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Skidmore in New Zealand

Skidmore in New Zealand - University of Auckland

Auckland, located on the North Island and built around two harbors, is the largest city in New Zealand. If you’re looking for a diverse vibrant city life that’s within reach to hundreds of beaches, world class surfing and epic hikes, consider Auckland.  The University of Auckland is located in the heart of the city, yet close to greenspace and the harbour. It is also home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.

The University of Auckland was established in 1883 and today is the largest university in New Zealand, with over 40,000 students. It has over 100 departments to select courses from and allows study abroad students to study across disciplines. 


Students can choose between two academic structures the Skidmore in New Zealand program. One option allows students to direct enroll at the University of Auckland, taking a full course load fromAuckland a variety of disciplines. The second option, tailors the curriculum based on the field & research theme. 

Option One: Field & Research with Direct Enrollment
The Field & Research component is designed for students that want to take their learning outside of the classroom. Students will begin the semester with a five-week field camp experience that leads into the semester at the University where they will direct enroll in classes of their choosing as well as conduct research based off of data collected in the field. While participants should have an interest in geoscience, this program has drawn students from many disciplines, including environmental science, environmental studies, biology, economics, and anthropology. 

  • New Zealand Earth Systems (5 credits) track analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. The five-week field camp travels to the North Island and South Islands, exploring the Bay of Plenty, Mt. Ruapehu,  Banks Peninsula, the Southern Alps, and Kaikoura through a series of field modules. During field camp, students learn the field techniques needed to solve the environmental issues. Following field camp, students transition to the University of Auckland, where they enroll in four courses:
    • Research Methods in Earth Systems Science - 4 credits
    • One university course within the School of the Environment - 4 credits 
    • Two university courses of your choosing – 4 credits each

Option Two: Direct Enrollment 
Students choosing to direct enroll without the field & research component will enroll in 4 university courses. Details on specific courses that are available to Skidmore students can be found here.


All students can apply to participate in an internship at the University of Auckland by enrolling the course ARTSGEN 301. You can read more about this optoin here: