Returning to Auckland

Welcome back. We hope you had a great time!

Getting your host university transcript

  • Check your host university's website to find out if you need to request your official transcript. Ask if they will send this to Auckland Abroad on your behalf, or this is something you must do.
  • Once we receive your transcript we’ll email you.
  • Our office will keep a copy of your transcript and you will get the original.

Submitting your report

  • You must submit a 400-word written report about your exchange experience before your credit will be transferred.
  • Auckland Abroad may call on you occasionally to speak to prospective exchange students informally or in seminars.
  • We will put these reports and photos on our website to inspire other University of Auckland students to go on exchange.
  • To submit your report and upload your photos, use the Auckland Abroad Student Exchange Report Form.
  • You can upload photos when completing the report form. If you want to provide more photos, use the Web DropOff Box.
    Select aucklandabroad@auckland.ac.nz.

Note: If you have don't receive a confirmation, resend as an attachment to aucklandabroad@auckland.ac.nz.

Crediting your overseas study

After completing your exchange studies, Auckland Abroad will transfer credit to your University of Auckland academic record.

Credit will be transferred only for courses that have been passed and approved by your faculty.

You will need to complete the Transfer credit application form.

Credit for your studies at the host university should have been
pre-approved by your faculty before you left on the exchange. If you
took courses overseas that were not pre-approved, you must contact your
department and faculty to seek approval.

You will need to print a new Course approval form.

To transfer your credit we need:

  • Your official host university transcript
  • Your report and photos
  • Your transfer credit application form
  • A new course approval form signed by your department/faculty if the courses taken have not been pre-approved before/while on exchange.

Note: It is not letter grades but credits that will be transferred back to your University of Auckland degree.

  • If you are going on exchange during the final semester of your degree, your graduation could be delayed by one semester if the overseas university official transcript does not arrive well before our graduation application deadline.
  • Your graduation date may also depend on whether you have finalised credit for courses taken at the overseas university.
  • If your exchange courses are prerequisites to the courses you want to enrol in on your return to the University, you will have to ask your faculty to manually enrol you.
  • We do our best to transfer your credit as soon as possible, but transcripts from the host universities might not arrive on time for you to enrol.

Updating your University of Auckland transcript

  • After transferring your credit, your University of Auckland transcript will show that you have received credit from an overseas university.
  • It is not letter grades but credits that will be transferred back to your degree here. Therefore, your GPA will remain the same as your last semester here.
  • The official transcript from your host university should be used to show your letter grades (or numerical grades if that is what they use). You will have these two transcripts as a record of your university studies.

Attending the welcome back party

This party is usually held in the second week of classes each semester (March or July). We’ll email your invitation. You’ll be able to mingle with other exchange students, share stories and find out more about the long-term benefits of your international experience.

Attending the pre-departure party for new exchange students

Remember when you attended the pre-departure party and asked questions to students who had been on exchange? Now it’s your chance to answer the questions! The party is held the last week of classes each semester (June or October). We’ll email your invitation.

Dealing with reverse culture shock

Unfair as it might seem, you may come home and get a case of reverse culture shock.

When you return:

  • Give presentations to family, friends, community groups, schools, about your experience abroad. Do anything that allows you to process, and pass on, your experiences.
  • Take some time to be a tourist in your own area. Observe things in the same way you did while abroad.
  • Keep your expectations reasonable. It may take a while to settle in and feel at home again.
  • Stay active, positive, forward looking.
  • Market yourself. Update your CV. Highlight any languages or specialised skills you picked up.