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Off-Campus Study

ISEP University of Auckland in New Zealand


The University of Auckland (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau) is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive university, known for its excellence in both teaching and research. At the University of Auckland you can have the best of both worlds, living in one of the best cities for lifestyle, and learning at New Zealand’s leading university, ranked among the top 100 worldwide. The university offers courses in over 100 subject areas across eight faculties, spanning five campuses around the city. The main City Campus, where most study abroad students study, is integrated into the heart of city life and harbour views. Nearby parks  provide a scenic study setting, just minutes’ walk from the city centre’s shopping and entertainment district.

The University of Auckland is a research-led, international university, located right in the downtown Auckland. The main city campus, which accommodates most faculties and departments, is within walking distance from major cultural, entertainment and commercial hubs. Harbor views and Albert Park add to the appeal. The campus boasts a full range of amenities including cafes, health services, libraries and a recreation center. 

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College, and may be difficult for some students to adjust.  

Learn more about the University of Auckland! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


Program Type

Exchange or Direct


Auckland, New Zealand

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: February to July

Spring 2019: July to November

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 3 or higher. Considers lower GPA with explanation.  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct. 


The city of Auckland is located on a narrow isthmus between two harbors and is surrounded by 11 dormant volcanoes and picturesque islands. The Auckland Harborside is known as the “City of Sails” because of the numerous yachts that sail in the harbor. Just west of the city, the Waitakere Ranges Rainforest forms a gateway to the famous West coast surf beaches.



Course Description for Exchange/Direct Students:

Unique courses available to students include Maori studies, Pacific studies, wine science, environmental science and marine science. Auckland is ranked among the world’s best universities for many subjects including archaeology, education, English language and literature, psychology, geography, law, accounting and finance.  

Courses with limited enrollment availability include computer science courses, 700 level finance and accounting courses and any course ending with a letter G, eg PHYSICS 107G.  

Some courses are not available to exchange students as below. 

1.Courses offered in Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and Optometry.

Courses running for the whole academic year - e.g. PSYCH 308A and 308B 

3.Fine Arts, Architecture and Urban Planning courses (unless the student is majoring in the subject at their home university) 


Graduate School of Management courses running on a quarterly basis – eg, BUSACT, BUSADMIN etc.

Courses ending with the letters F or H - e.g. HISTORY 91F or MAORIHTH 14H. These are foundation year courses and not appropriate for Exchange studens

7.Stage I Engineering courses (ENGGEN 115, ENGGEN 121, ENGGEN 131, ENGGEN 140, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, ELECTENG 101, CHEMMAT 121) except for those ending in G.

8.Law and Nursing courses (Only on Exchange)

Website for Course Availability

Fields of Study:

Architecture, Area Studies, Biology, Business, Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Construction Trades, Education, Engineering, English Language Literature, Health Sciences, History, Human Services, International/Global Studies, Law/Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Resources/Conservation, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sports Studies, Visual & Performing Arts.


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:


ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

Here is a link to find out more about life on campus at the University of Auckland!

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in student residences with single-occupancy rooms and shared bath and kitchen facilities. A stipend which covers a large part of costs for housing and meals is provided for Exchange.  Meals are not provided for Direct students.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Direct fees are set by the host university and may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.  No meals are included with Direct enroll.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019.:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP.


(included in program fee)

Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)



Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses








Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.