Study Abroad

IFSA University of Auckland

  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


Fall 2022 Program Update – As of January 2022, the New Zealand border is supposed to open in April 2022, meaning students should be able to attend for the Fall 2022 semester. New Zealand has been extremely strict about their borders since the start of the pandemic, so there is the possibility this may change. However, IFSA is accepting applications for this program and are moving forward as if the program will be running in-person for the fall.

COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings
You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and allows students to experience student life in an urban setting. Rated the third most livable city in the world, it includes both a vibrant metropolitan setting and stunning natural landscapes. Auckland is a hub for international business, entertainment, restaurants, shopping centers and sporting events. The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s most prestigious university, and is located in the heart of the city. The historical campus provides a full range of amenities for students including cafes, libraries, health services, and a recreation center.


Students are strongly encouraged to take the indigenous Māori language while studying abroad in New Zealand.

Academic Credit

15 point classes in New Zealand are equal to one Haverford credit. Students must take at least 60 points. This is equivalent to four courses at Haverford. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


A course catalog can be found on the University of Auckland website. The following subjects have very limited enrollment availability: Biological Science, Psychology, and Computer Science.

Course Highlights

Accounting and Finance, Anthropology, Applied Sciences, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture Studies, Disability Studies, Earth Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film, Health Studies, History, Humanities, Information Systems, International Relations, Language, Mathematics, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences, Statistics

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


IFSA-Butler will provide airport pick-up for students, and bring them to picturesque Shakespear Regional Park, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland. The orientation there lasts 4 days and students stay in an open air sanctuary with thriving native bird life. Students will be introduced to academic and cultural differences. They will also participate in exciting outdoor activities such as kayaking, learning to play rugby, archery, mountain biking, beach trips and an afternoon excursion to Waiwera, a natural hot springs.

Number of Students

Almost 42,000 students attend the University of Auckland

Housing/Meal Plans

In order to receive housing, students must apply by the deadline date. No exceptions. 

Students are placed in housing by the University of Auckland. The residence halls typically include communal social spaces, internet, printing, laundry, and an outdoor space, but vary. See specific resident halls for more information.

Link to housing pages: 

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


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Additional Resources

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  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Mid-July to mid-November
  • Semester II: Late February to early July

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 25

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