Prior tertiary study

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification. If you have started or completed tertiary study outside New Zealand, and want to study an undergraduate-level programme, your overseas qualification(s) must be approved for University admission.

Entry requirements

You will typically need to have completed one of the following to meet the minimum equivalent University Entrance standard:

  • One semester of successful bachelor degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution.
  • One year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.
  • One year successful bachelor-degree level study at a recognised university (or similar institution) overseas.

If you have finished secondary school you may already meet the minimum acceptable equivalents of the University Entrance Standard, see New Zealand Secondary School applicants, or Overseas Secondary School applicants.

If you are applying for admission based on prior tertiary study you must meet admission, programme and undergraduate English language requirements. To see the entry requirements (by country) for your intended programme(s), visit Find a study option.

Apply for transfer of credit

You can apply for transfer of credit for tertiary courses completed elsewhere as part of your Application for Admission.

Domestic applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee.

To get an estimate of transfer credit you may be eligible for, use our Transfer Credit Calculator. Please note the results produced by the calculator are a guide only and do not guarantee that credit will be awarded. 

For further information on applying for transfer credit, please read:

Academic English Language Requirement

If you are a domestic student, or an international student applying with results from another New Zealand tertiary institution, in addition to any University Entrance Literacy standard, you must meet the Academic English Language Requirement either at admission or during your first 12 months of study.
See Academic English Language Requirement

Don't meet the University Entrance Standards?

We provide pathways to help you proceed to your chosen undergraduate programmes, see:


Phone: 09 923 5025 (within Auckland)
Phone:  0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
Phone: +64 9 373 7513 (from overseas)
Email: (domestic applicants) (international applicants)