Learn the lingo

Getting used to the terms we use at Uni can feel like learning a whole new language. What’s the difference between a lecture, tutorial and lab? What do you use CANVAS and MyAucklandUni for? Read on to master the lingo at the University of Auckland.

We asked our current students what lingo they had to get used to when they started here at the University of Auckland:

Budgie Meal A meal for $6.50 or less, offered by most food outlets on campus.
Butter chicken fries  A delicacy from Jewel of India in the Quad, City Campus. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Fridge and freezer Lecture rooms in OGGB.
Gen ed General education paper (aka one where you can study almost anything you like). A course will have a 'G' at the end if it's gen ed (e.g. Business 101G).
IC Information commons (not intensive care).
IC0 Level 0 of Kate Edger Information Commons, which can become a bit crazy during the final weeks of semester.
Kate/IC (1-4) Kate Edgar Information Commons. Where Munchie Mart is and all the public computers. You can book a computer Monday - Friday: 7am-12am, and weekends: 8am - 10pm.
Munchie Formally known as Munchie Mart. The glorious dairy situated in IC0 with the legendary $1.80 pies at night.
Quad The outside covered area between IC and Princes Street.
OGGB
Owen G. Glenn Building, where the Business School is located.
Overheard
The Overheard @ University of Auckland Facebook group.
Plussage system that lets you get the best possible mark for a course (not offered by all courses).
Room numbers The first three numbers are the building number; the second three numbers are the room number within that building, with the first number being the floor level. (e.g. 260-433; 260 is OGGB and the room is on the 4th floor).
Shads Shadows Bar, your student bar on City Campus.

And here are some more general terms you may have heard around:

AskAuckland The student information centre. This helpful hub of knowledge is located in the Alfred Nathan House (in between the General Library and the Clock Tower). Go here to ask about enrolments, payments, or if you are lost.
AUSA Auckland University Students’ Association. The students association located opposite Gen Lib on Alfred St. They can help you with many things such as hardship grants and student advice.
CANVAS Access readings and other information about your courses and communicate with your lecturers, tutors and classmates.
Campus Card The official photo ID card for all University of Auckland campuses. This is your key to life on campus. You will need it for tests and examinations, and for accessing the Library, Recreation Centre, and other University spaces.
Conjoint A single qualification made up of components from two separate degrees.
Class A component of a course, for example, a lecture stream.
Course Formerly known as a paper, a course is an individual class which is taught and assessed throughout the semester.
DELNA Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment. A test everyone it required to do to test your English competency.
Elective A slot in your programme where you need to pick a course of your choice (as long as it’s approved by your programme).
Gen General Library. The tall big library building on Alfred St. It's open Monday - Friday: 8am-10am, and weekends: 9am - 8pm.
GPA Grade Point Average – how we measure a student’s performance numerically, between 0 (no passes) and 9 (A+ average).
ID The number on your Campus Card. Usually 7 digits or more.
Lab A practical teaching session.
Major A required component of a degree, including a certain number of points in a subject at the most advanced level.
Minor A component of a degree including a certain number of points above Stage I in a subject.
MyAucklandUni Also sometimes called the student portal. A one-stop shop that makes it easy to see your calendar and timetables, email, notifications, course updates, library information, financial information and more.
Paper Now known as a course.
Plan Your major or specialisation.
Points A value assigned to a course or other work to indicate its weighting within the University’s certificates, diplomas and degrees.
Prerequisite A required course that you must complete prior to enrolling in the one you want to take.
Programme A prescribed set of one or more courses or other work, which on satisfactory completion leads to the award of a University of Auckland certificate, diploma or degree.
Specialisation A coherent group of related courses from different subjects.
Stage The year of study in your programme or course that you’re in. It’s the first number in front of your course number (e.g. ACCTG 101 is Stage 1. ACCTG 201 is Stage 2).
Student Services Online (SSO) Enrol in a course, change your programme, view your exam timetable, see your grades, course history, unofficial transcript and much more.
Student Email Your student email address should always end in @aucklanduni.ac.nz
Summer School An extra semester from January to February where you can take 2 papers. A good opportunity to get ahead.
Tutorial A small-group learning session.
UoACal A programme which syncs your timetable with your phone/computer's calendar.
UPI Uniquie Personal Identifier. Your username/login (e.g. jsmi123)

Find out more University lingo on the Glossary page.