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

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

A wonderful time

The staff is amazing, very helpful and always trying to solve the problems. The infrastructure is wonderful and the location is good, as wall the professors. I am definitely having a good time here, either within or outside the university!

Yes, I recommend
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Amelie
9/10

My Semester abroad at AUT

I had a great time at AUT. I am doing my Business Master in Bayreuth/Germany and I spend one semester in New Zealand as a study abroad student. Our supervisor Kenneth was great and a big help even before I arrived. I took three classes which were more challenging than I thought but with Wednesdays and Fridays off I still had enough time to explore Auckland and its surroundings. The University is right downtown and it can be tricky to find a place to stay but I didn't apply to WSA and still found a great apartment only 10 minutes from AUT. My time here just flew by and I am sad it's coming to an end soon!

How can this program be improved?
I wish there were even more activities events for the international students since they were always lots of fun.
Yes, I recommend
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Maxi
9/10

AUT Review

Since it is my first study abroad i don`t have any references to rely on but i can tell you that i wasn`t disappointed at all with the AUT and also New Zealand. I think it was a good decision to visit this place. The Nature and Landscapes are beautiful and count to the best places i have been so far.
The University is modern and well equipped. The papers i took were interesting and the Lectures took care of the students during the workshops, i never had a problem to get a question answered.
Although most of the workshops and assignments in my papers were organized in group work, you should know this before.

And don`t forget to travel!

How can this program be improved?

Would be cool if there were more activities or trips organized by the university to support meeting all the others international students, since there are so many of them.
Yes, I recommend
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Sammy
9/10

Amazing Experience!

Back home in the U.S. I would say that Europe is the most popular destination to study abroad where I initially wanted to go, but I couldn't be happier that I chose New Zealand for my exchange experience! Not only is the country beautiful but the people here are so friendly and welcoming. I was lucky to be able to have this opportunity to study at AUT which has a very centrally located campus. Living in WSA means a 5 minute walk to class and, like a lot of other exchange students said, the courses aren't too difficult. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is looking for the experience in studying abroad and who loves to travel!

How can this program be improved?
The staff at AUT were really friendly, but I would change the organization with courses and assignments. A lot of times I didn't really know what was going on in some of my classes between having Blackboard, Arion and a separate email. More consistency with that would have been beneficial or maybe even including a tutorial on how to use all of the online sites during the international orientation!
Yes, I recommend
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Markus
9/10

Great experience at AUT

My semester abroad was one of the highlights in my bachelor studies. New Zealand offers so many great travel experiences. So it is the perfect country for an exchange program.
AUT University has very modern buildings and a excellent equipment. There are best requirements for good and successful studies.

Also there is a great support by the international coordinators.
All in all studying at AUT has been a great experience for me!

How can this program be improved?
The paper description was too short and not very useful.

Also it would be nice to have more events for international students.
Yes, I recommend
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Zach
8/10

Pros and Cons

There are not enough study areas for students! All of my papers required group projects and the most difficult part about working together was finding an appropriate place to study.
Loved that the location of campus was in the heart of Auckland.
Would of liked more physical/sport activities from AUT.
Social Events throughout semester.

How can this program be improved?
Less papers and more quizzes/exams.y
Yes, I recommend
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Helene
9/10

AUT International Exchange

The semester abroad at AUT was definitely one of my highlights in my Bachelor & Master studies.
The university seems well organized, the buildings are new and well equipped, and the staff is very helpful. Although the assignments, presentations etc for the courses took quite a long time for preparation, the course level was not too difficult and there was still plenty of time to travel and to experience this beautiful country.
Staying at WSA was very helpful to save time and energy looking for an apartment, and it is a great way to get to know people, to plan trips and activities, or to get help with your courses from the study groups. Although it is expensive, I feel like it was worth the money.

How can this program be improved?
Some minor things that could be improved are the orientation week (more cultural/fun activities) and more detailed course descriptions. Although my coordinator sent me some helpful advice how to use arion, the email came quite late so I already had to figure that out on my own - which was sometimes very confusing and unorganized.
Yes, I recommend
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Lorenz
7/10

Study Abroad at AUT

My overall New Zealand experience was pretty nice!

In my opinion the the study fees for international students are way to high!
I feel like the stuff they taught me and how they taught me was definitely not worth the money.
The level 5 classes were good structured and the lecturers did their job good. The level 6 classes didn't really prepare us for the assignments we had to do. Basically Google helped at least as much for the assignments as the lecture.

All in All you can say that New Zealand is a pretty nice country worth to visit, but studying here is in comparison to the German study system definitely not better.

Response from AUT University

Hi Lorenz, thanks so much for your comments and great to hear you enjoyed the level 5 papers. Regarding the level 6 ones, please feel free to email [email protected] with more details and we'll definitely look into that for you.

No, I don't recommend
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Ida
9/10

AUT can never be a bad choice

I have really enjoyed my stay in Auckland, New Zealand. AUT is a big school with a lot of possibilities. There is always help available and there is focus on the social life - especially in the beginning of the semester. I would definitely recommend all international students to attend the Noho Marae Weekend - it is especially here get the possibility to bond with other students and make friends for the rest of the semester.

The level in my courses has been very different than what I've been used to at my home university. The assignments do not require nearly as much work , and the teachers are always ready to help you. The good thing is that there is a lot of time for traveling in the weekends then!

Yes, I recommend
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Karin
9/10

exchange at AUT

For me AUT was probably the best university I could have chosen for my semester abroad. Everyone at AUT is very friendly and helpful.

Auckland is a perfect place to live and discover the whole beautiful country. I can only recommend doing a semester abroad at AUT to get to know as much as possible from this little paradise!

Yes, I recommend
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Anette
7/10

Apple

Maxing lectures! Sometimes the studying wasn't challenging enough. Life outside uni can be boring if you don't know that many people. It would be lovely to have trips together, could uni organise that?

How can this program be improved?
More social events papers should've planned more carefully and the content of the paper delivered to the student already in the beginning. Sometimes teachers made up new deadlines which makes it hard to plan in advance
Response from AUT University

Hi Anette, thanks so much for your comments! Regarding the new deadlines, please feel free to email [email protected] with more details and we'll definitely look into that for you.

Yes, I recommend
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Lina
6/10

AUT

My time in New Zealand has been an amazing experience. The people here are super helpful and friendly, and the country is just as beautiful as you imagine.

The AUT city campus is very nice, with overall good lecturers and good student interaction in class.

It's good with an opportunity to live close to the city campus. The rules felt very childish in the beginning, but I guess some people here need it.

How can this program be improved?
1. The paper details was not very helpful and could be improved with more details.
2. More activities during the semester and also activities with both kiwi and international students e.g. organized trips
Response from AUT University

Hi Lina, thanks so much for your comments. We'll definitely look at ways of improving access to the paper descriptors and arranging more events. All the best for the future!

Yes, I recommend
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Henni
7/10

Exchange semester at AUT

I´m really happy that I decided to do my exchange semester in New Zealand, this is such a beautiful country! I travelled a lot enjoying especially the lovely nature.

I´m also quite pleased with studying at the AUT. The campus is modern and well located in the centre. The level of teaching varied within papers but on average it was good (business papers).

Living at WSA was a good decision although the poor and expensive apartment itself was not worth the money. Still, I would recommend it, because it is close to university and it was the best way to get to know other exchange students!

How can this program be improved?
I think the one day orientation was quite poor. Just to compare, some universities organize a whole week program (for example a combination of informal lectures at university, different activities and evening events) for exchange students! There could also be more events and for example weekend trips organized during the semester.
Response from AUT University

Hi Henni, thanks so much for your feedback. We'll definitely look into offering more trips and events in the future. Take care and all the best!

Yes, I recommend

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