Understanding enrolment terms
We know that enrolling can be confusing. You can use the information on this page to understand some of the confusing terms you may come across when enrolling in your courses.
This page covers:
- The difference between programme and course
- General Education
- Academic Integrity
- Academic English Language Requirement
The difference between programme and course
At the University of Auckland, we use programme and course to mean two different things.
Programme is the qualification, degree, diploma, or certificate you’re studying.
For example, a programme can be:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Certificate in Languages
- Diploma in Languages
A course is the individual parts of the programme you complete to meet the requirements for your programme. For example, BIOSCI 101 or ECON 151.
You may refer to your courses as papers or classes. The University uses the term course.
Each course is given a point value. Most courses have a 15-point value. Depending on your programme, you may need to take courses with 30- or 45-point values.
For more information about enrolling, please see How to enrol in a course.
A General Education course gives you the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and develop a range of skills that could complement the skills you learn in your other courses.
These courses can be identified by looking for the ‘G’ at the end of the course code. For example, SCIGEN 101G.
In most programmes, you will need to take two General Education courses. There are some programmes, such as conjoint programmes, where you only need to take one.
The Academic Integrity Course helps you learn about what to do when you’re using other people’s work in a university space. It is more than just ‘not cheating.’
Academic Integrity is ACADINT A01 and shows in your enrolments.
You must complete the Academic Integrity Course. You are automatically enrolled by the University when you enrol in your first courses.
You need to complete the Academic Integrity Course to be able to graduate.
We recommend completing it in your first semester.
Academic English Language Requirement
The Academic English Language Requirement or AELR is there to ensure you have the right level of English to support your studies at university.
As a new undergraduate student, you must meet the Academic English Language Requirement either through:
- Your entry qualification
- Completing an approved course in the first 12 months of study
If you're asked to complete the AELR in the first 12 months of your study, you must do so as it can affect you continuing your studies.
Elective courses are courses you take for interest that count towards the requirements of your programme but not the requirements for your majors.
Electives are different from General Education courses.
If you need help choosing elective courses, please visit Student Hubs.
To enrol in your courses, please visit How to enrol in a course.
If you need assistance choosing your courses or have a question to ask, you can visit Student Hubs.