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University of Auckland

Take regular university courses in your major or a related field. UCEAP immersion programs in New Zealand fully integrate you into the academic and social life, and most academic disciplines are available.

Course Opportunities

Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
  • See the academic offerings at all New Zealand universities to determine if University of Auckland is the right partner institution for you. The document also lists course restrictions, if they apply.
  • The University of Auckland course catalog.
      • Note: Because New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere, their academic year begins in February with Semester 1, followed in July by Semester 2. When searching for courses at your host institution, keep in mind that you enroll in Semester 1 courses if you are a UCEAP Spring participant, and Semester 2 courses if you are a UCEAP Fall participant. Sequential course series are set up accordingly.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Many additional courses are available, and not all courses may still be offered.
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 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester are required.

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study may be possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Predeparture preparation may be required.

The University of Auckland 
The University of Auckland, established in 1883, is New Zealand’s largest university. The main campus extends over eight city blocks and covers nearly 40 acres. The university conducts teaching and research within faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Education, Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science. You can find strong course work in Pacific studies, chemistry, history, Maori studies, mathematics and statistics, and many other fields.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

1. Student – initiated Internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Past participants have interned for a wide range of organizations. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus also offer excellent guidance on CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we encourage you to look at the online career resources University of Auckland has to offer. UCEAP staff is available for advice. 

2. ARTSGEN 301

In this internship course, you will be placed in a commercial, non-profit, or community organization to gain both academic credit and work experience. Projects are completed under the supervision of an academic and a workplace mentor.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the host institution and follow the online application instructions. All information about the internship can be accessed through the link provided above. Note: Applications close two weeks before the start of the semester that the internship is running in.



At the University of Auckland, three residence halls are available: Grafton Hall, International House, and O’Rorke Hall. These halls provide three meals a day, seven days a week; sporting facilities (cricket, rugby, netball, etc.); single or double bedrooms; and the opportunity to take part in campus life, social events, and sports tournaments. The residence halls, particularly Grafton Hall, are the best housing choice for study in Auckland. There are also several university-managed facilities near the campus.

Some students choose to rent or share a private flat off campus. Since you arrive prior to the Auckland semester start date, you are in a good position to locate a private rental.

You have the flexibliy to choose the type of semester housing you want, however you will need to be proactive in your housing search. Semester housing is not reserved by UCEAP and is not inlcuded in the UCEAP program fees.



With over 1.3 million people, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, housing more than a quarter of the country’s population. It is located on the North Island on an isthmus between the Waitemata and Manukau harbors. The harbor is one of the city’s major features. Auckland is a major business and manufacturing center, built on the sloping hills of extinct volcanoes. Its famed War Memorial Museum contains some of the most comprehensive Maori arts and crafts collections in the world.

​Auckland is the cultural hub of all things Pasifika (related to the Pacific Islands). There is a large scale Pasifika Festival held in Auckland every year. Other cultural resources specific to Auckland are the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery, and the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum.

The University of Auckland offers scores of clubs and societies to join, depending on your interests. Maximize this opportunity to meet other international students and locals with common goals and fresh perspectives.

Further, Auckland offers:

-The best nightlife in all of New Zealand
-Beautiful beaches nearby
-Waterskiing, sea kayaking, and sailing
-Unlimited access to outdoor adventure
-37,000 acres of parkland
-Opportunites to explore Northland, Coromandel and Bay of Islands areas