New Zealand Study Abroad Program at University of Auckland
About University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: October 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June) and Calendar year (Feb-Nov)
April 1 for semester 2 (July-Nov) and Academic year (July-June)
- Program advisor: Shawn Gardner
Kia ora! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Auckland as your destination. The university is located right in the heart of New Zealand's largest city, which provides you with plenty of opportunities to experience both the city and outdoor life of New Zealand. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
There are just a few more forms to complete before your application is ready to be submitted to the University of Auckland for an admissions decision. The forms can be found under the Forms tab.
What Auckland has to offer
- A city campus buffered by parkland
- A great environment for the independent student
- Ranks in the top 1 percent of the world's universities
- A bookstore, student-run radio station, recreation center, cafeteria, health service, psychology clinic, counseling service, post office, bank and student travel office, all located on campus
- iSPACE lounge dedicated to international students
- An arts center, theatre, recreation center and student union
- An active students association sponsors a full range of social, political, cultural and athletic activities, including more than 100 clubs and societies
- Housing is with other international students and a small number of New Zealanders in Carlaw Park, University Hall aparttments, UniLodge or Parnell Student Village
- UniLodge facilities include a games room, outdoor recreation area, swimming pool, student lounges and organized transportation to the supermarket
- Parnell Student Village is near shopping and includes Internet
- Students prepare their own meals
University of Auckland is a semester or yearlong study abroad program. Students take 4 classes each semester.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
- Open the University of Auckland online course catalog.
- In the middle of the page, click the orange "Online Course Catalog" link
- Using the letters above, navigate to the department you wish to study in. When you click on the department name, it will drop down to show all the courses offered in that department.
- Click on a course number or title to bring up a course description.
- Click the green "view course schedule" button
- Under the "Term Schedule" section, click on the drop-down menu for "Terms Offered"
- If available, select the semester you plan to attend Auckland, remembering that Semester 1 =U.S. Spring and Semester 2 = U.S. Fall. Click the green "show course schedule" to see a timetable for the course.
What departments can I study in?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the New Zealand academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (100-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (200-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (300-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
- Please try to register for courses that are available at the city campus only. While some students have taken courses at the Tamaki campus in the past, doing so involves a commute from the city campus, which may affect your scheduling.
- You may only take year long courses if you plan to study abroad for the calendar year (semesters 1 and 2, in that order).
- Remember in New Zealand, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.
Courses not available to Study Abroad and Exchange students:
- Courses in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgey (MBchB), Pharmacy or Optometry programs
- A and B courses, e.g., ARTHIST 315A or POLICY 250B
- BUSINESS 101 and BUSINESS 102
- Graduate School of Management courses taught on a quarterly (rather than semesterly) basis
- Foundation courses ending with the letters F or H, e.g., HISTORY 91F or MAORIHTH 14H
- Stage One Engineering courses
Courses with very limited enrollment availability:
- Psychology, Biological Science and Nursing courses
- Courses ending with the letter G, e.g., PHYSICS 107G
- Fine Arts, Architecture, and Planning courses are open only to students majoring in the same subject at their home university.
- 700 level Finance and Accounting courses
The University of Auckland recommends that students have a second choice option for each course with limited enrollment availability.
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. For information on the credit weight, please consult see below.
10 Points at Auckland = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
15 Points at Auckland = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
20 Points at Auckland = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Points at Auckland = 7.5 U.S. semester credit hours
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record query for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit and grades you earned at University of Auckland. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
Students live in either Carlaw Park, University Hall apartments, UniLodge or Parnell Student Village.
Conveniently located to the University of Auckland and just a short walk from the city center. Rooms are fully furnished and self-contained. This is a self-catered facility and students will have access to a kitchen where meals can be prepared. UniLodge also includes a swimming pool, sun deck, barbeque area, game room, theater and gymnasium.
Parnell Student Village
Parnell Student Village (PSV) is located on the edge of the Auckland Domain, surrounded by trees and fields, as well as being within walking distance from the center of the city. It is home to 91 students in fully furnished flats, each with four to six bedrooms, and an eight bedroom apartment at Domain Drive. This residence is an easy five-minute walk to the fashionable shopping district of Parnell, and a 30-minute walk through the Auckland Domain to campus. Internet is included in the housing fee.
Located adjacent to the Auckland Domain (the city's oldest park and home to the War Memorial Museum) and only a short walk from campus, Carlaw Park is a combination of two, three and four bedroom apartments spread throughout four buildings ranging from four to seven levels. Each building's layout creates a secure outdoor area with direct access to shared common areas including a lounge area, games room, TV area and study space.
University Hall Apartments
Located next to the Elam School of Fine Arts 'Mondrian' building, this five-level apartment block is home to 106 students each year in 4 or 5 bedroom apartments. The apartments are only a short walk away from the University General Library on the City Campus. Residents can purchase a dinner catering plan for seven nights a week if desired.
UniLodge is self-catering housing. Residents of University Hall apartments can purchase a dinner catering plan for seven nights a week if desired.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in New Zealand for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Housing Fee Notice
Please note the following University of Auckland nonrefundable housing fee.
The University of Auckland accommodation office is now requiring students to pay 50 percent of the housing fee (US$2,000) by December 1 (for semester 1 students) and May 1 for semester 2 students). This fee is nonrefundable after these dates.
Although IFSA-Butler students pay their fees to us instead of the University of Auckland, we are responsible for any fees incurred on behalf of our students. Therefore, we are obligated to follow Auckland's refund policy for housing. Please contact our office with any questions about this situation.
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- Home to one-third of New Zealand's population
- The best nightlife in the country, with cutting-edge Kiwi bands playing in clubs and bars
- Visit the gorgeous beaches nearby for water skiing, sea kayaking and sailing
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Dates & Fees
University of Auckland Dates
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* All students must arrive in Auckland by this date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In New Zealand exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
All program support services end on the “Program ends” date.
University of Auckland Fees
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What's included in our New Zealand program fees
Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
Personal Cost Estimates
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The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The meals amount is based on the purchase of groceries and preparing most meals at home. Students who eat the majority of their meals in restaurants or on campus can expect to spend more on meals.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Applicants to the program at University of Auckland must complete two additional forms. Please download, print and complete the following:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Auckland for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of Auckland program, you can check the status of your application using the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in New Zealand:
Assistant Director of Student Services Shawn Gardner assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Shawn has nearly 15 years of cross-cultural experience from living and working abroad in such places as Portugal, Mozambique, South Africa and Central Asia. He studied abroad while living in South Africa and eventually graduated from the Hope International University with an MBA in International Development. Shawn uses his non-profit management and intercultural communication skills and experience to ensure that IFSA-Butler students experience more culture and less shock while they study abroad. Shawn can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4224.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our New Zealand staff, including Resident Director Sian Munro. Click here to read more about Sian.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Sara Bell processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Sara can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4261.