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UMD Exchange: University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Auckland, New Zealand
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University of Auckland


All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world. The University of Auckland has the most comprehensive range of courses in New Zealand with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes.

Host City
Auckland’s harbor setting, magnificent beaches, and flourishing bush make it a great place to study and work, while the University’s close proximity to New Zealand’s major business city enables staff and students to rub shoulders with leading practitioners in their field. Auckland ranks high on quality of life surveys and is known for popular spots for sailing, swimming, and surfing.

Universitas 21
The University of Auckland and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website:

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
Students must apply to New Zealand Immigration and obtain student visas before entering New Zealand. More information can be found here:

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Exchange students may enroll in courses in Architectural Studies, Liberal Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, and the Sciences. 

Exchange students may not enroll in courses offered in:

  • Medicine, surgery, pharmacy, nursing, and optometry
  • 100 level courses in Fine Arts and Architecture and Planning
  • Business 101 and 102
  • Foundation courses ending in F or H
  • Part I Engineering Courses 
  • Courses with very limited enrollment for exchange are Psychology and Biological Science and courses ending with a G


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at the University of Auckland will be converted as follows:

University of Auckland Credit UMD Credit
1 Auckland point 0.25 UMD credit
12 Auckland points 3 UMD credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on February 12, 2015.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

University of Auckland Grade UMD Grade
C- or 50 C -


Exchange students are able to stay in university accommodation but places are not guaranteed. Students who wish to live in university accommodation must apply after acceptance. More information about university accommodation can be found here:

Students who choose to live off-campus may find independent housing. Information is provided here:

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
Cultural clubs, sports clubs, special-interest clubs! The University of Auckland has it all. With over 200 student clubs and societies that students can get involved in, every exchange student will find something that meets their interests.

International Welcome/Orientation
The university offers a robust orientation program for international students including sessions on financial aid and housing.

Counseling & Health Services
The University of Auckland has a University Health and Counseling center that handles all health needs for international students.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023 07/10/2023 11/13/2023