Japan Technology Virtual Study Tour

The North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (North Asia CAPE) has partnered with GlobaLink Internships to offer 12 students and young professionals the opportunity to undertake a virtual tour of Japan.

Over three weeks (approximately 5 hrs per week) students and young professionals will engage directly with in-market experts and businesses in NZ and Japan to learn more about the digital technology sector in Japan.

Participants of this tour will:

  • Learn and come away with knowledge and an understanding of the current digital technology sector in Japan
  • Have the opportunity to engage and interact with companies and government organisations 
  • Enhance their understanding of how organisations are playing their part in Japan's innovative digital landscape 

For more information and to apply for the 2021 virtual study tour follow this link.

Study abroad to Japan

For two years North Asia CAPE has offered 15 fully-funded study tour opportunities to first-year university students of the Japanese language.

This enables students to experience first-hand the value of learning Japanese in-country, and encourages them to continue with their language study at University.

Throughout the programme, participants learn about Japanese culture and society while improving their Japanese language skills by staying at a homestay.

In 2021, this programme was offered to second year university students of the Japanese language in a 'blended' format. It was a two-week digital language experience hosted by Japanese language instructors in Ishikawa. Included were two half-day workshops held in Auckland which will allowed participants to partake in Japanese cultural activities and develop their linguistic skills.  

Read about the 2019 Ishikawa Japan Study Tour

Understanding Urban Japan

In 2019 NA CAPE offered a one-week field research trip in Tokyo to undergraduate and honours students to pursue their own independent research project as the city was in preparations to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

To learn more about the students and their journeys please click here to read more about the programme.

Food and beverage supply chain virtual study tour to Shanghai

In 2020, we are launching our first virtual study tour to Shanghai. Over three weeks, up to 12 students and young professionals will have the opportunity to gain on the ground insights into F&B supply chains in one of China's tier one cities.

Participants of the tour will:

  • Come away with knowledge and an understanding of current supply chain practices in the food & beverage sector in Shanghai
  • Have the opportunity to engage and interact with companies and organisations 
  • Be able to develop initial contacts and networks
  • Be able to share experiences virtually as a group

Having dipped their toes in through the online programme, participants will be bettered prepared to engage more deeply with China.

Read more about the virtual study tour here

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Māori Business

The purpose of Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa is to increase Māori business capability and awareness and improve Māori business engagement in North Asia. Each year’s programme is developed to facilitate business engagement for Māori tertiary students and businesspeople, and each has a key focus area which has included: primary industry, indigenous development, sports, branding, and cultural tourism.

Applications for a 2020 virtual tour are now live, with a programme of development focused on Taiwan and Japan. To read more and apply click here

To view a video about the programme click here

Māori and Pasifika Scholars to Taiwan

Since 2018, North Asia CAPE has sent a cohort of Māori and Pasifika scholars to Taiwan for a four-week language and cultural immersion programme. During this trip, scholars not only learn Mandarin but also explore the connections between their indigenous Māori and Pasifika roots and the culture and history of the indigenous people of Taiwan.


  • Are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • Can commit to all programme dates
  • Can confidently communicate their whakapapa and/or connection to an urban Māori authority OR their Pasifika heritage
  • Are positively involved in their communities
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential
  • Show an interest in the connection between indigenous people of Taiwan and Māori or their Pasifika homeland

We are hoping to be able to run this programme in 2021. For more information contact us at nacape@auckland.ac.nz

Read about last year's study tour to Taiwan.

Japan - New Zealand International Language Exchange

North Asia CAPE is pleased to collaborate with Education New Zealand to facilitate online language and cultural exchanges between Waseda Jitsugyo High School students in Japan, and first-year Japanese language students from universities around New Zealand.

These exchanges build upon North Asia CAPE’s schools-to-schools home room sharing events in previous months, designed to support language practice and further cultural exchange between New Zealand and Japan.

Each session is held fortnightly over a one-hour period, with themed topics for conversation allowing students to prepare, and then share their culture in the language they are learning.

Current first-year Japanese language students at universities in New Zealand are encouraged to participate.

Please email nacape@auckland.ac.nz to register your interest for 2021.

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