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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Sciences

Enrolling in this large university, you can choose courses from a wide array of disciplines. Immersing in a new academic culture, you’ll take courses alongside local and international students. The university conducts teaching and research within faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Education, Engineering, and Science. You can find strong coursework in Pacific studies, chemistry, history, Maori studies, mathematics and statistics, and many other fields.

Unique study opportunities

  • Visit the Leigh Marine Laboratory while taking exciting courses on marine and terrestrial ecology, the biology of fish, the dynamics of marine systems, or research and design methods.
  • Discover New Zealand through an ecology and conservation course (field trip included).
  • Experience what it means to be an archaeologist in a hands-on field methods course in archaeology.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units each semester.
  • You may take one course per semester for pass/no pass credit. 

Current Program Courses

Before you enroll in courses, review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

Course Numbers and Division
Auckland class codes are made up of letters (representing the discipline area) and numbers (representing the year level). First-year level New Zealand courses (where the numerical portion of the code begins with ‘1’) will be assigned lower-division UC credit, while second- and third-year level courses (where the numerical portion of the code begins with ‘2’ or ‘3’) will be assigned upper-division UC credit. 

Graduate courses are not open to UCEAP undergraduates.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Auckland Course Catalog: Browse undergraduate course offerings in semester 1 (spring) and semester 2 (fall).
  • University of Auckland Course Outlines: Search course outlines (syllabi) for detailed course information.
  • University of Auckland Course Options: Access general course information, including restrictions, for exchange students.
  • University of Auckland Exchange Program: Learn more about what it's like to study at the University of Auckland.
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory: Access this laboratory through field trips in certain courses, including BIOSCI 328: Fisheries and Aquaculture, BIOSCI 329: Biology of Fish, BIOSCI 333: Marine Ecology, BIOSCI 396: Terrestrial Ecology, MARINE 302: Dynamics of Marine Systems, BIOSCI 104 New Zealand Ecology and Conservation course (with fieldtrip), and GEOG 315: Research Design and Method. 
  • New Zealand Universities Comparison Chart: Compare the University of Auckland with other New Zealand immersion programs available through UCEAP.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to New Zealand campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The New Zealand semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address local lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them. In New Zealand, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use New Zealand English for assignments.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. New Zealand university grades are criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced (curved). This means that your performance on an assignment will be prepared to a predefined standard, not to the performance of your classmates. Your lecturer will advise you of this standard via grading rubric.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available mid-January to mid-February, and grades for the spring semester are typically available mid-August to mid-September.