ISA Study Abroad in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, home to one in three New Zealanders. The "Super City," as it is often referred to, touches the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side and the Tasman Sea on the western side. The city is a fast-paced urban en... read more
I learned how to navigate unfamiliar bureaucracies independently, how to budget for travel, and how to share in other people's unique cultures. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Absolutely a worthwhile experience. I learned so much about the Kiwi culture and being in a different countries for a long period of time. Danielle R - University of San Diego View Entire Review
I have a place to stay in sooo many countries, I have met sooo many people and I have learned a great deal abotu myself. Amazing trip. A student - Auckland University of Technology (AUT) View Entire Review
I loved living on the other side of the world and meeting all new people. I did a lot of traveling by myself and I loved it. Its a great place to explore, bungy jump, go caving, canyoning, rafting, hiking, and alot of other crazy stuff! Michael G - University of Southern Maine View Entire Review
This experience made me open my eyes to the realization that we liv in a global society. I am more open to understanding different cultural norms and qualities that, had I not experienced this, I would have never been able to understand. I got to know myself a lot better, and this has given me the reasoning and motivation to do ... Sherwan K - University of Southern California View Entire Review
I was more than happy with my experience and wish it may have lasted even a bit longer. It helped me appreciate other cultures more and learn about different ways and slang. I gained knowledge, more interests and friends. It also helped push me to learn how to adapt on my own for the future. I have always liked traveling, bu... Leah S - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
NZ is one of the most amazing places I have ever been to. Everything about NZ made the experience and trip so memorable. The people could not have been nicer. It is hard for me to believe in strangers just naturally being nice, being from Chicago. But in NZ they truly are. Rachel R - Indiana State University View Entire Review
Since returning from my time abroad, I've developed a passion for encouraging others to study abroad. This in turn, has resulted in me pursing a career in international education! Tami B - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It was the best time of my life. I made wonderful friendships and got to explore a country that not many people know about. I gained a sort of independence that I dont feel here in America because I was on my own with new people. It has made me want to explore more of the world and help other people realize what is out there. So... Gordon S - West Virginia University View Entire Review
Anytime you are forced to go out and put yourself out there you learn a lot about yourself. Studying away is definitely worth it. Jackson M - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Ah I hate this question... of cores it was worthwhile i just andswered that in a lot of words in earlier questions. Also I can't even begain to say what sort of things i got out of it. I think the most important thing was that it made me a lot more confedent and indpendent, but there was a lot more then just that, but serious... Haley S - Hamline University View Entire Review
YES. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rachael R - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Cultural perspective. Yes it was worthwhile A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Most definitely. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see so many different cultures together. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a new insight on the world. I have a much more broader thoughts and ideas on new cultures. I am more open to new ideas and different ways of doing things. Yes it was worth while!!!! I have grown so much personally as well. I am a more independent person. I can more easily take chances and adventure out on my own now. ... A student - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
Hope B - Western State College of Colorado View Entire Review
This experience has definitely opened my eyes to how many different types of people there are and of the variety and range of cultural backgrounds that exist here in New Zealand. Hekili L - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
Great Crystal O - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
Being immersed in a different culture was amazing. Just seeing how foreigners viewed the USA was eye opening to me. Nathan B - University of Iowa View Entire Review
to look more closely at the things I value and why. To look more closely at my home government/business and it's treatment of citizens and the environment. The development of strong leadership skills. Really questioning American consumerism. Mentoring younger students. Expanded world view and glimpsing the world stage. ...Fa... Calvin A - University of Southern California View Entire Review
I learned that bad things can unexpectedly happen that you have no control over and you just have to go with the flow. Lynn M - Hope College View Entire Review
The experience was way worthwhile and I miss New Zealand so much that my heart aches when I look at my photos. It is a part of me and in my future I plan on backpacking the rest of the country I didn't have time to see. I understand so much more after three months in another country, all my problems here before I left seem so sm... Kristen F - Florida Gulf Coast University View Entire Review
Yes, I learned so much about myself and have changed in more ways than one. I have a better understand of how sometimes life just needs to be taken slower- New Zealand never has the "rush" aspect to life. It's different yet amazing. Anna V - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
YES. i gained so much - great travel memories, beautiful sights, thoughts about kiwi culture and different ways of living, a new perspective of the US, a more confident, optimistic, and effervescent outlook on life. AmandaHu - Rice University View Entire Review
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, home to one in three New Zealanders. The "Super City," as it is often referred to, touches the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side and the Tasman Sea on the western side. The city is a fast-paced urban environment of international businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues, sporting events, and shopping centers, all bordered by Auckland's three harbors, two mountain ranges, more than fifty islands, and forty-eight volcanic cones.
Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, is home to a mix of innumerable international cultures, from Europe, North America, Asia, and the Pacific. The Maori name for Auckland, Tamaki Makaurau, means "the maiden with a hundred lovers," once a reference to the many Maori tribes who wished to claim the land. The name is equally appropriate now, as a reflection of the many people of various ethnicities who have made Auckland their home.
Auckland's stunning geographic and cultural variations make it a fantastic place to visit no matter your interests. Explore the islands and volcanic cones on foot or bicycle, wander Auckland's many museums and cultural centers, or enjoy find dining and shopping throughout the city. As New Zealand's transportation hub, traveling to any other part of the country is easy, making this city the ideal base for exploring.
Programs in Auckland are at the University of Auckland or AUT University
- Academic Year: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines - The University of Auckland
- Semester / Trimester: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines - The University of Auckland
- Academic Year: Humanities, Business, Design, Communication & Maori Studies - AUT University
- Semester/ Trimester: Humanities, Business, Design, Communication & Maori Studies - AUT University
AUT University is New Zealand's most contemporary university, with a unique profile reflecting its innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Part-time internships are also available for academic credit during a semester abroad (at an additional fee).
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Area Studies
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Communication and Media Studies
- Earth Science
- Health and Fitness
- Hospitality Administration
- Information Technology Management
- International Relations
- Mathematics, Statistics
- Social Sciences
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Cultural Studies
- Design and Applied Arts
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships
The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.
2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs
In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.
12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs
ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees
8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs
ISA is offering 2 USD 1000 scholarships starting in 2016 to students who embody idea of the phrase “Live Like Ally”. Allison Willen, a Junior at Eckerd College whose life tragically ended during a hiking trip in Mt. Aspiring National Park on ISA’s semester study abroad program in New Zealand. Ally had a contagious love for life, nature, community service, and adventure. Ally was a passionate volunteer in her community, always doing what she could to make the world a better place. Students who believe they Live Like Ally and also share similar interests such as a passion for volunteering, a love for nature and hiking, and zest for life are encouraged to apply.
1 x $1,000 for Fall Programs; 1 x $1,000 for Spring Programs