Study abroad and overseas work experience

We encourage you to study overseas, and there are a number of ways you can do this.

Study Abroad


How do I qualify?

If you are in your second or third year of study, you can take language and culture courses in Spain or Latin America (for a minimum of four weeks' intensive study, including 36-48 hours of taught classes per 15 point credit) under the Study Abroad courses SPANISH 277, 278, 377 or 378.

Stage II Study Abroad

To be eligible for Stage II study abroad courses, students must have a B- grade pass (or better) in SPANISH 105 (or equivalent per placement test, transfer credit, etc.). Please read the General Information and Guidelines on the course websites for SPANISH 277, 278.

To be eligible for Stage III study abroad courses, students must have a B- grade pass (or better) in SPANISH 201 (or equivalent per placement test, transfer credit, etc.). Please read the General Information and Guidelines on the course websites for SPANISH 377, 378.

Please note that you may enrol in SPANISH 377, 378 after passing SPANISH 201 or 319 or 321 (with B- or higher). But if you already passed SPANISH 377, 378, you may not then enrol in SPANISH 319, 321. This is because there are more diverse levels of ability within the overseas programmes (which include placement tests upon arrival) than in our three year sequence.

Enrolment approval process

Your proposed course must be approved by a Study Abroad Adviser prior to your enrolment and departure. It is therefore essential that you read the General Information on Spanish Study Abroad, contact a Study Abroad Adviser well in advance, provide documentation, obtain approval and complete the Study Abroad Application Form.

Where can I study?

We approve and recommend 4-week intensive language and culture courses with Cursos Internacionales at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain and at the Pontificia Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile. You will be given a placement test on arrival overseas for most programmes. All courses passed are credited at The University of Auckland as language courses.

Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca offers four-week courses almost every month (except January, July, August, December) but our students usually go in February. You can take 3 hours of intensive language study 5 days a week, plus 2 hours daily of additional language or cultural studies, for a total of 5 hours per day (20 hours per week for 4 weeks). The language class (3 hours per day) can be credited as 15 points (SPANISH 277 or 377) and additional language or culture (extra 2 hours per day) as 15 points (SPANISH 377 or 378).

Pontificia Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile

The Spanish study abroad courses in Chile at the Pontificia Universidad de Valparaíso take place over four weeks in January. These also include both language (15 points) and cultural studies (15 points). In 2013 Summer 1 and Summer 2 courses are also available in the Chilean summer.

More information about Study Abroad

The University of Auckland also has a variety of overseas exchange partners.

There is also a University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarship. Application deadlines are 30 April and 30 September.

You must consult a study abroad adviser well in advance to see which overseas programmes are suitable for possible credit and your language level.

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Adviser and find out more information about the University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarships (Languages and Literature).

Overseas work experience


English Language assistants programme in Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Education offers scholarships for New Zealand university students for the northern academic year of October to May/June.

Teaching Duties
Assistants will have the opportunity to teach English in Spain in primary, secondary and language schools.

Application closing date: 18 April 2017

Further information and application form