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 14-16 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 -- 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 Restrictions

Courses in the following departments have restricted entry: Architecture, Fine Arts, Medical and Health Sciences, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.  All 100 level Engineering courses are restricted to all study abroad students.

Psychology courses fill quickly in the Second Semester (Fall semester), so apply early if interested in those courses.

Courses with an A or B after the course code (eg: PSYCH 306A) are full year courses and can only be taken by students enrolling for a full year from February to November.

Some courses require a related class, like a tutorial or laboratory, that is a necessary component to a course. Choose a related class that fits your schedule.

Choosing Your Courses

A full-time course load is equivalent to four courses at the University of Auckland (though the number of courses depends on how many New Zealand units each course you have chosen is worth).

University of Auckland Credit Point UnitsU.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
15 4

When selecting your courses from the overseas website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In New Zealand, most subject departments are referred to as faculties. In the U.S., we would refer to the Economics Department; in New Zealand, it is the Faculty of Economics.

The University of Auckland course catalog is broken down by Faculty. Within each Faculty, subjects are organized alphabetically. Click on a subject to view a list of all courses in that subject. Not all courses are available in all semesters. Course availability for any given calendar year will appear in November of the previous year in Excel and PDF formats.

The First Semester will run from February to June and the Second Semester will run from July to November.

Undergraduate courses follow a Stage I, Stage II, and Stage III structure. Stage I is the first level and Stages II and III are more advanced. The first number of the course code shows the stage of the course (eg: BIOSCI 205 is as Stage II course).

Students must take at least one upper-level (Stage II or III) course per semester. University of Auckland faculty will review your home school transcript to ensure that you have completed the equivalent pre-requisites.

Course registration will begin online before you leave for New Zealand, and will be finalized in Auckland. Once you have registered, you will need to be aware of the add/drop policy at the University of Auckland before making further alterations to your schedule. You should also inform your home institution of any alterations you make to your schedule.

The University of Auckland requires a copy of your passport in order to officially register you as a student. Please submit a copy of this document along with your course selection form.


Auckland’s Course Catalog is 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. On some pages you may notice links to these options on the left-side navigation bar. As an Arcadia student it is essential that you do not initiate any of them. Arcadia works with the University of Auckland on your behalf and has established its own processes and timeline. If you have started an application or performed any other actions on Student Services besides searching for courses, please notify your program manager immediately.


Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work, such as 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 to determine whether the courses you have selected have additional fees associated with them.

If you intend on enrolling in studio art, graphic art, media production, drama, dance or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape on slides or a CD. Submit between 8-12 examples of your work. Because your work will be sent to Auckland, we are unable to return the art portfolio to you. Some fine arts courses in New Zealand are year-long courses that begin in February.