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New Zealand Universities

Study Abroad Program Overview

New Zealand is a paradise for sports devotees, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Study opportunities are available on both the North and South Islands.
  • Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, has a strong maritime heritage, while Hamilton boasts a flourishing music and art scene. Palmerston North is home to a substantial student population. The nation's capital, Wellington, is a compact urban area surrounded by natural beauty with an impressive art scene and nightlife.
  • The South Island provides the opportunity to explore Christchurch, a cultural center with European grace and charm, and Dunedin, known for its thriving Scottish heritage, lively night life and easy access to beaches, hiking and wildlife.

The program begins with an activity-rich, ALL-UCEAP group orientation in Auckland. Here students meet other UCEAP participants and key on-site contacts, learn about Kiwi culture, take part in group excursions, and discuss the differences between the US and NZ academic traditions and systems. Following the ALL-UCEAP orientation program, students travel to their respective host universities for local orientation events and activities.

Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
Mid-June to mid-November (New Zealand's semester two).

Spring :  
February to early July (New Zealand's semester one).

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You may extend your UCEAP participation from spring to the full year at the same university. (This program follows the Southern Hemisphere schedule, as the academic year in New Zealand begins in February; an extension would be from UC spring through UC fall).


Students choose the type of housing option that best suits their needs and preferences. Residence in university dormitories or university-owned apartments is available at most universities, although many students seek private off-campus rentals.
Because of their proximity to campus and student life, the most practical accommodations are at the university colleges (residence halls, not colleges in the American sense). The majority of UC students have lived in university housing, but many have preferred to rent private flats (apartments) and shared rental houses. These vary greatly in quality and cost and are usually at a premium near the university campuses. Most students have reported good experiences with private rentals.
Students must be proactive. Semester housing is not arranged, reserved, or provided by UCEAP, nor is it included in the UCEAP program fees.
For more informatoin on housing, see the housing section of the Program Guide.

Extracurricular Activities

Student Unions and Clubs
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on EAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.

Some New Zealand universities offer membership in student unions. A union membership fee usually allows access to films, dances, concerts, sporting events, and sporting equipment at reduced rates. With a university identification card, you may get discounts for most commercial films, performances, and exhibitions.

Outdoor Activities
University students in New Zealand are very outdoors-oriented. There are many opportunities for hiking (called tramping), mountain climbing, nature walks, “orienteering,” sailing, bird watching, fishing, beach activities, and water sports. Every university has a variety of sports and outdoor clubs. Past EAP participants advise joining one or more clubs, which provide excellent social
outlets as well as inexpensive opportunities for outings and for rental of all kinds of gear (sports equipment is expensive in New Zealand).

On-site Support

The EAP program in New Zealand is currently overseen by the UCEAP Liaison Office in Auckland. EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Host faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide (PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).​

Browse the links below for more detailed information about courses and credit, housing and meals, location, and special opportunities offered at each UCEAP New Zealand destination.​

Host Institutions

Select a host institution for specific information on courses and credits.
* Indicates quarter term

Course Opportunities

Use the EAP Program Search to compare the general areas of study available at each New Zealand university, then explore specific courses offered through the institution links above.

When searching for courses: in New Zealand courses are often referred to as "papers"; the units earned from a course are called "points" and the university catalog is called the "calendar". So what does "course" mean in New Zealand? It's the term they use to describe a degree program or program of study. 


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 UC quarter units per semester are required.
These units apply to all institutions in the New Zealand Universities program.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the New Zealand host institution at which you are placed.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: