360 International virtual opportunities

Discover how virtual opportunities can enable you to stay engaged globally while enhancing your academic, professional and personal development.

360 International offers exciting virtual global learning opportunities for University of Auckland students. Some of the virtual programmes offered on our website are fully or partially funded by the 360 International Office.

Why consider virtual global learning?

Virtual programmes allow students to engage and collaborate with others from around the world, develop vital skills for employability, enhance your CV and get involved in an extracurricular opportunity while gaining an international learning experience. 

University of Auckland students from all faculties, including undergraduate and postgraduate students, are welcome to apply. 

Keen to hear the student perspective? We encourage you to read what our students have to say about their virtual programme experiences on our 360 International blog.

Co-Curricular Recognition Programme

The Co-Curricular Recognition Programme recognises students' engagement in co-curricular activities that develop meaningful learning experiences and is added to your co-curricular record. Taking part in approved 360 International virtual opportunities (not including for-credit academic programmes) can count towards the global citizens path.

Programmes with less than 40 hours total commitment must be combined with another eligible activity for recognition. For more information, check out Co-Curricular Recognition Programme.

Types of virtual programmes

  • Leadership certificates: Learn how to become an effective leader and improve your intercultural and interpersonal skills.
  • Cultural programmes: Learn more about a particular culture or region as part of a group cohort through an interactive virtual experience.
  • Service learning: Give some of your time and talent to helping organisations abroad through project-based learning.
  • Innovation & sustainability challenges: Get thinking, get creative and identify solutions for current global issues, either as an individual pursuit or in teams with peers around the world.
  • Academic short courses: Short intensive courses offered by partner universities during the summer or winter inter-semester breaks allowing you to apply for academic credit towards your degree (with faculty approval).
  • Virtual global internships: Gain virtual work experience through approved internship providers, facilitated by Career, Development and Employability Services (CDES).

How to get started

  1. First check out the virtual programmes currently on offer below. It’s important to look at the dates of the programme, time commitment, funding availability and application process.
  2. Follow instructions on our website to apply for the programme(s) you are interested in. Note, many programmes require an application both to 360 International (through Via, the University's learning abroad portal) and to the host university or programme provider.
  3. If you have applied for funding support through an application in Via, we will be in touch after our deadline passes with the outcome of your application and the next steps.

Current opportunities

We currently have a few virtual programmes on offer, taking place during the NZ Summer. We will have more virtual opportunities coming, so keep an eye out on our website for new programmes.

If you would like to receive email updates from our team as new programmes come online, we encourage you to join our mailing list.

Innovation and sustainability challenges

These programmes have previously been offered, but currently do not have applications open:

  • U21 Sustainability Micro-Internship

Service learning

These programmes have previously been offered, but currently do not have applications open:

  • ISEP Service Learning in Barcelona

Leadership certificates

These programmes have previously been offered, but currently do not have applications open:

  • Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate
  •  U21 Global Citizenship Course

Cultural programmes

Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) Cloud Lessons Programme

2023 BIT Winter “Cloud Lessons” program: Chinese Language and Culture program will offer a series of well-knit multicultural online lessons by introducing the practical Chinese language alongside the Chinese traditional and modern culture from history, custom, and arts to society.

  • Programme dates: 26 December 2022 - 6 January 2022
  • Applications process: Please apply to BIT directly by 1 December
  • Cost: Free if selected to participate

Virtual global internships

Careers Development and Employability Services Internships

CDES offers global remote internships to University of Auckland students. Remote internships allow you to gain international work experience and build your CV from anywhere in the world! Don't let COVID-19 stop you from becoming a global employee; you can gain work experience from the comfort of your own home through remote internships. 

Climate Action Virtual Internship

  • Programme dates: 9 January – 10 February 2023
  • Application process: Please apply on Via and to Virtual Internships by 25 November.
  • Cost: Funding is available, however, there is a required participation fee of NZD $ 400 (inclusive of GST) if selected for the programme.
  • Co-Curricular Recognition Programme: Eligible

Virtual exchange

Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Virtual Student Exchange

The APRU Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) Programme enables you to take an academic course and/or participate in co-curricular programmes through selected partners in the APRU network. This programme will provide an immersive virtual student exchange experience through digital technologies and platforms. 

Dates vary by programme. Although the academic course is a credit-bearing programme, please note that eligibility for credit is determined by the faculty on a case-by-case basis. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please check out  Via.

Academic course programme

This is a great opportunity to combine your regular Auckland enrolment with a course offered online from a renowned university in the APRU network, many of which are our exchange partners. You will be completing this online course alongisde your current semester's courses with the University of Auckland or during the inter-semester break.

VSE Season 2 2022-23 (Semester One 2023)

Applications for VSE Season 2 2022-23 semester courses will open soon, which are semester-long courses for Semester One 2023.