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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Reviews

91%
based on 230 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.7
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.4
  • Benefits 8.3
  • Support 7.7
  • Fun 7.7
  • Facilities 7.3
  • Safety 8
  • Instruction 7.7
  • Support 8.5
  • Value 6.8
  • Difficulty 7.7
  • Job Assistance 6.2
  • Housing 7.5
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Value 8.5
  • Safety 8.5
  • Value 10
  • Fun 10
  • Staff 10
  • Safety 10
  • Organization 10
  • Impact 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
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Janne
9/10

Mount Manuganui

I went to Bay of Islands with some of my international friends, and climbed Mount Maunganui, which was an amazing experience for me. The hike was nothing special, but the view was beautiful, and there was this guy who played an instrument I have never seen before. It was kind of a drum, but looked like a grill, haha! But made amazing sound. It was really a great to hear the music while you were catching your breath looking at the view.

How can this program be improved?
I wish that more of the mechanical papers enrolls in semester 2 as well as semester 1. I didn't have that many interesting papers to choose from, so semester 1 would have fitted me better.
Yes, I recommend
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Mari
10/10

Kia Ora Auckland

My time at AUT was amazing! One of the best memories from my time at AUT was the Noho Marae international weekend! In one weekend we learned so much about the Màori culture, and how open and kind they are! After that weekend all of us international students got a really good relationship as well, the Noho Marae got us together, and inspired us to travel all around New Zealand and experience more memories for life!

Yes, I recommend
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Alex
10/10

RWC

We stayed up all night to watch the rugby World Cup final. the game was at 5am and we were very excited. We went to a big bar to watch the game and thankfully they won. When we left the bar the sun was out and it was so bright.

How can this program be improved?
It was perfect
Yes, I recommend
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Ryan
5/10

Okay, but could be Amazing

School - okay, but the teachers aren't that good at teaching, nor well qualified. hardly any of my "professors" are actually professors, or doctors. the facilities, like the gym, all cost money as well so be prepared for that.

Housing - this is the biggest disappointment at this school. the price is extremely ridiculous for what you get. expect the facilities to never work..this includes elevators, lights in the hallways, and washing/drying machines. shower temperatures change when sinks are turned on. no heating or air conditioner in the rooms. quiet time every night of the week at 22:30 and midnight on the weekends. security will literally remove you from the building or fine you for breaking this. expect to clean your room every 2 weeks for inspection or mom will ground you like when you were 10 years old. awesome housing events actually means eating a hotdog on white toast.

Country - the only reason to go here is for the people and the attractions. new zealanders are generally cool people, especially outside of auckland. the scenery is amazing. awesome hikes and trips to do every weekend. the night-life in auckland is cool. you meet a lot of good friends from all over the world.

No, I don't recommend
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Jarel
8/10

AUT

AUT is a unique university that strives to foster and challenge each student. Every day was exciting because the teachers truly cared. AUT has rather cool facilities and equipment that helps you be prepared for the real world and post grad jobs. One thing that was exciting was its openness to Māori & Pacific culture. Learning about those cultures was a once in a lifetime experience.

AUT also has interesting activities aside from school. AUSM and WSA plan events year round that forces you to be social and meet new friends. There are so many clubs on campus you can be involved in, including Debate, a weekly student led magazine.

Most importantly, its location right near the city is prime for going home or going to lunch. Travel here isn't that bad.

How can this program be improved?
Timeliness in acceptance and how to proceed once getting accepted.
Yes, I recommend
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Stewart
10/10

Study + Travel = Priceless

When traveling abroad it makes you realize even the smallest things you did back home. You discuss topics that are unique to your country and not others and makes you realize why we don't do things a different way. The way other people describe there home environments makes you realize how different the world is. You're able to almost visualize what its like to live in the other countries that people you meet are from. Once you get to know people and make friends you make road trips which will be the best part of any study abroad. Exploring a country that no one is familiar with makes the trip that much more enjoyable. Plus not knowing what lies around the next corner only adds to the excitement of getting to the destination. But with all the trips and exploring you must make time to study as well. The best way I found was to get to know people in the class and form study groups. This makes the learning experience more interactive and in the process your able to learn more than reading the books yourself.

Yes, I recommend
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Han
8/10

AUT university

AUT is a modern university with a lot of facilities that can help you very good. The Noho Marae weekend was the best thing that I had experienced of this university. The university dedicated a lot of time and effort in that. It is great to see how the want to bring their culture over to other people.

How can this program be improved?
The papers can be a bit more challenging. Further it is good.
Yes, I recommend
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Sonia
8/10

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Last weekend I did one of the Great Walks out near the eastern coast around Lake Waikaremoana. On the way to the walk, there is a long gravel road that takes about an hour and a half long to drive down before you reach the backpackers accommodation at the foot of the trail. Halfway driving down this road, we heard a loud pop! And discovered the front left wheel of our car had hit a rock and we had a flat tire. After tirelessly trying to get the tire off, we were advised by a car passing by that the wheel was stuck on and that we needed roadside assistance. We graciously took a ride back with this man to the closest place we had service (an hour back the way we had come) and called roadside assistance who came to pick us up from Rotorua (another hour back) and drove us carefully back up the mountain to help fix our wheel and put on the spare. We ended up getting back to the vehicle at 10:30 pm and to our accommodation at 1:00am. We were supposed to arrive at 7:00pm. So much for a relaxing evening and early bedtime before starting the longest hike I have ever been on (46km total)! Not the best way to start our walk, but definitely worth all of the trouble! To top it off the roadside assistance guy told us that there would have been no possible way for us to have gotten the wheel off ourselves as two of the bolts of the rental car were broken to begin with.

How can this program be improved?
The education classes I took here were disorganized when it comes to including students that were studying abroad. The teachers used programs that we were not used to (ex. my portfolio) and then expected us to be able to complete the project with no explanation of how the program worked. There were also planning issues as kiwi students in our education classes were taking a different set of classes from us and sometimes the classes met for field trips or sessions on days that we had classes on the city campus. For example, we could not attend a field trip to the star dome with our science class because they decided to go a monday during a different education class that everyone who was a kiwi student was taking. We had a class that was doing final review on city campus and therefore had to miss the trip.
Yes, I recommend
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Louise Lynggaard
9/10

Amazing!

I'm so glad I chose to study abroad here in wonderful New Zealand! I never thought I would call another country for my second home, but both New Zealand and AUT have definitely become a home to me, and I'm so thankful for that.
I'm gonna miss the great study facilities, the amazing teachers, living with awesome people, traveling around, having crazy spontaneous nights out and all of the social events!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe some more information about handing in assessments. I had no idea I had to sign an assessment sheet before I handed in my last assessment here. Other than that, nothing in particular!
Yes, I recommend
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Monica
10/10

Monica Study Abroad

5 friends and I decided to go to South Island for spring break. While there, we did a lot of amazing things, but something that really stuck with me was the Edoras hike at Mount Sunday. For those of you who don't know, Edoras is Rohan from Lord of the Rings. As a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I was so excited to do this hike. Because of unforeseen circumstances, we had to hike and extra hour to even get to the base of the hill. But once we reached the top it was so worth it. We were almost 360° surrounded by mountains, with a view so stunning that my mouth dropped open in wonder. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. As we were hiking the extra hour back to our camper van the sun set and an amazing amount of stars appeared in the sky. You could even see the Milky Way. It was extradordinary.

How can this program be improved?
The student apartments were not that great and they treated us like children, completing inspections and calling security on social gatherings.
Yes, I recommend
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Tobias
9/10

WSA

Well, talking about Wellesly Student Apartments is rather difficult. On the on hand you pay a hell lot of money for an old, dirty place with tiny room with old and broker furniture. On the other hand it is one of the best parts you will ever live at. All your friends only 2 minutes away, it is really awesome. If the would invest some money to make the place nicer, ans stopp treating everyone like 10-year olds it could be heaven on earth.

How can this program be improved?
Like mentioned before, AUT should invest some money in student housing.
Yes, I recommend
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Michael
9/10

Exclusive AUT Review

During my time here at AUT I've met countless people from all over the world. The student apartments were the perfect scene to allow these meetings to happen and promote a great community. I can't count the amount of great times I've had with the students I've met in this building and the fun nights we've shared out in Auckland. One of the greatest experiences I've had was on a Thursday night. Friends from the building gathered together, they were from everywhere around Europe, North America, there were even Kiwis! We pitched in for ingredients for a pulled pork dinner, we cooked it in the common kitchen in WSA and enjoyed a movie afterward. It wasn't a wild night or anything. Just bunch of friends hanging out and enjoying each other's company. This is one of the most memorable nights I have here in WSA because of its simplicity. No one was looking to go somewhere else or check out another apartment, everyone was happy where they were.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to see even more events that promote international students meeting each other in the beginning of the year. First impressions can be tough for shy and quiet people and these sorts of events make everyone more comfortable.
Yes, I recommend
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Kate
7/10

Love New Zealand, but hate Auckland

While Auckland is great location for school, it lacks the culture and beauty of the rest of the country. I would encourage everyone to get outside the city as often as possible, even close places like Waiheke and Mission Bay have a completely different feel than Auckland. Make sure to encourage students to have out-of-city excursions as often as possible, and help plan/offer suggestions when possible because the best parts of NZ are often hard to get to/unknown to non-locals.

How can this program be improved?
I would recommend hosting at least one quasi-mandatory event so study abroad students will have to meet people outside their program/country. People of the same programs/regions tend to insular, so not only are they not really interacting with locals they're also not meeting any of the other people studying abroad.
Yes, I recommend
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Franziska
9/10

Experience AUT

When I first came to AUT my first impression was that the expectations of the papers are very high and I really had a very busy time in the first weeks but than I got to know the system better and I noticed non of the lecturers is so strict as I first thought and also due to the many assignments it's more quantity than quality. This might be the most challenging part to pretend to know what I am writing about, but thanks this was a lecture for life.

Yes, I recommend
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Kristy
10/10

Whanau For Life in New Zealand

Everything I did in New Zealand was wonderful! From the weekly lamb kebabs (the best I've every eaten) to all the adventure sports this adrenaline junkie could handle, every experience made my trip worthwhile. However a huge factor of that was the people I met, from the other international student to the Maori people. We all came together and became a Whanau, or family, so these were the people there with me eating the kebabs and learning about culture.
The TEAN advisors and program was a huge reason of why my time was so fun. Kenneth, Sam, and Rachel, the advisors, were always available and made sure I was comfortable. There were many times when they would pop in and check up with me, just to talk and see how I was doing. And they organized many fun trips and events. We had surfing lessons, which I've never done- odd considering I've lived in Southern California my whole life. But they also took us to a Blues game (rugby), and I had a great time despite not really understanding the game well.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that would be better would be more outing or events with TEAN!
Yes, I recommend

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