Student exchange

Engineering students can complete part of their degree overseas via the 360° International student exchange programme.

You can choose between 62 universities in 24 countries and there’s also the option to undertake field trips, short courses, volunteering and internships.

Whatever you choose, you can study and live in another culture, make new friends, get international experience, travel, build professional networks, expand your potential. Learn another language if you’d like to break out of your comfort zone – all while earning credits that you will bring back to your Engineering degree.

There are 360° of exciting possibilities. Where will you go?

Who can go?

Selection is based upon:

  • Enrolled at the University of Auckland in an undergraduate programme.
  • Demonstrated academic merit – a minimum CGPA of 5.0 (B average).
  • Suitability of the proposed programme at the host university with your programme of study at the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Suitability as a representative of the faculty and the University of Auckland.
     

When can I go and for how long?

As an Engineering student, your study period is limited to one semester overseas, as only 60 points can be credited to your Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Programme. You might be able to go for a full year, if you are doing a conjoint degree (note that a maximum of 60 points can be credited towards the Engineering side of your conjoint degree).

You can go on exchange for, semester two of Part II, or either semester, during Part III. Because of honours, part IV (or part IV papers) are not available for the semester abroad.

You should discuss your options with staff at the Engineering Student Centre.

Where can I go?

You can choose where to go from a list of our partner universities, taking into account your personal preferences, language of instruction, courses on offer and funding available.

Below is a list of courses that our previous students have used for their Exchange experiences:

NOTE: This document contains bookmarks for you to search through the programmes easily, and will usually be not visible on a web browser. To see them, you will need to save the file and view it on an external PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Acrobat, Preview).

Please note that you may use these lists only as a guide for starting your research on possible papers for your exchange.

What will it cost?

Because you will remain enrolled as a University of Auckland student, you will pay tuition fees here and not additional or higher tuition fees at the host university. You may still apply for StudyLink loans or allowances as those are portable while on exchange.

There are also several grants and funding available to help defray the cost of your overseas study:

  • 360° International Exchange Travel Awards
  • 360° International Special Grant
  • University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarships (Languages and Literature)
  • Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Prime Minister's Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA)
  • Individual universities grants and scholarships

For more information, visit 360° International.

Will I get credit for courses taken abroad?

Yes, upon completion of your exchange studies, 360° International will transfer credit to your University of Auckland academic record. Credit will be transferred only for courses that have been passed and approved by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland.

Note that it is not letter grades but credit that will be transferred back to your Engineering degree.

This credit (up to a maximum of 60 points of Part II or III) will not count towards the calculation of honours GPA.

Can I change my overseas courses?

If you wish to change your course enrolments at the host university, please obtain prior approval by contacting your department's study abroad advisor with a copy to the Engineering Student Centre at foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz.

You will need to provide relevant information such as course descriptions, level of course, course equivalent etc.

Need more information?

Who can I talk to?

If you have any question about the programme in general, how to apply or to get an update on your application, please contact the 360° International Office.

If you would like to discuss academic matters such as your course approval or GPA calculation for your honours, contact the Engineering Student Centre.

Engineering advisors for student exchange
 

Biomedical Engineering
Senior Lecturer Dr Vinod Suresh

Chemical and Materials Engineering
Associate Professor Dr Peng Cao

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Senior Lecturer Dr Quincy Ma

Computer Systems Engineering
Senior Lecturer Dr Morteza Biglari-Abhari

Engineering Science
Deputy Head of Department Dr John Cater

Software Engineering
Associate Professor Dr Catherine Watson

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Associate Professor Nirmal Nair

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Lecturer Dr Vladislav Sorokin