Study Abroad at AUT University in 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 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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Louise
9/10

An amazing opportunity

As a digital media student at AUT studying two different courses, I found both the theoretical and the practical parts very interesting and educational! Furthermore, I got the opportunity to work as an intern at a media company in Auckland. Having the opportunity to study AND work with what I love would have been very difficult to have achieved back home. Studying in the heart of Auckland is definitely something I will recommend and if you have the slightest interest in gaining some extra knowledge and experience... do an internship. You will not regret it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Eddy
8/10

Study at AUT

You would probably get lots of memorable experience for being in New Zealand and studying in AUT in Auckland. There is a diverse culture in this society, so you can make friends with different backgrounds and cultures. This is not only widen your horizon, but also learn to live in a global village. Moreover, AUT is located in the Central Auckland, it is extremely convenient for you to get there and enjoy walking around this city. If you face any difficulties, the school gives us much support as well. Enjoy school life and the stunning view in NZ!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Meghan
9/10

AUT City Campus

A lot of people will tell you that Auckland isn't the real New Zealand, but it's a great place to go to school. AUT is right in the middle of the city, so it's within walking distance to the waterfront, restaurants, parks, and even the buses and car rental places so you can travel outside of Auckland on the weekends. I couldn't have asked for a better location. The school has small classes and I even had a class in the marae. All in all, it was an amazing experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Felix
9/10

International Experience

Not only AUT but also New Zealand was a incredible experience for me to explore a new culture, being far away from home and explore a beautiful nature. Staying in the center of Auckland was the best choice I could make in a not very populated but large country. The University cares a lot about their interenational students and their well-being. E-Mails are getting answered right away, partys and social gatherings were organized and you have always somebody to talk to.
Other than that, I was able to participate in the Te Ara Pou leadership course and the Noho Maraer weekend, which taught me a lot about the Maori culture.

Yes, I recommend this program
Ellisiv
9/10

My experiense of my courses at AUT

I had two different courses here at AUT + an Internship. As a Public Health student I found it very interesting to get other peoples views and opinions on how public health should be looked at and viewed in my Lifestyle Diseases class. I got a lot more knowledge about nutrition and athletes in my Sport and Exercise Nutrition class, and I loved that we also had lab assignments to do. My internship was nothing but amazing and I will def. recomand this to others. Last but not least; the Noho Marae weekend! Waow! Best weekend, met heaps of wonderful friends(and whanau), and I cant wait too see many of them back home in Bergen this September!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sylvia
9/10

Amazing New Zealand

I had a great time knowing people from all over the world. When I just arrived, I have to tell I didn't understand a word because of the accent, I have to accept that I thought I won't survive because nobody would understand me and I didn't understand either... Afortunately that changed in 2 or 3 weeks, and I love the New Zealand English accent. I started dating a half Maori half Irish and had a great time listening how he thought México was, hilarious! I traveled to the South Island and omg! Once I even cried because I couldn't believe how beautiful it was! I just love New Zealand and after 6 years I can't get over it...

How can this program be improved?
It would have been awesome if scholarships for short periods were available
Yes, I recommend this program
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Vanessa
10/10

Adventure

While staying at AUT I was able to experience a lot of different cultures. I didn't just experience New Zealanders. My greatest adventure was that they cared for their environment so much that there was en entire island off the grid. I was welcomed to the island and showed another way of living. The owner of the hotel was nice enough to explain how the island survived. We rented a car and drove all over it. The other tiny towns were welcoming and beautiful. The locals even offered my friend a job if he wanted to move there.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to have the program hold events not just for people in the program but others as well as a way to get us talking and meeting other people in our area incase some people were shy.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
9/10

AUT Study Abroad

AUT is very much a city school right in the heart of Auckland. I lived with 4 international roommates and met so many more because of that. Living in this setting was great because I did not travel through a proper program, before coming to AUT. I am forever grateful for my time in New Zealand it changed the way I look at the world. I will definitely be back!

How can this program be improved?
There was not much of an orientation. It would be helpful to have more things set up to acclimate international students.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Willem
9/10

Super international uni

I studied in Auckland and followed some great classes. But above all I had the time to meet people from all over the world. I have friends now in many countries and continents. The most special thing about AUT is that after graduating I am still in contact with my friend. I regularly meet them or at least some of them. AUT even helps to improve it by letting someone organise reunions in Europe and America. This time shaped my life, life changing.

How can this program be improved?
I had realy good relationships eith the teachers, at the end of my studies I even got a hug from the dean of my faculty. However what I would like to have improved, and what is different from studying in the Netherlands is the number of tests: only twice a year, for people like me, more test are better to keep up the studying.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Clare
8/10

Change your life!

I wanted to see more than just what work and study had to offer - and this was just the program - it literally changed my life!!! I met people I still call family and still call Glasgow my second home. It was the international student program at my Glasgow university that made all the difference - those trips will remain treasured memories forever.

How can this program be improved?
More preparation for the difference in academic study styles would have been great. I wanted to learn about life - but almost felt it was at the expense of my academics as their structure was just so different!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Silke
10/10

Great experience

Studying abroad at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is great! You meet a lot of nice people and you have a lot of fun! I also recommend living at the Student Apartments from AUT which is really close to university and also offer many activities.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Moeko
10/10

I am not an outsider

I would like to share something surprised me. Before I came to NZ, I was expecting more western people living here. However there are so many immigrants such as Chinese, Korean and Indian. This fact relived me a lot. Because I am Asian, I had been afraid of being discriminated. I have watched some TV programs about discrimination I could not imagine my life would be this nice when I was in Japan. Being discriminated is a sad thing ever I can encounter in my life and I always cared about what kiwi people think about people from overseas. However there are no such thing and I was able to live like being myself.

I was worried about my English skill too. Because I am from Asian country, Japan, I didn't really have opportunity to interact with people from different countries by using English. Therefore it was a little bit hard to get used to NZ life. I was just too nervous to talk to people around since I was always caring about making mistakes. Therefore I found this studying abroad was really tough at the beginning. However I was wrong, I didn't need to be a perfect English speaker but try to interact with people as much as I can. There are many people from different countries and i realised that just enjoying living in NZ is the most important thing.

I now can say that my life in NZ is awesome and multi cultural country is really interesting. I learnt a lot of things not only kiwi stuff but also other countries'. I really love this country and I do not want to go back to Japan. I would like to keep improving English to be global person and someday I would like to come back here...!!

How can this program be improved?
I don't know but probably if there were more opportunity to get to know each others like gathering stuff, that would have been nice :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Akari
9/10

Study abroad for a full year

I experienced lots of cultural differences in terms of presentation and performance. In event design class, we were divided into groups and created an event. The project was supposed to end with group presentation. We started off quite slow and had discussions but it was so rough. When we were preparing for the presentation, my team members were not trying to decide what to say. On that day we were not nervous at all and someone roughly spoke and presentation finished.
In performance class, again we started off quite slow as a group. We could finally finish the final script and try to start running through 3 days before the performance day. But one of us did not come so long and the person came one hour before the starting time of out performance! Also right before the performance, we rehearsed couple of times but members except for me were sometimes checking the script. I felt I'm more perfectionist than others in this country. I felt like "yeah whatever, follow what happens..."

In the end, both of the experiences strengthened my mentality and ad-lib skill. It was also a good opportunity to compare me with other people!

How can this program be improved?
In some of my papers, I needed clear criteria for assignments. I was quite unsure and not enough confident in what I was doing. On the other hand, the freedom developed my creativity!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Leandro
9/10

Great Experience

I have met so many interesting people at AUT, it is so full of joyful students and thoughtful staff members that I'm even thinking about coming back again in 2016. The papers that I took are going to be very useful to me back in Brazil, such as Distributed and Mobile Systems and Highly Secure Systems.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Frennie
8/10

New family

Besides the other international friends I made, I also experienced so much love from my domestic classmates. They all knew each other before, but they let me in their group so easily. They really became my family here. I knew that I could always count on them no matter what. I can't wait for them to come to my uni next year, so I can mean the same thing to them!

How can this program be improved?
The level of the degree at AUT was a lot lower than I am used to. I think recommending exchange students year 3 papers could me an improvement of the level of challenge. Also, I think the security at the student apartments was very strict. I sometimes felt like I was treated like a little kid, more freedom would mee appreciated.
Yes, I recommend this program

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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...