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Note: the Summer Start Programme has been cancelled for 2021

Summer Start Programme

Are you a Y13 international student looking for something to do over the summer? Our Summer Start Programme could be for you!

Note: 2021 Programme has been cancelled

Hamilton Campus

11 January to 19 February 2021

10am- 3pm Monday - Thursday, with a half day of co-curricular activities each Friday.

Summer Start is for any international school leaver students who will be studying at undergraduate level, whether they are planning to come to Waikato or not.

Summer Start is good for those who have lower NCEA credits (or equivalent) in core areas such as literacy.

  • A university-level paper designed to develop academic reading, writing, and communication skills (ENSLA100). During the paper, you will be presented with ideas, guidelines, and frameworks that can be used to read and write more effectively in an academic context. This paper will bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary study and can be credited towards your UG study at Waikato;
  • Academic skills preparation classes which will help you make the transition from learning in a high school environment to learning at university;
  • Half a day of co-curricular activities every Friday: creative arts, e-sports, and community volunteering.

Summer Start is good for those who have lower NCEA credits (or equivalent) in core areas such as literacy.

To be eligible for Summer Start you must:

  • currently be enrolled as an international student in year 13 at high school in 2020;
  • have 14+ level 2 credits in three approved NCEA subjects;
  • have numeracy;
  • literacy is not required but you will be required to successfully complete a language diagnostic test to help us understand your level of English and where we can support you.
Tuition Costs

The Summer Start Programme fee is $5,500*.

This fee covers the university-level paper (ENSLA100), the academic skills preparation classes, and the co-curricular activities run each Friday.

*fee does not include Student Services Levy or individual student insurance.

Accomodation Costs

Over the Summer Start programme accommodation is available for those who need it at our largest hall of residence, College Hall, where you will join local students who have joined us for our Jump Start programme. You will be appropriately supervised, or we can find you a place in a homestay.

The cost for accommodation at College Hall will be $150 per week for a room and food over the duration of the Summer Start Progamme.  This is a subsidised rate, and will revert back to the normal weekly rate from 20 February if you continue to stay in a Hall of Residence.

Summer Start is taught in collaboration with Waikato Pathways College, which has staff who are experienced in preparing high school students for university study.  At our dedicated facilities on campus, we can provide an environment that is supportive, encouraging and fun as well.

This is an opportunity for you to make an early start in your tertiary studies, in a safe space, away from large first-year lectures;

  • Be better prepared for your University studies and gain confidence;
  • Small classes help with your transition from High School to University;
  • Make friends and find your way around the Hamilton campus before all the students come back;
  • Peace of mind for parents who choose to keep their children in NZ during this difficult time;
  • An opportunity to meet other international students and to build social networks.

If you meet the eligibilty criteria and are ready to join then register below!

Register now

If you are interested in Summer Start but have some questions about the Programme, please get in touch using our contact details below.


Contact us

[email protected]

07 837 9477