January in Auckland, New Zealand

Spend 6 weeks studying in the heart of Auckland. Choose from a wide range of courses in the areas of Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Languages, Law, Science, Social Work and more!

Program Overview

During your January in Auckland program you will be a student at New Zealand’s top university, ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide.

Your New Home – Auckland has a rich cosmopolitan mix of people. It is New Zealand’s largest city and is the centre of the country’s retail and commercial activities. Its harbourside location is known as the “City of Sails” because of the great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

World-renowned University – The University of Auckland has been ranked No. 1 for two consecutive years in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).

The Great Outdoors – The city is surrounded by 48 volcanoes and numerous picturesque islands. To the west of the city, the Waitakere Ranges rainforest forms a gateway to magnificent west coast surf beaches and an abundance of bush walks.

Events – Discover the range of entertainment, sport and recreation possibilities Auckland has to offer.


Here are just some of the highlights to expect during your January in Auckland program:

  • Located in the heart of Lord of the Rings country
  • Beaches, mountains and wilderness right on your doorstep
  • Breathtaking national parks, dynamic Māori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing
  • Study courses at New Zealand’s top ranked university
  • Festivals, sporting events and concerts
  • Diverse, international student body
  • 6-week program with approximate equivalent credit for 1-2 standard courses (10-20 credit points) at your home university in Australia
  • Comprehensive program of co-curricular activities at no extra cost

Choose Your Course

This program takes place over 6 weeks between early-January and mid-February at the University of Auckland. The University is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution and is the highest ranked NZ university in the main world university rankings systems.

Course load: 1-2 courses (15-30 points) each equivalent to a full-time academic course in Australia. The condensed teaching format during this program means 30 points of courses equals at least a workload of 60 points (or more) of courses taken during a semester. It is recommended that students take 1 course (15 points) as students need to attend all lectures, tutorial and laboratory classes, and complete all set work, as well as a final examination (if applicable) in each course studied. It is estimated that for each hour in class, students will need to spend a minimum of 2 additional hours of reading and private study.

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for academic credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview and the contact hours.
  • It is best to get 2-3 courses approved before you go to NZ (4-5 courses approved if you plan to take 2 courses while in NZ). This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule for the courses you will eventually take – and allows for a possible timetable clash. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfil your elective requirements.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

While it is possible to undertake 2 courses during this program, due to the intense, condensed nature of the courses, it is not recommended. Additionally, due to the frequency of classes to fit condensed material into a shorter timeframe, it can be difficult to find 2 courses that do not having clashing timetables.

How to Choose Your Courses: Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete a Course Selection Worksheet. The instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 5.0 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to provide supporting documentation including a recommendation letter from your home international office or academics. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

2022 Course Offerings: Course descriptions and details for January 2022 will be available later in 2021. A wide variety of courses will be offered in the Arts, Business, Creative Arts and Industries, Education and Social Work, Engineering, Law and Sciences. Please check back or contact CISaustralia for further details.


CISaustralia and the University of Auckland offer a comprehensive program of co-curricular social and cultural activities at no extra cost. These optional extras vary each year and may include:

  • Pōwhiri (Māori welcome)
  • Orientation
  • Tour of Auckland City
  • Quiz night
  • Yoga or Zumba class and other sports
  • Art gallery visit
  • Summer barbecue
  • Day trips to Rangitoto, Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges

There are also a number of cultural activities and places of interest you can choose to visit on your own (at own expense). Some suggestions in Auckland and New Zealand include:

  • Sky Tower Auckland
  • Waitemata Harbour
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • Albert Park
  • One Tree Hill
  • Waiheke Island
  • Viaduct Harbour
  • Auckland Zoo
  • Various museums, art galleries, aquarium, sculpture gardens and beaches
  • Whale watching
  • Hobbiton
  • Lake Taupo
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown



Also known as Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city. It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world and the most multi-cultural, with over 180 different ethnic groups. The city is a hub for food, music, arts and culture that spreads over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exciting mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.

Home of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is an amazing place of natural beauty and the epicentre of adventure travel. NZ is made up of two large Islands – North and South, plus numerous smaller islands, and has over 15,000 km of beautiful and varied coastline. The country is located 1,500 km east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and approx. 1,000 km south of Fiji.

Maori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaii about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman named Abel Tasman was the first European to sight the country, but it was the British who made NZ part of their empire.

Over thousands of years, much of the NZ landscape has become submerged. The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland are examples of high mountain ranges that have ‘sunk’ into the sea creating spectacular sounds and fiords. NZ has some spectacular geothermal areas and relaxing hot springs – Rotorua is the hub, with mud pools, geysers and hot springs in active thermal areas.

The University

The University of Auckland was formally opened in 1883 as Auckland University College, part of the University of New Zealand. Today, it is the largest university in NZ, hosting over 40,000 students on 5 Auckland campuses.

The University of Auckland is the top-ranked university in New Zealand has been ranked No. 1 for two consecutive years in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE). Other notable rankings in recent years include:

  • Ranked in the top 100 for 33 of its subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • Rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence overall, as well in: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation, Innovation and Inclusiveness
  • Entrepreneurial University of the Year (2019 Asia-Pacific Triple E Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in Higher Education)
  • Most innovative university in New Zealand (#35 overall in the world)
  • Leading university for Graduate Employability in NZ
  • #13 in the Times Higher Education’s 2020 list of the world’s most international universities

The University holds a strong commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact. It also believes achieving equity in employment and education is crucial and strives to being safe, inclusive and equitable for all staff and students.


Students on this program will be housed in Waipārūrū Hall, the largest fully-catered residence hall in New Zealand! Located only a short walk to the centre of the City Campus, Waipārūrū Hall is home to 786 residents across two high-rise towers.

Each student will have their own bedroom containing a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe with shelving, wall-mounted heating and cooling unit, and a mirror and noticeboard. All bedding and linen is provided, including a weekly linen change.

Multiple single occupant bathrooms shared by residents are located throughout each floor. Each bathroom contains a shower, toilet and hand basin.

Meals at Waipārūrū Hall are included in the program fee. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on weekdays, while brunch and dinner are served on weekends. Food will cover an extensive range of cuisines. Vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free diets can be catered for. A packed lunch can be requested in advance if students are heading out for the day.

Residents can also enjoy generous communal facilities including:

  • Common rooms on each floor with TVs and a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and kettle.
  • Large kitchen on the first level.
  • Laundry facilities.
  • Two games/social lounges in each tower, equipped with a variety of gaming equipment – pool table, foosball table, PlayStation and classic Nintendo consoles.
  • Two music practice rooms, each equipped with a piano and one with a drum kit.
  • A range of study facilities, including bookable study/meeting pods.
  • Printer/photocopier facilities available – charges apply.

Residents are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms. Bathrooms and communal areas are serviced regularly.

A Resident Manager and Resident Advisers live on-site, ensuring there is a duty person available 24 hours a day, in addition to 24/7 on-site Reception services.

Waipārūrū Hall is within close walking distance to:

  • University General Library (centre of the City Campus) – 8 minute walk
  • Grafton Campus – 10 minute walk
  • Parnell/Newmarket shopping precinct – 20-30 minute walk
  • Epsom Campus – 25 minutes by bus

Program Fee & Dates

January 2022
Dates and fees listed below are tentative and subject to change.
Application Deadline24 November 2021
Arrival Date05 January 2022
Departure Date16 February 2022
Program Fee A$ 5,999 - 11,499
OS-HELP A$ 7,037


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • University of Auckland and city orientation
  • Accommodation – single bedroom in fully-catered residence hall
  • Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, brunch and dinner on weekends
  • Access to tutoring and study skill sessions
  • Co-curricular activities such as sports and quizzes to introduce you to University life (optional)
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • University of Auckland official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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