Requirements for Science students

The Faculty of Science Academic Committee has approved the requirements below for students seeking approval for an international exchange.

  • You must be able to demonstrate academic merit by achieving a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 across your semesters studied at the University of Auckland, which includes current and past programme enrolment.
  • We recommend students go on exchange during their second year of study, but it's also possible in your third year.
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 45 points at the University of Auckland and an equivalent full-time course load at the host university. 
  • You may be awarded up to 75 points of credit toward your degree in each semester of study. This credit only applies when taken at an Exchange Partner University or equivalent institution, as approved by the Associate Dean Academic or nominee.
  • By undertaking an exchange programme, you may be eligible for a 15-point exemption from General Education without credit. This exemption means you still need to pass these 15 points for your degree, but they do not need to be from General Education courses. Students must be enrolled full-time while on exchange, with a minimum of 45 points credited back to the University of Auckland, in order to qualify for a 15-point General Education exemption.
  • If you are part of the Science Scholar Programme, you will need to consult the Programme Director and Administrator before planning to go on exchange.

360 International course approval steps

  1. If you have been nominated for exchange, you should already have a good idea of your outstanding UoA degree requirements. If you require clarification on this, email or visit Student Hubs. A Hub Adviser will help you figure out your outstanding degree requirements and determine which courses are best for you to complete overseas.
  2. Research course offerings and get pdf copies of detailed course outlines from the host university. Each course outline must contain sufficient information, including the course overview, topics covered in that course, and lecture/assessment schedule. Examples can be found on the University of Auckland's Course Outlines. Contact the international office at the host university if detailed course outlines are not readily available in the public domain. For course outlines that are not in English, please contact the international office at the host university for English versions or arrange for the course outlines to be translated by a professional translator. You will need to submit evidence that the English course outlines are supplied by the host university or a professional translator.
  3. Download and fill out the Course Approval form, which is available from 360 International under supporting documentation.
  4. Submit your completed Course Approval form to the appropriate Equivalency Adviser for approval. You will need to email or approach the adviser with your course outlines and Course Approval form. If you are enrolled in a conjoint degree and are planning to take course from both faculties, you must arrange course approval with both faculties. 
  5. Send your Course Approval form, approved by the Equivalency Adviser, to for faculty approval. For out of faculty courses, the science faculty will arrange approval on your behalf or direct you to the appropriate contact in the other faculty for departmental approval.
  6. The faculty will notify you by email when the Course Approval form has been approved. 
  7. Submit Course Approval form with faculty approval to 360 International by email or bring it to the 360 International team during office hours. Ensure you have a copy of your Course Approval form and course outlines for your own records.
  8. If you are abroad on exchange and have made changes to the courses you would like to credit back, but you have not sought prior approval, contact as soon as possible. You will need to complete another Course Approval form for those new courses and submit the completed form to the 360 International team by email.

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, contact the 360 International team.

If you would like to discuss academic matters such as your course approval, email or visit the Student Hubs.