a wide range of study options where possible.

Can I study part-time or must I study full-time?

You are expected to study full-time at the Learning Centre. A full-time study load equals 60 points and may be made up as:

  • four 15 point courses
  • OR two 30 point courses
  • OR one 30 point course and two 15 point courses.

Special circumstances, e.g. if you only require a lower load to finish your degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What if I need to sit an English exam before enrolling with the University of Auckland?

Students in mainland China can sit the following English exams:

  • TOEFL ITP Plus (as of June 19)
  • PTE Academic
  • AEAP DEP Final Exam

Resources

If I decide not to join the China Learning Centres but study from home, will the University of Auckland still help me with Study Buddies and internet/access issues?

If you decide to study from home the University will provide support for you as we do for all other students studying online.

What resources and support will I receive while studying at the University of Auckland China Learning Centres?

The University of Auckland China Learning Centres will provide students with:

  • Face-to-face contact with a learning facilitator to help review University of Auckland online teaching sessions
  • Individual face-to-face consultation to provide assistance with your academic and learning needs such as feedback on your draft assignment.
  • Group study sessions with University of Auckland students in a similar discipline
  • Regular social activities with other University of Auckland students
  • English language support
  • Guidance on how to access University of Auckland services, clubs and societies online
  • Improved access to Canvas and Zoom
  • Access to study spaces, modern IT facilities, recreation facilities, dining, sports grounds and all student facilities except wet labs.
  • On campus support and a 24 hour hotline for students

Will I attend face-to-face classes at the China Learning Centres, taught by the local university teachers and/or University of Auckland faculty members?

All University of Auckland lectures and classes will be delivered online by University academics from Auckland. You will receive face-to-face contact with a learning facilitator at the China Learning Centres for help reviewing University of Auckland online teaching sessions and learning materials, as well as individual in-person consultation to assist with your academic and learning needs.

Fees and tuition

Do I need to pay additional fees to join one of the University of Auckland China Learning Centres?

No. The University of Auckland China Learning Centre option is offered at no additional cost to students. You will be responsible for paying your housing and living expenses, and will pay normal tuition to the University of Auckland.

Will I receive a tuition discount if I join the University of Auckland China Learning Centres?

No, however the University of Auckland is offering an allowance of NZ$1000 to each student to help cover the cost of relocation and accommodation.

Is there a difference in tuition fees for students who join the University of Auckland China Learning Centres and those who don’t?

No. All international students will continue to pay the same tuition fees whether they can access the University campus in Auckland, are studying at a University of Auckland China Learning Centre, or learning online.

Living arrangements

If I join one of the University of Auckland China Learning Centres, will I get help with arranging accommodation?

Yes. Accommodation will be offered in SWU and NEFU student housing or at off-campus alternatives.

Will I need to pay to stay in on-campus accommodation?

Yes, but the University of Auckland will provide a NZ$1000 grant to help cover your relocation and accommodation costs.

Online learning mode

Will the University of Auckland provide online learning for Semester Two 2020?

The University of Auckland will provide online learning for most courses throughout Semester Two for students who are unable to return to New Zealand due to Covid-19 border restrictions.

Will there be differences in terms of learning, exams, or assessment for students at a China Learning Centre or studying from home in China, and those studying in Auckland?

The University of Auckland will run in-person teaching and assessment in Auckland for Semester Two. As many students will still be overseas, we will also be teaching most of our programmes online.

The assessment conditions for students studying online or at the China Learning Centres will be similar to those for Semester One 2020, with all final assessments online. See more information here.  

How will the University of Auckland arrange course delivery if the New Zealand Government lifts the travel ban for overseas students during Semester Two? How would that impact students at the China Learning Centres?

In the event that the New Zealand Government lifts the travel ban before the end of 2020, the University will still offer online teaching throughout Semester Two, and the University of Auckland China Learning Centres will continue to provide the same level of service and instruction.