Before you apply

Before applying there are a number of things to consider:

Which should I apply for: Study Abroad or Exchange?

Both programmes involve studying away from your home institution for one or two semesters, but there are important differences between the two programmes. You can find out about the differences and which one you should apply for at Study Abroad and Exchange programmes.


Eligibility for study at The University of Auckland

Academic eligibility

Before undertaking the Study Abroad or Exchange programme at The University of Auckland you must

  • have completed at least one full-time year at university
  • have a better-than-average academic record, particularly in your major subject and in your most recent academic year of study.

English language requirements

The University of Auckland requires all students whose first language is not English to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language.

To demonstrate English language proficiency, The University of Auckland accepts both IELTS and TOEFL. The minimum required scores are:

  • IELTS: overall band score of 6.0 in the Academic Module, with no band less than 5.5 in IELTS, or
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of 80 with a writing score of at least 21, or
  • Paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of at least 4.5.

Higher scores may be required for some programmes, including postgraduate study.

Where English is the medium of instruction at a student's home university, this may be accepted as evidence of adequate English language proficiency.
For more information, see English language requirements.


Overseas representatives for Study Abroad applicants

If you require assistance with the Study Abroad application process, you can use the services of one of the University's official overseas representatives.

For more information please see Official overseas representatives.


Important dates

The academic year 

There are two intakes per year for the Study Abroad and Exchange programmes.

  • Semester One: late February to late June
  • Semester Two: mid July to mid November

You can apply to study for one or two semesters, beginning in either Semester One or Semester Two.
Summer School (January - February) may be available for the Study Abroad programme.

For more information about semester dates, see Academic dates.


  • Semester One 2014: Monday 24 to Friday 28 February 2014
  • Semester Two 2014: Date to be confirmed

Application due dates

Semester Exchange deadline Study Abroad deadline
Summer School N/A 1 November of the previous year
Semester One 1 December of the previous year 1 December of the previous year
Semester Two 1 April 31 May

Applications can take up to six weeks to process.

These deadlines allow us to process your application so you have sufficient time (up to six weeks) for the processing of your student visa, which you must obtain before entering New Zealand.


Areas of study

Study Abroad and Exchange students can select courses from a wide range of subjects offered at The University of Auckland.

Please visit Available Subjects.


Programme costs for study at The University of Auckland

All students

  • Compulsory health and travel insurance (a requirement of the New Zealand government)
  • Cost of living (including accommodation)


Exchange students studying at The University of Auckland pay tuition fees to their home institution, based on the fee requirements at their home institution.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad students pay a single flat tuition fee, which covers tuition fees for a full-time course of study, access to Student Services and membership of the University of Auckland Students Association (AUSA).

In 2014 the Study Abroad Tuition Fee per semester is NZ$12,500.

For more information about paying your fees please see the Terms and Conditions in your offer of admission.

Tuition fees for 2014 apply to Semester One (February-June) and Semester Two (July-November) 2014 only. Fees for 2015 are subject to change and will not be confirmed until approximately September 2014.


Supporting documentation

You apply for the Study Abroad or Exchange programme using the online Application for Admission.

To complete your application you will need:

  • Official academic transcript (in English), showing your current (and previous, if applicable) undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies at university or a verified* copy.
  • If applicable, original IELTS or TOEFL results, or a verified* copy.
  • Course outlines (in English) for courses you have studied at your home university that are equivalent to prerequisites for your proposed University of Auckland courses.
  • Courses in Fine Arts, Architecture or Music require submission of supplementary information such as a portfolio or DVD audition. For more information please visit National Institute of Creative Arts and Industry (NICAI) supplementary application process.
    Alternatively, you may contact our colleagues at the NICAI Student Centre.
  • Verified copy of the identity page of your passport or your birth certificate (Identity cards and driver's licences are not accepted)
  • One colour, passport-style photo (4cm x 5cm) on a coloured background with your name printed legibly on the back.
  • Exchange students only - an official nomination letter from your home university.

We give priority attention to applications that contain all of the required documents and information. Incomplete applications may result in delays in the processing of your application.

*Verified means the document is signed, dated and stamped by a Justice of the Peace, solicitor, notary public, exchange coordinator or authorised agent. Contact the Study Abroad and Exchange team for more information on which authorities can verify documents in your home country.