India Support Programme FAQs

When will the NZ borders reopen?

The environment is changing rapidly as New Zealand closes on its target vaccination rates of 90%. The NZ government has been clear in its intent to progressively open up our borders and lift restrictions inside New Zealand as vaccination rates climb. The signature policy is the Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World Plan, which details how people will move through borders in 2022. While we do not yet have all the details, we know that the government intends to prioritise returning citizens and permanent residents initially, but that international students (as opposed to tourists or other temporary visa holders) will also be prioritised. Timing is also not confirmed, but implementing the Reconnecting Plan is forecast for the first quarter of 2022.

As the situation changes rapidly and information can become outdated quickly, we suggest you regularly visit the Immigration New Zealand website. You will be able to find the most accurate and up to date information regarding NZ borders. When we have more information on visas and entry criteria for students, we will contact you regarding next steps.

Undergraduate offer

I am an undergraduate student. Why am I not eligible to receive the bursary and/or flexible payment option?
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I am an undergraduate student. Why is the bursary and flexible payment option only open for postgraduate students? Why am I not eligible for this offer?

We have been working hard to explore additional ways to support our students offshore. Indian students are our second largest student group and was hit particularly hard by Covid. We have decided to offer this support to masters students, in particular Engineering and Science IT programmes in India, as a pilot. It may be expanded in the future. To explore other international support opportunities for undergraduate students, please visit Auckland Advantage.

Can my Study Buddy give me course advice or help with my assignments?

Your Study Buddy is unable to provide course advice or help you with your assignments. If you have any questions regarding lecture or tutorial content, please get in touch with your lecturer or course coordinator.

Your Study Buddy is here to check in on how your classes are going and help with any general questions you may have.

Will my Study Buddy be in the same class as me?

We try our best to pair you with a Study Buddy in the same faculty as you, however this is not always possible. It is likely your Buddy may not be in the same class as you, but they are still here to chat and answer any questions you may have!

How will my Study Buddy get in contact with me?

Our Buddies will be in touch sometime between 2pm and 5.30pm NZST (6.30am and 10am IST). They can contact you through a range of channels such as phone, email or zoom, dependent on which you prefer. Once your Study Buddy contacts you, you can discuss how often you would like to be contacted and your preferred time.

What is a virtual microinternship?

The University of Auckland’s virtual microinternship is a three-week programme that offers an opportunity to work with New Zealand employers on real business challenges. You will work as part of a team and navigated by mentors online and there is no cost to you.
During this virtual microinternship, you will improve:

  • Employability skills and competencies
  • Network of professional connections
  • Business sense, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills
  • CV and portfolio of experience

How do I apply for a virtual microinternship?

When the applications open you can apply through the virtual microinternships website. You will receive newsletters from International Office or Career Development and Employability Services when they are open. The programme runs twice a year – between Semester One and Two (July) and at the end of Semester Two (November).

What type of companies are part of the virtual microinternship program?

There are a range of companies that you may consider undertaking a virtual microinternship with:

  • Auckland Council
  • Auckland Transport
  • BDO NZ (accounting)
  • CPA Australia
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • Mercury (power) 
  • Samsung
  • Spark NZ (telecommunication)
  • Vodafone (telecommunication)
  • Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency
  • WSP New Zealand (engineering consulting)

When do applications for the virtual microinternships close?

The applications close three to four weeks before the programme starts.

Postgraduate offer

Who is eligible for the postgraduate India support offer?

The postgraduate India support offer is open to any International student who currently resides in India and is studying one of the prescribed Engineering or Science IT masters programmes offshore online.

When do applications for the postgraduate India support offer close?

Please note that the postgraduate India support offer is limited. Applications will close on 31 January 2022.

Am I eligible for the bursary and/or flexible payment if I am not studying one of the prescribed Engineering or Science IT masters programmes?

We have been working hard to explore additional ways to support our students offshore. Indian students are our second largest student group and were hit particularly hard by Covid. We have decided to offer this support to masters students, in particular Engineering and Science IT programmes in India, as a pilot. It may be expanded in the future.

I am postgraduate student outside of India, am I eligible for the bursary and/or flexible payment option?

This offer was developed to support our second largest student group – India. It is open to any international student currently residing in India who is studying one of the prescribed Engineering or Science IT masters programmes.

How many courses should I enrol in if I want to be eligible for Post-study Work Rights (PSWR) in NZ after graduation?

As it currently stands, the New Zealand government requires the completion of two full-time semesters (minimum of 3 courses totalling 45 points per semester at UoA) of postgraduate study onshore in New Zealand to be eligible for post-study work rights.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information around immigration requirements, please refer to Immigration New Zealand

To ensure you have enough points left in your degree to take onshore in New Zealand to be eligible for the post-study work rights visa, we recommend you enrol in the following:

  • If you are doing a 120-point masters, enrol in one 15-point course in Semester 1 2022
  • If you are doing a 180-point masters, enrol in one or two courses for a total of 30 points maximum in Semester 1 2022
  • If you are doing a 240-point masters, enrol in one to four courses for a total of 15-60 points maximum in Semester 1 2022

How many courses does the bursary apply to?

The bursary applies to the courses you are enrolled in for Semester 1 2022 that are part of the prescribed Engineering and Science IT masters programmes. It is recommended that students take no more than 60 points maximum per semester.

Can I get a refund of my bursary if I have already paid my tuition fees up front?

If you have already paid your tuition fees in full before the bursary is applied, the bursary will show as a credit on your student account and can be used toward payment of future tuition fees. Or you may apply for a refund of the bursary amount after the add/drop deadline in Semester 1 2022. Please note there is a NZD$60 fee to process a refund.

I have an offer for Semester 1 2022. If I defer my studies to Semester 2, will I still be eligible for the bursary?

This offer is currently available for Semester 1 2022 and will be reassessed for Semester 2 2022. Students who have applied for the bursary and then wish to defer their studies will be required to reapply for the bursary offer when they are ready to commence their studies. Please be aware that if the University makes changes to the India Support Programme, the bursary may not be available at a later date.

When should I pay my tuition fees if I am getting a bursary?

If eligible, once your bursary has been applied to your student account, you will be notified. It is at this point we recommend your pay any outstanding tuition fee balance on your University account, by the fee payment deadline. For more information on paying your fees.