International Students

The following notes are intended to be a general guide for international students wishing to be admitted to the University of Auckland.

Further information is available from the International Office or from the International students section of the University website at


International students should apply for admission using the online Application for Admission. Intending applicants should note the following general points:

1 All international students enrolling in an undergraduate programme must hold, as a minimum requirement, an acceptable university entrance qualification.

2 All international students seeking admission to graduate or postgraduate programmes must hold, or expect to hold before the start of the programme, a recognised first degree in a relevant discipline.

3 Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English. International applicants entering the University on the basis of NCEA or Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International, formerly known as University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)) taken in New Zealand, or International Baccalaureate (IB) taken in New Zealand, must meet the standard literacy requirements for admission. International applicants who have taken Cambridge International or IB outside of New Zealand must meet the standard admission requirements from these qualifications but may also meet the standard literacy requirement through an alternative approved English test as outlined in the minimum English Language proficiency requirements. International applicants entering the University on the basis of qualifications other than NCEA, Cambridge International or IB taken in New Zealand must meet a specified score in IELTS or an alternative approved English test, or must have completed and passed the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP), the English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS), the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS), or an approved alternative. The minimum score required in IELTS for admission to an undergraduate programme at the University is an overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 on an individual band. The minimum score required in IELTS for admission to a postgraduate programme at the University is an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 on an individual band. Higher requirements may be imposed by faculties for entry to specified undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Health and Travel Insurance

4 It is the responsibility of all international students to ensure that they have appropriate and current approved health insurance for their period of study in New Zealand, and for the length of their student visa. Health and travel insurance is a condition of enrolment, and as such, must be valid for the entire duration of study. A student’s enrolment cannot continue in the event of their insurance cover being declined.

Student Visa

5 International students may commence online offshore study while applying for a visa. The majority of international students must have a student visa before entering New Zealand. All students must have a student visa or a Variation of Conditions, for the duration of their studies prior to entering New Zealand. For further information, visit Immigration New Zealand’s website at

a An international student is any student who is not a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand (includes the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue) or Australia.

b Every international student must provide the following information to the University of Auckland:

(i) photocopy of title page of passport and of current visa if entering New Zealand

(ii) current address and contact phone number(s). Upon arrival in Auckland, students must provide their Auckland address and contact phone number(s)

(iii) full name and current address of an emergency contact/next of kin.

c Where a student does not provide the required contact details and/or evidence of a valid student visa either prior to commencement of study onshore or before the visa information held on file at the University expires, then, until that evidence is produced, the Council may:

(i) withdraw the enrolment of that student from a course or courses, with no refund or credit of fees


(ii) decline to re-enrol the student

(iii) restrict or remove that student’s access to University services, including but not limited to the Student Learning System.

International Student Fees

6 International fees (refer to Schedule – Part C – International Students) apply to students who:

a are not citizens of New Zealand or Australia (refer note 5a above)


b do not hold residency status in New Zealand or Australia


c are being fully funded under the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Zealand Aid Programme


d are not participating in an official University of Auckland exchange programme.

International Scholarships

New Zealand Scholarships are available for international students from selected countries as identified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (

7 The University of Auckland also offers international scholarships including the University of Auckland International Student Excellence Scholarship, University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships at PhD level for international students from all countries; and scholarships from various faculties at all levels. To find out more about scholarships visit

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87494

Students studying outside New Zealand

8 Students studying outside New Zealand can study without a student visa. However, on arrival in New Zealand a student must provide evidence of a valid student visa or a Variation of Conditions which permits study at the University of Auckland.

Code of Practice

9 The University of Auckland has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available in six languages from the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) website at