University of Auckland
Preliminary Course Instructions

The Course Selection Process

In order to proceed with your application to the University of Auckland, you will need to propose a preliminary course selection for your semester. Your courses should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor, so if you have not previously done so, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses that you plan to take overseas will transfer back to your degree program.

To obtain the most up-to-date listing of courses, we advise that you refer to the overseas university’s website. Please refer to the section "Navigating the Overseas Course Website" listed below for more information.

In addition to your proposed course selections, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

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 course selection form. While every effort will be made to accommodate your selections, Arcadia University cannot guarantee placement in any specific course.


Course Registration

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your period of study in New Zealand. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit. This 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). You should also be aware of any credit requirements at your home institution.

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

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.

Other Important Points:

  • Students must enroll in four courses per semester. This equates to 60 points, which is a full time course of study.
  • Please note that courses in the following departments have restricted entry: Architecture, Fine Arts, Medical and Health Sciences, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. The practical nature of many of these courses means that entry is limited and full degree students are given preference. Additionally, 100 level Engineering courses are restricted to all study abroad students.
  • 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. As part of the course approval process, University of Auckland faculty will review your home school transcript to ensure that you have completed the equivalent pre-requisites.
  • Psychology courses fill quickly in the Second Semester (Fall semester) so applicants interested in psychology courses should apply early and be flexible with course options.
  • 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. This is a tutorial or laboratory that is a necessary component to a course. It is important that you choose a related class that fits your schedule.
  • Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work. Courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips will often require a supplementary fee. Additionally, 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. Please see our fee information online here.
  • 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. Arcadia University will accept slides or a CD of your work. It is recommended that you submit between 8-12 examples of your work. Because your work is sent to the overseas university, we are unable to return the art portfolio to you. Please be aware that some fine arts courses in New Zealand are year-long courses commencing in February.


Navigating the Overseas Course Website

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. Whereas in the U.S., we would refer to the Economics Department, in New Zealand it would be referred to as the Faculty of Economics. Also, please be mindful of the semester in which you intend to take courses as the First Semester will run from February to June and the Second Semester will run from July to November.

University of Auckland Course Catalog

The above link will take you to the University of Auckland course catalog, which is broken down by Faculty and, within each Faculty, organized alphabetically by subject. Clicking on a subject will bring up a list of all courses in that subject. Please note that not all courses are available in all semesters. Course availability for any given calendar year will appear in November of the previous year at the above link, in Excel and PDF formats.

Important Note:
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.


For assistance with any part of the application process, contact your program manager at 1-866-927-2234, or via email.

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.