|| QUICK FACTS
|| Auckland, New Zealand
| Autumn Semester
| Spring Semester / Academic Year
|| 20-25 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| Instruction in English
|| Shannon Quinn | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester)
Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester and Academic Year)
|| This exchange is open to UW graduate and
undergraduate students from all disciplines.
Students get the chance to fully immerse
themselves in New Zealand culture and
student life, as well as the city of Auckland,
while studying at the top ranked university in
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
The University of Auckland is New Zealand's largest and highest ranked university. Established in 1883, it serves a student population of 38,000 and is internationally recognized for its excellent academic programs and research. Auckland's main "City Campus" is located in central Auckland. Five satellite campuses, are outside the city center but linked to the main campus via inter-university shuttle. The University of Auckland has eight Faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Science, Science and Theology.
New Zealand is a colorful mosaic of European, Maori, Polynesian and Asian cultures; the University of Auckland's campus community and course offerings reflect this unique cultural identity. In addition to the university's general course offerings, UW students with interests in Pacific archaeology, geography, ethnology or languages will discover a plethora of courses in regional studies not offered at the UW; Maori Studies and Samoan language to name a couple.
Auckland University offers a wide range of courses over eight faculties. Students will have the option to study further into their major, to explore New-Zealand based courses, or to just take classes in which they have an interest. Students should take courses at a level appropriate for them (see the course level guide
for more information). Certain courses will have pre-requisites listed on the course listing. Students wishing to take classes with pre-requisites who have taken relevant coursework already at the University of Washington can request an enrollment concession (more course enrolment information
In New Zealand, once a student declares a specialization there is little room for deviation from the core curriculum. When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in New Zealand are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. In general, New Zealand universities also place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Students are responsible for their own learning and expected to complete a significant amount of independent reading and research outside of class. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Grades are usually determined by a combination of paper and test scores with a very heavy emphasis on the final exam. Although New Zealand students normally take fewer exams than their American counterparts, they are often expected to complete more papers and oral presentations.
New Zealand university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Students generally take 4-5 "papers" (courses) per semester.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
University of Auckland Course Catalog
For details about course restrictions, FAQ, and postgraduate work, please see further information about studying at Auckland
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in New Zealand and are eligible for university accommodations at their host institution. Housing options vary from on and off-campus residence halls to shared flats and suites. Some accommodations include catered meal plans while others are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. Students who do not to take advantage of university housing options generally find accommodations in private boarding homes or flats close to campus.
Futher housing and living information
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Auckland Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Auckland Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.