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Externship and Placement

All Bachelor of Optometry students undertake experience in community-based practices during their final year of study.  This is important in that it means students experience an environment beyond the University clinic, while gaining supervision from optometrists in practice and developing a broader view of optometry.

Students attend two one-week placements and one three-week externship. The three-week externship can be broken into two smaller time lengths with two different practices when necessary.

Placements and externships take place through New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.

Placements run from early March to early June. For more info please click here.

Externships occur from early June through to mid July. For more information please click here.

We rely on our fantastic optometrist mentor partners to host students for placements and externships.

We are always looking for more practices. In return we invite optometrist mentors to become Honorary Teaching Fellows, which offers the following:

  • Full access to the extensive resources that the University of Auckland library offers, including all of its electronic resources
  • Use of the title “Honorary Teaching Fellow” affiliated with the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of  Auckland
  • Preferential and cost-reduced access to Continuing Professional Development events within the School of Optometry & Vision Science
  • Use of the following phrase on your website and similar, should you wish it: “Our practice provides teaching services for the University of Auckland's School of Optometry & Vision Science for their Bachelor of Optometry degree”.

Information on our Placement Programme

Information on our Externship Programme  


Gini Parslow (Virginia)                                           Geraint Phillips    

Practicum Placement Coordinator                           Clinic Director

Phone: +64 9 923 9054                                         Phone: +64 9 923 6503

Email:                           Email:  


Thank you to our 2018 Placement and Externship Hosts

The University of Auckland gratefully acknowledge the participation of practices who hosted our students for their placements and externships.

2018 Placement Hosts

2018 Externship Hosts