The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive university, known for the excellence of its teaching and research. Students can choose from hundreds of courses that will incorporate the latest research findings and perspectives related to their discipline. Many of the University of Auckland’s academic staff, including researchers, scholars and creative artists, are at the top of their field, both nationally and internationally.
The Surrounding Area
With a population of 1.3 million, city life in Auckland is a blend of cultures, cuisines and nature. Auckland has two harbors, over 2000 miles of coastline and is the warmest of New Zealand’s cities. Naturally, beach activities play a big part in Auckland city life. You can go for a morning surf or kayak before breakfast, swim or relax at a beach between classes and in the evening take a ferry across to the North Shore to watch the sun set behind the city.
Stretching across an expansive area in the center of the city, the University campus is integrated into the heart of city life. Harbor views and nearby parks provide a scenic study setting, just minutes from the city center’s shopping and entertainment district. During Orientation Week the university hosts a range of events to help familiarize students with the campus. Orientation provides the opportunity to meet other students and experience a traditional Maori powhiri (welcome ceremony).
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington study abroad program with the University of Auckland will receive credit toward their degree requirement for most majors. The University offers a wide range of specialized programs including but not limited to: accounting, anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communication studies, computer science, ecology, economics, English, exercise science, fine art, health science, international business, international relations, marine biology, marketing, philosophy and religion, politics, psychology, public health, social work, theater and women’s studies. This program is AACSB accredited and approved by the Cameron School of Business for business students.
At the University of Auckland, each course is 15 credit points. A typical course load is three or four classes per semester. This is equivalent to 12-15 UNCW credit hours. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for New Zealand to discuss Auckland's course offerings and credit transfer process.
University accommodation is guaranteed for Study Abroad students, and provides a safe, comfortable and supportive living environment. Within the residence halls, students may choose to have a meal plan (catered), or to prepare meals on their own (self-catered). Accommodation is priced weekly and costs are stated in New Zealand dollars (NZ$). All University residences are within easy walking distance of the City Campus, as well as many of Auckland’s main attractions.
Some university accommodation offers access to free WiFi, free membership to the university recreation center, and common areas with BBQ patios, game rooms, study rooms and basketball or volleyball courts. Please see the accommodation website for costs and full amenity details.
As with all New Zealand schools, the University of Auckland follows the southern hemisphere calendar.
Fall Semester Dates (this is New Zealand's Spring term or Semester Two)
Mid-July to Early November
Spring Semester Dates (this is New Zealand's Fall term or Semester One)
Mid-February to Mid-June
This program is available as Study Abroad:
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for New Zealand to discuss your budget and to determine which program is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.