Study Abroad at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand

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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 March 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

Questions & Answers


based on 210 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.6
  • Housing 8.7
  • Safety 9.4
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The best year

Coming to New Zealand through AUT has been a really good experience. The university is very new and modern and it's easy to see why so many international (and domestic) students chose AUT. For me, is has been very different from what I am used to, but in a good way. I mean, you don't travel as far away as you can get to experience the exact same things as you will find in your hometown. When I'm writing this I still have another semester to do in AUT, and I couldn't be more happy about it.

In AUT you have lots of papers to choose from and many of them are very interesting. If you want to study international business like I do, AUT is a great choice. Here you will meet students and lecturers from all over the world, each one with their own story to tell.

Auckland is a great city. A bit windy and with the most unpredictable weather, but so so great. There is always something happening. You won't be bored and there will be many stories to tell when you get home. Another great thing about Auckland for those who love to travel: It's only a 3-hour flight away from Australia or Fiji.

How can this program be improved?
More guidance in choosing the right paper.
Yes, I recommend

My home away from home

After spending 5 years in Auckland, I can say with hand on my heart this is my second home. My journey started at AUT and I credit a lot of my love towards New Zealand to my 3 years at the University. The reason I say this is because traveling to a different country all by yourself can be scary in many ways, but not once did I feel alone or that I wasn't looked after. AUT offers a lot of services both in terms of your academic life and social life. Any questions and challenge can and will be solved, and that is an invaluable "safety net" to have.

I took a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at AUT, and was very happy with the overall variety in the papers we could choose from. The lectures were professional and educational, and included practical work as well as good old lecturing. During the last year we got a chance to test our knowledge through a cooperative education paper - spending a whole year out in the real world, working in the chosen field. This was the highlight of the program for me and without a doubt where I learnt the most.

Although I came to New Zealand to study and was prepared to go back home after completing my Bachelor's degree, the love for this beautiful country and its people had me stay a further two years. I now feel like I have a second home and family on the complete opposite side of the world and I am incredibly thankful for that. Can't wait to come back for a visit!

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Everyone should go!!! Highly recommended

AUT is an amazing university! There are a lot of events for international students and when I was studying they had nice bus trips on saturday that are free for students (except some small fees).

The University has a lot of different programms and they have a special weekend for international students on the beginning of the semester. The Noho Marea (Maori cultural weekend), where you make a lot of new friends and Whanau (family).

Even long after you leave New-Zealand you will have great memories. But the best of it all is that it never ends, in Europe we have a reunion of AUT alumni ever year which you can attend. The base of this is the Noho Marea experience. Each year it will be held in a different country.

Travelling in New-Zealand in youre freetime is awesome! You will see the best views and have a great time exploring the country and it's outdoor activities!

I would highly recommend AUT to everybody, because I believe that this university suits any individuals' needs.

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Highly Recommended

Going on exchange is something I would recommend to everyone, no matter what. Moving to New Zealand, living on the other side of the world and studying at AUT is one of the best choices I have ever made! This country has everything. Deep fjords, high mountains, geothermal areas and beautiful beaches, not to mention all the nice and caring people living there.

AUT is an amazing school; they know how to welcome international students and how to adapt the lectures for non-English speaking students. It was also arranged different types of events for international students to meet up and get to know each other.

Many students may look at New Zealand as too far away, but the experience you get is so unique and definitely worth it! I fell in love with this place, and even though I live on the other side of the world – I will be back!

How can this program be improved?
Not all the teachers at AUT was reachable through email.
Yes, I recommend
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I'd do it all again

Deciding to do an exchange semester at Auckland University of Technology, AUT, in New Zealand, is one of the best decisions I've ever made. The country is absolutely breathtaking and the people are the kindest and most laid back people I've met.

One of my favourite parts about studying at AUT is the student accommodation. I lived at Akoranga Student Village, ASV, for five months and never wanted to leave again. The friendships I've made there are priceless, and the atmosphere is the best. The place is alive and social but respects the need for studying as well.

So if you are to ever go studying at AUT, I would recommend staying at ASV in a heartbeat.

Yes, I recommend
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My Study Abroad Experience at AUT

No matter where you go, going on exchange will change your life. You meet people from all around the world and learn so much more about yourself than you would ever imagine. I'm so glad I decided to come to AUT for my exchange. The exchange program advisors were super friendly and very helpful with regards to everything from application logistics, to your classes, to making you feel welcome in a new city.

AUT itself is a very great educational institution in the heart of downtown Auckland. With modern architecture, approachable teachers and a plethora of study spaces on campus, I'd highly recommend AUT.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time hear in New Zealand, the country is beautiful and the people are fantastic. Its makes me sad to know I will be leaving this place is a couple weeks but I definitely know I will be back!

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Moving to New Zealand

Living in hostels is the best way to make friends, but also the worst way to study. Plan out as much as you can before you arrive (living arrangements, work/money, phone plans, etc) so your time abroad can be spent having fun instead of struggling to survive.
I am proud to say attending AUT was the highlight of my journey! The staff are very helpful and friendly and the school offers a very positive and welcoming atmosphere.

Yes, I recommend
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Semester at AUT

Travelling to New Zealand on my own was one of the biggest challenges of my life. I had mixed feelings about it, however, most of them were positive. Today, I can say that it was the best decision I have ever made, because that expirience has made me stronger and more confident. New Zealand is an amazing and open country with plenty of different nationalities, where you don't feel like a stranger, because everyone is so warm and helpful. AUT is a very modern, business minded university. The focus lays on teamwork and continuity. Furthermore, the university takes really good care of the international students, doing everything for them to integrate with each other. One of the events created by AUT that made the international students really close to each other was the internatiolan Noho Marae, which is a weekend where you learn about Maori (Native New Zealanders) culture. From the very beginning we were treated as a part of the family and all the social barriers disappeared. We have learned Maori songs, dances and did other activities with the other students and I think all of us will remember this weekend for the rest of their lives with a smile on their faces. Moreover, the staff at the international center are very friendly and helpful, which makes the process of applying and the stay at AUT much easier. I would highly recommend AUT to everybody, because I believe that this university suits any individuals' needs.

Yes, I recommend
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My Time at the Auckland University of Technology

When it comes to choosing a location to study abroad, I do not regret coming to New Zealand. As an American, being able to experience the unique landscapes and mentalities that this region provides was incredible. When it comes to academics, the Maori papers I took changed my perspective on so many aspects of my life and I couldn't recommend them any more. The only downsides that I found during my time here was the lack of activities to do inside the city during my free time. AUT does not offer many extracurricular clubs which makes it difficult to become involved in things and meet many kiwis outside of your living arrangements. The other struggle is that Auckland as a city is not very big and in order to truly experience what this country has to offer you need to get outside the city limits. However, the public transit here is not very conducive for doing this or leading you to sites for tramps or camping so often I have found you will need to rent a car in order to get to these places. These trips add up very quickly so make sure to try and fill your car and condense as much as you can into your trips. Must do: Tongariro Crossing!

Yes, I recommend
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My AUT experience

The university is very modern and have good facilities. There are silent study areas at the library, group study rooms, and a lot of computer labs equipped with Mac computers and all necessary programmes (Adobe, Word, Excel etc.). Also, there are cafes, food shops, and a book store on campus.

AUT is a multicultural university with students from all over the world. There are always many people at the university, and students are often working until late at night. The atmosphere at AUT makes you want to study hard.

Generally, I believe the academic level is high. One of the most challenging parts of my papers, Journalism, PR Communication, and Reputation Management, was that all examples, cases, discussions etc. in class were from New Zealand. That they only used examples from New Zealand sometimes made it difficult for me to understand what they talked about and to participate in the discussions. I never thought about this before leaving to New Zealand. It was challenging but I learned a lot from it.

The International Office was very helpful and created a Facebook page for all exchange and study abroad students. Here you could ask questions and etc. Also, the staff answered quickly when contacting them by email.

AUT organised a Noho Marae Weekend for International students, where we learned about the Maori culture. Students taking the Noho Marae paper had priority and the rest of the places were filled out afterwards. This semester it was the 30th Noho Marae, and we had dinner at AUT Saturday night, where we performed with singing and dancing. In the beginning of June, the people who participated had a farewell dinner together.

AUT has been one of the best experiences in my life.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing experience

I've really found a whānau at AUT. It's a place where I've made lasting not relationships and had an experience of a lifetime. I am an abroad student who has never felt safer at a university than I have here. It's a place that values cultural reciprocity, it's students, and engaging students in meaningful academics. The international Noho Marae class was really powerful for me because I was able to immerse myself in the native culture of New Zealand and create a whānau that would support me for the rest of my journey here

How can this program be improved?
Classes could be more rigorous
Yes, I recommend
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Study Abroad at AUT!

Kia Ora! Studying abroad here at AUT in Auckland has been amazing! It has been far better than I could have ever thought and it makes me sad to think I have to leave this country to to back to America. I have been able to travel around New Zealand, create new memories, and meet people from all around the world! I took International Noho Marae and Te Ara Pou Leadership, which were both the best courses I have ever taken. I learned so much about the Maori culture, and would do the international nohoe mare weekend all over again! Thank you New Zealand for an incredible journey and experience that I will always hold close to my heart!

-Alex J.

Yes, I recommend
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My semester abroad ! :)

I really enjoyed my semester at AUT! It was one of the best experiences I've ever made!!
Even though the way of teaching is completely different from what german unis do, , I got used to it within the first few weeks! Almost all of the lecturers were really helpful and understanding!
Especially labs, tutorials and projects helped me to get a better understanding of problems!
Semester is almost over and I don't want to leave! I met some really awesome people I can call my friends now and I'll really miss them !!

Yes, I recommend
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University, study and myself

When I look at my semester at the AUT my conclusion is really good . Especially the work of Kenneth and Sam is one of the best experiences. Both did a really good job at supporting my study. Furthermore I like the techlab of the university. It is alway a PC ready to be used and you don't have to wait. Moreover the different locations like the library, treehouse and the sections I between have a good design and help to motivate for the paper and a create location for group work. Obviously the housing condition is a huge drawback of the university and the support of the university to find suitable houses is maybe 10%. In addition the information flow if assignments are passed is sometimes bad. To summarize the experience was good the lectures are willing to help, there is enough time for exploring nz and the support of Kenneth and sam is perfect. 10/10

Yes, I recommend
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Viking abroad

As an exchange student from Norway, I was a bit worried that the language barrierer would be a problem at most of the corners. The courses were made up so that as long as you had basic understanding of english you were fine. And not to mention all the great people here at AUT, you could ask anyone about anything and they will try to answer. The courses encourage you to work together with the other people which again makes it all more fun.

How can this program be improved?
The program is good but the school need more power outlets.
Yes, I recommend


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AUT University was established in 1895 and has transitioned from an excellent polytechnic to become a world ranked university. We are New Zealand’s third largest and fastest growing university – positioned in the top 5% of Universities...