About Auckland Advantage™

The University offers 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.

International students are a vital part of Auckland’s community, of our whānau. The University offers a range of support services to help you achieve your goals, including support while you study and prepare for your future career. This is how we demonstrate our values of manaakitanga, respect, aroha and support.

Study support

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.

This programme aims to increase students’ preparedness and success at university by giving them a head start with their studies and developing their academic skills and social network. 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.

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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 please email aucklandadvantage@auckland.ac.nz