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We invite you to spend your summer in Auckland, New Zealand with API! Offered through the prestigious University of Auckland, this unique program is perfect for anyone looking for film studies coursework abroad, and is structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice.

Expand your understanding of the world of film, experience the warm hospitality of locals ("Kiwis"), and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Coordinator


Medical and Life Insurance


Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing (self-catered)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • A background in film or media production, drama, or creative writing is preferred, but not essential
  • Open to juniors and seniors (Students with only one year of undergraduate experience and a strong creative portfolio are also eligible for entry)
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
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*Please note this program has been suspended for the Summer 2023 session and will return for Summer 2024.

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Auckland programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

What You’ll Study


TOTAL CREDITS - 3-4 semester credits

This four-week course is structured around the practical production process, based on professional television industry practice. Screen Tools is a hands-on course designed to set you up with the essential skills you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries.


API students receive their transcript from the University of Auckland upon completion of their program.

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    Stephanni Greenan

    Stephanni Greenan will be your Program Coordinator and will help you prepare to go abroad!


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    Tiana and Pierre Perez

    Tiana and Pierre Perez are the Auckland Resident Directors and will be there for you during your stay abroad.

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API partner universities in New Zealand operate on a credit ‘point’ system. Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” The credit point weight per paper varies from 15-20, depending on the course with 18 credit points most common. Generally speaking, one 18 point paper is generally equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits. Given that point values vary, the way in which credits completed abroad will transfer to a student’s home campus will be under the discretion of the student’s home institution, and should be verified in advance.

  • Classes taught in English
  • Four-week practical course for emerging filmmakers

All API Auckland students will be housed close to each other in student self-catered apartments on/near campus. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. Internet and utilities are included. The cost of this program covers housing and includes internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements).

Due to the range of housing options, housing costs are separated out from the program costs. At this time, housing costs are estimated at between $4,400 to $6,000 USD per semester. Summer fees will be less. API reserves the right to change fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.