Centre for Continuing Education

Developing customised short courses for international groups

We work closely with academics who want to deliver customised short courses to international learners.

We make this easy and successful for you by organising all aspects of the programme including delivery of the academic programme, orientation, field trips, site visits, accommodation and overall programme coordination. While we do this, you and your academic colleagues can concentrate on teaching, developing beneficial academic relationships and research linkages.

We are happy to work with you, your academic colleagues overseas, and businesses and professional organisations to help you take advantage of opportunities to bring international learners to New Zealand.

What we can offer

What we can offer:

  • Programme concept and project plan
  • Assistance in developing objectives and outcomes
  • Quality assurance
  • Academic approval
  • Business processes (resourcing, roles and responsibilities, contract management)
  • Financial management (profitability analysis, invoicing, payments, reports)
  • Student services
  • Student support (insurance, health, pastoral care)
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation of programme
  • Summary report.

We manage the programme from start to finish - meeting the group at the airport, organising accommodation, coordinating teaching, field studies, cultural visits, social events, and the presentation of awards and Certificates of Attendance at a farewell dinner.

We support the visiting faculty member/s by arranging their accommodation, provide an office with computer and internet access and general advice and support for the duration of the programme.

How we do it

Study Abroad

Customised short courses are designed to meet the demand for an international undergraduate experience.
Courses can be taught entirely by academic staff from The University of Auckland, or jointly with visiting staff.

Programmes generally incorporate combinations of lectures and field studies, social and cultural visits, and visits to relevant government, industry or business organisations.

Professional development

Many professions and organisations value international training as a way to gain a competitive edge or develop competence.

In partnership with academic staff and local business and industry leaders, we develop a programme that meets the professional development objectives, required timeframes and financial resources of our clients.
We encourage interactive learning and have a strong emphasis on practical application of theory. Learning takes place in the classroom on campus, through fieldtrips, business and industry visits, and social and cultural exchanges.


English Language Academy

We work closely with The University of Auckland’s English Language Academy (ELA), which provides English language tuition at all levels. Students may be taught in closed classes, or join open classes with other international students.

ELA offers tuition in academic, business and conversational English and can tailor courses to the needs of the group.

Recent study abroad and professional development groups:
  • Dartmouth College, USA
  • University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA
  • Peking University, China
  • Ministry of Higher Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Office of the Judiciary, Thailand
  • Association of Authorised Land Surveyors, Malaysia
  • Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology, Indonesia

“We’ve asked the University to host semester groups over ten years now and the quality of instruction has been consistently superb, as has the coordination and supervision of our required internships. Similarly, we’ve been immensely pleased by the fieldtrips and extended group excursions that are integral to our program. And the management provided by the Centre for Continuing Education? Top drawer!”

Sheila Bennett
Professor of Sociology and Asian Languages and Cultures, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.

Next steps

To discuss your ideas, please contact the Programme Manager, International Short Courses, Ross Crosson, on extension 87038 or by email r.crosson@auckland.ac.nz

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