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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
3
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Graduate/Undergraduate:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
No
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Cybersecurity, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Health Policy and Administration, History, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Junior standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand's largest university with over 40,000 students and a leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2021. Penn State students interested in this program will apply as exchange students for one semester or academic year. Our students can choose from over 100 courses taught in English.

Penn State students will attend the University of Auckland's main university campus: the City Campus. The City Campus is located in the heart of Auckland close to the city's main transport hubs, the bustling central business district, shops, theaters and social scene.

Program Dates and Academic Calendar

Penn State students will follow the University of Auckland's academic calendar. Refer to the University of Auckland Important Dates website for the specific dates, if available. 

  • Academic Year: late July - early July
  • Fall: late July - mid November
  • Spring: late February - early July

Please note that the University of Auckland's academic calendar is different than Penn State's. Please review this table for a comparison of academic calendars.

Comparison of Academic Calendars
Penn State University of Auckland
Academic Year: August - May Academic Year: February - November
Fall Semester: August - December Semester 2: July - November
Spring Semester: January - May Semester 1: February - July

Program Note

This program may have limited space, so we recommend that you identify an appropriate backup program and complete the Education Abroad Backup Questionnaire in your Penn State application. Should you not be accepted for your first-choice program, you will be reviewed for your backup choice. For help on choosing an appropriate backup, please contact your education abroad adviser.

Location

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population of 1.6 million people, and is the center of the country’s retail and commercial activities. Auckland has a rich cosmopolitan mix of people. Around 53% of its residents are of European descent, while 28% are Asian, 15% are Pacific, and 11% are New Zealand Maori. English is the main written and spoken language in Auckland. Maori, Pacific, and Asian languages are also spoken by ethnic communities.

The city is surrounded by 48 volcanoes and numerous picturesque islands.This harborside location is known as the "City of Sails" because of the great number of yachts that sail in the harbors and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf. In the west of the city, the Waitakere Ranges rainforest forms a gateway to magnificent west coast surf beaches and an abundance of bush walks.

The University of Auckland's City Campus is right in the heart of Auckland. Penn State students are within walking distance of all the main cultural, entertainment, and commercial hubs. Harbor views and Albert Park add to the appeal. The campus has a full range of amenities including cafes, health services, libraries, childcare facilities, and a recreation center.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Cybersecurity, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Health Policy and Administration, History, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course Listings

To find courses at the University of Auckland, follow the instructions on the University of Auckland Study Abroad & Exchange website

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the University of Auckland Course Catalog before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with the University of Auckland

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 16 U.S. credits (50-60 University of Auckland points)
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
University of Auckland Grade Penn State Grade
A+/A A
A- A-
B+ B+
B B
B- B-
C+ C+
C/C- C
D+/D/D- D
Fail F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
University of Auckland Penn State
 15 Points 4 Credits

Academic Terminology

Academic Terminology Comparison
University of Auckland Term Penn State Term
Faculty Department, School, or College
Points Credits
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester One Spring Semester
Semester Two Fall Semester

Housing and Meals

Housing

Penn State exchange students are required to live in the University of Auckland on-campus accommodations. On-campus accommodation at the University of Auckland is guaranteed to students who submit their housing application by the deadline pay the housing deposit (approximately $750 NZD).

All University residences are within easy walking distance of the City Campus, as well as many of Auckland’s main attractions. There are a variety of room options available including both catered (some meals included) and self-catered (no meals included) options. For more information and to begin researching the many accommodation options, visit the University of Auckland's website for exchange student accommodations.

Please note that the University of Auckland's accommodation fees are not included in your tuition bill from Penn State. You will pay the University of Auckland directly for your on-campus accommodations. Please visit the University's accommodation fees website for estimated costs (all prices are listed in New Zealand Dollar).

Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions. 

Meals

Some meals may be included in the catered accommodation options. Otherwise, the costs associated with meals are the responsibility of the student. Please review the University of Auckland's accommodation options for detailed information about meals.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Program-specific Scholarships 

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
 

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

This program can be competitive so students applying for the spring semester should apply by the May 1 priority deadline. Applications for spring semester will be accepted after May 1 only if space is still available on the program. 

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA

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