University to re-commence student exchange with NZ

Image of a group of students at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.
The University of Melbourne is re-commencing its student exchange program with New Zealand.

The University of Melbourne has announced it is re-starting its student exchange program with New Zealand universities in semester two this year.

The announcement comes after travel between Australia and New Zealand recommenced earlier this week.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Melbourne students participated in exchange programs with the University of Auckland, but when the exchange program re-commences it will be expanded.

Students can apply to study for a semester at the University of Auckland as well as the University of Otago. More places have been made available with up to 150 students expected to study in New Zealand next semester.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Michael Wesley said he was delighted students will once again be able to study abroad.

“Many University of Melbourne students will embrace the opportunity to experience living in New Zealand for a semester,” Professor Wesley said.

“New Zealand provides unique study opportunities for Australian students, including insight into the New Zealand approach to common challenges such as climate change and social relations.

“New Zealand also offers our students the chance to engage with Maori and Pacific cultures – areas of particular strength for our two exchange partners – the University of Auckland and University of Otago.

“More broadly, international study supports the development of knowledge, attitudes and values that are important in today’s graduates. University of Melbourne graduates will work in diverse global environments and international study helps to prepare them to build international networks and develop important employability skills.”

Applications for the  student exchange program with New Zealand can be made on the University's Study Overseas website from 10 May.