Undergraduate Research

University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Undergraduate Research

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Auckland

    University of Auckland’s traditional, sprawling campus sits in the heart Auckland’s city center, providing access to the cultural and commercial amenities of the country's largest city, while harbor views and nearby parks add to its attractiveness. As New Zealand’s most prestigious and leading research university, attending the University of Auckland will give you the edge you need to be a successful, globally-confident citizen. The University of Auckland is the top ranked university in New Zealand in many subjects, with in international business, finance, pacific studies, psychology, wine science, and STEM fields being particularly strong. The University of Auckland Business School has Triple Crown accreditation from AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS and AMBA.


  • Term

    Summer 1 2021

  • Program Dates

    Mid Jun, 2021 - Early Aug, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Feb 10, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Feb 25, 2021

  • Credit

    15 Credit Points

  • Eligibility

    3.20 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Auckland offers you the chance to spend the summer in one of the most multicultural and beautiful cities in the world while receiving academic credit. This six-week program will provide you the opportunity to participate in a hands-on research project in a variety of fields including but not limited to history, communication, media, and international relations. In addition to the academic programming, you will get to explore some of the cultural and geographic highlights of New Zealand, such as geothermal hot springs and Hobbiton.

Research projects are conducted through the University of Auckland and facilitated in English by host university professors. ISA students enroll in the research projects alongside other ISA students.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.20.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Eligibility requirements differ per project, but it is expected students will have completed at least two full years at a four year university at time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Tuition at the Host University


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



Credit Points


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

3 - 4

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

4 - 6

Academic Information

Application and Enrollment Process
To apply students will submit the ISA Online Application and associated materials as well as a Personal Statement and research project identification, Resume, Cover Letter and Letter of Recommendation. 

ISA will collect the information and send it back to University of Auckland and applications will be passed on to individual supervisors. The research supervisor reviews the applications for his or her project, and then ranks applications he or she is willing to accept. A skype interview with applicants can be arranged. Once a supervisor has accepted the student, ISA will move forward with informing the student they have been accepted and students will be granted full admission to their ISA Student Portal to complete the program forms and documents. 

Credit Conversion

  • 1 University of Auckland course = 15 credit points = 3 - 4 U.S. credit points
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.

The transcript from the University of Auckland will reflect Credit Points for the course.  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

Rebecca Anderson

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, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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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 but also want the support of the university. You will live with other ISA students in a single gendered apartment with two single-occupancy bedrooms, common living space, kitchen, a shared bathroom, and a balcony. Linens, towels, and WiFi are included, laundry facilities and a gym are available on-site, and weekly housekeeping is provided.