Study Abroad at the University of Auckland, NZ

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Tongariro
Tongariro
Lake McGregor
Lake McGregor
Sunset
Sunset
Enjoy International Food Festival with my new friends! :)
Enjoy International Food Festival with my new friends! :)
School gym
School gym
Conflict of laws
Conflict of laws
Bach
Bach
Pipi Picking at Shakespear Regional Park with ISAA
Pipi Picking at Shakespear Regional Park with ISAA

About

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.

Scholarships

The University of Auckland Scholarships
$1,000 Direct Enroll Scholarship

Go Overseas, in partnership with the University of Auckland, is granting $1,000 study abroad scholarships to students who apply to enroll directly with the U of A. Eligible applicants: US students who have not yet applied to the university.

Value
$1,000

Questions & Answers

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

86%
based on 262 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 8
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 9
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Michael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience at Auckland Uni

The University of Auckland is a school with quality academics and plenty of clubs to join. It’s a great place to go if you want to explore New Zealand on holidays and weekends as well. During my stay here (so far), I have gotten to visit the South Island for 9 days, visit the Northland for four days, I went to the top of Mt. Eden, I have done the Tongariro crossing, and I’ve gone to several places in Auckland within walking distance. I have found other students to go on trips with quite easily through Facebook groups and university clubs.
The professors that I’ve had are very knowledgeable and good at teaching. Some of my courses have been difficult, but the content has been interesting in all of them. I have no regrets studying abroad at the University of Auckland!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would become an active member in some of the clubs I was interested in earlier on in the semester.
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James
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Opportunity for the Social Sciences

The University of Auckland is one of the best locations to study Pacific cultures, especially Māori and Polynesian cultures, in the world. There are Māori and Pacific Studies courses here that are difficult or impossible to experience at almost any other university that one might have the opportunity to study at.

The University has a fairly large student population, but the main campus is very near the heart of Auckland so students will not feel isolated when studying. Auckland has a variety of museums and arts opportunities that are available for reasonable prices, and some are free for students.

Academic supports have been robust enough for my needs while at the university, and extracurricular life has been engaging enough to meet my expectations.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Auckland is a city with a fantastic food culture, so students should have no problem finding new cuisines to try. Māori hangi is often available at festivals.
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Adeline
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Don't Want to Leave!

The University of Auckland is definitely a different experience than the school I am used to in the States; however I have loved every second. The academics are challenging and the grading is a little more harsh, but it is completely doable. New Zealand is a beautiful country and I have had a blast exploring it's natural beauty.

I advise going to the library during the week and getting all of your work done so your weekends can be free for traveling. Most classes have 2-3 big assignments that will require a lot of attention; however, a couple long days in the library will get you a more than sufficient grade.

Campus life is great if you love free or cheap food. Being a vegan I have throughly enjoyed the $5 vegan lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as freebees like popsicles and apple juice.

There is something for everyone at the University of Auckland and an enormous, beautiful country to explore.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Every weekend do something! There is so much to see so don't miss out!
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Joseph
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Campus Life. Amazing Courses

Took a few marine-related modules and i can vouch for the dedication and commitment of the lecturers towards the learning of their students. Fun field trips to Leigh marine reserves and the courses are generally fun! The modules here are less challenging and easier to understand given that the lecturers are much more experienced and are able to articulate what they want to teach in a simpler manner.

Lifestyle wise, there isnt much to do around Auckland except maybe Rangitoto island. So go out and travel the rest of the North and South Island. Being based in UoA makes it incredibly easy to travel to several places of interests in the North Island such as Cape Reinga, Whangarei, Tongariro, Taranaki, Rotoroa and Tauranga! Really gonna miss studying in UoA for sure!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Visit the Department of Conservation website for brochures on tracks!
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Juvenal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Would do it all again

I´ve been in New Zealand for two months now, and I am completely in love with this country! Auckland is a great city and I like studying here. Life can be expensive at first, but then you begin learning how to get closer to the budget, especially if you get a job.
Everyone´s very relaxed and ''chill'' as they say here, no bad words, only kind people so far! The atmosphere at Uni is quite special as well. At least on the city campus, where I have all my classes. There are lots of uni clubs to join, and there is always something going on every week if you pay attention to the clubs announcements. There are several clubs for travelling and doing outdoor activities and I would like to recommend joining SASS. Lovely people, scenery trips and great fun altogether.
About Uni´s workload, I understand that it depends on the subjects you are taking. For some papers, there are a lot of assignments, but not for others, especially if there´s a final exam. Good professionals. Also, the study abroad team has been very supportive from the very beginning as well. They really make an effort to make things easy for you, and that´s one of the things that I appreciated the most when I arrived.
Thanks, Auckland!! :D

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Travelling around the South Island is definitely a must. I did it with some friends and it was one of the best adventures of my life. Nature is just there.
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Jodi
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great for Environmental Science

I've really enjoyed getting to know more about the natural landscape and environmental policies of New Zealand in my classes here. Going on an epic hiking and camping road trip during the spring break was incredible - there is so much to see!

The classes are comparable to my university in Boston, though I am taking classes of a higher "level" here to fulfill lower requirements at my home university. I love how the professors switch in the middle of courses, so that each prof is teaching based on their research and area of expertise as it relates to the course. I also very much appreciate that every course is required to record and publish their lectures. It makes it super helpful for revising exams.

The computer science department leaves much to be desired. Probably would not recommend if you have other options - the instruction has been a bit terrible in both my courses, across several professors.

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Savannah
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Make it unforgettable

At first it was really difficult for me to meet people as english is not my first langage. I also had trouble understanding the methods used here (different from my home country). But my classmates and teachers nicely helped me whenever I needed it. I understood that I should not be afraid to ask for help. It's okay, and so helpul! Plus it made me meet people!

Then, I registered for SASS club. Thanks to them, I visited wonderful places in NZ that were too far in bus, or that I didn't even know they exist! (and for a very good price)
For example, we went to Rotorua to see the living Maori village, we also tried the ludge and the skyline! We did horse ride, and a lot of hiking in montains and forests. And we stay at a farm to discover how it works.

Last thing, as I lived in an uni accomodation, I had free access to the recreation center. What a chance! We can do a lot of fitness classes like pump or zumba.

All in all, yes I came here to work, but not only. It's okay not having 100%. I think the most important thing is to make this opportunity unforgattable: travel, discover, meet people, check clubs, do sports!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Ask people around you what are the best things to do, where to go. Locals can give a lot of tips and advices. There is so much more than what the Internet says.
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Samantha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Study Abroad Experience

I love UoA. If I had a choice to study here for the rest of my college career, I would. Academic wise, I find my classes to be less challenging than my home university, but the professors are great and all of my lectures are recorded, so I never feel worried about missing class (this allows me more time to see the country!). I like that the university uses the online site Canvas for assignments and grading, it is easily navigable. I live in Carlaw Park Student Village and
although we have RA's, its really great accommodation and such a friendly atmosphere. It's close to campus and its a great way to meet other international students and kiwis. UoA's clubs are amazing too, I'm in the rock climbing club and scuba diving club and I frequently go away on weekend trips around the country with these clubs. Auckland is a perfect place because you still have that busy city vibe, but you're also surrounded by nature. The Auckland Domain is literally right next to my flat and I love studying there after class. AskAuckland is a great resource for any questions you might have. The University makes it really easy for international students to access any help they need. I would definitely study here again. It's so easy to travel around New Zealand (its only the size of California) and there's so much to see. I love hiking and there's endless trails and mountains to climb in this country!

What would you improve about this program?
Make it easier for exchange students to opt to study for a second semester here.
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xincheng
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A lucky girl and her impression of UoA

First of all, I’d like to say that I feel really lucky to be here, because in my home school, there is only one quota able to study in UoA. So I felt very excited when I found myself passed through the selection. And there are two reasons why I dream of coming here, the first is that I have a best friend here who majors in food science (we have been schoolmates since primary school, and she came here during the last year of senior high; as I came here, now we can continue to be schoolmates even in university and that’s really fascinating), while the second is that the law school in UoA has a high ranking in the world rankings. As for life in UoA, what impressed me most is the “anti-discrimination” sign in general library and many other places, I really appreciate the attitude of university to emphasize on equality. And compared to my homeland, UoA really shows a great respect towards LGBT group, I have seen the rainbow flag (attached) many times. In addition, I do enjoy the comfortable atmosphere in UoA library, I’d like to spend my whole day sitting in the library and reading and writing. In a word, life here is really enjoyable and peaceful, thanks for study abroad program providing me this opportunity. <3

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Sabrina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life in NZ

The University of Auckland gave me a very unique experience. The uni is located in the perfect place. It's central to the city which made college life easy, but it was also easy to get out of the city and enjoy nature, perfect for the weekends! The UoA gave students the best of both lives with academics that were challenging and fundamental to your education and also a social life with various club offerings and events put on by faculty to help you enjoy your time there. In terms of work load, the UoA is very laidback, but tests are demanding so putting in the work is needed. Although class sizes are quite large professors are easily accessible and there are many forum sites used for classes so definitely use them! The UoA has so many resources for all aspects of student life and New Zealand itself is an amazing country to be in.

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve this program by bettering the housing. Although overall the physical housing is quite good, the inner workings of it caused me the most trouble throughout my time here. Things like washing machines always breaking can cause unneeded stress for a student abroad. It would have also been nice for the study abroad department of the university to put on more free events.
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Sara
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Place to Explore

I knew very little about New Zealand before coming but I wanted to go to a new place that otherwise I would probably not come visit in my lifetime. The campus is located in the heart of the city which makes exploring the city very easy. Traveling to other areas of New Zealand is challenging because most places are a few hours away and therefore require renting a car and making a weekend out of it. The classes are good and there is lots of support for international students and events to stay busy and meet new people. While not a super culture rich city, the closeness to nature is a draw and being on the harbor is beautiful! Locals are super friendly and very interested in giving recommendations on where to go and things to do if you ask and try to get involved!

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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Location of campus

The location of the campus is great. You will never feel stuck in the campus since we are so close to the city. There are so many food places inside campus and outside in the city. Everyone seems pretty close knit with each other and the professors are very friendly. There are also a lot of study abroad/exchange students and many clubs that involve sa or exchange. The study abroad program at the university also puts on events to welcome students which is nice.

What would you improve about this program?
More involvement with non study abroad/exchange students would be nice
Sabene
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First Time Abroad

I like UoA, but I get very lonely here. I wish the orientation broke into groups so you'd meet more people in the beginning. Otherwise, the location is nice and there are a lot of things to do. Great country to come to if you love the outdoors. Kiwi are nice people and the country is very safe. I wish the instruction for my STEM classes was better i.e. offered more support. This review is kind of all over the place, but in general I like the school, just being away from home is hard.

What would you improve about this program?
More orientation events to meet people in smaller groups.
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Bibi
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni of auckland

I am having a great time at the university of Auckland.
The program is good! I have met so much people here and the support of the university is really good. They have a lot of activities here and really make you feel at home! For future participants I want to say: never say no to any activity do as much as possible. It is a great city with kind people. Don't be afraid to go on a little adventure. Also on wednesdays there are 5 dollar movies they are amazing!

What would you improve about this program?
The housing project could be improved. The matching for roommates is done really badly in my case.
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Sasha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

"Yeah, I'd probably enjoy study abroad..."

I applied to study abroad on a bit of a whim, and I'm so glad I did! I had heard about Auckland Uni from a school friend who did Semester 1 2017 here, and so far everything and everyone has lived up to what I was told. While Auckland itself is a bit of a sleepy city, I've found the university community- from staff, to kiwi students, to other international/study abroad students- to be welcoming, helpful, kind, and easy to find and talk to if needed. I've been able to take classes in every stage (including post grad), travel across the country on weekends, and have even enjoyed a few afternoons studying on campus. Professors here are extremely welcoming of study abroad students and so far mine have gone out of their way to help and take an interest in us, which has helped me a lot since my program at home is small and intimate. My advice is to grab those seat sales on AirNZ and Jetstar and explore the entire country! NZ landscapes are diverse and beautiful, the people are friendly, and long-haul flights don't exist! And take classes in all stages and departments, Auckland Uni has some fun and interesting classes you likely can't take at home.

What would you improve about this program?
More workshops/events for current study abroad students and how to market our international experience