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University of Auckland

Program Terms:

Spring Semester, Fall Semester & Academic Year


The University of Auckland is a top ranking university, sitting among the top 100 universities worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings. They are also the #1 university in New Zealand, and rank among the top universities in the world for academics and employers. In addition, 13 of their subjects have been ranked in the top 50 worldwide, according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. The University of Auckland is recognized for their research, innovation, and graduate employability on an international scale.

Founded in 1883, Auckland is the country’s largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 of whom graduate annually. The University also has a large population of International students, making up nearly 20% of the university’s student body.

There are over 30 undergraduate programs from certificate to bachelor level across 125 different subjects. At postgraduate level, they have over 130 programs and provide more than 180 subjects from which to choose.

The university also has a number of scholarships available for exchange and study abroad students. Some are offered by the university, while others from outside sources. More information can be found here.

Academic Details:

The University of Auckland currently ranks top 50 in the world for 13 of their subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Civil & Structural Engineering, Education, Geography, Law, Linguistics, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Sports and Exercise Science, and Pharmacy and Pharmacology. However, the university offers exchange students courses in over 100 subjects, including Arts, Communication, Social Work, Gender, Social Justice & Equity, Global Environment & Sustainable Development, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International relations & Business, Marine/Biological/Environmental Sciences (includes field trips), New Zealand Regional & Culture, Pre-Med & Public Health, and various electives.

Students may also choose to study subjects from a course cluster, courses carefully selected by the University to fit the academic needs of exchange students across a number of subjects, or they may choose to pick their own classes from the subjects of their choice.  They also offer unique courses such as Māori Dance, Pacific Studies, Wine Science, and Marine Ecology. This university is AACSB for business majors students.

Study Abroad and Exchange students can select 3-4 courses to study per semester. The spring semester is from February to June, and fall semester is from July to November. Students can find courses on the University’s Course Catalog located here. More detailed course descriptions can be found below for each of the following faculties:

Engineering, Business, ArtsScience, Education, Medical and Health Science, and Creative Arts.

Housing Details:

The University of Auckland provides all exchange and study abroad students with university accommodation as long as they apply by the deadline. There are several residence halls, including self-catered flats and apartments for which students can apply, all within walking distance from the campus. Students may also find their own private off-campus accommodations. Home stay options are available as well. Depending on the residence there are single rooms, twin-share apartments, and studios. Bathrooms are either private or shared, depending on the residence.

Every room comes with a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, noticeboard, bookshelf, and towel rail. Residents provide their own bedding and linen, or alternatively a bedding pack can be purchased from the University’s online accommodation shop before arrival. The cost of power, water, internet, laundry, and recreation center membership is included in the fees. residences also have recreational ares such as gyms, BBQs, game rooms, study and lounge spaces, TV rooms, a cinema, and even a pool.


  • Sophomore standing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

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