The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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This study abroad program through IFSA allows you to take courses at the University of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked university. You can take classes in a variety of subjects, alongside local students. You will live in an off campus apartment.


Located in the heart of Auckland, The University of Auckland offers classes across a wide array of disciplines. Popular subjects include Anthropology, Economics, Engineering, Marine Studies, Natural Sciences, Sociology, and Maori studies. Some subjects have restrictions for visiting students, which you can view on the IFSA website. You will take classes alongside full-degree local students. You will most likely take a traditional course load - four courses worth the equivalent of four Columbia points each.

You should note the different academic calendar in New Zealand, which varies significantly from the American academic calendar. Approximate dates are available on the IFSA website.

Program Features

The University of Auckland is located in New Zealand's largest city and commercial center. The city is an eclectic mix of New Zealand, Asian and South Pacific cultures. The University of Auckland's main campus is bordered by two city parks and adjacent to the city center. You will live in an off campus apartment, usually with other international students and New Zealanders. As a visiting student, you will have the access to the University’s student union and student clubs and social activities. IFSA will provide administrative support for your experience. They will offer academic advising, an orientation, activities and excursions.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.