Auckland city

University of Auckland

Sandwiched between bustling harbours, the city of Auckland's thriving downtown core is the site of the university's main campus.

The University of Auckland had a modest start in 1883, located in an old courthouse-and-jail with one hundred students. From these humble origins, it expanded drastically into new subjects, campus developments, and an enrolment boom to reach its current population of over 40,000, and is now New Zealand's largest and highest-ranked university. 

The 2022 QS World University Rankings lists Auckland at #87 - the highest ranked in New Zealand. Furthermore, Auckland was placed in the top 50 for multiple subject areas by the 2022 QS Subject Rankings, its highest subjects being Archaeology, Geography, Philosophy, English, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Development Studies, Psychology, and Law.

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status


2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025

Deadline passed

University-specific additional requirements

No reference letter required, with the exception of Law students; minimum GPA 3.0. See Eligibility section below for details.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Student Experience

New Zealand Through an Albertan’s Eyes: Auckland Fall 2019

Zoe Penno

Program details

Areas of Study: Auckland has a wide range of courses, including Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminology, Dance Studies, Development Studies, Drama, Economics, Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Software), English, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Film Studies, Forensic Science, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Greek & Roman Studies (Classics), Health Sciences, History, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Marine Science, Mathematics, Museum & Heritage Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Social Work, Sociology, Sport & Exercise Science, Statistics, Urban Design, Visual Arts, Viticulture, Women's Studies and more.
Find courses open to incoming Exchange or fee-paying Study Abroad students here.

Closed Programs: "Stage 1" Architecture, Planning, Fine Arts, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing courses. Graduate School of Enterprise courses which are shown as "Graduate Programmes" are also closed. Some restrictions apply to courses ending with letter codes such as A, B, E and F (e.g. Arthist 315A, Policy 250B, History 91F, Maorihlth 14H). Finally, note that Psychology and Biology programs have limited enrolment availability; students wishing to take Psychology and Biology courses must be flexible in their course choices.

Course requirements: Exchange students are expected to take 50-60 Auckland Points per semester. 1 UCalgary Half-course Equivalent = 12 Auckland Points. Course selection is typically done before arrival. 

Student Experience: "New Zealand is very rich in Maori Culture. Even in some of my classes they would sing Maori songs at the start."

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters:

  • First Semester runs from late February to late June 
  • Second Semester runs from late July to mid-November.

Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in February and continue to November. 

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay tuition & academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Weekly costs: estimated NZ$415-515 ($300-400 CAD)

    Rent $210-$310
    Power ~$25
    Internet/Phone ~$20
    Food ~$100
    Transit ~$30
    Leisure ~$30

    It's recommended to budget NZ$10,000-12,500 per semester. Note, students in New Zealand for <6 months cannot open a local bank account. Auckland cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

    Mandatory Insurance: International students are required to have health/travel insurance until the end of their visa or when they depart New Zealand, whichever comes first. Students have the option of buying Auckland's preferred policy (usually around $400 NZD per semester) or submit their own for approval.

    Student Tips: "Overall I think Auckland is 30% more than Calgary but most of that is from rent. Grocery stores and clothing is pretty close, maybe even cheaper. Eating out is expensive. Cheapest coffee you’ll find is around $4."

  2. Funding

    Did you know you can take your UCalgary funding with you? Since you remain a degree-seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange, you remain eligible for awards & scholarships as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

    Auckland is part of UCalgary's Global Indigenous Skills Program. Exchange students who are Canadian citizens or PR are eligible for the GIS Scholarship, worth up to a maximum of $10,000 with priority given to Indigenous students and students with disabilities. This scholarship is only available for Curtin exchanges in Fall 2024 semester. Exchange students will be guided on how to apply for the scholarship.

Exchange students to Auckland are guaranteed housing if they apply by the deadline, the university will place them in an on-campus residence hall, flat, or apartment. Auckland integrates their housing so that international students are mixed with local students and students from other countries.

Residence halls offer single or double rooms; depending on the hall, there may be a fully-catered meal plan at the campus cafeteria available, or self-/semi-catered plans. Flats and apartments typically house 2-5 students in private bedrooms with a shared kitchen. Because of the range of housing types available, rental fees can vary greatly. Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information provided.

If students do not want to live in university housing and would like assistance finding housing on the private market, it is encouraged they look into the services offered by Auckland's Accommodations Solutions Advisory.

Student Tips: "Auckland is a beautiful city and a lot warmer than Calgary, but still do bring some warmer clothing. During the winter it rains a lot and can get decently chilly, around 5 to 10 degrees celsius."

"The recreation center (gym) fee is included if you live on residence."

"Sunscreen was expensive, so bring that if you can. Also, I brought deodorant, but many of my friends made the realization that they don’t have the same style of stick deodorant in NZ, only spray on or roll on."

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

For applicants from the UCalgary Faculty of Law, an academic reference letter is required. Please click here to view the reference letter guidelines & submission instructions. It must be submitted at the time of your application to UCalgary.

Note: There is extremely limited space for exchange students at the University of Auckland. When submitting your application, we strongly recommend applying for a 2nd and 3rd choice university. If you are applying for a full-year (two-semester) exchange, it may not be possible at Auckland, so having a 2nd and 3rd choice university is especially important.

What resources are available for new students?

Auckland offers an Orientation Programme at the start of each semester with a variety of informative and social activities for international students. There is also an International Student Handbook published online every year.

Throughout the year, there are cultural events and social gatherings held at the "iSPACE" student commons on-campus, as well as various informative workshops. 

Auckland also offers a free airport pickup service, which must be requested at least 7 days prior to arrival in Auckland. Information on this is provided in Auckland's offer of admission. 

Student Tips: "Student clubs were amazing, every and anything you could imagine."

What supports or services are available at Auckland?

Auckland's Equity Office and Student Disability Services provide comprehensive academic support for students with disabilities. 

What's special about Auckland?

Student Tips: "The University of Auckland is a city campus so it’s located right in the heart of the downtown core and had basically anything you could think of within walking distance. Since I lived in student accommodation I had access to the recreation center but other wise you would need to pay, I think it’s a few hundred dollars for the semester. The gym was nice to have especially when winter came as it was harder to stay active in the city. The campus has a large library and plenty of study/computer areas. There are a few food vendors on campus and countless options nearby, further towards the core. Plenty of clubs on campus and club days so you can check them all out at the start of the semester."

"Hiking boots, hiking back pack, sleeping bag and mattress pad are very useful even if car camping. Rain pants would have been nice. The Tramping Club [organises] day and weekend trips and has gear for lending (tents, stoves, maps, ect.) membership was 20$ and also gave 15% off at bivouac (outdoor store)."

Auckland has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.