Study Abroad at AUT University in New Zealand

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About

AUT University is the second largest University in New Zealand and is among the fastest growing. 4,000 international students from 85+ countries flock to campus each year and there are three unique campuses all within Auckland. AUT is accredited by the New Zealand government and offers personal and interactive classroom settings. AUT also boasts the highest graduate employment rate out of all the universities in New Zealand. Come check it out for yourself!

AUT accepts international students twice per year: in February and July. You may apply as a College Freshman, but at the time of application, you must have a high school diploma and a 1500 SAT score. Alternatively, Sophomores and above are welcome to apply for an exchange.

AUT offers a broad range of courses:
  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Collaborative Creative Technologies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer & Mathematical Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Foreign Languages & Culture
  • Law
  • Sciences (including Social)
  • Public Policy
  • Design (Fashion, Textiles, Product, Digital, Graphic)
  • Sports & Recreation

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Reviews

92%
based on 216 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.7
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.4
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Julia
9/10

AUT

I'm a brazilian student a AUT and so far I'm loving it. The North Shore Campus is awesome. The library is really good and the computers there are super fast so I always end up doing my homework there. The facilities are really good. There a lot of different places where you can eat in campus like kebab, indian food, sushi, subway. The AUT gym is really good and has great deals for students. Everyone, students and staff, are polite. The teachers are really organized, the lectures are great and the online blackboard makes it really easy to watch lectures online or get in touch with the teachers.

How can this program be improved?
It's hard to think of something.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hailey
8/10

Great Lecturers and Student Housing

Very kind, insightful and laid back professors. Students are friendly. Loved my flatmates. I always felt safe in Auckland and especially in the Wellesley Student Apartments. But the RAs and security guards are a little too strict. Small get-togethers were often treated as "parties."

The main challenge was figuring out the online grading/assignments system.

I really appreciated the flexibility in scheduling my classes because it allowed me to travel almost every weekend! Professors seem to understand international students' desire to explore New Zealand and are generally OK with a few missed classes here and there. I would suggest keeping on top of assignments because classes are deceptively chill. Exams hit fast!

How can this program be improved?
I would suggest AUT condenses the information it puts out to students regarding assignments, grades and course announcements. There are too many websites and computer software programs to keep track of (Unicentral, AUT Online, Arion, CyberDuck, FileZilla, personal email accounts and a university exam timetable).
Yes, I recommend this program
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Giulia
8/10

Great semester abroad at AUT

AUT is a great place to study abroad. Auckland is an awesome city and you should definitely consider travelling all around New Zealand because there is so much to see! While you are at it you should explore Australia, Fiji, Thailand and any other countries in this part of the world! I have had so many amazing opportunities while I have been abroad at AUT and I have had absolutely no problems at all. The staff is super helpful and will help you sort out any problems you may have with your classes. The class setup and assignments make it very easy for you to travel during your semester and still stay on top of your schoolwork.

How can this program be improved?
A tutorial on all the different technologies AUT uses to communicate with their students. Between AUT online, blackboard, cyberduck and more, it tends to get confusing for international students who don't know the system.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
10/10

Auckland University of Technology

Most important is that the AUT is very supportive of exchange students. The help students do well in there classes but also encourage students to travel and see New Zealand. They are also very concerned with having all the international students to get together and create bonds. This was very successful, i have made so many close friends that i would consider them all my New Zealand family. This also helped with coping with being so far away from home. The classes here are different enough from my home uni that I gained so much knowledge that i will be able to apply later in life as well as my schooling back home. I had a wonderful experience and will be very sad for it to end.

How can this program be improved?
The spatial design program can be more realistic and prepare students for more real world issues. Not enough of a technical aspect when doing design projects.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ivanna
9/10

Unreal.

Coming to New Zealand was a long journey from Canada although, I am glad to say that I can call this place my home. The country is incredibly beautiful, weekends were always spent exploring the islands. Safe to say you couldn't get bored here because there is always something to go see!

I highly suggest anyone coming to study in Auckland explore the South Island as it is a great reflection of what New Zealand is all about. Lots of hikes, two lane roads that weave through mountains and the most beautiful scenic sites surrounding you everywhere you go!

I really enjoyed all of my art & design classes at AUT. The professors were really approachable and helpful with any questions or inquires about the projects. The AUT city campus is beautiful and really close to the centre of Auckland, parks, the residence and much more.

Living on residence was extremely fun because it was conveniently close to the campus and other international students. The downfall were the loud sounds from cars/buses from the main street adjacent to the building and the occasional loud people coming home from a night out. Other then that, I had a great time living on residence for the first time!

I've also met a lot of amazing people along the way, the majority all being international students who I can call my friends. This experience was incredible to do with them and definitely one I will not forget.

I am really happy that I was able to live and study in New Zealand. Overall, Auckland is a very walkable city and AUT was a great place to spend my exchange semester. Time fly by fast and if I could, I would do the whole experience all over again!

How can this program be improved?
New Zealand needs to improve their bank situation for exchange students, the strict rules didn't allow us to open up bank accounts except for ASB.

& WSA felt like we were under strict regulations sometimes so i'd suggest readjusting security's access rules and social gathering rules.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Eve
8/10

Auckland Study Abroad

AUT has a great location, well designed facilities, and nice staff. My hospitality classes have been pretty small and I feel like I am able to get to know people that are in my classes. People are very nice and always trying to learn more about you.

I think that it would have been nice to live on campus to see what life here is really like. The city campus and classes here remind me of studying back at home.

How can this program be improved?
I liked the Facebook page a lot. It was nice that there were a lot of events that we could go to. However, I didn't live on campus and feel that maybe if I had, I would have felt more connected with the group.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Louis
10/10

Awesome!

This exchange in New Zealand is doubtlessly one of the best experiences of my life! You're able to get in touch with many internationals students here, all willing like you to discover one of the most beautiful places on Earth! Studying in AUT has also been really nice, thanks to the commitment of its staff and academic teams who are always willing to help you. Auckland is an awesome place to be and I would definitely advise everyone to pass by!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kimi
9/10

Great Campus

AUT is a beautiful school centrally located in a beautiful city. Auckland is a great base for your time in New Zealand because it is so easy to access transportation out of the city form here. Definitely loved my semesters here in NZ

How can this program be improved?
When registering for classes I wasn't aware I picked a block class that only lasted 3 weeks for the semester. I wish I could've had a longer experience in classes and meeting other students
Yes, I recommend this program
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Stephen
10/10

A great learning and growing experience

Studying in New Zealand has been an amazing experience. It has made me be more independent and accountable for myself, while also giving me the amazing opportunity to travel around this beautiful country with friends from around the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dennis
9/10

Studying abroad at AUT

When I think about how my study abroad semester is at AUT it's just awesome! Firstly, the university is pretty good and the professors are super nice and are really willing to interact with the students. Besides this, the faculty is pretty modern. The variety in papers and degrees is huge and that they have different campus all around Auckland is nice because you see a lot of the town.
New Zealand is beautiful and I have never seen a more beautiful landscape before in my life. You have so many opportunities to travel and just experience the Maori culture.

I could recommend to all people, go to AKL and study at AUT. Study, travel and just enjoy your time here!

Best decision ever :-).

How can this program be improved?
I would only improve that they have not so strict rules at their student accommodation.

Besides this they could provide a deal with a bank. So that you can have the option for getting a bank account for free etc.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mark
8/10

CGN to AKL

You'll get in touch with people from all over the world, which is great. I really enjoyed that!
Although Auckland itself gets boring after a couple of weeks, it is surrounded by some awesome landscapes. Rent a car and discover the country!

How can this program be improved?
More international student parties :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Max
10/10

Study Abroad at the AUT

My time in New Zealand has been amazing. If you want to see the most beautiful landscape of the world, then you have to go to New Zealand.
From Auckland are Weekend trips like Rotorua, Hobbiton, Tongariro Crossing, Bay of Island or beautiful beaches easy to reach.
Moreover, you're with the plane within one hour on the south island.
Auckland itself, where you reach Bars, Restaurants, Clubs, Harbour etc. by foot.

The AUT City Campus is modern and restaurants as kebap or asian food are placed on campus.The courses are not demanding, but you have to spend a lot of time in assignments and Presentations.

All in all i would recommend studying at AUT, such as travel around the North- and South Island.

I promise you, you'll have one of the best experiences of your life.

Response from AUT University

Hi Max, thanks so much for your wonderful comments, sounds like you definitely made the most of your time here in New Zealand!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kevin
7/10

AUT Review

The location as well as the building is great. The campus is easy to find and close to CBD Auckland, as well as Queen street. In general, the university is great and got some good papers. However, there are a few things that could be improved. There are quite a lot lecturer from abroad (especially Asia and India) and some of them you are not able to understand, which I think isn't acceptable. Furthermore, the level in general is pretty low and you almost have more holidays than school.
All in all I had a great year at uni and I really enjoyed my free time.

How can this program be improved?
I wouldn't employ lecturer who almost don't speak any english.
Response from AUT University

Hi Kevin, thanks so much for your comments, we'll definitely take on board your suggestions. All the best for the future!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Holly
10/10

WOW!

I don't think there is anything negative to say about this place! Everyone here is super helpful and friendly and it is so easy to meet and make new friends! I love how AUT is in the city making it so much easier to explore and you never run out of things to do! Which makes it the perfect location! I never traveled around much back home, but after being here and seeing how easy it is to get around in Auckland and the surrounding cities, I never want to stop! AUT is very easy to navigate and the professors are super helpful and are always available to talk with you when you need help. As an international business student, I would say that my experience here has really gave me an idea of what to expect when I travel the world and experience other cultures. I just hope they're as welcoming as the people I've met at AUT!

How can this program be improved?
I feel like the courses at AUT could be a little more involved and interactive. The course descriptions were also not very helpful as I expected something much different than what I got, and I ended up basing my decisions off of the title of the course instead. Which still turned out to work in my favor. But I would give a more detailed description about each course. Also when it comes to room assignments, I would have rather preferred to live with some locals instead of all international students. But everything still worked out perfectly fine! :)
Response from AUT University

Hi Holly, thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. Yes, detailed course descriptions would definitely help, that's a great suggestion.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Matthew
9/10

Great place to travel... expensive place to live!

My time in New Zealand has been incredible! Across both islands there are incredible places to visit - Abel Tasman National Park, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Bay of Islands being a few. Due to the number of things to see and activities to do; saving up a lot of money is strongly advised!

Auckland itself is a nice city with everything that you need - bars, restaurants, cinema etc. However, the cost of living in Auckland is unbelievable! It is extremely expensive for food (even when purchasing the value branded products) and for alcohol ($13 for a jager bomb in one of the main student bars!!!!)

Although it is expensive, Auckland is a perfect place to base yourself in order to travel the north island as you can visit almost all of the key locations via bus.

AUT is a great university with a really nice campus located in the city centre. The staff are friendly as well as helpful and the work is relatively straight forward (business classes).

Overall, I would thoroughly recommend AUT due to the university being a nice place to study and the city being a perfect location to base yourself if you want to travel New Zealand.

Response from AUT University

Hi Matthew, we're pleased to hear you had a wonderful time in New Zealand! All the best for your future studies!

Yes, I recommend this program

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