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Student Life

Offering a level of care that sets us apart.
Support is provided from the moment you contact us, to enrolling in a course and throughout your studies. We are here to offer you help, both in-person and online, so that your student life is happy and rewarding.

Getting started
Transport and practical support

Airport pickup can be requested prior to arrival. Once you have arrived in New Zealand, a College representative will meet you at the airport to transport you to your accommodation.
Those moving into a city apartment will be shown how to walk to the campus. If you have arranged to live in homestay, the host family will provide guidance and ensure that you know how to get to campus. On the first day of the course, support staff will be on hand to help you organise banking, insurance, bus tickets and more.


Orientation week is the perfect introduction to the University of Auckland International College. It is a chance for you to meet other students and be introduced to your Head of College, friendly deans and teachers. You will complete your subject selection and receive a student handbook with helpful information about student life.

You will learn more about the Foundation course, digital learning platforms, range of student services available and more. All these will serve as useful and important information to prepare yourself for successful study.

If you are studying on campus, an iPad will be given for you to use for the duration of your studies. This ensures you have access to course materials on Microsoft Teams and Blackboard, our main learning platforms.

There will also be staff from the University present to welcome you and share more about the student life on campus. Learn how you can get involved through clubs and associations, networking events, and find student spaces where you can meet friends, relax or study.

Medical and travel insurance

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 requires all international students studying in New Zealand to have appropriate health and travel insurance during their period of study. 

Allianz Partners is our preferred insurance provider. Enrolled international students will be charged Allianz’s Studentsafe Inbound University insurance premium when enrolment is completed. You must pay this fee unless the University approves the use of an alternative insurance provider. You must have approved insurance for the duration of your study, regardless of the type of visa you have.

A student visa holder is also required to have approved health and travel insurance for the duration of their visa or until they depart New Zealand, whichever comes first.

Note: Your University of Auckland student ID number is also your insurance policy number.

You are not automatically covered for pre-existing medical conditions. However, cover can be arranged in certain circumstances on application to Allianz before your programme starts.

Click here to learn more about the policy.

Caring for your health & wellbeing

We have staff trained and registered with Red Cross or an on-campus nurse for minor health and wellbeing issues at the International College. If students need further medical treatment, a doctor is available by appointment. Click here if you would like more information about medical support in New Zealand.

Clubs and societies

As a University of Auckland student, you can choose from more than 200 student clubs and societies to participate in.  Check out the different clubs you can join here.

The Student Learning Centre and common room

The social hub of our International College campus – gather here to watch movies, play board games and Xbox, use the computers, study and socialise.

Open Hours: Monday to Friday – 08.30am until 5:00pm

Sport and recreation

You will also have recreation membership which provides access to a wide range of the University’s facilities and services. Learn more about the facilities and programme.