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Established in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading, research-led university. In the QS Stars rating, the University of Auckland is rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation, Innovation and Inclusiveness. It is also the only New Zealand university ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings and in the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The University of Auckland is the largest university in the country. Most students attend the main City Campus, which is located in the heart of Auckland close to the city’s main transport hubs, the bustling central business district, shops, theatres and social scene.



Entry requirements

We welcome applications from international students studying a wide range of New Zealand and international qualifications. You must fulfill our requirements to receive an offer of place, or you must be in a position to fulfill our requirements to be considered for a conditional offer of place.

Entry requirements are based on your prior study and we provide specific requirements for qualifications our international students have most frequently achieved. There are additional entry requirements for some programmes and these vary depending on the programme you are applying for.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Find out how to gain entry to the University, including standards you’ll have to meet under NCEA, CIE and IB; and alternative entrance pathways.

Research postgraduate entry requirements

You must have completed a bachelors (honours) degree or postgraduate diploma from the University of Auckland, or a postgraduate taught qualification from a recognised university (or similar).

English language requirements

You must meet English language requirements. These may be met through an approved English language test or prior study in the English medium.

Undergraduate English language requirements

If you are an international applicant and your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. English is considered the first language of citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America and Canada.

If you are a domestic applicant and your first language is not English you may be asked to provide evidence of your competence in written and spoken English.

If you have an offer of place conditional on English, you may wish to consider applying for entry to a pathway English language course at the University’s English Language Academy 

IELTS Academic overall score equivalencies

IELTS 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5
TOEFL (iBT) 80 90 100 106
TOEFL (paper-based) 550 575 600 625
CAE or CPE 169 176 185 191
PTE 50 58 65 73
MELAB 80 85 90 92

IELTS Academic minimum bands score equivalencies

IELTS 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0
TOEFL (iBT) written score 21 21 24 24
TOEFL (paper-based) TWE score 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0
CAE or CPE no bands less than 162 169 176 185
PTE communicative skills score 42 50 58 65

Equivalent qualifications

If you have successfully completed study in the English medium, you may not have to take a language test. The tables below are only intended as a guide and certain conditions may apply, see Approved alternatives to IELTS requirements and English language waivers below.

International secondary school qualifications

The table below shows the equivalent scores or marks you need in English-intensive subjects (within the last two years) to match the IELTS grade for your programme.

IELTS Academic 6.0 6.5
GCE A-Level E C
GCE AS-Level E C
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H2 level) E C
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H1 level) C B
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Higher Level) 4 5
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Standard Level) 5 6
IB (English Language B Higher Level) 5 6

We also accept the following country-specific qualifications. We may require you to have achieved a specific score or mark in an approved English-intensive subject within your qualification.

  • Australia: recognised Year 12 qualification
  • Canada: recognised Canadian High School Diploma or completion of a recognised two-year community college associate degree
  • Denmark: Studentereksamen
  • Fiji: Fiji Year 12 Certificate Examination (7th Form)
  • Finland: Ylioppilastutkinoto, Studentexamen or the Upper Secondary School Certificate.
  • Germany: Abitur or DAAD
  • Hong Kong: Kong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • India: Indian School Certificate (ISC) or All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) Year 12 qualifications
  • Malaysia: STPM
  • Norway: Vitnemal
  • Samoa: Foundation English in Foundation Certificate from National University of Samoa
  • Singapore: National University of Singapore (NUS) High School Diploma or a three-year diploma from Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic
  • Sweden: Avgangsbetyg or Slutbetyg
  • South Africa: National Senior Certificate / Senior Certificate / Matriculation
  • South Pacific Countries: South Pacific Form Seven Certificate
  • The Netherlands: Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
  • Tonga: Tonga National Form Seven Certificate
  • USA: SAT, High School Diploma or completion of a recognised two-year community college Associate degree.

International tertiary qualifications

You must have completed at least one year of full-time study, in the last two years at a recognised university (or similar institution). Your study must be at a level equivalent to a New Zealand university degree and completed in one of the following countries or territories:

Australia, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

We also accept study completed at the University of the South Pacific (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) and the University of West Indies (all Caribbean countries and territories).


University accommodation

Whether you’re a recent school leaver, a current undergraduate, a returning, or postgraduate student, we have an accommodation solution for you.

Catered accommodation

Our catered first-year Halls of Residence give you a great environment to complement the start of your academic studies.

Halls of residence general information

The communities that make up our halls of residence provide a lasting impression with students, with many creating memories and relationships that last a lifetime.

Our accommodation teams understand that transitioning from high school to University can be an overwhelming experience, which is why all of our first-year halls offer a safe and supportive environment to guide you through your first year.

In addition to social and recreational events organised throughout the year, our teams ensure that academic mentoring and informal study groups are available to encourage and engage our residents, and align them for personal and academic success.

Self-catered accommodation

Our university-managed, self-catered residences offer you a more independent lifestyle while you study at the University of Auckland.


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