Summer Opportunities

Are you an international student wanting to get ahead in your study this summer? The University of Waikato is here to support international students staying in New Zealand over the summer break.

As the New Zealand border currently remains closed to almost all travellers, if you leave the country, you will not be able to return to Waikato to complete your studies for the foreseeable future.

We understand that this will present some difficult situations for you and your family. Please know that we, at the University, are committed to providing you support and care over this time and we have a number of exciting study, volunteer and fun opportunities that you can get involved with over this period.

See the information below about how you can stay engaged over summer!

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C Trimester and WIL Papers

Suitable for: undergraduate and postgraduate students

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Summer is the perfect opportunity to pick up an extra paper or two and work towards finishing your degree even faster! Study options span the entirety of summer, as well as before and after the New Years holiday.

Browse available papers below, but for more specific information in regards to what is available for your degree, please contact the relevant people within your Division below.

C Trimester (Nov 16 - Feb 21)
G Teaching Period (Nov 9 - Dec 20)
H Teaching Period (Jan 5 - Feb 15) 

You may also have the opportunity to take your work-integrated learning (WIL) paper over the summer. Your WIL paper creates an important link between your academic learning and applying this learning in the workplace. A WIL paper is compulsory for all undergraduate degrees. 
To find out if there is a WIL paper offered by your division in C Trimester, please contact the relevant people within your division below:

Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences

Book an appointment with Divisional staff to help you with your programme planning at [email protected] or phone 0800 800 145

Health, Engineering, Computing and Science

Book an appointment with on of our Division Registrars to help you with your programme planning by emailing [email protected] or phone 07 838 4625


Book an appointment with a WMS student advisor to help you with your programme planning at
Alternatively, you can get in touch via email [email protected] or phone 07 838 4303

Work Ready Programme

Suitable for: undergraduate students

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Kick start your career with the University of Waikato’s new ‘Ready for Work’ paper!
Helping International Students gain the knowledge, confidence, and experience they need for success in a world of work! 

If there are no C trimester papers available for your degree this summer or you are struggling to enrol in enough papers to be a full-time student, you can still study with us!

We have a brand new ‘ready for work’ paper that you can study over summer and gain credit for. This paper credits into ANY undergraduate degree and will help you gain the knowledge, confidence, and experience you need for success in a world of work!

This 15-point paper will help you develop the skills you need to be successful in any career. You will receive an introduction to key elements of project management, time management, and communication and will learn how to develop and enhance your skills in these areas so you can apply them to any job you get in the future.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about work in New Zealand and then experience it for yourself with 30 hours of work experience/volunteering in local companies, the community, and through on-campus activities.

Packaged Papers

Take advantage of our Work Ready paper package, which includes two papers over Summer, both of which are designed to ready you for working in New Zealand or Globally. The Work Ready Programme (WKRDY200 or WKRDY300) alongside Ethics in the Workplace (PHILO218) will give you the skills and knowledge to thrive and succeed within a professional environment.

Paper Details

When: C trimester
Dates: 16 November 2020 – 19 February 2021
Credit:  The paper is worth 15 credits (either 200 or 300 level). This paper can be credited as an elective into any undergraduate degree.
Eligibility: Students must at least have completed their first year at the University of Waikato to be eligible for this programme.
Work Experience: The University will have work opportunities that will be showcased to students in week 3 and students can select. Students can also find their own work experience but it must be approved by the course conveners.
Workload: This paper will have 10 two-hour face-to-face workshops in addition to lecture material being available online. A minimum of 30 hours of volunteering/work experience must be completed.
Paper Outline: WKRDY200-20C HAM
Paper Outline: WKRDY300-20C HAM


To find out more about this programme, contact Karsten Zegwaard

Email: [email protected]

Employability Plus Programme

Suitable for: undergraduate and postgraduate students

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If you don’t need any extra credit but want to stay connected with the University over summer, sign up for our special FREE EPP Summer Volunteering programme!

You can do this programme alongside your other summer plans (including C trimester papers and our new work ready paper). It is a great opportunity for you to work with our amazing EPP non-profit partners and you can get involved as much, or as little, as you would like!

By doing this programme you'll gain recognition for volunteering on your supplementary record AND you will be able to use this experience to help you stand out to prospective employers.

There is no cost for completing this programme.


Why volunteer? 

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and gain valuable experience. EPP demonstrates to potential employers that you are community-minded and have developed relevant skills. It is also fun and a great way to meet new people.

Can the volunteering I complete over summer go on my Supplementary Record?

Yes! Any volunteering with a non-profit can go on your Supplementary Record.

I’ve already joined EPP, do I need to sign-up here also?

Yes, if you want to know the volunteering options over the summer break, please sign-up for the summer volunteering emails above. We will not be sending volunteering emails through MyCareer over the summer holidays.

How often will I receive EPP summer volunteering emails?

We will send two or three emails per week and we estimate each activity will be 2-4 hours so there is potential for around 10 hours of volunteering per week.

I haven’t joined EPP, can I still get a Supplementary Record when I graduate?

It is not too late to join EPP, even if you are nearing the end of your degree, join now and we can add everything you've been involved in since you started at the UoW. Go to your Student Portal > Support > MyCareer > My EPP.

Have any questions?

Contact us at [email protected]

Summer Start

Suitable for: new students, high school leavers

This is a special programme available for international students who have just finished high school in New Zealand.

This programme is to help high school graduates kick start their tertiary studies. For more information about this programme, please refer to our Summer Start webpage

Student Support and Social Activities

The International Student Services Office will be working closely with other University groups over the summer period to arrange fun activities that you can participate in and provide support with other matters relating to your studies.

To have some fun and stay connected with other students over the summer break, please follow the Waikato International Facebook page, where events and activities will be updated.

The International Student Services Office is also available over the summer break to assist you with any questions that you might have about:

For more information, refer to their website

Contact us

To find out more about any of the summer opportunities, please contact us using the below email:

[email protected]