Summer Start International

Study as an international student at the University of Auckland over summer to experience life on campus, get a head start on your degree and explore Auckland City.

Summer School dates

Summer School classes begin on Wednesday 3 January 2024 and end on Wednesday 14 February 2024. Orientation will take place on Wednesday 3 January 2024. If you have applied and been accepted to stay in Waipārūrū Hall, move in day will be 2 January 2024. 

Is Summer Start International for me?

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.

Summer Start International is an opportunity to begin your studies at the University of Auckland over the summer. You can stay in our modern, fully-catered accommodation on campus in the heart of Auckland City for 6 weeks, while completing your first course towards your degree.

Academic enrichment

If you are planning to enrol in a full degree with the University of Auckland, you can get a head start on your studies by joining us for Summer School.

You will complete one course that will count towards your University of Auckland degree programme* before Semester One classes start.

If you intend to enrol in a different university after Summer School, you may be able to transfer your credit.

*Conditions may apply for students intending to apply for Engineering, or clinical programmes, e.g. MBChB, BPharm, BOptom, BMedImage.


The focus for Summer School is not just on academic preparation, but will also include free, fun social and cultural activities outside of class time. You can enjoy optional extras and more at no additional cost, for example:

  • Orientation
  • Quiz nights
  • Events on and off campus
  • Weekly sport sessions
  • Common room with games

Make new friends, explore Auckland City in your free time, and get a taste of what life on campus is like!

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about our Summer Start programme? Check out the Summer Start FAQs for more information.