Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and the center of the country’s retail and commercial activities. Approximately 401,500 people live within the city boundary and 1.5 million in the greater Auckland area. This represents about a third of the country’s population.The city is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbors – the Manukau and the Waitemata – and is surrounded by 11 dormant volcanoes and numerous picturesque islands. This harbor side location is known as the "City of Sails" because of the great number of yachts that sail in the harbors and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.
Auckland has a rich cosmopolitan mix of people. Around 63 per cent of its residents are of European descent while 13 percent are Pacific, 11 percent are New Zealand Maori and there is a growing Asian population, currently about 12 percent. English is the main written and spoken language in Auckland. Maori, Pacific and Asian languages are also spoken by ethnic communities.
Find more about Auckland here: About Auckland, New Zealand
The academic year at the University of Auckland is divided into two semesters. Each semester covers a period of about 15 weeks comprising approximately 12 teaching weeks followed by three weeks for study and examination. The first semester starts at the beginning of March and the second semester in mid-July. Each semester has a mid-semester break which lasts for one to two weeks. During the three weeks after the end of lectures, there is a period of study followed by the examinations for the courses studied during that semester. There is a three-week inter-semester break during which results will be published and any further admissions and enrollments processed.
The University now has seven campuses with eight faculties representing each of its main disciplines: Arts; Business and Economics; Creative Arts and Industries; Education and Social Work; Engineering; Law; Medical and Health Sciences; and Science. It also has two large-scale research institutes: the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the Liggins Institute.
Many courses and research activities reflect Auckland’s and New Zealand’s place in the world. Pacific archaeology, ethnology and languages, for example, are emphasized in the Anthropology Department. Geographers carry out fieldwork in the Pacific Islands while University scientists make frequent study trips to the Antarctic. Asian languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean, are taught and Pacific Island languages were introduced in 1991. A wide range of issues relevant to New Zealand society are addressed in subjects as diverse as Sociology, Education, Social Work, Medicine, Engineering and Architecture. The Geothermal Institute is one of four international centers which provide training in Geothermal Technology.
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At the University of Auckland students are expected to work individually and be self-motivated learners. While students will have lectures, tutorials, or seminars with a tutor, they are expected to work without their direct assistance. For many students, this requires a lot of self-discipline and good time management.
While The University of Auckland provides a plethora of courses to choose from, there are a few course restrictions
for study abroad/exchange students:
- Courses offered in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and Optometry.
- Courses running for the whole academic year - e.g. PSYCH 308A and 308B (expect students enrolled for the whole University of Auckland academic year – February to November).
- 100 level courses in Fine Arts, Architecture and Planning (unless the student is majoring in the subject at their home university).
- BUSINESS 101 and BUSINESS 102.
- 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 students.
- 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.
The University of Auckland offers quality accommodation in the heart of Auckland City, at comparable prices to other New Zealand universities – making Auckland an affordable option.
Students can choose to either live on-campus or look for various off-campus options. Students who do not wish to stay in a University residence are responsible for finding their own accommodation but my seek guidance from the University’s Accommodation Advisory Service: http://www.accommodation.auckland.ac.nz/advice
The University of Auckland is a USD Sponsored program, which means students will not pay tuition/fees to USD, rather, a program fee (covering tuition/fees, and living expenses) will be paid directly to the University of Auckland. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
through The University of Auckland: Scholarship Info
and Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Info
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USD students must complete the Global Learning application before being nominated to attend The Auckland University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in New Zealand, course registration, and housing.
This program is offered on a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available.
Fall Semester Late July to late November
Spring Semester Late February to early July
Academic Year Late July to early July
See Academic Dates here: Academic Dates
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