The combination of academic work, field trips, and personal travel opportunities gives students a rich introduction to New Zealand life and culture. The Auckland University Studies Program, runs approximately 16 weeks during the Fall Semester and 24 weeks during the Spring Semester. Students will take one required course at the Boston University Auckland Center and directly enroll at either Auckland University of Technology (AUT) or the University of Auckland and take three elective courses that depend on their specific field. Students live in double bedrooms in furnished 2-bedroom apartments at Scene 3, which is situated close to both campuses in a vibrant urban setting in the heart of Auckland. All program participants enjoy access to university facilities, sports and social activities for an additional fee.
Requirements & Considerations
- All students must enroll according to, and remain in compliance with, the Boston University Study Abroad Course Load Policy.
- The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology’s admissions criteria require study abroad students to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- Students with a GPA of 2.8 or 2.9 may be considered on a case by case basis and should contact BU Study Abroad before applying.
- Before applying to this program, BU engineering students must follow the College of Engineering’s instructions for juniors applying to study abroad, complete the Engineering course substitution form, and return it to the ENG Undergraduate Records Office.
- Admissions requirements for all programs.
All students enroll in one required course, then enroll directly in three courses at the University of Auckland or Auckland University of Technology (AUT), depending on their specific field and interests.
Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin. We recommend that students do not overload (take more than the required 16 credits).
The Fall Semester runs for approximately 16 weeks. During the Core Phase, students take the required course for five to six weeks and then enroll in three elective courses from the host university’s Semester II course selection.
The Spring Semester runs for approximately 24 weeks during New Zealand’s summer and fall. Therefore, students enroll in both the New Zealand summer session (January–February) and Semester I (March–June). During the summer session, students take the required course and enroll in one elective course. During Semester I, students participate in two other elective courses.
All students in the Auckland University Studies Program are required to take this course:
- CAS SS 315 Aotearoa New Zealand: History and Society (4 credits)
- An introduction to traditional and contemporary New Zealand culture, incorporating extensive field activity.
Students enroll in three elective courses, either from The University of Auckland or AUT. For course information, please visit the homepage for The University of Auckland or Auckland University of Technology.
Elective Course Info
University of Auckland Tracks
- Computer Science
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Geology (course recommendations)
- Liberal Arts
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Film/TV/Radio Production
- Sport and Recreation
- Art and Design
Housing & Student Services
- Students share a double-room in a 2-room quads in the Scene 3, apartments close to the universities. The rooms are furnished with 2 beds, and the quads have a shared living room, kitchen, and laundry.
- Kitchen shared with 4 students, students can purchase kitchen supplies and groceries nearby.
- Board is not included.
- No dining hall availability.
- In-unit laundry.
- Students can pay a monthly fee to use the gym at the university. They also have access to the library on-campus.
- Fall Semester: mid July to mid November
- Spring Semester: early January to early July
- Fall Semester: March 15
- Spring Semester: September 15
Cost & Financial Considerations
- Fall Semester: $22,359
- Spring Semester: $24,704
Cost includes tuition, housing, program related activities, administrative fee, overseas medical insurance, and emergency evacuation coverage.
- 2018 to 2019 academic year budget sheet, including cost of living expenses for the fall and spring.
- Financial aid available.