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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, 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, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science. You can find strong course work in Pacific studies, chemistry, history, Maori studies, mathematics and statistics, and many other fields.

Unique study opportunities

  • Take an arts internship course with a commercial, non-profit, or community organization in Auckland and build professional experience, new skills, and an expanded network for your future career.
  • 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 or 60 University of Auckland units per term.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a P/NP basis.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

You will finalize your study plans and register for classes after arrival with assistance from UCEAP. In addition to regular university courses, independent study and internships for academic credit are also an option in this program. Before you enroll in courses, you’ll review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Auckland Course Catalog: Access course titles by subject.
  • University of Auckland Exchange Program: Access general course information, including restrictions, for exchange students.
  • Arts Internship course: Review, projects, eligibility, and outcomes of this special arts internship course.
  • 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. 
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • 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. Most courses will be assessed by a combination of coursework and a final written exam. Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in Week 6 and not receive any grades back until Week 8. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

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.