Is this program right for you?
As a top ranked university, The University of Auckland offers students a strong academic experience in the middle of New Zealand’ss largest city and business center. This program is right for students who wish to experience the New Zealand education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at a New Zealand university alongside local students. Students who choose to study at The University of Auckland want an immersive New Zealand experience, the city life of Auckland, and the independent nature of a direct enrollment program.
With over 100 majors and thousands of courses, the University of Auckland has plenty to choose from! The University of Auckland is consistently ranked within the top 100 universities in the world.The University of Auckland is a prestigious center of academic excellence and one of New Zealand’ss largest and most important research institutions. Students can also make the most of their Study Abroad experience by choosing subjects and courses that are unique to New Zealand or unavailable at their home institution in areas such as rugby, maori studies and pacific studies. Business students will also have the benefit of studying at an accredited business school.
The program is open to a range of majors but is especially well suited for business students. For a list of study options at the University of Auckland, please visit their course catalog.Note that courses from February-June will be marked as “Semester 1” and from July – November will be marked as "Semester 2" in the course listings.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Students should be prepared to directly enroll in the New Zealand education system which is quite different from the U.S. model. The student's academic schedule fluctuates between lectures, tutorials (small group sessions), laboratory work, seminars, and library study. For the class grade students may be expected to concentrate their academic efforts in library research and writing, and it is not uncommon to have a large percentage of the grade based upon only 1 to 2 exams. The tutorials may require students to prepare materials, present a paper, read articles, or participate in group discussion. Students from New Zealand generally concentrate on their major in the first year since there is not a "general education" requirement like most US four year institutions, and therefore introductory subjects may be more difficult than at AU.
With 1.3 million people (one-third of the country's entire population) claiming it as their home, Auckland is by far the largest city in New Zealand. The city does not lack things to do or sights to see! There are plenty of enticing hotspots in the region worth exploring, many having to do with water since the region boasts three harbors and more than 50 islands. Auckland also has many vibrant cultural aspects that range from exotic cuisine at ethnic restaurants to museums focusing on the native Maori population. Living in Auckland will allow students to put their sense of adventure to good use while enjoying all the benefits of living in a modern city.
The university's location in Auckland, combined with a diverse student body of about 28,000, provides an invigorating campus environment where academic skills flourish. The main campus is just a ten minute walk from the Auckland city center and main harbor.
Housing & Meals
The University offers several accommodation options for international students. You can choose from a catered hall of residence, or a self-catered apartment or flat. Visit the University of Auckland's Accommodation website for further details.
AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in New Zealand. Please visit the New Zealand Embassy website and read the information provided to you by the Auckland International Office in order to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in New Zealand.