Auckland Direct Enrollment - University of Auckland


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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.


Why Auckland?

The 2017 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.


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 2015, 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 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 in the Alfred Nathan house.


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 credits 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 can take a maximum of two 100-level courses each semester. You carry a 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 website at


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 (Professional), Education Curriculum


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 November. 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.

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you'll take your classes, we're still here to fully support you.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming-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.

On-site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at the University of Auckland, you have access to the IES Abroad Auckland staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.


Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff will be there for you.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Auckland, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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. This trip is partially subsidized by IES Abroad.

Waiheke Island

2 Days | Orientation | Fall & Spring

After arriving in Auckland, spend orientation on beautiful nearby Waiheke Island. Learn about Māori culture while you stay at a marae, enjoy hiking and beach activities as you get to know your fellow program participants.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad Arles organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your general knowledge of French culture and society.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Arles is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your 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 a two-day field trip. Past highlights have included traveling to Waiheke Island and staying overnight on a marae (Māori sacred ground), where students learned Māori haka, crafts, and cultural traditions.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience (CORE™), begins right when you arrive and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

University of Auckland Orientation

The IES Abroad orientation is followed by the University of Auckland's 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, sports 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 – Living with local residents 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 and UniLodge Whitaker are fully furnished apartments that differ in size and number of occupants. Utilities are included in the accommodation costs. 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 an 8- to 15-minute walk to campus and all are located in the city. A membership to the University Recreation Centre 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, interests, 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.


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $15,435 $4,475 $490 $20,400

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic Year $27,770 $8,950 $980 $37,700

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Adelyn Dougherty Leander Need-Based Urban Issues Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

Open to students who have an interest in urban studies (a major in urban studies is not required).

Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers

Up to $10,000; awarded to 6 students each year.

The Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers was established by an anonymous donor to encourage more engineering students to have the enriching, life-changing experience of study abroad.

IES Abroad - University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarships

Up to NZ$7,000; awarded to 4 students each year

The University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarship has been established to provide support for IES Abroad students to experience one semester or one year at the University of Auckland as a non-degree study abroad student. Up to four awards of up to NZ$7,000 have been allocated for IES Abroad students for fall or spring semesters.

Our Center

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

Last updated May 2020

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