Please note that only Penn State College of Engineering students may apply to this exchange program.
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. Students should enroll in 4 classes (usually worth 15 points each) at Auckland for a maximum of 60 points (generally the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).
Education Abroad Credits
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 of a Pass/Fail basis. Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits/50 Auckland Points per semester; students can enroll in a maximum of 15 credits/60 Auckland Points. 1 PSU credit = 12.5 Auckland Points.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the 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.Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Meals
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
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. See the notes section of the budget sheet for more details on the varying costs.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman, 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.
Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college's international office is located in 205 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. Please see the Global Engineering website for more information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad.