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University of Auckland

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Auckland. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Auckland!


The University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand. It is also the largest and most comprehensive and is spread across six main campuses. The University’s student population of 42,000 includes 8,000 international students representing over 120 countries.


The University is located in the harbour city of Auckland, New Zealand’s economic hub and with easy access to stunning beaches and rainforests.

Auckland is a great base for exploring further afield. Many of New Zealand’s top attractions and most striking landscapes are within a few hours’ drive. Study abroad students often spend weekends exploring the North Island or fly to the stunning South Island during the two-week semester break.

Level of competitiveness

Very competitive ***

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Application process for successful students

For nominated students who have already been made an offer of exchange by Queen Mary: Guide to online application.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: July to November

Semester 2: February to July

Check the University of Auckland's important dates


Courses not available to study abroad students:

  • Courses offered in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and Optometry.
  • Nursing and Law courses are only available for students from partner institutions which have special agreements with our school/faculty (note courses generally commence before the official start of the semester)
  • Courses running for the whole academic year - e.g. PSYCH 308A and 308B (except students enrolled for the whole University of Auckland academic year – February to November).
  • 100 level courses in Fine Arts, Architecture and Planning (unless you are majoring in this subject at your home university).
  • BUSINESS 101 and BUSINESS 102.
  • Graduate School of Management courses running on a quarterly basis – e.g. BUSACT, BUSADMIN etc.
  • Courses ending with the letters F or H - e.g. HISTORY 91F or MAORIHTH 14H. These are foundation year courses and not appropriate for Exchange students.
  • Stage I Engineering courses (ENGGEN 115, ENGGEN 121, ENGGEN 131, ENGGEN 140, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, ELECTENG 101, CHEMMAT 121) except for those ending in G.
  • Courses offered in the Faculty of Law - Part II courses, Part III yearlong courses and Part IV Advocacy, Mediation and Negotiation courses.
  • Policy 702
  • GLOBAL 100, GLOBAL 200 & GLOBAL 300
  • Courses delivered online (You cannot take more than 25% of online courses to meet the Immigration New Zealand student visa requirement; your home university may not transfer credits for the online courses)

Courses with limited availability:

  • Courses showing the letter “G” – e.g. PHYSICS 107G.
  • Biological Science, Psychology and Computer Science courses
  • 700 level Finance and Accounting courses.

We recommend that you have a second choice option for each course with limited enrolment availability. Students from these areas must apply early, in particular for Semester Two.

To select your courses, got to Find a study option.


Students need to take 60  credits (usually four x 15 credit courses) per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Exchange students who wish to stay in the university accommodation must apply online. Exchange students are placed in self-catering accommodation unless there is a special arrangement with our office.

Places are guaranteed as long as you apply by the deadline.

Apply by 15 October in the previous year (for Semester 1) or 1 May (for Semester 2) indicating your UoA programme (Certificate of Proficiency – Exchange) and they will guarantee university housing. You have to pay $750 deposit when you accept the placement.

Students who do not wish to stay in a University residence are responsible for finding their own accommodation but may seek guidance from our Accommodation Advisory Service or

Cost of Living

Approximate cost per week: $380–480 for accommodation, food, transport, phone, internet, entertainment.

To help you plan your budget, p0lesae visit the webpage dedicated to the cost of living in Auckland.

Support Services

Student Disability Services provides academic accommodations for students with specific learning disabilities. Exchange students who are affected by a learning impairment must apply for this before the semester starts with the documents below:

  • Letter/certificate to explain details of learning disabilities from the doctor or professional
  • Letter to explain details of the services they receive from a home university.

Students may be requested to sit a learning assessment upon arrival. For details, please contact

Campus Life

There are more than 240 student clubs and sports teams on campus. Whatever you’re into, there’s a club for you. The Study Abroad Students’ Society (also known as SASS) creates an inclusive community for returned, outgoing, and incoming study abroad students through fun events, trips and social mixers.

Social Media

The University of Auckland: 

Instagram Study Abroad: @studyabroad_auckland