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

86%
based on 239 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 7.9
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 8.9
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Evelyn
9/10

Study Abroad

New Zealand is such an amazing country and it is super similar to my home university. I would definitely recommend bringing a few foods from home (if you're from NA) because they might be hard to find! Everyone is really friendly, try to join as many clubs as you can and go on trips outside of Auckland as often as possible :) Make sure to bring as much camping stuff as you can -- I didn't bring my tent or backpacking stove and I regret it b/c it made me rely on others for them!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Quinn
8/10

UoA not a party school but a city school

After being in New Zealand for a couple of months I wish I had gone to a school in the south island because I hear that you get a more immersive experience of the New Zealand culture. In addition there is a bigger party environment down there. That being said I still believe the education I am getting is unmatched, the City always offers stuff to do (albeit expensive), and it is easy to travel being so close to Auckland International Airport.

How can this program be improved?
Having cheaper social options and perhaps connecting you to a family, similar to the host family experience except you wouldn't be living with them. It would be comforting to have another family.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Shawn
8/10

My time at UoA

This is my first year and first semester as a University student, and originally being from the US, it has been challenging adjusting to the difference. That being said, I feel that it has been an overall wonderful and growing time in my life. This semester has shown me how to not only be a better student, but a better person as well. The welcome and assistance from the staff and students could not have been more helpful and appreciated. I can not thank the University enough for this opportunity.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachael
9/10

Great place to study abroad!

Great housing condition, awesome support from my program staff & the study abroad office at Uni, and easy access to university from housing. Only downside is large class sizes & generally unresponsive professors but able to get through it. My program itself was awesome! Weekly newsletters highlighting things to do around Auckland were very helpful and I always felt like I could reach out to anyone in program staff for support.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Thomas
9/10

NZ Study Abroad, BU Program Review

Overall, this program is excellent. Brett, Kevin, and Vivienne have done A fabulous job creating a program that is both enriching and engaging. It’s hard being this far away from home, but you forget that when you get to make your own whānau and embrace your inner Kiwi. I can tell that this program has impacted me personal, both directly and indirectly. It’s taught me to be more self-sufficient, helped me grow as an (internaltional) student, and improved my social/professional skills. Thanks to this program, I feel more equipped than ever to return home and succeed within my industry.

How can this program be improved?
There is a considerable amount of work, especially for students taking internships. It’s difficult to immerse yourself in the culture, education, and work force of New Zealand when you’re primary concern is making the word count of your second research paper or making the third deadline in the final week of the BU course.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

The best decision of my life

I've been in Auckland for just over two months and I have loved every single second of it. The University of Auckland have courses I can't take in Denmark and they even let me take a post grad course (I'm still an undergrad).
I joined SASS which is a really good way to meet other international students as well as kiwis and I've just spend the mid semester break going skiing with guys from the club! Both the social aspect and the academics are better than I could ever have imagined!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Julie
8/10

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It was hard to find courses that fit my energy & environmental engineering degree. There were many clubs to choose from and many social events/trips for study abroad students. New Zealand is a fantastic country for traveling and I should have had more time to see everything I want to see. I have got to know people from all over the world, which is very cool. I found an apartment myself and it is both central, cheap, big and modern.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tiam
7/10

review

Overall, I have enjoyed my time at the University of Auckland. The professors seem to care about the students and they are able to expalin complex concepts effectively. The classes are challenging, but not to the point where you start to stress out right away. Also having lectures recorded is a plus. I don't think that tutorials are necessary, but they are nice in case you need to ask questions about the material.

How can this program be improved?
Have a field trip for study abroad students to meet and go out with each other.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
8/10

Study Abroad Freshmen Year

I am still participating in my exchange program, but I am enjoying it. As a first year, first semester student, I really feel that I am being challenged and am becoming a better student through this experience. I feel that I am becoming a more independent and critically thinking person. Studying abroad makes one become creative and resourceful in problem solving. I have been able to get to know many locals in Auckland which has enhanced my experience here.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gina
10/10

Spring 2018

I had a lot of fun traveling all over to places I normally wouldn’t be able to get to. I met so many interesting people that had unique stories to tell. Each and every person I met made my experience that much better. The classes and school culture are definitely something that you may need to adjust to, but the teachers and staff are there to support you. I got to see the South Island; it was amazing. The entire country is so beautiful and very accessible. There is something here for everyone. The mountains and water and all other sorts of outdoor activities are relatively close to each other, allowing time to do everything!

Yes, I recommend this program
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utibe
7/10

Advice to Future Participants

Its going to be a lot different than you expect it to be. You might go through moments of homesickness or even culture shock(depending on where you come from), but it would not last for too long. The key is to be open to the new culture, people and experiences. Also remember you're studying abroad(emphasis on the studying), so choose your classes wisely and plan your time as well. I would not advise taking any upper level classes, except you absolutely need to, the difference in educational systems can totally throw you off your game.
Overall, it is an amazing experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alice
8/10

Amazing country

There isn't a better country to go in exchange to. Really excited for all the adventures I'm doing. The university is very beautiful, even if i don't like the tipe of lectures. It depends on your preferences. You have a lot of possibility of travel, go kayaking, skidiving, bungee,... Yiu can go over your limits and enjoy your life. The support in the university is awsome, for example I had some problem with my visa and the university solved the problem for me.

Yes, I recommend this program
Jess
10/10

Semester in Auckland

I have been studying in Auckland for just over 2 months on exchange from my home uni in the UK. I study International Relations and it's been really insightful studying global politics from the other side of the world, with more focus on Asia and Oceania than I would get in the UK. I've enjoyed taking subjects that I wouldn't have gotten to take at home, such as Maori studies, which has really helped me understand the NZ culture and history. I love the social scene and playing rugby out here has been so much fun; everyone is really friendly and getting to see NZ-Australia last month was a total highlight. I've also loved being able to travel beyond Auckland when my work is done and have been to Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Islands, the Coromandel and Cape Reinga which were all amazing. I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone thinking of doing an exchange!

How can this program be improved?
The study abroad office has about 3 different email addresses which is a bit confusing! If they could combine them into one and also streamline the pre-arrival info packs that would be great - there was so much info it was difficult to find the important bits.
Response from The University of Auckland

Hi Jess,

Thanks for your positive feedback.

Great to hear that you are enjoying the time here.

All University staff have an individual personal email attached to their team email. You only need to remember '[email protected]' (easy to remember) to contact the Study Abroad team.

Hope you have a great time for the rest of your time here.

All the bests,
Sarah

Yes, I recommend this program
Ajda
10/10

A year to change your life

I am very happy I made the decision to come to University of Auckland for my year abroad! It is an amazing place full of interesting people of various backgrounds and located in such a beautiful country! I love exploring New Zealand on the weekends and during breaks and cannot wait to see more. I have never been in this part of the world before and I am amazed by its interesting culture and the relaxed vibe. When you are on your exchange, you can really focus more on what you like to do and growing as a person, and Auckland is a great place for that. I've met some incredible people in the two months that have passed and can't wait for more adventures!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe more information about choosing courses and having a person that would be responsible for us who we can talk to about academic and other university matters.
Yes, I recommend this program
Aja
9/10

Studying Abroad at UofA

I am halfway through my semester abroad at the University of Auckland and I have loved every minute of it. I am from California and it has been easy to communicate with both counselors back home and here. Adjusting was not as hard as I thought and both my home university promoted and encouraged clubs to get better adjusted. I lived in the student accommodations which I really recommend. I met people from all over the world and made incredible friendships. I have too many memories to choose a favorite, but University of Auckland does not disappoint, in my opinion.

How can this program be improved?
It was really confusing in the beginning. For example, signing up for courses was really difficult and there was no aid or tutorial to explain. In addition, I wasn't quite sure who to contact for help overall. There is an abundance of emails and information and I believe it could be compiled better because it got extremely overwhelming overtime.
Response from The University of Auckland

Hi Aja,

Thanks for your great feedback.

Sounds like you are having a good time at UoA making a lot of friends.

We will review our outbound emails if we can provide information in a better way. I am wondering if you attended our orientation session and are connected to our facebook group messenger.

Our contact email is [email protected] (easy). Please contact us at this email if you have any assistance.

All the bests,
Sarah

Yes, I recommend this program

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