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Why Auckland

The 2015 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland third in the world for quality of life. With beautiful volcanoes and lava flows, a dynamic mixture of European, Asian, and Pacific influences, friendly residents, and breathtaking coastal views, you’ll fall for Auckland’s unique charm. 

From Auckland, you will have many opportunities to explore the beautiful country of New Zealand. Fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit series can visit nearby Hobbiton, where scenes from the movies were filmed. On the South Island, just a short flight away, you can hike or ski in the magnificent Southern Alps. With Auckland as your home, you’re in the perfect place from which to experience both the cultural and natural wonders of New Zealand.

What You'll Study

Our study abroad program in Auckland offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the University of Auckland, a prestigious research university that has courses in more than 150 disciplines. The University has a wealth of options in Māori Studies and has a marae (Māori sacred ground) on campus, indicative of Auckland’s diversity and New Zealand’s Māori heritage.

Daily Life

Auckland will be your classroom. At the start of the program, you participate in an orientation on the spectacular island of Waiheke, where you stay at a marae and learn more about Māori culture. Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum to explore its collections in natural and human history. Learn about Auckland’s diverse geography from the Auckland Volcanic Field to the isthmus that Auckland is situated on. Everything you do and see is part of your international education.

We want you to feel at home in Auckland, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. We encourage you to take advantage of the University’s numerous clubs and organizations—many of which include sports and outdoor activities—where you can meet local students who share similar interests.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland
The University of Auckland, founded in 1883, is the only New Zealand member of the prestigious Universitas 21, a global consortium of major universities engaged in research, academic exchange, and quality benchmarking. With about 40,000 students (including 4,000+ international students from 93 countries) the University fosters a diverse and challenging academic environment. In 2014, the University of Auckland was the only university in New Zealand included in the top 200 universities in the world list by The Times Education Supplement. The Association of Pacific Rim Universities Performance-based Research Fund also ranked the University first in New Zealand with the greatest number of A-rated researchers in the country.

The University is centrally located in the heart of Auckland, and covers an impressive 39 acres of land. The city campus has easy access to the cultural and commercial amenities of the country’s largest city, while harbor views and nearby parks add to its attractiveness. The IES Abroad program is run out of the International Office, conveniently located on campus near the library in Old Choral Hall.


You directly enroll in courses at the University of Auckland, where classes are offered on a point system. A course load of 60 points per semester is defined as full time. IES Abroad awards credit units based on the number of points assigned by the University of Auckland. A 15-point course carries 4 IES Abroad credits, a 20-point course carries 6 IES Abroad credits, and a 30 point course carries 8 IES Abroad credits. You may take a maximum of two 100-level courses each semester. You carry minimum of 14 and a maximum of 16 IES Abroad credit hours per semester. Disciplines available to IES Abroad students are listed below.

You can change your course selections until the end of the second week of the semester. Further information about course content and availability can be found on the University's course advice and information page.

Ancient History, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Chinese, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Cook Islands Māori, Creative Writing (limited availability), Criminology, Croatian, Dance, Development Studies, Drama, Economics, Employment Relations & Organization Studies, English, English Writing, Ethics, Ethnomusicology, European Studies, Film & TV Production, Film, TV & Media Studies, French, German, Greek, History, International Relations & Human Rights, Italian, Japanese, Korean,  Languages and Literature, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Linguistics & English Language, Māori Studies (Te Wānanga o Waipapa), Medieval & Early Modern European Studies, Museums & Cultural Heritage, Music, Music Education, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Polish, Political Studies, Public Policy, Russian, Samoan, Social Science for Public Health, Sociology, Spanish, Tongan, Women’s Studies, Writing Studies

Business (AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited)
Accounting & Finance, Commercial Law, Economics, Information Systems & Operations Management (ISOM), International Business, Management and Employment Relations (MER), Marketing

National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (Most of these disciplines require additional application materials)
Architecture, Dance, Fine Arts, Music, Planning, Visual Arts

Education Curriculum, Education (Professional)

Chemical & Materials, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, Engineering Science, Mechanical

Environmental Law, various other disciplines (limited entry)

Medical and Health Sciences
Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Population Health

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sport & Exercise Science, Statistics

Biblical Studies, Christian Thought & History, Practical Theology

Not all subjects are offered every semester/year and some faculties offer year-long classes only. Course offerings for the school year (which starts in February in New Zealand) are released in Nocember. In addition, there may be enrollment caps in certain disciplines, and many upper-level courses require prerequisites. Contact your IES Abroad Representative if you have specific questions regarding courses.


Interning while you study in Auckland gives you rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life everyday culture of your host country.
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school.
  • Improve your confidence.

Unpaid internships for academic credit are available through the University of Auckland. Students who participate in internships enroll in the required ARTSGEN 301 course at the University. Taking this course enables students to receive academic credit for their internship; the course is worth 4 IES Abroad credits. More information about the course is available here. As with all courses you might consider taking at the University of Auckland, please consult with your home campus academic advisor to ensure that credit for the ARTSGEN 301 course will transfer.  

Placements are primarily focused in fields relating to the humanities and social sciences, and 20 hours of work at the placement is required each week.

Students submitting applications should be in their Junior or Senior years, as this is a 300 level course.

All students must include with their application a reference letter from an academic at their home institution. 

Please note that as internships are a newer option available through the University of Auckland, placement options are growing but still somewhat limited. As such, being placed is a competitive process and placements are not guaranteed. If you are interested in undertaking an internship during your study abroad in Auckland, please indicate your interest to your IES Abroad advisor as soon as possible.

Advising & Support

Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, there’s something IES Abroad wants you to know: we’re here for you if you need us.

Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.

But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Auckland, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.

The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s when our staff will be there for you.

On-Site IES Abroad Staff & Facilities
As an IES Abroad student enrolled at the University of Auckland, you have access to an on-site IES Abroad staff member, who is specifically dedicated to your student needs and is based within the University. Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, the IES Abroad Program Coordinator is available to fully support you. Our staff member in Auckland will accompany you throughout orientation, as well as the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events. Because of the close relationship IES Abroad has with the University of Auckland, students benefit from unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure begins in Auckland, our mid-semester field trip to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands takes you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. (This trip is partially subsidized by IES Abroad; you are responsible for a portion of the cost.)

5–7 Days | Fall & Spring
Explore the mountainous island and white sand beaches, visit local institutions such as a primary school or perhaps an animal shelter, learn outrigger canoe paddling, and witness firsthand the island nation’s political and education systems and the place of song and dance in everyday life.

Course-Related Trips

The University of Auckland offers many opportunities for you to pursue course-related excursions in many academics areas, especially Archaeology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geology, and Marine Science. Courses exploring Maori culture also include important field study.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Auckland is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, teaches you about emergency services on campus, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


IES Abroad Orientation
Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program gives you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and IES Abroad staff, explores academic differences between the United States and New Zealand, and introduces you to the program, the University, and to Auckland. The program commences with a special North Island orientation and two-day field trip. Past highlights have included traveling to the Waiheke Island and staying overnight on a marae, where students learned Māori haka, crafts, and cultural traditions.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

University of Auckland Orientation
The IES Abroad orientation is followed by the University of Auckland international student orientation and general orientation for all new students. Run in part by students, the program provides insight into Kiwi (local) student culture and helps you integrate into university life. The program also provides an official university academic orientation that further introduces you to the facilities and services at the University of Auckland, such as academic support, sport groups, and social opportunities.


As part of IES Abroad’s direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options reflect the local student culture and meet our safety and security standards.

Homestays – This is the best way for you to get to know the “real” New Zealand, and to experience the fullest cultural integration possible. You have a private room and receive up to 16 meals per week. Placements are available throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. The database of homestay options is extensive enough to meet a wide range of student requests. You can have up to a 45-minute commute to campus, but the opportunity to live with Kiwis is well worth it.

Apartments – The student apartments, such as Carlaw Park, Parnell Student Village, and Unilodge are fully furnished apartments that differ in size and number of occupants. The costs of electricity, gas, and water are included in the accommodation fees. All apartments are self-catered, which means you prepare meals for yourself.

You have free access to broadband Internet through the University ResNet system. The commute time from the apartments to campus ranges from a 10- to 30-minute walk to campus or a 20-minute bus ride, and all are located in the city. A membership to the recreation center is included for students living in university accommodation.

Living in an apartment offers a high level of independence and is a good option if you want to be able to cook for yourself. The apartments primarily house international students from the United States and other countries.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

University Clubs & Events
While you’re in Auckland, joining a social or sports club is a great way to meet Kiwi students. You have access to the University amenities including libraries, cafés, health services, art galleries, a theater, and a recreation center. The Auckland University Student Association has many cultural, interest, and sports clubs and societies.

The University of Auckland also offers optional field trips at a reasonable cost to other parts of New Zealand, such as Wellington and the Southern Alps, and routinely hosts cultural events and guest lectures for the general student body and for individual courses.

Additionally, Auckland hosts more than 300 events a month including international sporting events and cultural events such as Pasifika and the Chinese Lantern Festival. You can always find an event to suit your interests.

Get to Know Your New City

Climb Rangitoto

Check out this 800-year-old dormant volcano in Auckland’s Harbour, for a scenic 360-degree view of the city.

Visit the Wild Beaches & Black Sands

Enjoy the unique nature of New Zealand’s west coast, including Muriwai and Piha Beach.

Visit One Tree Hill

Learn about Māori fortification while spotting some sheep and viewing the Stardome Observatory.

Eat & Shop at the Auckland Markets

Running from Thursday to Sunday, stop by for a slice of multicultural cuisine and pick up great souvenirs.

Take the Road Less Traveled

Hike 11 different walking trails for a taste of natural New Zealand, only a short trip from downtown!

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $15,360 $4,450 $490 $20,300

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

We can’t wait to welcome you to Auckland! Whether you need advice about your courses or help deciding what to bring on your field trip, our IES Abroad staff in Auckland will be there to support you.

Our Staff

Bianca Ranson

Program Director

Bianca has a degree in Sport and Recreation – Outdoor Education from AUT, Auckland University of Technology.  She has had many years’ experience working with local Māori, youth at risk, international students and international visitors, providing customized programs and tours to support and engage the various groups and individuals she works with.  Tikanga Māori is at the heart of the work she does, engaging students with the outdoor environment, on local marae, and engaging with Māori arts & culture. 

IES Abroad Staff


IES Abroad students are taught by University of Auckland faculty.