Returning to Auckland
Welcome back from your exchange. We hope you had a great time overseas!
Transfer Credit Process
The transfer credit process is when courses taken on exchange are officially added to your degree here at the University of Auckland. This takes approximately three to ten working days. We will need the following four items from you:
- Official transcript from your host university
This can be sent to 360 International by post or email. Transcripts may be sent by the host university or you may have to request it to be sent through. Once we receive your transcript we will email you. If your transcript is being sent to your home address, please do not open the envelope but bring it to 360 International. We will take a copy and return the original to you.
- Transfer Credit Form
Download and fill out the form below. Submit it to 360 International during office hours or submit by email.
- Course Approvals
If you have taken additional courses that you have not yet received approval for, please submit another course approval form and relevant course outlines to your faculty student centre for assessment. If you only took courses you already had approval for and sent the approvals through to 360 International, you don't need to do anything else.
- Exchange report
Submit a 400-word written report about your exchange experience. These reports and photos will be used on our website to inspire other University of Auckland students to go on exchange. Submit your report and upload your photos through the 360 International Student Exchange Report Form. If you want to provide more photos, use the Web DropOff Box and select firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can only transfer credit for courses that you have passed at the host university (grades are not transferred). Courses from exchange will be listed as ‘CRDT’ on your transcript, which indicates credit has been awarded. Courses taken on exchange will not affect your GPA (it will remain as it was before exchange).
On your transcript your exchange semester will always show up as ‘In Progress’ even after your credits have been transferred. This does not affect your ability to graduate or enrol into further studies.
Went on exchange in your last semester? Ensure you obtain your transcript and submit the other documents as soon as possible so your credits can be processed. We can't guarantee we will receive your transcript or process your credits in time for the application for graduation.
Attending the welcome back party
This 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 returned students, share stories and find out more about the long-term benefits of your international experience.
Attending pre-departure for outgoing students
Remember when you attended a pre-departure session and asked questions to students who had been on exchange? Now it’s your chance to answer the questions! Pre-departure is held the week after the final week of the semester (June or October). We’ll email you asking you to attend.
Join the Study Abroad Students’ Society
The Study Abroad Students’ Society (SASS) is a club which consists of returned alumni and current incoming exchange students. It is a great way to get involved, share your passion for exchange and provide new students with an awesome experience at the University.
Dealing with reverse culture shock
Be prepared that 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 overseas. 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 overseas.
- 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.
The Alumni Office have created helpful guides with insider information if you find yourself abroad after you've graduated. You can check out their City Landing Guides.