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

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based on 214 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.6
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.4
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My Study Abroad

I'm not good with words but New Zealand was the adventure of a lifetime. I loved the staff at my university and the people I met there are amazing. I am returning to my home country with crazy stories and life-long friends.

The staff made me feel like home and I felt that if I needed anything they would lay down what they were doing and help. They also made events that involved the exchange students and made us feel comfortable in our new surroundings.

How can this program be improved?
Look more into the roommates you put exchange students with. My flatmates were not the best.
Yes, I recommend
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My experience at AUT was unforgettable! I met so many new life long friends and learned so much about the culture in New Zealand. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the International NOHO Marae weekend, where I learned all about the culture. I got to learn about the carvings, people, games, songs, and dances. I even got to perform a dance! Being at this weekend, I felt right at home being in a whole new country. It was such a touching experience and I will never forget it. Being at AUT, I felt supported and knew that I would be safe being so far away from home. Kenneth Holt helped me with all the paperwork and made me feel at home. I was able to go to him for anything and he helped me get all my classes together! He made studying abroad so much easier and I am forever grateful!! AUT was amazing and I will take all these memories with me forever. I can't wait to come back!

Yes, I recommend
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My wonderful time abroad!

Studying abroad this semester at AUT in New Zealand has been an incredible experience! I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to come to this beautiful country filled with such compassionate people. I was a little nervous traveling so far from home for such a long period of time, but right way I felt welcomed into the AUT community. The faculty put in extra effort to make all the international students feel as though we belong here. One of my favorite parts about AUT was the International Student Noho Marae Weekend where students from all over the world were immersed into the Maori culture and learned the true meaning of whānau. Not only was the weekend full of fun, culture, and kindness, but it also provided me with a unique outlook on New Zealand, which allowed me to truly appreciate the significance of New Zealand for the Maori people during all my travels. I have met some wonderful people here and felt nothing but supported my entire time, so thank you AUT for allowing me to have an amazing five months in this spectacular country! I will be back!

Yes, I recommend
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unforgettable journey

AUT is really a great choice for study abroad. The location, the uni system and the accommodation are all excellent. Besides, Auckland is a comfortable city to live in compare with other cities in NZ and it is also relatively safe compared with other countries. People here are nice and willing to help, making it easy to get used to. The best thing for me is that you can experience not just one but many cultures in one city. NZ wasn't my first choice , but it turned out I'm very glad that I came. It gave me more than I expected.

Yes, I recommend

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This was the most amazing experience and the best decision I have ever made. NZ is so beautiful as are kiwis. I got to travel and see the world while learning a lot in my program. I spent every other weekend exploring and traveling. NZ has a unique culture which should be respected and I am so honored that I got to experience it. I made a family in studio (I study sculpture) and a family of international students. I never want to leave, but I guess I have to. I'll be back though.

How can this program be improved?
The housing was not great and I wish I had just rented a flat. It would have been cheaper and nicer.
Yes, I recommend
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Living the life in New Zealand!

My experience in New Zealand, Auckland and AUT has been even more mind blowing than what I expected. It's hard no name the best experience during my stay in New Zealand but the overall atmosphere and the good spirit between the exchange students and the Kiwis was a major factor in making my exchange so special.

I enjoyed especially both my Maori papers - Te Ara Pou -leadership and International Noho Marae, since they both offered an amazing opportunity to get to know the original Maori culture and to have some self-reflection on my own culture, personality and habits at the same time. International students were well taken into consideration and used as original sources of information when talking about international matters in the paper of International Human Resource Management.

Studying in AUT has been interesting but also challenging from time to time. However, we still have had the time to explore beautiful places, nature and landscape in both North and South Island of New Zealand, as well as have a good time with all the new people we got to know on the way.

Yes, I recommend
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Far Far Away

As I'm sure everyone knows, coming to New Zealand form anywhere else in the world is quite the trek. You're bound to cross at least one ocean and probably half of another continent on the way. It's far, far away. When I chose to head to the other side of the world (aka Auckland) for my semester exchange I didn't really know what to expect other than that I would probably talk about Lord of the Rings once or twice and would most likely see some mountains. Now I can tell you that 1) yes, those things did happen and 2) New Zealand, Auckland and AUT have been the absolute perfect fit. New Zealand as a whole is stunningly raw and incredibly beautiful. You know those amazing photos of mountains, valleys, sunsets and forests you've seen? It actually all looks like that in real life. It is a country filled with history and culture, and is perfect for roadtrip after roadtrip after roadtrip. Auckland is the perfect combination of city and nature, I've spent countless mornings in coffee shops and afternoons hiking volcanos and laying on beaches. The food and nightlife options in the city are endless and you can always find a great market to check out on the weekend. The AUT campus is beautiful and homey, the international staff and professors are helpful and accessible, and the campus accommodations are clean, filled with friendly Kiwis and Internationals and is in such a convenient location. So yes, New Zealand is far, far away. But I can promise that it is worth every second of the middle seat on your 15 hour flight, every second of jet lag, every second of potential home sickness, and every second of time difference difficulties. New Zealand, Auckland and AUT have changed my world. The adventure, hospitality and generosity of this country are real, honest and authentic. You won't experience another place like it.

Yes, I recommend
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Loved it

I studied graphic design for a semester and loved it! The projects gave me lots of freedom to design however I liked and make things I enjoyed and am very proud of. I never felt unsafe in Auckland or anywhere around AUT. Plenty of breaks in the semester to allow travel all over New Zealand. The student accommodations weren't very good, but were worth it to meet other students and not struggle finding housing in Auckland.

How can this program be improved?
WSA needs to be better, for how many international students there are, it isn't accommodating for us at all.
Yes, I recommend
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Everyone told me coming here that New Zealanders are "out of this world nice" and super friendly. I didn't truly experience this until I was exploring the Bay of Islands and my friend and I were waiting for our fish n' chips (which is a whole other reason why Aotearoa is the best place on earth). A middle-aged man noticed our outlandish North American accents and started asking us questions: where we were from, why we were here, all the basics. Immediately I put my guard up and became skeptical as to why this strange man was interrogating two young adult women. Back home, people don't talk to one another unless they need something, and strangers making conversation for the sake of conversation is seen as "creepy," so I was inclined to be wary of the situation. It wasn't until this man so genuinely wished us the best on our studies, and the safest of travels back to Auckland that I realized his intentions were not malicious: he was simply being nice. It was so refreshing for a complete stranger to be so welcoming and friendly for no other reason other than he wanted to. His small action made my day and also reminded me how important it is to be kind to everyone no matter where you are in the world. New Zealand truly does breed a special kind of people and it is because of these warming hearts that this place has become my home.

How can this program be improved?
WSA could become a more conducive social, communal living environment.
Yes, I recommend
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Best time of my studies

Awesome uni, awesome location. Very good place to go to have a study abroad and collect experience. A lot of freedom in selecting courses so that you can create your personal timetable and travel around New Zealand. Interesting courses and nice people everywhere. No regret in doing this semester and would recommend it to EVERYONE. Accomodation provided right in the city so no car/bus/train needed to explore the CBD of Auckland. Connected to all other exchange friends so easy to find new friends/travel partner.

Yes, I recommend

An awesome journey

I didn't have any particular reason to come at AUT at first. I didn't know much about New Zealand and I just wanted to discover something new.

At the beginning it was a bit messy. I arrived to Auckland a bit late and i had to catch up with pretty much everything... but it was alright. Teachers, international managers, and pretty much everyone in new Zealand is kind and helpful. Other students and teachers are here to help you or just to have a nice talk about anything. Special mention to my math teacher who was trying to make us work together every week.

After a few months, i feel like AUT allow you to discover a different way of studying, while giving you the time to discover Auckland and New Zealand on your free time.

I still have one more week to go in Auckland and two more in New Zeland after that. And even if i still have to work for my finals, I'm a bit sad when I think that awesome journey will end soon. Starting another year in France in September is going to be a bit hard after a such amazing semester.

Thanks to AUT for all of that !

Yes, I recommend
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Awesome time in New Zealand including studying and travelling

Kia Ora,

unfortunately, the semster is coming to an end right row. Once, I get used to the stress of studying, the fun of travelling and the beauty of New Zealand, I have to leave already. Too bad.
But I will keep this awesome adventure in my mind for a lifetime!
Therefore, I have to say "Thank you for a lifetime" to Kenneth, Sam and all the staff of AUT, who gave us a wide variaty of supports!
Furthermore, I am happy to have met the Maoris to get closer to their culture e.g. singing, eating (oh yes, I loved it) and of course, THE HAKA!
In my opinion, it´s a country of the infinite opportunities. Definitely, I was not able to see everthing of this winderful country. Maybe, I will come again......?
However, this semester was one of my most stressful I have had so far. The enormous range of assignments, presentations AND exams brought my capability to a maximum. I have really learned a lot and was able to further improve my English-skills.
Going back home to Germany is now to be considered as an double-edged sword. On the one hand, I am really looking forward coming home and see my family and my friends again... The other side I mentioned already.
Hopefully, I will come back to this wonderful country soon!
Thank You!

Yes, I recommend
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An amazing time in Auckland, which I will never forget

When I came here I had quite a stressful start. After our journey from the other side of the world, we only wanted to arrive in a foreign place, which should become our home for the semester abroad. But to find an accommodation was really hard and it seemed kind of hopeless to find an apartment in the near future. After one night in a hostel, we had luck and found a place to stay just 200 metres away from the city campus.

It was nice to experience the efforts of the AUT that we, the international students, have an easy start at our study abroad university.

Now the time here in Auckland is almost over, in less than 3 weeks I will leave the City of Sails & New Zealand, which makes me really sad. I am glad & thankful that I had the chance to study one semester in one of the most beautiful and amazing countries in the world. I met so many persons from all around the world, which became really good friends of mine. The most incredible experience was the exchange of the different cultures. Especially the course, Te Ara Pou - Leadership, a Māori course, helped me a lot to learn more about others and about myself.

Last but not least, I want to say, thank you, to my lectures here at AUT, who taught me new stuff and to the Māoris, who helped me to get to know myself much better. There are so many things I learned, which I will take back home. I will return back as a kind of another person, which is good, because opinions, meetings with new people and experiences changed me and my view of life.

I thank all my new friends for the time of my life I experienced together with them.
THANK YOU to the AUT and the international coordinators Kenneth & Sam to support me and all the other international students. You are part of our great experiences here in New Zealand.

If someone will ask me about my opinion and my estimation I will definitely recommend going here.

I will leave Auckland with mixed feelings. Of course, I am looking forward to my family and friends back home in Germany, but I will miss Auckland, my new friends and the Whānau a lot. Hope, I will ever come back to this beautiful and amazing country, which will always be in my heart!

Kia Ora!

Yes, I recommend
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An Austrian guy goes around the world

Ki ora everybody,
The greeting at the begin of this text stands for the most incredible experience I had from New Zealand. Going abroad means that going somewhere you don't know a single one, you don't know the place, and you don't know what you will expect.
For me the most precious thing of this study her was the Maori Paper; Te Ara Pou- Leadership. That's a paper which changes my life. I had a personal change; it is incredible if you get to know the "way of thinking" of Maori culture. The have peculiar habits, and particular ways of thinking, greeting, and welcoming people to the Marae, showing respect and their loving way of sharing and spending time together. (singing, dancing, drinking.... :-)....)

All in all, for me it was a hard task to open myself to other cultures because I was a
closed person before. (Thought the way we do it at home is the best)
What I learned here is to respect deeply and appreciate the differences. And that's the thing if you go abroad, it's nearly impossible to stay the same, to act the same when you come home.
Because you change, step by step every day and each day and in the end, you have this kind of experience, the most of the people dream about. An open heart and open eyes, welcoming people all over the planet for their unique way of being.

How can this program be improved?
Less written assignments (homework), more facts, exames, really improve is in my point of view when essays and hard exams are combined.

But maybe I am only thinking so because I was trained that way all my life. I have no long time
experience, but you have (facts and evaluations). So take my feedback like it is, just a short view of an experience I have with your way of teaching here.

Yes, I recommend
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First days in Auckland

The first days of my semester abroad were really really stressful. After an all in all 30-hour long journey, I finally arrived with two other study colleagues in Auckland's Airport. We drove by Taxi into the City and expected a nice, spacious Apartment, that should become our new home for the next half year, but often it comes out differently than expected because the apartment was everything else than nice and spacious. Even though we knew that it would be hard to find an accommodation, we decided to take the risk and searched for another apartment. How to imagine, after such a long journey, our mood was at a low point. We ran through whole Auckland with our half-year-luggage, to find an accommodation for the night. My future roommate already said that she regrets to travel to New Zealand. The start was definitely everything else than perfect. But in the same night, we got to know the kindness of the kiwis: A young woman, who was a national player for the New Zealand Volleyball team, picked us up and found a backpacker hostel for us. From there our journey seemed to get better again. In the next morning, we went through whole Auckland and asked about 20 different accommodations if they have any room left for a half year long stay and finally we found an apartment 2 minutes away from the university. Simply perfect. Now the next big thing was the start of the classes. How will the paper be? How will my new fellow students be? Can I cope the university? But all my worries became irrelevant after the first view days. I've never experienced such a warmly and heartily greeting. All the icebreaking games and information we got in the beginning, enabled an easy entry into the new life abroad. The university fascinated me like nothing before with its fusion of the Maori and the Kiwi culture. When I now look at the period of time from the first day to now, I can definitely say that this semester was the most enriching experience of my whole life. I joined a Te Ara Pou paper, which showed me the culture of the Maoris and brought my spirit closer to myself. I got more new friends than in the last 2 years of studying at home. And just yesterday, my roommate explained that she definitely will drop some tears, when the day of our return journey arrived.

Yes, I recommend


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