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 210 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.6
  • Housing 8.7
  • Safety 9.4
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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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Julia
9/10

AUT

I'm a brazilian student a AUT and so far I'm loving it. The North Shore Campus is awesome. The library is really good and the computers there are super fast so I always end up doing my homework there. The facilities are really good. There a lot of different places where you can eat in campus like kebab, indian food, sushi, subway. The AUT gym is really good and has great deals for students. Everyone, students and staff, are polite. The teachers are really organized, the lectures are great and the online blackboard makes it really easy to watch lectures online or get in touch with the teachers.

How can this program be improved?
It's hard to think of something.
Yes, I recommend
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Hailey
8/10

Great Lecturers and Student Housing

Very kind, insightful and laid back professors. Students are friendly. Loved my flatmates. I always felt safe in Auckland and especially in the Wellesley Student Apartments. But the RAs and security guards are a little too strict. Small get-togethers were often treated as "parties."

The main challenge was figuring out the online grading/assignments system.

I really appreciated the flexibility in scheduling my classes because it allowed me to travel almost every weekend! Professors seem to understand international students' desire to explore New Zealand and are generally OK with a few missed classes here and there. I would suggest keeping on top of assignments because classes are deceptively chill. Exams hit fast!

How can this program be improved?
I would suggest AUT condenses the information it puts out to students regarding assignments, grades and course announcements. There are too many websites and computer software programs to keep track of (Unicentral, AUT Online, Arion, CyberDuck, FileZilla, personal email accounts and a university exam timetable).
Yes, I recommend
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Giulia
8/10

Great semester abroad at AUT

AUT is a great place to study abroad. Auckland is an awesome city and you should definitely consider travelling all around New Zealand because there is so much to see! While you are at it you should explore Australia, Fiji, Thailand and any other countries in this part of the world! I have had so many amazing opportunities while I have been abroad at AUT and I have had absolutely no problems at all. The staff is super helpful and will help you sort out any problems you may have with your classes. The class setup and assignments make it very easy for you to travel during your semester and still stay on top of your schoolwork.

How can this program be improved?
A tutorial on all the different technologies AUT uses to communicate with their students. Between AUT online, blackboard, cyberduck and more, it tends to get confusing for international students who don't know the system.
Yes, I recommend
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Emma
10/10

Auckland University of Technology

Most important is that the AUT is very supportive of exchange students. The help students do well in there classes but also encourage students to travel and see New Zealand. They are also very concerned with having all the international students to get together and create bonds. This was very successful, i have made so many close friends that i would consider them all my New Zealand family. This also helped with coping with being so far away from home. The classes here are different enough from my home uni that I gained so much knowledge that i will be able to apply later in life as well as my schooling back home. I had a wonderful experience and will be very sad for it to end.

How can this program be improved?
The spatial design program can be more realistic and prepare students for more real world issues. Not enough of a technical aspect when doing design projects.
Yes, I recommend
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Ivanna
9/10

Unreal.

Coming to New Zealand was a long journey from Canada although, I am glad to say that I can call this place my home. The country is incredibly beautiful, weekends were always spent exploring the islands. Safe to say you couldn't get bored here because there is always something to go see!

I highly suggest anyone coming to study in Auckland explore the South Island as it is a great reflection of what New Zealand is all about. Lots of hikes, two lane roads that weave through mountains and the most beautiful scenic sites surrounding you everywhere you go!

I really enjoyed all of my art & design classes at AUT. The professors were really approachable and helpful with any questions or inquires about the projects. The AUT city campus is beautiful and really close to the centre of Auckland, parks, the residence and much more.

Living on residence was extremely fun because it was conveniently close to the campus and other international students. The downfall were the loud sounds from cars/buses from the main street adjacent to the building and the occasional loud people coming home from a night out. Other then that, I had a great time living on residence for the first time!

I've also met a lot of amazing people along the way, the majority all being international students who I can call my friends. This experience was incredible to do with them and definitely one I will not forget.

I am really happy that I was able to live and study in New Zealand. Overall, Auckland is a very walkable city and AUT was a great place to spend my exchange semester. Time fly by fast and if I could, I would do the whole experience all over again!

How can this program be improved?
New Zealand needs to improve their bank situation for exchange students, the strict rules didn't allow us to open up bank accounts except for ASB.

& WSA felt like we were under strict regulations sometimes so i'd suggest readjusting security's access rules and social gathering rules.
Yes, I recommend
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Eve
8/10

Auckland Study Abroad

AUT has a great location, well designed facilities, and nice staff. My hospitality classes have been pretty small and I feel like I am able to get to know people that are in my classes. People are very nice and always trying to learn more about you.

I think that it would have been nice to live on campus to see what life here is really like. The city campus and classes here remind me of studying back at home.

How can this program be improved?
I liked the Facebook page a lot. It was nice that there were a lot of events that we could go to. However, I didn't live on campus and feel that maybe if I had, I would have felt more connected with the group.
Yes, I recommend

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