Learning Abroad Center
This program page is for non-UofM students. If you are a UofM student, visit University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland (UofM Students)
Auckland harbor and skyline

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

Asia & Oceania
LAC Program

Study at a diverse, urban university with a reputation for excellence in the sciences, engineering and research in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.


COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2022 due to COVID-19.

Program Details

Auckland, New Zealand
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Calendar Year
Spring Semester

Program Eligibility

2.7 (may be flexible in certain situations)
Student Type
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite



Kelsey Studies in New Zealand


Auckland, known as the "City of Sails," is New Zealand's most populated city with about a third of the country's entire population. The city offers a multicultural flair, natural beauty, a perfect setting for water sports, and tons of cultural events.

Study at the University of Auckland, a large, diverse, and urban university with a reputation for excellence in the sciences, engineering, and research.

Housing & Meals

On-campus housing is included in the program fee. Housing is available in residence halls, university apartments, and student flats. Auckland offers two unique living / learning communities -- one focused on entrepreneurship and building personal brands, the other focused on environmental and sustainability themes.


The University organizes a series of interesting activities, including ski trips, Maori cultural activities and sport days. In addition, there are over 100 student clubs for you to join.

You also have the opportunity to participate in a conservation volunteer weekend at some point during your studies. This opportunity to participate in a project and learn about the New Zealand environment is a highlight of the program.

Learning Outcomes

Students studying at the University of Auckland will: 

  • augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with New Zealand and international students and community members;
  • experience New Zealand and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at the New Zealand host university;
  • and enhance their intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities. 

Faculty & Staff

The University of Auckland has staff available to provide orientation, on-site support and advising to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life.

Program Structure

Program Level
Lower- and upper-division classes are available.

16–17 credits per semester




Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

Popular course clusters lists classes in popular subjects, including classes specific to New Zealand, and classes consistently popular with visiting students. 

You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

Other academic information, as well as program dates, housing options, special classes, etc., can be found at Auckland's main study abroad page.

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

Term Abroad Date/Time Location

Fall 2021

Program cancelled due to COVID-19

Schedule Date
Program Start Early July
Program End Late November

Spring 2022

Program cancelled due to COVID-19

Schedule Date
Program Start Early February
Program End Late June

Academic Year 2021-22

Program cancelled due to COVID-19

Schedule Date
Program Start Early July
Program End Late June

Calendar Year 2022

Program cancelled due to COVID-19

Schedule Date
Program Start Early February
Program End Late November


If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

The New Zealand government also requires all students to carry an approved NZ-based health insurance policy. The policy costs approximately US$220 per semester. Details and instructions will be sent to students upon admission.


Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Education New Zealand offers scholarships specifically for students coming to study in New Zealand.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

Fall 2021


The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now


Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

Submit to the Learning Abroad Center:

  • University of Auckland personal essay

In addition to completing the Learning Abroad Center's Online application checklist, you must also submit an application and supporting materials directly to the University of Auckland. Once your application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Learning Abroad Center, instructions for how to follow up with Auckland will be sent to you. 

Next Steps

  1. Upon submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
  2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
  3. You will have applications with both the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Auckland—make sure to follow instructions for both applications when they're sent to you. 
  4. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. Log in to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.

Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Ryan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373

Contact Program Alum

Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.