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

The programme will give study abroad students an opportunity to participate in one of the research projects working closely with academics at the Faculty of Arts.

  • The programme length is 6 to 8 weeks (flexible)
  • 2024 dates: 17 June to 9 August 2024.

Research projects

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

  • Advertising death: Ammunition cartridges as commodities, 1850-1950
  • Colonial Photography and Global Advertisement: Germany in Samoa 1900-1914
  • State Responsibility for the Welfare of Heritage Diasporas
  • Framing War in a Time of Climate Crisis
  • A Comparative Examination of Asylum Seekers Settlement Policies across the OECD
  • Gender Based Violence: A comparative study of its cinema and media representation in Italy, Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United States


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 2024 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 The deadline to apply for the next intake is 15 March 2024.