How to apply

Follow the steps below to prepare your application for exchange.

Application process

Applications for Semester One 2022 exchanges are currently open. Exchange will only be open between selected Australian partner universities due to the University’s continued restrictions on international travel outside the Government approved travel bubbles.

The deadline to apply to 360 International for an exchange to Australia in Semester One 2022 is 15 August 2021.

Information sessions: During the week of 5 July, representatives from our exchange partners hosted online information sessions. You can access links to the resources from these sessions on the Australian partner university pages on Via TRM.

If you're considering exchange in Semester Two 2022 or in the future, please check in with the 360 International team or refer back to this page for further updates later this year. 

The exchange application process:

  1. Review your academic plan
  2. Research host universities and courses
  3. Apply to 360 International on Via TRM
  4. Receive a nomination offer 
  5. Apply to the host university
  6. Organise course approvals
  7. Complete other pre-departure forms

For more details, please see below.

Step 1: Review your academic plan

Before you apply for exchange, you’ll need to understand how an exchange fits into your degree plan. Please review eligibility and timing and semester exchange in Australia.

Please note, the opportunity for Semester One 2022 exchange to Australia is only available to undergraduate students who are currently in New Zealand, meet the exchange eligibility requirements and are:

  • Australian and New Zealand Citizens,
  • New Zealand Permanent Residents, or
  • New Zealand Resident visa holders (with valid travel conditions).

Visit your faculty student centre to discuss which degree requirements you can fulfil while on exchange. If applicable, check with your faculty regarding eligibility for the General Education Exemption.

  • Once you know your options, you should complete the Academic Planning Worksheet available for download under supporting documentation

Step 2: Research host universities and courses

You will need to research up to three universities for exchange to Australia and list in order of preference on your application.

  • For each option, you will be asked to identify 8-10 potential courses which could fulfil your degree requirements and complete the Host University Preferences and Proposed Courses Form as part of supporting documentation.

Courseload on exchange in Australia: Whilst students can enrol between 45-75 points to transfer to their Auckland degree from exchange, most of our Australian partners do not permit students to overload (take five courses) from the standard full-time courseload, unless granted on case-by-case basis, which is not guaranteed. Students should plan to complete and transfer between 45-60 points from an exchange semester in Australia.

How to begin your research:

When researching, look for courses in the corresponding semester as academic calendars may differ. Winter/spring term in the Northern hemisphere corresponds with Auckland’s Semester One and autumn/fall term refers to Auckland’s Semester Two. Pay close attention to course restrictions, prerequisites, language of instruction and years of study.

Step 3: Apply to 360 International on Via TRM

Before you start an application on Via TRM, ensure you’ve prepared your supporting documentation mentioned above. You’ll upload the supporting documents into your online application.

You submit your application on Via TRM.

You'll only submit one application for exchange, and you begin this on your first choice university’s Via TRM page. Please note, we have some faculty specific agreements with some partners, so you may need to apply to the specific faculty page (e.g. Melbourne Law).

At the end of your application, you’ll list the remainder of your choices as alternate options in order of preference.

If applying for two semesters at one host university: Submit one application indicating two semesters. We cannot guarantee we can offer you two semesters, as this is subject to availability of space.

If applying for two consecutive semesters at two different universities: Apply for your first semester, then your second exchange in the following application round.

Step 4: Receive a nomination offer

360 International will review and process applications after the deadline has passed. You will be notified of your application outcome four to six weeks after the deadline.

Nominations are based primarily on academic merit. Students with a higher cumulative GPA will receive priority consideration. Ensure you've done thorough research and are willing and able to attend any of your options. We'll make every effort to place you at one of your preferred choices, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive a nomination for your first choice.

If accepted, you will be sent a nomination offer, at which time you will need to:

  • Accept or decline your nomination offer, and any awards, by the deadline given
  • Attend a nomination session

Step 5: Apply to the host university

Once you've attended a nomination session, our team will nominate you to the partner university. Instructions will be shared with you after on how to apply to the partner university (please wait until we've provided you with instructions).

All students are also required to attend a pre-departure session (typically held during the study break before exams). This session will cover topics in preparation for your exchange, including health and wellbeing, intercultural matters and employability. 

Step 6: Organise course approvals

360 International requires a completed course approval form which has been signed by your faculty before you go on exchange. You will begin working on the course approval process after receiving a nomination offer from 360 International.

Complete the Course Approval form and email the form and host university course outlines to your faculty for approval. The form is available under supporting documentation.

On your Course Approval form, indicate the number of points you intend to enrol in at the University of Auckland whilst on exchange (45, 60 or 75 points). Your enrolment points here at the University is the maximum number of points you can transfer back to your degree.

Email the completed Course Approval form to 360 International by the given deadline.

Note: Even if a course is on a faculty pre-approved list, you still need to complete a course approval form and submit it to your faculty for assessment.

Step 7: Complete other pre-departure forms

During the pre-departure session, 360 International will provide further instructions on forms that we need you to complete prior your departure for exchange. This includes your full travel itinerary details and confirmation of insurance, in addition to other forms. More information is available under preparing to go.

Notes on GPA

Your cumulative GPA is the deciding factor. If you are concerned about not meeting the GPA requirement, please contact 360 International. Applicants may be considered on a case by case basis.

Your application will be assessed based on your cumulative GPA, which includes the most recent semester once all grades are posted. Although you won’t know your GPA when submitting your application, we only make decisions after grades are available from the most recent semester. If accepted for exchange, you’re expected to maintain a term GPA of 5.0 (B average) up until the time of departure. We'll check your grades and you may be withdrawn from the programme if you don't maintain this requirement.

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