New Zealand Studies + Internship

Auckland, New Zealand

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    New Zealand Studies + Internship

  • Location


  • Host University

  • Term

    Winter 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Early Jan, 2020 - Late Mar, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 15, 2019

  • Credit

  • Eligibility

    Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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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 one New Zealand Studies course through AUT and participate in an ISA internship. All instruction is in English. 

The internship component of this program provides a unique opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Your internship placement will be full-time structured and unpaid. Our goal is to find the right international internship for you based on your area of study, skills and future career goals, all while providing you with tools throughout the experience for you to become "career ready". 



Students must have a minimum grade point average of .

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



Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

3 - 10

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

4 - 15

Academic Information

Program Structure

  • Your Program will be split into two sections: For the first three weeks of your program, you will be taking the following AUT University course:
    • HIST 500 – New Zealand History
  • For the remainder of your program, you will be participating in an eight-week ISA custom placed Internship. 

Course Credit & Transcripts

  • AUT University
    • 1 AUT University course = 15 credit points = 4-6 US quarter credits (3-4 US semester credits) 
    • For the New Zealand History Course, you will receive an AUT University transcript which will reflect Credit Points. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this course. 
    • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.  
  • ISA Internship
    • ISA Internships in Auckland are custom matched to your skills and career goals. Placements could be within (but are not limited to) the following list of disciplines: Communications, Media & PR, Health, Psychology and Social Work, just to name a few.
    • ISA Internships has partnered with Carroll College in Helena, Montana, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 semester credits (9 quarter credits) for ISA Internships programs. You will be enrolled in SA425: International Internship. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from your host organization supervisor.
      • Learn more about Carroll College at 
    • If you wish to receive academic credit for your internship instead of an official Carroll College transcript, you may work with your home university to do so.  Each academic institution has a unique policy for granting internship credit, thus you should inquire about receiving academic credit with your home university advisors, professors, and/or academic department heads. 
      • Interns earning credit through their home institution will still have select assignments required to be completed by ISA as part of their program. 

​AUT University 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.


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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.