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Studying abroad in New Zealand is paradise for nature lovers. The North Island offers sailing, beaches, and hot springs. On the South Island, wild rainforest, the Southern Alps, glaciers, and gold towns await your exploration.

More than 800 years ago, the Maori became the first people to migrate to New Zealand, crossing the South Pacific in canoes and navigating by the stars. European whalers and explorers found the islands much later. In 1840, New Zealand became a British colony, creating a unique and culturally diverse country with Maori carved meeting houses and British colonial architecture. As you can tell, the New Zealand study abroad experience is one of a kind.

Now it’s your turn to study abroad in New Zealand and explore this vast country and immerse yourself in university culture through our direct enrollment programs.

Cities

Choose your adventure in New Zealand with our locations on both islands that offer coastal views and endless outdoor opportunities
Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand’s capital, is located on the North Island, situated between two harbors.

Our Programs

Auckland Direct Enrollment - University Of Auckland

Auckland
,
New Zealand
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,400
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Auckland Summer Direct Enrollment – University of Auckland Film Production

Auckland
,
New Zealand
Length: 
Summer 2018, Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
Non-native English speakers, please see the Application Requirements
Estimated Cost: 
$6,950
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Top places to see in Auckland
  • Auckland Zoo

    There are more than 130 species of animals at the Auckland Zoo, and the collection is quite impressive. Among the favorites are the Indian Elephants, African lions, colorful parrots, friendly orangutans, giraffes, wallabies, and of course, the New Zealand icon, kiwis!

  • Auckland Tower

    The Auckland Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. Located in the Central Business District, the Tower reaches more than 1000 feet into the air and has become iconic of Auckland.

  • Boat Tour

    Just minutes from miles of clear blue water, Auckland is one of the most beautiful cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A boat tour is the perfect way to enjoy and see Auckland. Many companies offer different boat tours, including speed boats and sailboats.

Christchurch

Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a vibrant city and a gateway to many natural wonders and outdoor activities.

Our Programs

Christchurch Direct Enrollment - University Of Canterbury

Christchurch
,
New Zealand
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$19,900
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Top places to see in Christchurch
  • Christchurch Gondolas

    Just minutes from miles of clear blue water, Auckland is one of the most beautiful cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A boat tour is the perfect way to enjoy and see Auckland. Many companies offer different boat tours, including speed boats and sailboats.

  • Antarctic Centre

    The Antarctic Centre recreates the environment of Antarctica. There are numerous exciting opportunities at the Centre, including snowmaking, dining with penguins, an outdoor adventure ride, and much more.

  • Wildlife Reserves

    Nature-lovers will surely enjoy the Willowbank Wildlife Reserves. Visitors can see and touch the most unique species, some of which are endangered. The Kiwi birds are one of the most popular attractions at the Reserves. At night, the Reserves offer a wildlife tour that is truly amazing.

The Latest from New Zealand

May 16 8:14pm
Auckland

Rotorua and Cape Reinga

by Cat

A few weekends ago I completed my first half marathon! I had been training for it for a while but I was still nervous when the day finally arrived. The race was around Rotorua and in the Redwoods Forest area. I had heard good things about the Redwoods area, so I was very excited to get to experience this place by running through it all.

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May 6 2:03am
Auckland

Hiking the Abel Tasman: Mid Semester Break Part II

by Cat

For the second week of mid-semester break some friends and I headed down to the South Island for another adventure. We all had the goal of hiking one of the great walks of New Zealand entirely, so we took on the Abel Tasman trail.

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May 6 1:27am
Auckland

Roratonga: Mid Semester Break Part I

by Cat

I just finished my two-week long mid-semester break last weekend, and it was incredible. I jumped into the break by getting on a plane to Roratonga, one of the bigger islands that is part of the Cook Islands. This was a trip with IES Abroad.

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Apr 26 7:32pm
Christchurch

Cook Islands and more!

by Ava

One aspect of the Christchurch IES Abroad program that is not typical for most programs is that in mid-semester they offer a trip to the Cook Islands. This has been one of my favorite parts of my time abroad so far and strongly recommend to anyone deciding to study abroad in Christchurch—you won’t regret it! A little background: the Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific with about fifteen islands.

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Apr 11 11:27pm
Auckland

Running Around Auckland

by Cat

We are already almost at mid-semester break here at the University of Auckland. It’s crazy how time flies. I feel like I just arrived yesterday, but I have already done so much in these past six weeks. This includes exploring Auckland in different ways. I am mostly doing this by going outside my comfort zone to try new things.

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