Study abroad in New Zealand with IFSA

University of Auckland Partnership

Program Overview

See what it’s like to live in one of the world’s top-rated cities for quality of life with a semester at prestigious U of Auckland, considered the country’s most innovative university. New Zealand’s largest city is known for a beautiful maritime setting, and subtropical climate, full of parks, galleries, museums, shopping, and cafés—with hiking, beaches, and more outdoor getaways an easy hop away.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

October 1

Minimum GPA

2.40

Credit load

16

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Auckland Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open the University of Auckland online course catalog to discover the courses that are offered. 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.

Students typically take 4 classes each semester for a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours.

15 Points at Auckland = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

Students with a GPA between 2.69 and 2.4 will need to provide a letter of academic recommendation as part of their application.  

Lab & Field Trip Fees

Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Courses not available to Study Abroad and Exchange students:

  • BUSINESS 101 and BUSINESS 102
  • Courses ending with the letters F or H, e.g., HISTORY 91F or MAORIHTH 14H. These are foundation year courses and not appropriate for Exchange Students.
  • Stage I Engineering courses (ENGGEN 115, ENGGEN 121, ENGGEN 131, ENGGEN 140, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, ELECTENG 101, CHEMMAT 121) except for those ending in G.
  • Policy 702
  • Courses in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and Optometry.
  • Courses running for the whole academic year - e.g. PSYCH 308A and 308B (expect students enrolled for the whole University of Auckland academic year - February to November).
  • 100 level courses in Fine Arts, Architecture and Planning (unless the student is majoring in the subject at their home university.
  • Graduate School of Management courses running on a quarterly basis - eg, BUSACT, BUSADMIN etc.
  • Courses offered in the Faculty of Law - Part II courses, Part III yearlong courses and Part IV Advocacy, Mediation and Negotiation courses.
  • GLOBAL 100, GLOBAL 200 & GLOBAL 300

Courses with very limited enrollment availability:

  • Nursing (note courses generally commence before the official start of semester)
  • Biological Science, Psychology and Computer Science courses
  • Courses showing the letter "G" - e.g. PHYSICS 107G
  • 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. Students from these areas must apply early, in particular for Semester Two. *Nursing is only available to undergraduate students coming through special arrangements with our School of Nursing.

INTERNSHIPS
Gain valuable career experience through this credit-bearing internship opportunity. This class, worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours, is open to students who enroll in at least two classes from the Faculty of Arts, which offers humanities and social sciences subjects.

Following an introductory series of seminars, you will work approximately 6-8 hours per week at your placement in the Auckland area, keeping a journal of your experience. You will complete an internship research project related to the organization’s strategic goals or core purpose. Projects come from a range of industries, including media, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, and corporate communication.

The Arts faculty have placements in relevant areas; there is no guarantee of placements outside of Arts-related subject areas. Placements are competitive and not every student will be accepted. Available internship projects can be found here.

You must apply for the internship class in advance. IFSA recommends applying by the designated Early Bird Deadline for the best chance of acceptance, which is approximately two months before the start of the semester. The application form is online. Students must submit an academic reference in addition to working with an internship coordinator extensively before arrival on a tailored resume as well as participate in a virtual pitch session to highlight their skills.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

This program requires a visa for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control—including local government regulations and health protocols—could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • Learning Plan Check-in: Three times during the semester, catch up for a one-on-one with an IFSA team member to discuss your academic progress, housing, and general well-being. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions about roommates, lecturers, and new experiences.
  • Catch-up Meal: Share a meal (brunch, lunch, or dinner) and any questions about your new life in New Zealand during this gathering. It’s a great chance to chill out, connect with new friends, and generate excitement as you embark on your academic journey at your host institution
  • Weekly Catch-up: Meet your IFSA Student Experience Coordinator on campus or at a local hiking trail, farmers market, museum, or pub quiz night for a snack and take a bit of time out with your IFSA community.
  • Resume-Building Workshop: Study abroad in New Zealand is a great addition to your resume. Learn how to highlight all the transferable skills gained in a powerful and succinct way that will appeal to prospective employers.
  • Celebration Dinner: The farewell dinner is the last official get-together with the IFSA crew. It’s time to recount great experiences and reflect on personal and academic growth before preparing for final exams! It’s a fun and memorable send-off, with an awesome culinary experience and plenty of laughs.
Program Excursions:

IFSA Excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Student accommodation in Auckland is in very high demand; therefore, if you sign your student acceptance agreement with IFSA, our staff will apply for your housing as soon as they are able and pay a housing deposit on your behalf. Should you withdraw from the program after your IFSA student acceptance agreement has been signed, you will be charged the $500 housing withdrawal fee that Auckland charges.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

February 14, 2023

June 27, 2023

$21,875

October 1

Fall 2023

Early July 2023

Mid-November 2023

$21,775 (estimated)

April 1

Spring 2024

Mid-February 2024

Late June 2024

$21,875 (estimated)

October 1

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

February 14, 2023

Term ends

June 27, 2023

Program costs

$21,875

Application deadline

October 1

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Early July 2023

Term ends

Mid-November 2023

Program costs

$21,775 (estimated)

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Mid-February 2024

Term ends

Late June 2024

Program costs

$21,875 (estimated)

Application deadline

October 1

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