The academic year

The academic year at the University of Auckland is divided into two semesters. Each semester covers a period of about 15 weeks comprising approximately 12 teaching weeks followed by three weeks for study and examination. The first semester starts at the beginning of March and the second semester in mid-July. Each semester has a mid-semester break which lasts for one to two weeks. During the three weeks after the end of lectures, there is a period of study followed by the examinations for the courses studied during that semester. There is a three-week inter-semester break during which results will be published and any further admissions and enrolments processed. A small number of specialist courses may be taught during the inter-semester break. A Summer School comprising six weeks operates from the beginning of January. A limited number of courses are available. A small number of programmes are offered in quarters rather than semesters, comprising approximately 10 teaching weeks followed by one week for study and exams.

The points system

The value allocated to each course is standardised and is given as a number of points, based on the notional hours of learning in the course which will usually require the completion of eight 15-point courses a year. Most courses are offered in values of 10, 15, 20 and 30 points. For instance, the programme for many bachelors degrees requires the completion of a total of 360 points. The points value for diplomas and certificates varies according to the discipline and content. Full details are listed in the regulations.

Planning a programme

Assistance with programme planning for current students is available online through the My Programme Requirements report. This report outlines the academic requirements for a programme of study and provides an individualised report comparing a student’s progress towards completion against the requirements. It indicates where requirements have been met, which requirements have yet to be completed and the points required. Students are able to enrol directly from the report into courses available for the programme.

Students can also enrol into classes via Timetable Planner. This tool allows students to view potential timetable options, as well as adding preferences such as work or study gaps.

Students planning a programme can also consult faculty and departmental handbooks and seek advice about programmes and course options through faculty student centres and AskAuckland Central. Course advice is provided in the University's General Library before the start of the academic year. Intending students should phone 0800 61 62 63 or visit for general advice and information. This Calendar contains the regulations and requirements for each faculty’s degrees, diplomas and certificates. It is important that students read the regulations for the programme they plan to take and ensure that they complete the prerequisites required for subsequent study. The details for each course are listed by faculty and in alphanumeric order in the Course Prescriptions. In addition, there is a range of Interfaculty and Conjoint degrees which are administered and supervised across the faculties.

Admission and enrolment


The University of Auckland has an online system for admission and enrolment. All new students, and those intending
to change their programme, should complete the online Application for Admission

If students do not have internet access, Application for Admission forms are available by phone, by mail or in person from:

AskAuckland Central
The University of Auckland
24 Princes St

Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Phone: 0800 61 62 63


Official communications to students

Electronic Mail is the official and primary means of communication with students. All official email to a student will be sent to a student’s University email address ( If the student wishes to forward messages to other addresses it is their responsibility to ensure the alternative address is in place and operating correctly. Failure to read an email does not free a student from their responsibilities to understand and comply with the University’s requirements.