University of Auckland - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in Auckland through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Auckland and all other New Zealand program options.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad formerly known as AustraLearn has designed the University of Auckland program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

Studying for a semester or a year at the University of Auckland is an academic and cultural experience you will never forget. The University of Auckland is ranked 82nd in the world, the highest of all New Zealand’s universities (QS World Universities Rankings 2011) ( . It is also New Zealand’s leading research university. The University of Auckland will give you the edge you need to be a successful, globally-confident citizen.
Spend a semester or a year at The University of Auckland and you will be able to study and live in another culture, make new friends, gain international experience and break out of your comfort zone - all while earning credits towards your overseas qualification!

With over 40,000 students including more than 4,700 international students from over 90 countries, you too can be part of The University of Auckland's truly global community.



About Auckland

Convenient Central Campus Location
The University of Auckland has five campuses in and around Auckland. The majority of programs are offered at the main City Campus, putting you just five minutes from Auckland’s bustling central business district (CBD). Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand and as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city you can expect to meet people from all four corners of the earth. A walk down Queen Street in Auckland’s central business district is a glimpse of the future, a truly international experience.

New Zealand
New Zealand is a modern, English speaking country with a rich cultural heritage. Despite a relatively small population of around 4.3 million, New Zealand has become world renowned in many areas including scientific discovery, sporting achievements, and dynamic political and economic reform.

New Zealanders are very proud of their diverse heritage, strongly influenced by the indigenous Maori culture, the past British colony, and its more recent migrants, mainly from the Pacific Islands and Asia. New Zealand people are well-travelled and outward looking with a reputation for being warm, welcoming, and friendly to visitors.
Auckland - A top 5 city

  • Auckland, ranked 3rd out of 221 world cities for quality of life*, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan center.
    New Zealand’s largest city with a population of around 1. 5 million, and the country’s economic hub.
    Auckland’s unique geographic position means that you can live in a large city but still be within half an hour of stunning beaches, mountain bike tracks, nature walks and subtropical islands.
    The city has great cafés, restaurants and bars, excellent theatres, galleries and museums, terrific shopping, and colorful Polynesian and Asian cultural influences.
    * Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2011

Around the University

The University of Auckland’s main campus is located in the heart of the city, right across leafy Albert Park from the central business district. Students are a short walk from numerous restaurants, bars and great shopping. The University is also a short walk from the Viaduct Harbor and Auckland waterfront where ferries leave for other parts of the city and the stunning islands of the Waitemata Harbor. The neighboring Auckland Domain is one of Auckland’s most beautiful parks, home to the impressive Auckland Museum. Other attractions such as the Auckland Art Gallery and the Sky Tower are also close by. The University is also very near to Auckland’s central transport hub and is well served by buses, trains and ferries.  

Academic Highlights

Around the world, The University of Auckland has earned a great reputation for academic and research excellence within a supportive learning environment. By choosing The University of Auckland, you will give yourself a foundation that will set you apart for the rest of your life. As the only New Zealand University to be ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, we can give you the edge you need to be a successful, globally confident citizen.


In 2011, the QS World Universities Rankings placed us at:
- 82nd place amongst the world’s universities
41st place in Social Science and Management
50th place in Life Sciences and Biomedicine
55th place in Arts and Humanities
62nd place in Engineering and Information Technology
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The University of Auckland offers study abroad programs in eight schools and faculties:
Business School
Creative Arts & Industries
Medical & Health Sciences

University Services

Extensive Student Support Network

Being away from home is enough of a challenge in itself. That’s why the University has facilities and an extensive range of support on offer to international students, whatever your background or needs. Our team of International Student Support staff is available to help you with anything you need including study advice, immigration, health, money, accommodation, and personal support. There is also a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week emergency number available if you urgently need help or to talk to someone.

Information Commons: a University Library service

You will discover every opportunity to develop your IT, information literacy, English language and learning skills here. Whichever campus you are based at, you will be spoilt for choice with access to multi-purpose computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, and wireless networking technology.

Student Learning Center

Keen to achieve your best in your studies? The Student Learning Center’s academic tutors are here to help, running regular workshops to help you develop effective learning strategies, from time management and study organization, to exam preparation techniques. You may also choose to improve your foreign language skills by signing up for a language exchange partner on campus


The University of Auckland has the largest university library in New Zealand


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:
Living in a University of Auckland-managed residence is more than just having a room and a place to eat and sleep.

The residences offer you a great lifestyle and also academic and pastoral support. One of our priorities is that you feel at home during your stay with us. Excellent study and living facilities, an active social program and the chance to build lifelong friendships with people from across New Zealand and all over the world contribute to an ideal learning and living environment for you.

There are a variety of accommodation options available, from catered halls of residence, self-catered apartments to shared flats. International students are eligible to live in all of these residences and the fees are the same for all students.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees, the International Office at The University of Auckland arranges an extensive orientation program for new international students. International Orientation is an entertaining way to find out all you need to know about studying at The University of Auckland, living in Auckland and enjoying your New Zealand experience. 

By attending the information sessions you'll learn about ID cards, accommodation, flatting and other aspects of student life. You can also find out about the support services that are available to help you reach your academic potential. The social activities and day excursions connected with International Orientation are fantastic fun. 

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

International Student Activities
The International Office provides a comprehensive Orientation Week to help you settle in to the University, followed by an exciting program of activities and festivals run throughout the year to help you make friends and meet local people. In addition, workshops and information sessions are regularly held in iSPACE (our International student lounge) to help you adjust to life at The University of Auckland and in New Zealand.
Clubs and Sports
On campus there are around 120 clubs and societies, ranging from cultural associations from all over the world, to clubs for tramping, canoeing, photography, film, and yoga. If fitness and sport is more your thing, the Recreation Center has a great range of facilities and services, including a sports hall, gym, climbing wall, and aerobics. Meet and compete against your fellow students in one of the center’s social sports clubs including football, rugby, basketball, netball, and badminton.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true New Zealand culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Auckland or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in New Zealand on the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes one day of pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to New Zealand.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  

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University of Auckland
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,300 - $4,800
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Jessica Mew

Program Assistant
Katherine Harrell

Advice From The Program Team:
Auckland, known as the "City of Sails", is one of the most exciting waterside cities. To really appreciate it, you have to get out on the water and sail on the harbor or ferry out to one of the nearby islands.