Eligibility and timing

To be able to go on exchange, you need to meet certain criteria and know when you can go.

When to apply for exchange

We have two exchange application rounds each year, one for Semester One and one for Semester Two. You apply a year in advance for the exchange (i.e apply during Semester One 2023 for Semester One 2024 exchange). 

Applications for Semester One 2024 exchanges are open and close 1 July, please see how to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • Enrolment at the University in an undergraduate or a taught postgraduate programme.
  • Completed at least two full-time semesters prior to the start of the exchange.
  • Demonstrated academic merit (a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0*, which is a B average). 
  • Suitability of your proposed programme at the host university to your programme of study at the University.
  • Your suitability as a representative of the University.
  • After applying to 360 International: If you have received a nomination offer (given permission to apply to your nominated partner university for the exchange programme), you must also achieve a term GPA of 5.0** in the semester before your exchange. 

If you no longer fulfil the criteria, 360 International has the right to withdraw you from the exchange.

*Cumulative GPA: grade point average from all your semesters studied at the University of Auckland, inclusive of current and past programme enrolment

**Term GPA: a particular semester’s grade point average

Students are expected to enrol between 45 to 75 points in one semester for exchange, with the average being 60 points that students complete. If intending to apply for exchange in the final semester of study, students must have at least 45 points remaining in their degree. Note, if you wish to utilise the GenEd exemption and plan to enrol in 45 points only, please read more information on the GenEd exemption page.

Domestic and international students are eligible to apply for exchange. Please note that if you’re a permanent resident of New Zealand and if you wish to apply for exchange in a country where you’re considered to be familiar with, this may impact your tuition fees. Please see Fees and money matters.

When to go on exchange

The best time for you to go on exchange will vary depending on
  • Your degree 
  • Remaining time until graduation

Discuss timing and courses with the Student Hubs

Before you apply for the exchange, you need to discuss your courses and when the best time is to go on exchange with the Student Hubs.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have discussed that you are eligible for exchange and have completed the necessary prerequisites for your degree prior to the exchange, where applicable.

Duration for exchange

You can go on exchange for one or two semesters, depending on the feasibility of your programme.

  • For some programmes you can only be able to do one semester abroad, such as the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. 
  • If planning for two semesters on exchange, you need to ensure that you have enough courses left in your degree to complete two semesters abroad. You should also consider the practicalities of studying abroad for two semesters in terms of finances, accommodation, visa and other matters. 
  • Some partner universities may not necessarily permit a two semester exchange, especially if starting in Auckland Semester One (winter/spring semester).

Going on exchange in your third or final year

Generally for Bachelors degrees that are three years in duration, the recommended time is in your second year. If going in your final year, please plan carefully so that you can still complete your remaining degree requirements and stay on track for graduation. Where possible in your degree, you should leave elective courses for the exchange semester to have flexible course options, and complete compulsory or core courses at the University of Auckland. 

Thinking of going in your final semester? You need to have at least 45 points remaining in your degree. You may still be able to participate in exchange depending on your degree but going in your final semester is not possible for some degrees. Research the partner universities and courses offered thoroughly to ensure you can fulfil your remaining degree requirements at the host university and graduate upon returning to Auckland.


Architecture: it is possible to do an exchange at both the Bachelors and Masters level.

  • BAS students may go in Semester Two of second year or Semester One of third year.
  • MArch(Prof) and its combined version students* may apply for one semester in the taught section of the degree (second semester of Masters first year).
    Course approval contact: Architecture

*Note: Combined masters include MArch(Prof) Urban (Prof), MArch(Prof) Her Cons and March(Prof)UrbDes.

Arts: second year, but third year may be possible.
Course approval contact: asc@auckland.ac.nz

Business: Second year, but third year may be possible. Students must plan to take BUSINESS 202 and BCOM Capstone (BUSINESS 350 - 353) at the University of Auckland, as these cannot be credited from an exchange programme.
Course approval contact: studentinfo@auckland.ac.nz

Creative Arts and Industries: second year, but third year may be possible. For a list of department advisers and faculty-specific information, please see Creative Arts and Industries student exchange overview.
Course approval contact: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz

Design: BDes students may go in Semester Two of second year or Semester One of third year.
Course approval contact: please contact Gabriela Baron at g.baron@auckland.ac.nz.

Education and Social Work: Education students can go only in Semester Two of the second year. Sport, Health and Physical Education students should consult with your programme leader as timing may be flexible. Exchange is currently unavailable for Social Work students. 
Course approval contact: please discuss your exchange with your programme leader.

Engineering: Semester Two of Part II or any semester of Part III. You can only go for one semester and transfer back a maximum of 60 points. For a list of department advisers and faculty-specific information, please see Engineering student exchange.
Course approval contact: foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz

Global Studies: please see below.

  • Bachelor of Global Studies: second or third year. Apply for exchange first and if you receive a nomination offer, then discuss your courses, suitable for your major, area study or language at stage II or stage III, with the Global Studies Programme and Student Adviser.
  • Global Studies conjoints: The timing may vary depending on your specific conjoint options, please check advice for both degree components in your conjoint while planning your exchange.

For Bachelors of Global Studies and Global Studies conjoints, you can seek initial degree planning and course advice before applying for exchange, but reviewing your degree plan and the course approval process will take place after you have received a nomination offer.
Course approval contact: globalstudies@auckland.ac.nz

Law: Law students can only complete Part IV electives on exchange, and you must have completed your compulsory Part III Law courses prior to exchange. These courses are Law 301 and Law 306 which are full year courses, and Law 316 which is a semester long course. Generally you go on exchange in your fourth year, or for conjoint students, this may be your fifth year or final year.  

  • Law Conjoints: either law courses only or the other part of your degree, but a mix of both faculties is usually not allowed. If you still have full year Law papers to complete and want to do an exchange for the other side of your conjoint, please plan the exchange carefully as you cannot do full year Law papers alongside your exchange in the same year. This would mean putting on hold your full year Law papers and Law degree if you go on exchange for the other side of your conjoint. Please seek degree planning advice from the Student Hubs.

This applies to both LLB students and Law conjoint students: if going on exchange in your final semester, students should complete the Law 498 requirements in the penultimate semester before the exchange semester.

Course approval contact: undergradlaw@auckland.ac.nz

Medical and Health Sciences: please consult with your faculty. Exchange is not applicable for Medical Imaging, Medicine, Pharmacy and Optometry students (consult faculty for opportunities).
Course approval contact: fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

Nursing: only in Semester Two of your third year.
Course approval contact: please contact the BNurs Management Director in the School of Nursing staff

Science: second year, but third year may be possible. The BSC capstone course must be completed with the University of Auckland, it cannot be credited from the exchange programme. 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. Please see Science student exchange requirements.
Course approval contact: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Science Scholar Programme contact: scischol@auckland.ac.nz


You have more flexibility, as you may be able to select courses from either one or both halves of your degree. It will also depend if the partner university will permit exchange students to take courses from different departments or faculties, as this may not always be possible. If you're a Law conjoint, please be prepared to only focus on one of your degrees, as it's generally not possible to take a mix of Law courses and other subjects on exchange.

When you go is determined by how you schedule your courses. Please plan carefully on both sides of your degree, especially if Law is one of your degrees. We advise planning out your whole degree, including the exchange semester, and identifying which courses you will take at Auckland and which courses you intend to complete on exchange.


You can only go for one semester in a taught postgraduate programme. You cannot do your research/thesis abroad, and PhD students cannot participate in the exchange programme.

Discuss feasibility with your faculty, as exchange may not be possible for certain programmes. Please note that an exchange is less common at the postgraduate level as many programme structures may not be able to accommodate an exchange semester.

All postgraduate applicants are advised to discuss their interest in exchange with a postgraduate adviser at the same time as applying for entry into the postgraduate programme. 360 International will also consult with faculty prior to nomination to confirm any conditions for participation.

  • For 120 point taught postgraduate programmes: If given faculty approval, conditions are likely to stipulate that only 30 points may be transferred back, while enrolment in a minimum of 45 points at Auckland and a full time course load at the host university will still be required. 
  • Note, students can only transfer up to one third of the total value of the degree back to their degree (see section 8a of the credit regulations).

When applying for a postgraduate degree programme, apply to 360 International at the same time. If you’re not accepted into the postgraduate programme, we'll withdraw you from the exchange.

If you've completed previous undergraduate study at a different institution, you'll need to provide a transcript as part of your supporting documents.

Foreign language proficiency

If you are taking courses taught in another language, you need to demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction as part of your application before you can be approved. Example countries include Chile, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Caledonia, Spain, and South Korea. For each institution’s requirements, please check the exchange partner university fact sheets.

What it means to be “proficient” in a foreign language

Essentially it means you have studied a language at university level for a minimum of two years, or meet the requirements indicated by that particular institution, before going on exchange.

This chart by the Council of Europe indicates different levels of language proficiency.

In order to have sufficient skills to study in a foreign language, you need to have achieved a minimum level of B2. Even with a B2 level, we strongly advise you take an intensive language course for 2-4 weeks before beginning your studies.

Intensive language courses

Most exchange partners in non-English speaking countries offer intensive language courses before their semester begins as part of orientation. Please ensure you check whether these courses are mandatory or optional.