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 credits 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.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Special Considerations

Please submit a copy of your passport along with your course selection form. This is required by the University to register you.

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 four courses (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:

  • part of a wider system called Student Services Online, in which students can apply to the university, pay for their semester, and enroll in courses.
  • do not initiate any processes besides searching for courses on this site.
  • Arcadia takes care of everything else for you.
  • if you do so accidentally, please notify your program manager
  • divided by Faculty (Department)
  • click on a subject to view a list
  • availability for any given calendar year will appear in November of the previous year in Excel and PDF formats
  • First Semester: February to June
  • Second Semester: July to November
  • Stage I, Stage II, and Stage III structure of advancing level
  • first number of the course code is the stage (eg: BIOSCI 205 = Stage II).
  • faculty will review your transcript for pre-requisites.
  • registration is online, finalized in Auckland.
  • be aware of add/drop policy before making schedule changes
  • inform your home institution of any changes

Special Nomenclature

Subject departments are referred to as faculties.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.

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.


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.