Study Abroad at the University of Auckland, NZ

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Combine an unforgettable travel experience with studying at a top-100 ranked university. We are New Zealand’s leading university and offer world-class facilities, excellent teaching and a friendly and supportive learning environment.

In our Study Abroad program, choose from more than 120 subjects to earn credits for your major or explore new areas including disciplines not offered at your home university. Subjects popular with our Study Abroad students include Anthropology, Māori/Pacific Studies, Wine Science, Marine Science, Environmental Science and Film, TV & Media Studies.

Auckland is flanked by two harbors, with stunning beaches on both coasts, beautiful islands a short ferry-ride away and lots of water-related activities. For those who prefer their feet firmly on land, Auckland offers lush subtropical forests for hiking and (dormant) volcanoes to climb. Urbanites will enjoy the city’s many cultural and sporting events, festivals, restaurants and vibrant shopping precincts.

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The weather can be hugely variable in one day. The summer months are hot and sunny, while in winter the temperature does drop quite a bit but it was never below 0 when I was there. My advice to you is always carry an umbrella just in case!

Reviews

8.58 Rating
based on 262 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 8
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 9
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Anastasia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great learning about kiwi life!

I’m so grateful I came to New Zealand and especially to Auckland! It’s the heart that pumps energy and zest into modern Kiwi life. I’ve learned a lot about the native Maori culture from my studies here, as well as the environmental policies that New Zealand implements which should be an example to the rest of the world.

All the faculty and staff in the Study Abroad office are friendly and welcoming, with plenty of opportunities to meet other internationals and locals alike. I highly recommend doing the Waipapa Noho Marae Experience the first weekend! It’s where I made all of my friends from all over the world and helped acclimate me to the cultural climate of NZ before classes started.

Looking forward to finishing off my semester here and coming back for more!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared for some hills! This campus will give you legs for days with all the odd streets that have hills to scale. And wear lots of layers in winter - it rains sporadically and often, so you always want to be prepared.
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Mercy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING!

The Study Abroad Department at the University of Auckland is amazing! They are willing to help you with whatever problems or questions you may have concerning academics, school life, and clubs! They gave my study abroad program a whole orientation session to talk about general information about the University of Auckland as well as important academic dates that we should keep in mind. They also organize fun events throughout the semester for study abroad students! They are keen on helping students succeed here at the University of Auckland! They also have available for study abroad students a whole room called iSpace that is available for us at anytime to chill between classes or have get togethers there. I am extremely happy with the Study Abroad department here!

What would you improve about this program?
I think I would suggest more events throughout the semester!
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Zoe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent experiences

All the clubs available to join and trips to go on are wonderful. Last weekend I went out kayaking with the AUCC and planted trees in a conservation of one of the nearby rivers to help keep the silt out of the water that is affecting the habitat of the local fish. It was a lovely time meeting people and having fun exploring the outdoors. This coming weekend I will head out with the AURAC to go climbing and have more fun outside. I have some experience on indoor rock walls but have never done any outdoor climbing. This will allow me to go out on a beginner’s trip and learn about lead climbing and belaying and get to try my hand at bouldering. I’m really looking forward to it and all the other excursions that I will go on during the rest of my time here.

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Jin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Jin Mu

It has been a month since I came to the university of Auckland, I have know lots of things about this university, and I'm looking forward to my future lifeas an exchange student, I have my own student card and account, I can use all kinds of school equipment like other normal students here, such as printer, computer, books and so on; I can also choose all the courses offered by the university of Auckland without any restrictions. When I have any confusion in my study and life, I can directly contact my advisor, who will help me through the difficulties. She also introduced me to ELE, a place to improve my English ability. I am very satisfied with the overseas study program of the university of Auckland, which is a very exciting experience to me

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Magnus
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study computer science abroad as a Norwegian masters student

My experience with being a study abroad student at the University of Auckland so far has been quite good. If you're starting at semester 2 (July) don't expect too much from the Orientation as this is mostly information, but join as many SASS events, etc. as possible as this will help you make friends. The studies itself is a bit more work here than what I would say is normal at NTNU's Computer Science program much because work throughout the semester counts toward your grade. I am enrolled in SE254, SE306, CS705, and PHIL105G. There are few to none study abroad students in any of the Software engineering courses, but the locals are very friendly and open if you are. The study abroad team is helpful throughout your application session and replies to emails quickly.

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Caitlin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad at UoA

The University has been very accommodating and welcoming to all new students on exchange. Auckland in and of itself is convenient and everyone is very open and friendly, especially when you're stuck and need some help. UoA is brilliantly located and getting to class is really just walking down Symonds street. Along the way there are plenty of places to have a coffee or some food. Every Thursday there are sweet and savoury food trucks which is nice to pop by with friends before or after class! The various clubs that are offered here ensure that you get to explore New Zealand and revel in its beauty. The law faculty has been very helpful in fixing course clashes and providing extra support for adjusting to the common law system and expectations.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely join a club or group and go travel around New Zealand and meet new people! Experience all of it!
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Kylie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

American Abroad

I came to study at UOA through another study abroad program back home in the States, and I'm so glad I came. I've studied abroad in the past, but New Zealand is so different than what I've experienced before! Auckland is simultaneously a bustling city and a lush, verdant center. I may not understand the bus system quite yet, but that won't stop me from exploring everything I can! Options for weekend trips are abundant and of course you can join one of the great clubs on campus. Auckland is a vibrant and incredibly diverse place, too, so you are guaranteed to find something you truly appreciate or connect to. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and I cannot wait for other's to take advantage of it. By the end, I'd say that we're all honorary kiwis!

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Paulina
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So much to do, so little time!

Absolutely loved the diversity of weekend activities present at University of Auckland. Whether on-campus (fitness classes, clubs, expos, sooooo many yummy food trucks, Study Abroad program excursions/meetups) or off-campus (island visits, downtown Auckland, cute coffee shops for studying and hanging out on every corner practically, bars/clubs, weekend/day trips just a few hours away, cheap flights to the South Island, etc.), I found myself without very many free days. Of course, we have to squeeze in study time somewhere, but even then there were so many places I could study (i.e. library, coffee shops, my home, with friends, local library, etc.). Overall, great travel experience, and the Uni makes it very easy to go with or without them--your preference!

What would you improve about this program?
Personally speaking, I ended up in a less-than-ideal housing situation (as did a few friends of mine) so perhaps something could be done to remedy this i.e. asking students about cleanliness levels/matching students up rather than just making everything random. it's livable, just not ideal.