University of Auckland Courses

You are required to maintain a full course load through your time in New Zealand. A full-time course load as defined by Arcadia University is 12-16 U.S. credits per semester. Courses can be found on University of Auckland’s website.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Course and Department Restrictions

Restricted entry departments: Architecture, Fine Arts, Medical and Health Sciences, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts; all 100 level Engineering courses.

Psychology courses fill quickly in the Second Semester (Fall semester).

Courses with an A or B after the course code (eg: PSYCH 306A) are full year courses (February to November).

Courses with any other letter after the course code are not available to study abroad students.

Some courses require a related class, like a tutorial or laboratory - choose a related class that fits your schedule.

Choosing Your Courses

A full-time course load is equivalent to 12-16 U.S. credits (but the number of courses depends on how many New Zealand units each course is worth).

University of Auckland Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
15 4

The University of Auckland course catalog:

  • Select subject index.
  • Select a subject to view a list of courses.
  • View the availability of courses for any given calendar year.

Special Nomenclature

New Zealand Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty Department, School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Semester 1 Spring semester
Semester 2 Fall semester
Stage I 100-level course
Stage II 200-level course
Stage III 300-level course

Enrollment Process

Students will receive an email directly from University of Auckland prompting them to enroll in courses online. All courses with pre-requisites require students to submit a concession explaining their background in the subject and how they meet the pre-requisite. The concession will be reviewed by University of Auckland faculty, and the outcome will be sent directly to the student via email.

Course enrollments will not be finalized until students are on campus. The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A+ High First 85 - 100% A
A Clear First 80 - 84% A
A- Bare First 75 - 79% A
B+ High Second 70 - 74% B
B Clear Second 65 - 69% B
B- Bare Second 60 - 64% B
C+ Sound Pass 55 - 59% C
C Pass 50 - 54% C
C- Marginal Pass 50 - 54% C
D Failure 40 - 49% F
F Failure 0 - 39% F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.


Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee for the materials used in the class. Please refer to the online course description.

For studio art, graphic art, media production, drama, dance or music courses, submit a portfolio or audition tape on slides or a CD. Submit between 8-12 examples of your work. Portfolio is non-returnable. Some fine arts courses are year-long and begin in February.