Student Support

Student support is very important to us, we hope that we have provided you with information in regard to International Students, Maori and Pacific students. Also Student Learning Services which will provide you with the necessary short courses needed to enhance your learning experience here at the University of Auckland.

International Student Support

At the school Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar is our academic support person for international students.

Rachel Simon-Kumar
Phone: +64 9 923 2760

Our Faculty International Development Manager, Karen Dorrian, and the International Student Assistant provide support for international students studying at the faculty. They are the first port of call for all international students in the faculty and provide advice in a number of areas such as accommodation, visas, immigration requirements and academic progress.  Our Faculty International Support assistant,  Andrea Soares,  comes to Tāmaki Campus weekly and arranges additional support sessions for our international students. Individual support is also provided as required.

Karen Dorrian
International Development Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 9377
Stephanie Rummel
International Student Support Adviser  
Phone: +64 9 923 7071
For more information go to and select International Students

Faculty support for Māori and Pacific students

Malo e lelei, kia orana, talofa lava, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula, taloha ni,

halo olaketa, ia orana, kam na mauri, kia ora,

MAPAS provides both academic and pastoral support for our Māori and Pacific students. Each semester, MAPAS hosts a set of cohort lunches with several courses to introduce support available, such as study workshops in conjunction with Student Learning, access to Māori and Pacific medical health and research staff within the faculty, support to apply for summer studentship research opportunities, support with any pastoral issues such as financial, personal, family and work related. All support is provided in a culturally appropriate way for Māori and Pacific students.  If you are a Māori or Pacific student please make contact with the MAPAS Coordinator Postgraduate to find out what support is on offer and how MAPAS can assist you:

Mapas: 0800 20 20 99
Fax:  09 373 7074

Student Learning Services

Student Learning Services offers academic development workshops, advice and online resources relevant to postgraduate study. Themes include academic reading and writing, communicating and presenting, critical thinking, mathematics and statistics, research skills and study skills.  Student Learning Services takes a culturally responsive and holistic approach to Māori and Pasifika students’ academic aspirations through its Te Fale Pouāwhina programme. It provides tailored academic development for students with learning disabilities and offers English language development opportunities on the City campus and online at English Language Enrichment.

To find workshop details and book online go to:

There are Student Learning Advisers on the City, Grafton, Epsom, Tāmaki and Tai Tokerau (Whangarei) campuses.

Student Learning Services