Off-Campus Program in New Zealand

Lake Forest, in collaboration with IES, offers a program in New Zealand appropriate for students in all disciplines, including the natural sciences. 

The Program

Students will enroll in four courses at the University of Auckland, across a diverse and broad catalog, as well as a required bridge course concerning various aspects of New Zealand. Up to 4.5 Lake Forest College credits will be earned for successful completion of the program. Accommodations are private dorms on campus with shared kitchen facilities offering students a cultural immersion that compliments their scholarly pursuits. All financial aid will be transferable.

The University and the Town

Founded in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university. With a strong international focus and a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programs, the University of Auckland has the most comprehensive range of courses in the country with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties, a School of Theology, and two large-scale research institutes.  The university website is here. You can explore the various courses offered, listed by subject, here.

The University of Auckland’s main city campus is located in the heart of Auckland. Its harbor setting, magnificent beaches and verdant bush make it a great place to study and work. As the national center, Auckland offers easy access to New Zealand’s many natural attractions and activities from World Heritage Parks to Marine Reserves, from rainforests to fjordlands, from glaciers to geothermal lakes, not excluding extraordinary flora and fauna, and the opportunity to encounter and learn about the islands’ rich Maori culture and history.


To qualify, students must meet the College’s requirements for study abroad and demonstrate a solid academic background in their major field(s). Applicants are normally expected to have a 3.0 minimum cumulative (GPA) and be in good judicial standing. Fees include regular Lake Forest College full-semester tuition plus a program fee that covers the accommodation in Auckland as well as several activity and excursion fees. All Lake Forest College financial aid will apply. Students are responsible for roundtrip airfare, food costs and any additional living or travel expenses.

Other Trips

Excursions include a comprehensive orientation and several tours and course-related field study within New Zealand. Two optional field excursions (at an additional cost) offer students the opportunity of a three-day excursion to the Bay of Islands and a week-long excursion to the Cook Islands, all led by an IES Abroad representative. (Interested students must indicate to IES their intention to take advantage of these option excursions at the time of program enrollment.)


Applicants must complete all required documents for both Lake Forest College and IES. The first campus deadline is November 15 of the year preceding participation. A College committee will interview candidates and select participants in early-February.  Applications forms can be found in My.LakeForest under the Student tab.


For further information, please contact Director of Off-Campus Programs, Ashley Sinclair at