Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand's largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 whom graduate annually. The main campus is in the heart of Auckland city; four specialist campuses are located nearby. Auckland is located on New Zealand's North Island and is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. By studying abroad in New Zealand, you will live in one of the world's best countries to live abroad.
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in business, government and political studies, psychology and sociology, forestry, natural sciences, fine arts, and Asian studies. For more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog or visit the Auckland Faculty of Engineering website. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students should enroll in four classes (usually worth 15 points each) at the University of Auckland for a maximum of 60 points (generally the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).
New Zealand and United States Academic Terms
When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the New Zealand academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.
Academic Terms Used in the United States and New Zealand
New Zealand Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Dept ENGR Auckland Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may live in an on-campus residential college, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Limited housing assistance is provided for students seeking off-campus housing including flats and home stays. Housing options are listed on the University of Auckland website.
Housing costs in New Zealand can vary significantly between the different housing options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. Review the notes section of the budget sheets for more details on the varying costs.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. Two scholarships are available:
Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards offer $2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand.
Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards offer $500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand Universities.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
The Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The College's international office is located in 204 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks the beginning of orientation week. Arrival date may depend on your housing arrangements. End date marks departure from program housing.
NOTE: Start date marks beginning of orientation week. Arrival date may depend on your housing arrangements. End date marks departure from program housing.
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