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The University of Auckland is located in the heart of New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Ranked in the world's top 100* universities, the University of Auckland has a strong research focus where students have the opportunity to learn from academics who are at the top of their field, nationally and internationally.

The University's 42,000-strong student population reflects the multicultural nature of Auckland city. With over 7,000 international students and more than 120 international partnerships, the University of Auckland offers a truly global experience.

*QS World University Rankings 2017/18

Founded
1883
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The University of Auckland
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Reviews

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Hermione
9/10

This is a really interesting course and fantastic for anyone considering a career in GP or Paediatrics. The community program is great to learn about services available to support children outside of the Hospital setting, and I have met some incredibly inspiring people with this program. The faculty staff and support form the medical side is amazing, unfortunately the administration at University of Auckland is much more challenging and has room for improvement. Great vibrant city and a fascinating country to travel.

How can this program be improved?
The application process can be challenging for international students with at times poor communication about program requirements and giving incredibly short deadlines to return documents. Using personal emails or phone calls as well as university email for urgent matters would help improve this process.
Yes, I recommend
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Joanna
10/10

I loved studying at Auckland uni! Especially since I had already been living in nz for a year under a different visa. It’s a good thing I was used to the country already, because they have the worst international student office! No one knew what forms I needed and when, as if they had never seen an international student before. I used my DIY knowledge to help other students standing in line at the international student office also being given the run around, and I would try to help the best I could since no one at the desk was ever able to answer their questions. Wouldn’t trade my experience at Auckland uni for a second, except any moment I spent inside the international student office.

How can this program be improved?
I had an agent from the US (found through Auckland uni website) to help with my initial application (how the degree worked, correct documents, deadlines, everything) and they were amazing! I’m so glad I did this because I was never given a straight answer from the international student office about anything, was sent to immigration last minute for forms, and again was treated like the first international student to walk through the door.
Response from The University of Auckland

Thanks for your review and feedback, Joanna. I’m sorry to hear you had this experience. We strive to make the immigration process as seamless as possible for students and employ experts on immigration policy. We have changed our process over the past year and added additional resources, so hopefully this will ensure students feel more supported with the immigration details upon arrival. I’m happy to hear you had an incredible time at the University of Auckland and New Zealand!

Yes, I recommend
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Alison
10/10

I went to NZ for my masters degree at UoA but my motives were not purely academic. I had visited the south island previously and fell in love with the raw, natural beauty of the country. When presented with the opportunity to study at a prestigious university in one of the world's most breath-taking countries I could not refuse (not to mention it was so much cheaper than pursuing a masters degree in the US). My program of study was a research masters so I was offered flexibility in when I studied and when I traveled. Throughout my year in NZ I was able to travel to Australia, Samoa, and all over NZ multiple times. On weekends when I needed a little rest from traveling I would explore the farmers markets around Auckland, visit art galleries, and hit up some local bars; Auckland is the best city for you if you're the kind of person who wants to have fun on the weekends but have a normal-paced life during the week. If the laid-back lifestyle of NZ is what you're after then the only smart option in UoA.

How can this program be improved?
Offer a bit more social outreach to international students in the beginning of the semesters
Yes, I recommend
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Mallory
8/10

Coming to New Zealand I was expecting to meet a bunch of kiwis, but instead I've met people from all over the world. I have new friends from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. As a city, I've found that Auckland isn't much different than some of the other large cities in the United States, but the mix of cultures has been much appreciated. The marine science graduate program at UoA is quite challenging in terms of the work load and students are introduced to a wide range of ecology topics. Overall, I'm happy with my decision to do graduate school here.

Yes, I recommend
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Andriana
10/10

What an experience! I've made so many life-long friends at the University of Auckland and overall, I have so many hilarious memories.

In an academic sense, I could not recommend this university enough. I've taken so many courses that I wouldn't back at my home university and it has really enriched my knowledge! The staff (lecturers, etc) have also been amazing- so understanding and replying to emails really quickly if you have any problems (definitely a massive help if you have any last minute questions for assignments).

Socially, the university provides so many weekly events and it is really close to two of the main streets of Auckland City which means that you can always go to a really cute and cheap restaurant or cafe near by.

I really recommend this university and just want to say a huge "good luck" to anyone who decides to go here! Trust me, you will really enjoy it!

Yes, I recommend

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