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University of Auckland
As New Zealand’s largest university, the University of Auckland is also the country’s highest ranked institution as well. While academics here are of the highest standard, the school’s incredible location allows students not only to focus on their studies but explore all the country has to offer as well. With big city attractions just steps away from campus and gorgeous natural surroundings perfect for hiking and spending the afternoon at the beach just a short drive or ferry ride away, there’s always something to do!
Study at New Zealand’s top-ranked university, The University of Auckland, located in the heart of the city
Listed in top 50 schools in the world for civil engineering, education, psychology and more. Its Business School holds leading international accreditations from AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA.
Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in the country’s largest city, Auckland, and the nature-filled, culture-rich Rotorua
Experience living with Kiwis and international students in university housing
Live in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, with its magnificent coastline to the east and west
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Auckland-based Resident Director and other in-country TEAN staff for continued support throughout the semester
Go on an adventure with our mid-semester Thailand excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches
Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments starting in Auckland with a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hangi dinner at a marae (meeting house). Next, stop at Hobbiton, then discover Rotorua’s renowned geothermal activity (including the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland), soak in natural hot springs, learn a powerful Maori haka, and more. After this packed four program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
University housing consists of shared, apartment-style lodging with local and international students as well as single studio style apartments for those wanting their own space. All bedrooms are singles and all housing is self-catered. More information on location and the pros and cons of each housing option is provided to TEAN students upon application to help students decide on their preferred housing.
Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Auckland Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
About the University
- Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is the country’s largest university with more than 40,000 students.
- Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, and number one in New Zealand by the QS World University Rankings.
- The University of Auckland is ranked in top 50 schools in the world for: Civil engineering, Education, Psychology and Literature (QS World University Rankings).
- The Business School holds leading international accreditations including the “triple crown”: AACSB International (United States), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (United Kingdom), and is ranked in the top 100 schools in the world (QS World University Rankings).
- The University of Auckland is located in New Zealand’s largest city and commercial center. The city is an eclectic mix of New Zealand, Asian and South Pacific cultures. The University of Auckland’s main campus is bordered by two city parks and is adjacent to the bustling city center, which provides convenient access to shops, entertainment venues and museums. The city’s pace and energy spill onto Auckland’s campus, where historically significant buildings and landmarks meet modern architecture and state-of-the-art research facilities.
University of Auckland is located in the city center of Auckland. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.View Map
- Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at the University of Auckland. See our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 courses per semester (45 and 60 Auckland points), which usually transfers as 12-16 US semester credits or 18-24 US quarter hours.
Students will enroll approximately two months prior to departure through the University of Auckland’s online system. Students will finalize their enrollment on-campus during the University of Auckland International Orientation.Find Courses
Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Auckland are divided into eight academic divisions: Faculty of Arts; Business School; National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries; Faculty of Education and Social Work; Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Law; Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences; Faculty of Science.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.7 GPA
- Students with a GPA below 2.7 are encouraged to contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Auckland-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Auckland and throughout New Zealand. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, the Blues, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.
Take the ferry across to Rangitoto Island and spend the afternoon hiking this volcanic island with gorgeous views over Auckland.
Kiwis love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
South Island New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!
Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 1|
|Depart the US||July 3|
|Arrive in New Zealand||July 5|
|TEAN Orientation||July 5||July 8|
|Housing Move-In||July 8|
|University Orientation||July 11||July 15|
|Classes Begin||July 18|
|Semester Break||Aug 29||Sept 9|
|Classes End||Oct 21|
|Study Period||Oct 25||Oct 26|
|Exam Period||Oct 27||Nov 14|
|Program Ends||Nov 15|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and program fees: $16,450
- University off-campus housing: $5,150
- Tuition and program fees: $15,995
- University off-campus housing: $5,250
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 4-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Local SIM card
- Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
- Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
- Access to pre-arranged flight itineraries and booking agent
- Extensive pre-departure advising
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival at TEAN Orientation and in host city
- Student association fees
- Host university orientation
- Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($1,700)
- Student visa ($30)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, the University of Auckland provides multiple scholarships for TEAN students between US$2,000 and US$5,000 in value, available for both semesters. Students who apply for the TEAN semester scholarships will automatically be considered for these awards.
Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships
Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.
"After settling in to Auckland, I was completely immersed in the New Zealand life and school. I was attending class with local students and learning from local professors."
"Being able to understand the Maori culture was vital while living in Auckland because I was constantly surrounded by it. Being able to appreciate it made it all more worth-while and important."
"I would describe my study abroad experience as the ultimate adventure and an inspirational journey that has forever changed me."
We Love Auckland
Albert Park, next to the University of Auckland, is an awesome study spot during the summer when the weather is great. You can work on a tan while you get work done! In the winter it’s hard to beat one of the quaint cafes on High Street or, for a slightly quirkier twist, K Road cafes such as Verona, where you can warm up with a fantastic coffee or hot chocolate while you get your work done.
For cheap eats the K Road kebab shops in Auckland offer some awesome Mediterranean food for around the NZ$10-$15 mark. For something a bit more adventurous, Korean BBQ and Chinese restaurants along Upper Queen Street are a sure way to feed the beast while maximizing bang for your buck.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!