About Auckland Advantage™

We have put together a package of support services to help you achieve your goals, including support while you study, your future career, and preparing you for living and studying on campus in Auckland.

Auckland AdvantageTM is only for international students studying online with the University of Auckland outside of New Zealand. #AucklandAdvantage

International students are a vital part of Auckland’s community, of our whānau. We know this is a challenging era and that times are uncertain.

As we wait to be reunited with those students who are currently overseas, we want to share a message of manaakitanga, of respect, aroha and support to all of our international students. These are difficult times but we will get through this together. #TūNgātahi

Study support

Free undergraduate course

We understand that starting your studies with us from outside of New Zealand brings unique challenges.

To support you in reaching your educational goals, we are offering one free course after you complete 120 points at undergraduate level (including honours) while studying online overseas or at a University of Auckland China Learning Centre.

You do not need to take any action. We will determine your eligibility and apply a tuition fee waiver for your free course.  

Explore our range of courses: Find a study option


To be eligible for the one free course you must be an international student and have completed 120 points at undergraduate level (including honours) from or after Semester Two 2020 while studying online from outside New Zealand due to Covid-19 border restrictions.

Study Abroad and Exchange students are not eligible for the free course.

If you were studying online from overseas in Semester One 2020, you were eligible for our free Summer School course and other benefits so will not be eligible for this free course.

You must redeem the tuition fee waiver within two semesters of completing 120 points and can only claim it once. We will apply the waiver to your least expensive course in the subsequent semester.

See the Auckland AdvantageTM terms and conditions for more details.

Lower costs for overseas online study

While you are studying online from overseas, we will charge only 50% of the compulsory Student Services Fee, a savings of about NZD$240 for one semester of full-time online study.

The University will credit the 15% GST for International students who study online offshore and do not enter New Zealand during that term of study (Semester, Quarter, or Summer School term).

See the Auckland AdvantageTM terms and conditions for more details.

Study Buddies

During your studies you will be able to connect with a Study Buddy - a real person who can answer any questions you have about studying with the University of Auckland. From how to access Canvas to managing your timetable, your Study Buddy is ready to help you.

Study Buddies are particularly helpful for new students. We will inform you about this option at the start of the semester.

Find out more about how Study Buddies can help you.

China Learning Centres

If you are currently in China and want to enhance your online studies with the experience of studying on campus with your fellow students, you can join one of our popular University of Auckland China Learning Centres.

Study and live on campus at one of five respected institutions across China. Participate in online classes delivered by the University of Auckland’s top academics with the additional support of local learning coordinators.

Discover more about the University of Auckland China Learning Centres.

Summer Start International

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.

We offer Summer Start International participants a scholarship to cover on-campus housing costs as well as additional cultural and social activities.

Learn more about Summer Start International.

Career support

You can access our wide range of employability services to support your future career when you start your studies with us and beyond graduation. Please note these programmes may have limited capacity.

Virtual microinternships

Do you want to gain real world industry experience with a New Zealand business? Start your story with a University of Auckland virtual microinternship during the inter-semester break!

In this three week internship you'll work in a team of five students collaborating with an Auckland organisation to tackle a real-world business challenge.

What’s in it for you?

  • Develop your employability skills and competencies
  • Grow your network of connections
  • Develop your commercial acumen, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills
  • Receive a completion certificate from the University of Auckland
  • Boost your CV and portfolio of experience

Some of the organisations that have previously taken part include Auckland Council, Cookie Time, Deloitte, KPMG, Orion, and many others.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to develop your skills over the inter-semester break. Apply now and have the chance to apply the skills you’ve learned to real-world projects.

Career Development and Employability Services

Explore your career possibilities and plan for your future work life with the help of the award-winning staff in our Career Development and Employability Services (CDES).

We'll help you navigate the world of work and assist you with all aspects of career development, even up to three years after you graduate.

Browse our Career Development and Employability Services.

NZ Workplace Insights Programme

Are you keen to experience a New Zealand workplace and improve your understanding of Kiwi culture? The Workplace Insights Programme was designed with you in mind!

During the semester long programme, we will partner you with University of Auckland alumni from various industries. You will also gain access to work-readiness initiatives, such as company site visits and on-campus workshops facilitated by alumni and employers.

Throughout the programme, CDES will also facilitate career coaching group sessions to provide a support network to help you navigate your future career path.

Learn more about the NZ Workplace Insights Programme.

Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The University of Auckland is committed to developing business savvy, entrepreneurial graduates. The Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship can help make your ideas a reality with programmes like Summer Lab and Velocity.

Whether you have an idea for a social venture, research to commercialise, want to make your mark in industry or start your own business, we have a range of resources to support you once you arrive in New Zealand.

Explore the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Contact us

For more information on Auckland AdvantageTM and support for international students studying online overseas, email aucklandadvantage@auckland.ac.nz