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.

Students in the program directly enroll at either Auckland University of Technology (AUT) or the University of Auckland, depending on their specific field and interests. Students take three elective courses. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

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).

Fall Semester

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.

Spring Semester

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.

Required Course

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.
    • Syllabus

Elective Courses

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.

University of Auckland Tracks

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology (course recommendations)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

AUT Tracks

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Journalism
  • Film/TV/Radio Production
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Art and Design

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

Program Residence

  • 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


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