International Research Programme

Gain critical research skills as you work alongside academics in the Faculty of Arts to explore global issues, from refugee resettlement to indigenous identity.

As a Communication, Culture, and Media major, my research entails hands-on learning about different cultures and the way people interact in society. Doing research abroad is one of the best ways to gain this experience, as it combines living in a different culture with doing historical research about it.

Bridget Alaniva Michigan Technological University, USA

Programme information

This programme will be offered virtually in 2021 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. It begins on 21 June 2021, and has a flexible duration of six to eight weeks.

The University of Auckland is offering a ‘Research Excellence Award’, covering the full tuition fee, to one student participating in the programme in 2021. This is a merit based award and no application is required.

Research projects

Develop multidimensional research skills as you contribute to research projects that tackle complex, global issues. This year's research projects include:

  • Superfluous Injury, Unnecessary Suffering and the Regulation of War
  • Citizenship, Impermanent Residency and the Politics of Populations on the Move
  • The Practice of Involuntary Civil Commitment of Individuals with Mental Illness: A Pacific Perspective
  • Mother of the ERA: A Political Biography of Martha W. Griffiths
  • Mapping Innovations in Indigenous, Feminist, and Culturally Appropriate Research Methodologies
  • Ngā Taonga o Wharawhara / The World of Māori Body Adornment: Understanding Adornment in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Worlds
  • Researching the University of Auckland Art Collection
  • Censorship in Italian Cinema

Course structure

Students will join a cohort of research students and work alongside academics in the Faculty of Arts on a variety of research tasks. Students will be engaged full-time (approximately 40 hours per week).

Course assessment

Each research project will involve a variety of research tasks and assessment will involve a written report and analysis of research themes. 

Credit weighting

International students will receive 15 NZ points (approximately 3-5 US credits) on an official University of Auckland transcript.

How to apply

Entry criteria

This programme is designed for students who have completed two years of undergraduate study and have a strong academic record. A background that reflects the research topic is preferred, but not essential.

How to apply

Apply online for the Certificate of Proficiency for Overseas, and select Quarter Three 2021 as your start term (please refer to the application guide below). You will also need to send a personal statement (including 2-3 of the above research projects in your preference order) and a curriculum vitae to studyabroad@auckland.ac.nz. The deadline to apply for the next intake is 1 May 2021.