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
Pipi Picking at Shakespear Regional Park with ISAA
Pipi Picking at Shakespear Regional Park with ISAA
Rangitoto Trip
Rangitoto Trip

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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Lize
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study abroad Auckland

The support you get from Auckland University is really good. I had no trouble with the application and everything went smoothly (on the administrative side). The university is very good located and everything is easily accessible, due to the fact that almost all the campuses are located at City. The residency were i'm staying is outstanding (Carlaw Park). It's the best investment if you look at price and quality.
Classes are really different from back home (Socrates style), but very interesting. As a person who doesnt speak English as motherlanguage, it can be hard though to follow the professors sometimes. Could be a workingpoint to make the professors more attentive to the fact there are some international students in the classroom.

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Erwin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester 2 at UoA

I'm currently doing my exchange program at the University of Auckland and so far the experience has been amazing. I've met tons of new and exciting people and the city has its own charme. Kiwi's are very friendly and it has been good getting to know some of them.
I'm currently taking electives on my masters and some of the courses I'm taking have really inspired me to learn more. I was kind of tired of school when I came here, and I know it's a little cliche of me to say, but this trip has really renewed my energy for when I have to go home and write my thesis.
Auckland is a beautiful city with good food and there is tons of hikes and adventures to participate in. It's expensive to live in New Zealand, so be prepared for that. However, you can get some less expensive produce from the asian supermarket in the city. Trademe is a good place to find cheap, secondhand gear if you need it.
I'm still in the process of picking my favourite memory since I'm only halfway through my stay so I'll have to get back to you on that!

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Andriana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exchange to UOA

I had an amazing experience at this university! Not only was I able to learn new things but whenever there was something I didn't know, I was given sufficient support from the teachers.

It has also been a good chance for me to make new friends and new memories which I will treasure forever. Some of these memories include joining the SASS society where I was able to visit tourist sites in New Zealand such as Waiheke Island and Rangitoto.

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Auckland - NO REGRETS!

I could write forever about my amazingly unique experience at the UoA but it comes down to these small points. As a Samoan university student the opportunity to study at the Center for Pacific Studies was priceless. To learn from professors who reflect my pacific island culture, upbringing, and core values was an absolute blessing and was such an empowering experience. Not to mention attending a university where so many of my peers are of Maori and Pacific descent. I also had the privilege of living at the brand new student housing on 55 Symonds which was modern, clean and so convenient (only a 10 minute walk from City Campus). Living in very close proximity to the K Road & Queen St was also a true blessing as it allowed for me to experience places like Aotea Square, Skytower & The Cloud. All in all it was an experience of a lifetime and I would encourage all students to participate in a study abroad program. Of course I am biased towards New Zealand now but I believe any study abroad program is worth the try.

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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From Wellesley to University of Auckland

My home university is a private all-Women's college in the United States. I had never planned to study abroad, but upon talking to some friends, I decided that I wanted to study abroad in a place that is beautiful, academically rigorous, and spoke English. I found that the University of Auckland has one of the best psychology programs in the world, which made me apply. Thankfully I was accepted because being here has been the adventure of my life. Auckland is a safe place, and I love being able to go to school so close to the city. Have the ocean so close is also one of my favorite aspects of being here. As far as academic goes, the professors, in my experience, are great and having tutorials with tutors is also super helpful because one can practice and go over the material learned in lecture. All in all, I love being in Auckland and wish I could stay for much more time.

Aly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UCLA --> UoA

University of Auckland has been a great experience for me. Auckland has great weather and despite being far away from many of the natural beauties people come to NZ for, there is a lot to see in the area! Coastal trips are only a 1-2 hours drive and you can see some of NZ's beautiful beaches and tracks. The university has been welcoming, and the campus is nicely set up with tons to do in between classes. I'm enjoying all of my papers and highly recommend taking NZ Politics 107. All and all, it has been a great experience!

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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Just Do It!

Choosing to study abroad in New Zealand has easily been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I had never travelled outside of the States prior to studying abroad, so New Zealand was my first out-of-country experience. The tall glass buildings, the water and the wharf, the diversity of people, and the iconic Sky Tower all caused me to immediately fall in love with Auckland. People (even complete strangers!) are especially friendly here, and I've never once felt like I wouldn't be able to make any friends. In fact, through the UCEAP Orientation Program, I was not only able to meet people, but I was able to become best friends with about 7 or 8 others who I know I'll stay in contact with when I go back home to California.

As far as traveling around New Zealand goes, I had two weeks before the semester at Auckland Uni began to visit the South Island- BEST decision I could've made. I and 4 other friends spontaneously planned a trip to go to Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Milford Sound, and the trip did not disappoint. Dunedin was a very quaint city with lots of shops (and a cool Chocolate Factory that you can tour!) and things to look at, but Queenstown was the tourist-go-to spot for sure. Despite the freezing cold weather (nothing two layers of pants, a long sleeve shirt and two jackets, a beanie, gloves, and a scarf can't protect you from), we enjoyed 5 days together exploring the city (we went on the luge- look this up!). Milford Sound is an absolute MUST. I'm not a huge Lord of the Rings fan, but I LOVED this trip and would even call it a highlight of my time in NZ thus far.

My papers (aka classes) at Auckland Uni haven't been too stressful. I ended up with one engineering paper (I initially was taking two but one was cancelled last minute) and three general education (GE) papers. My advice in terms of which courses to take would be to take what you need so you don't fall behind back at your home University, but if you have the option to, lighten your course work and take a GE or two so you can really enjoy your time abroad.

On weekends, I and about 4-6 others (my good friends that I met from the UCEAP Orientation) always go on day trips around Auckland. We rent a car (driving on the left side of the road is very strange I'll admit, but if you and your friends help each other out, it's very do-able!) and travel as far 3 hours away from the city to explore beaches, waterfalls, or cool hiking trails. Even these little trips have made my time in NZ that much better.

In the end, what I've taken from my time in NZ thus far is that you need to make the most of the time you're given. I've found that it can be easy, and admittedly tempting, to want to lay in your room and watch some Netflix for awhile. BUT, in the time that you spent binge-watching your favorite show, you and your friends could have been half-way to a breathtaking beach or scenic hike outside the city, and this is something you don't want to miss out on. Studying abroad has been a huge privilege, and if you have the chance to do something like this, put yourself out there and don't think twice about it.

What would you improve about this program?
I have been lucky in that everything thus far has been a very smooth process. I haven't had any huge concerns nor have I had issues that I felt didn't get resolved. At this time, no immediate concerns come to mind when I think about the program.
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Lara
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Auckland

The UoA is a very good university with lots of interesting courses to offer. My home university has an obligatory semester abroad so I had to choose courses that are similar to my studies at home. The UoA courses are more challenging than my studies at home because you have to do several quizzes, assignments and a mid-semester test during the semester instead of one if final exam. Since I'm not used to this system, it's a bit hard in the beginning to organize yourself. It's very important to keep up with all the stuff because it's very hard to do all your tasks when you fall behind. Two of my courses had tutorials which were very helpful to exercise for the test and the exam. What I really like is that most lectures are recorded so if you miss one or if you just want to go through it again you can always do that at home and work on your own. However, I have to say that due to that high workload you don't get to travel as much as you may want to, but you can still do that after the semester or during the semester break.

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Lizzie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Uni Great City

Everyone's so friendly at the uni, easy to find the right people to ask for help and quick replies to emails etc. Can always find some way to have a good time with shadows bar and a bunch of cafes on campus. Easy to find your way around once you get to grips with the room numbering system. Loads of extra curric stuff if youre into that, something for everyone and all very open. I study Biology and have loved each of my papers so far, lecturers really friendly and workload not toooo bad.

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Frederik
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Auckland University faculty of health and medicinal science

Auckland is a really nice city and the university has a lot to offer. I joined the tramping club which was really nice. I had all of my courses at crafton campus, which is a bit smaller than the main campus but still a nice place to be after classes.
The courses I followed were really educational and thr professors were friendly helping out if you experienced any problems. Would definitely recommend taking courses in the field of medicinal science at university of Auckland.

What would you improve about this program?
It was a bit tricky getting a detailed course description for some of the courses, which my home university needed in order to approve them.
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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UoA through my university

Disclaimer: my home university coordinated the majority of my study abroad trip, including the initial preparations and orientation. However, the University of Auckland (UoA) International Student Services did contact me a number of times with class-related information once the semester began.

Academics: UoA was a lot less challenging for me than my home university, but it does take some time to get used to the New Zealand grading system. None of my classes required mandatory homework, and thus the final exam was often worth more than most American students are used to. This also means staying up to date on class material is on you. There are plenty of classes offered at UoA with interesting and NZ-specific content, and I would definitely recommend exploring these as NZ culture can seem almost the same as familiar US culture at first pass. I took a wine science class that involved wine tastings in lab - definitely would recommend.

Safety: New Zealand is mostly a safe country, but Auckland on a weekend night can be an exception. I myself had a close call on the Grafton Bridge near campus. Always travel with a buddy, and pay attention to liquor laws. Internationals at bars in New Zealand must use a passport or NZ-issued ID rather than a driver's license from their home country. Don't lose your passport by getting one of these NZ IDs, forms available online.

Adventure: The main reason I enjoyed my study abroad semester was the constant traveling I was able to do in New Zealand. The North Island can feel lacking at times from deep in the heart of the big city, but cheap rental cars and flights to the South Island mean travel is easy. UoA offers a number of its classes via webcast in addition to physical lecture, which is a great resource if you're out for a long weekend. Backpacking spots abound, and I would say Abel Tasman and the Copland Track are a must.

Tips: The city of Kaikoura on the South Island has seen an earthquake since my visit, but Kaikoura Cheese on the town's main road is phenomenal. The colonies of seals nearby are a plus.
Auckland has a delicious vegan eatery/bakery, Little Bird Unbakery. All their foods are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and delicious. Albert Park Cafe just a block from campus makes amazing polenta fries, and Scarecrow Cafe just a few shops down is a great brunch spot.

What would you improve about this program?
I think if anything, preparing international students for the importance of final exams is one area that could be improved.
Binh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Auckland Uni, a place to grow

Auckland Uni is a place to grow and learn, and during my semester here, I had the opportunity to reflect on my future and focus on my long-term goals.
During my semester there, I made friends from around the world, joined some exciting clubs like the Auckland Uni Diving Club and the Aero RC Club, took courses taught my amazing, talented professors, and got to travel around New Zealand and explore its beauty.

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Kai
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

FUII OF FUN

To come here for nearly 3month ,I feel great beacuse lots of activities and firends here.

I have attended lots of activities and get help from so much people.When I first come to school,I did not no where to go because I have no booked a room and the staff gave me some wonderfull sugestion.After taking classes,I feel free t talk to my classmate as they have patient to tell you something I do not know.

I hope I can come here in the future!

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Yishuai
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My life in UoA

Actually, I quite enjoy the life in New Zealand. And I like University of Auckland very much. I am a student from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. I come to University of Auckland as an exchange student for one term in School of Law. Everything here is new and fresh to me.

Environment: the UoA is situated in the city centre of Auckland. So life is convenient here. One can go to Queen Street for nice meals. The university cafe is also good.

Accommodation: I live in Huia. Although it is a little bit far from School of Law, but it is not very far to the city campus. And people here are quite nice. I met a lot of good friends here.

Study: Teachers are quite nice. The courses are well organised. Most of them will send the videos after class to make sure the people who has not come to class won't miss the point. Students here are hard working and nice to get along with.

Trista
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lost hike

Wanted to head to Rangitoto for the day with other ISA members but we missed the ferry. Instead we went to Waiheke (highlight area) and found ourselves on a beach. We then started exploring the edges of the beach onto some rocks and went rock climbing, I mean scaling some pretty high walls. From there we found this cool wooden ledge to take pictures from and other scenic area that were awesome. We ended up in a field of 3 ft grass and watched the sunset on the top of a hill! Then had to take roads back in the dusk because the tide came in and it was impossible to get back.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to see a little more help with the computer systems and just help for internationals in the technical aspect of school. The lecturers are not quite approachable with this matter and students of different majors can not quite answer that.