Minimum overseas entry requirements


In order to be admitted as a student to the University of Auckland, applicants must meet both

  • University admission requirements and
  • specific programme entry requirements for their intended programme.

University admission requirements may be met by:

  • gaining the University Entrance standard from a New Zealand secondary school
  • or completing an accepted equivalent of the University Entrance standard from a secondary school or tertiary institution
  • or completing a specified duration of acceptable tertiary study from a recognised tertiary institution.

If you completed your secondary schooling, or have started/completed tertiary study, outside New Zealand and wish to study an undergraduate level programme at the University of Auckland, you must have your overseas qualification(s) approved for University admission.

The table below sets out acceptable overseas qualifications, which could be accepted as the equivalent of University Entrance standard, from the countries where the majority of our international students come from. Other overseas qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

It is important to note that these are the minimum acceptable equivalents of the University Entrance standard based on specific overseas qualifications and are not guaranteed minimum programme entry requirements. All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and a score higher than the one listed below may be required for programme entry.

The University provides specific programme entry requirements based on some overseas qualifications. Please refer to Degree-specific entry requirements.

If you have a question about entry requirement that is not addressed on this website, please contact:

Applications and Admissions
Phone: +64 9 373 7513
Fax: +64 9 373 7405
Email: int-questions@auckland.ac.nz

If you do not meet the minimum University admission requirements, please consider our Foundation Programme as an alternative pathway to gaining admission to undergraduate programmes at the University of Auckland, see Foundation programmes.

The University of Auckland may consider for admission a foundation programme from another New Zealand tertiary institution. For details see accepted external foundation qualifications.

Additional requirements


Undergraduate
In addition to the minimum University admission requirements, international students must fulfil additional entry requirements to gain entry to some degree programmes at the University of Auckland. These additional requirements vary, depending on the programme you are applying for. To see requirements for each degree programme see Degree-specific entry requirements.

Postgraduate
If you are an international student interested in postgraduate study at the University of Auckland, acceptance into a postgraduate programme is normally based on academic merit and is at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the relevant faculty. For details of the minimum entry requirements for postgraduate programmes see Postgraduate entry requirements.

English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of your English language proficiency. For details of specific English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes see English language requirements.

Country Minimum admission requirements for The University of Auckland from overseas qualifications
Non-country specific Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma (minimum total score of 24).
Australia Complete an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) qualification with a minimum ATAR score of 69.6 (or Overall Position Score of 14 or lower). For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
Austria Reifeprufung/Matura from Allgemeinbildenden Hoheren Schulen.
Bangladesh Assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Botswana Two year’s successful bachelor degree level study with good passing grades from the University of Botswana.
Brazil One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Canada Completion of Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or High School Diploma equivalent which include University preparatory courses and English. A minimum overall average of 65 percent is required; grading systems vary from province to province. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP – Quebec General and Vocational College). 60% across 6 subjects including English, taken in the first year of the CEGEP programme
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades
OR
Successful completion of an Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degree from an accredited community college.
Chile One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
China (People's Republic) One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades (after graduation from High School)
OR
Completion of a 2-year diploma from a recognised institution with good passing grades (after graduation from High School)
Colombia One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Denmark Hojere Forberedelseseksamen or Hojere Handelseksamen.
Fiji Completion of the Fiji Form 7 Examination with a minimum aggregate score of 250 over four subjects and including 50% in English – Fiji Ministry of Education Official Results. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) – Achieve a minimum of three ‘B’ grades in SPFSC, and have grade 5 or better in PSSC English and grade 6 or better in PSSC mathematics
OR
Completion of the USP Foundation Year programme (Science or Social Science) with a grade average of ‘B’ or higher and no grade lower than ‘C’ in the seven required courses
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Finland Ylioppilastutkinoto/Studentexamen (Matriculation Certificate)
France Diplôme du Baccalauréat
Germany Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.
Ghana General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included.
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Hong Kong Gain the Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education with at least three subjects achieved at Level 4 or better, including English Language and two elective subjects. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
India Achieved an overall average of 75% in the Higher Secondary School Examination or All-India Senior School Certificate with a minimum of 60% in English. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
Indonesia One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Iran One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Iraq One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Israel Bagrut (Matriculation) OR Mechina (university preparatory). In Bagrut, grades of seven or above in six subjects should be obtained.
Japan Completion of a High School Diploma with a minimum ‘B’ grade average
OR
Completion of a Junior College Diploma/Associate degree
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) – three principal passes. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
UEC – a total score of 18 or less over six best subjects, including one of advanced mathematics, chemistry or physics
OR
Complete an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Australian Matriculation) qualification with a minimum ATAR score of 69.6 (or Overall Position Score of 14 or lower). For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
OR
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
Complete an accepted foundation programme: MUFY, UNSWFY, or QFY
OR
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) – minimum of 65 percent. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
Mexico One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Namibia Higher International General Certificate of Education over five subjects with an average grade of 3
OR
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
Netherlands VWO - Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs
Nigeria West African GCE A level. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
Higher National Diploma or one year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Norway Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole
Oman One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Pakistan Assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Papua New Guinea One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Samoa South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) – Achieve a minimum of three ‘B’ grades in SPFSC, and have grade 5 or better in PSSC English and grade 6 or better in PSSC mathematics
OR
Complete the National University of Samoa (NUS) Foundation Certificate (Arts, Commerce, Education, General or Science) with a minimum overall performance of 65-69% (grade B3) and a minimum of 75-79% (grade B1) in HEN004 Foundation English
OR
Completion of the University of the South Pacific’s Foundation Year in either Science or Social Science with a grade average of B or higher and no grade lower than C in the seven required courses.
Singapore A minimum of 2 H2 passes and a third pass at H1 or H2 level, plus at least an E grade in N-level/O-level mathematics or additional mathematics
South Africa National Senior Certificate - Applicants must have completed the certificate and be eligible to enrol in a bachelor’s degree at a South African university.
South Korea One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants
Sweden Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (previously Studentexamen)(Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Switzerland Federal Maturity Certificate Maturitatxaeugnis - German cantons
Certificat de Maturite - French cantons
Baccalaureat - Vaud canton
Attestato di Matruita - Italian canton
Taiwan Completed Junior College Diploma (two-year Diploma after completing senior high school, or five-year Diploma after completing junior high school)
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Tonga South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) – Achieve a minimum of three ‘B’ grades in SPFSC, and have grade 5 or better in PSSC English and grade 6 or better in PSSC mathematics
OR
Complete the National University of Samoa (NUS) Foundation Certificate (Arts, Commerce, Education, General or Science) with a minimum overall performance of 65-69% (grade B3) and a minimum of 75-79% (grade B1) in HEN004 Foundation English
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
United Arab Emirates One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
United Kingdom General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
A completed BTEC National Certificate or National Diploma, with at least three Level III units with merit, may allow for university admission
OR
A Pre-University or Foundation programme, completed with Merit (an average of 60% or no less than a ‘B’ grade average), may allow for university admission. The subjects taken in the foundation programme, the grades attained, and the acceptability of the qualification within the United Kingdom for university admission, will affect acceptability for admission to The University of Auckland.
USA

Successful completion of High School Diploma from an accredited high school, plus ACT composite score of 24 or a minimum SAT result of 1650 (Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing section). For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
Successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) Certificate from an acceptable GED body, plus ACT composite score of 24 or a minimum SAT result of 1650 (Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing section). 
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at acceptably accredited institution or university with good passing grades
OR
Successful completion of an Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degree from an accredited community college.

Vietnam One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Zambia One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. A minimum of three A-Level subjects completed, with at least ‘C’ grade or higher attained. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included. For a guide on requirements for programme entry see Programme-specific entry requirements for international undergraduate applicants.
OR
One year's successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised institution of university standing with good passing grades.

To obtain further information about the programmes available at the University of Auckland, contact an overseas agent or representative near you.

Alternatively, please contact:

Applications and Admissions
Phone: +64 9 373 7513
Fax: +64 9 373 7405
Email: int-questions@auckland.ac.nz