New Zealand Studies + Business

AUT University
Auckland, New Zealand

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    New Zealand Studies + Business

  • Location


  • Host University

    AUT University

    AUT’s modern city campus is made up of high-rise buildings in Auckland’s Central Business District, allowing for ideal access to all the entertainment, shopping, and dining the city has to offer. AUT features two other campuses, both linked to the city campus by AUT shuttle buses, providing an easy way to get between classes and facilities. AUT is New Zealand's most contemporary university, with innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research. AUT centers around hands-on, practical learning and has developed a reputation for excelling in Maori cultural studies, media studies, engineering and design, as well as hospitality and tourism, among many other areas. In addition, AUT supports three ISA study abroad students with $1,000 NZD awards each year. The award is credited to the student's overall program balance with ISA.

  • Term

    Winter 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Early Jan, 2020 - Late Mar, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 15, 2019

  • Credit

    45 Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

As New Zealand's newest and fastest growing university, AUT University features innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research. In this unique program which is compatible for US quarter schools, you will have the opportunity to take 3 courses across the New Zealand Studies and Business departments. Courses are conducted through AUT University and taught in English by host university professors. 



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

You must have a minimum of two semesters completed at a four-year university at the time of participation. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the Program Manager for more information.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Host University Units


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

9 - 12

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

12 - 18

Academic Information

Course Structure & Selection

  • You will be taking 3 courses at AUT University in three "blocks". You will be taking one course at a time, each structured into a three-week intensive format. 
    • The first course you will take is HIST 500 – New Zealand History and is a mandatory program requirement.
    • For your second and third blocks, you will be able to choose from the list of courses below.
    • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations. 
  • The courses listed below are all of the courses available for this program. Requests for syllabi can be made to the Site Specialist.


  • Requests for syllabi can be made to the ​Auckland Site Specialist.

Course Credit

  • 1 AUT University course = 15 credit points = 3-4 US credits (4-6 US quarter credits)
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university. 

Study-Internship Option

  • Students studying at AUT have the opportunity to include an internship in their course of study. If you wish to persue an internship abroad, please contact your Program Manager.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the AUT University paper (course) codes. The third digit of the paper code represents the level of the paper: level 5 papers are at the first-year level, level 6 and level 7 papers are more advanced and specialized. Papers classified as level 6 and level 7 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.


  • The transcript from the AUT University will reflect Credit Points for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Shaina MacLauchlan

Program Manager, New Zealand


Kelly Pihema-Berridge

Director of Operations, New Zealand & Fiji, New Zealand

Cynthia Jung

Assistant Resident Director and Internships Manager, New Zealand

Jennifer Monaco

Internship Coordinator and Student Advisor, New Zealand

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Kiwi lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to New Zealand. Housing in Auckland is centrally located near the main shopping and entertainment district as well as many parks. All ISA Auckland housing options are either within walking distance of both campuses or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five to 20 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

Housing is included in the program cost; however, you will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in ISA housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Apartment Without Meals

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad. You will live with other ISA students in a single-gendered apartment with two bedrooms, a common living space, kitchen, and a shared bathroom. Linens and WiFi are included.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option you will be responsible for your own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of New Zealand that you may not have the opportunity to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on a multi-day trip - the ISA Bridging Cultures Program. Click below for more information about the BCP.

Auckland and Rotorua & Bridging Cultures Program

Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our four-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in exciting Auckland and Rotorua. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Kiwi culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include visit to Hobbiton, a traditional ceremony and hangi dinner at a Maori marae (meeting house), a visit to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland hot springs and a dip in Green and Blue lakes, a stop at Hamilton Gardens, the opportunity to learn the world-famous Haka, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.