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NEW ZEALAND - ISEP University of Auckland

The University of Auckland (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau) is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive university, known for its excellence in both teaching and research. At the University of Auckland, you can have the best of both worlds, living in one of the best cities for lifestyle, and learning at New Zealand’s leading university, ranked among the top 100 worldwide. The university offers courses in over 100 subject areas across eight faculties, spanning five campuses around the city. The main City Campus, where most study abroad students study, is integrated into the heart of city life and harbour views. Nearby parks provide a scenic study setting, just minutes’ walk from the city centre’s shopping and entertainment district.

The University of Auckland is a research-led, international university, located right in the downtown Auckland. The main city campus, which accommodates most faculties and departments, is within walking distance from major cultural, entertainment and commercial hubs. Harbor views and Albert Park add to the appeal. The campus boasts a full range of amenities including cafes, health services, libraries and a recreation center. 

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College, and may be difficult for some students to adjust.  

Learn more about the University of Auckland! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 3 or higher. Considers lower GPA with an explanation.

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


The city of Auckland is located on a narrow isthmus between two harbors and is surrounded by 11 dormant volcanoes and picturesque islands. The Auckland Harborside is known as the “City of Sails” because of the numerous yachts that sail in the harbor. Just west of the city, the Waitakere Ranges Rainforest forms a gateway to the famous West coast surf beaches.

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the ISEP Country Handbook for New Zealand. 


Course Description for Exchange/Direct Students:

Unique courses available to students include Maori studies, Pacific studies, wine science, environmental science and marine science. Auckland is ranked among the world’s best universities for many subjects including archaeology, education, English language and literature, psychology, geography, law, accounting and finance.  

Courses with limited enrollment availability include computer science courses, 700 level finance and accounting courses and any course ending with a letter G, eg PHYSICS 107G.  

Some courses are not available to exchange students as below. 

1.Courses offered in Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and Optometry.

Courses running for the whole academic year - e.g. PSYCH 308A and 308B 

3.Fine Arts, Architecture and Urban Planning courses (unless the student is majoring in the subject at their home university) 


Graduate School of Management courses running on a quarterly basis – eg, BUSACT, BUSADMIN etc.

Courses ending with the letters F or H - e.g. HISTORY 91F or MAORIHTH 14H. These are foundation year courses and not appropriate for Exchange studens

7.Stage I Engineering courses (ENGGEN 115, ENGGEN 121, ENGGEN 131, ENGGEN 140, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, ELECTENG 101, CHEMMAT 121) except for those ending in G.

8.Law and Nursing courses (Only on Exchange)

Website for Course Availability

Fields of Study:

Architecture, Area Studies, Biology, Business, Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Construction Trades, Education, Engineering, English Language Literature, Health Sciences, History, Human Services, International/Global Studies, Law/Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Resources/Conservation, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sports Studies, Visual & Performing Arts.


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.


The number of credits a paper is worth is made up of the number of contact hours, time spent in private study, group work, labs, etc.

To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 168 total contact hours, or 672 hours of in- and out-of-class time.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 126 total contact hours, or 504 hours of in- and out-of-class time.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Student Life

For information at the University of Auckland, click here!

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in student residences with single-occupancy rooms and shared bath and kitchen facilities. A stipend which covers a large part of costs for housing and meals is provided for Exchange.  Meals are not provided for Direct students.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to the University of Auckland includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week. 

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item



Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost for Southern Hemisphere programs, as that starts a new academic year.


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Confirmation and Application Fees


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance, which may be instead of, or in addition to, ISEP insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office