Study Abroad at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

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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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86%
based on 205 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 7.9
  • Fun 7.8
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 8.9
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Samantha
8/10

Study here now!

This was my first time leaving my country and I could not have asked for a better experience. Auckland is safe and the people are nice, but I still have gained the independence that comes from living in a big city. The schools here are challenging, but not overwhelming and there is always help available if you need it for both academics and adjusting to New Zealand life. I would definitely recommend this program to any student looking to study abroad.

How can this program be improved?
This program doesn't need any improvements in my opinion.
Yes, I recommend this program
Jasmine
9/10

Unforgettable times spent in UoA

Being a fearless youth, I always think about leading a different but meaningful life elsewhere.
This is the reason why I choose the University of Auckland.
And fortunately, it turn out to be one of the most precious time I have ever spent.
Different education and life style. Pleasant environment and air. Earnest people.
I think every young man should have a chance to be here, to see another possibility of life.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps there can be more activities hosted for international students.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Abi
8/10

Exchange in Auckland

Overall I am so happy with my choice of Auckland for a study abroad destination and would definitely recommend it to others. Whilst I have only been here 2 months, the experience has been amazing. The city itself is buzzing, (although on the expensive side), I have met lots of friends from all over the world, and the trips out of the city have been incredible.

Auckland is everything I wanted in a study abroad location. It is of course English speaking, everything in the city is in walking distance, and there is plenty to do to fill my time., It is also really easy to get out of the city and experience the "real" New Zealand. Buses and hostels are cheap, therefore weekend trips around the North Island are extremely easy. It also easy to fly to the South Island and again to travel round there.

I have loved my time here and cannot wait for what the rest of the year will bring.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Håvard
9/10

Study abroad UoA

It is so easy to meet other international students, and I really feel like home here. In the mid-semester break I went to the south island for 11 days, which was amazing. We took the plane down to Christchurch and rented a small campervan. And visited places like Arthurs pass, Franz Josef glacier, Wanaka(which was one of my favorites, if you are there, you should go to Roy's peak), Queen town and lastly Mt. Cook national park. Love New Zealand and can't wait to see more of what it has to offer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jamie
8/10

One of the only places where you can experience 5 climates in a day!

New Zealand is one the easiest and safest places to travel in the world! The people are super friendly, which is great if you ever need directions or even a ride. My favorite adventure was traveling to the South Island during the 2 week mid-semester break. In one day, I went from mountains and glaciers to farm land, rain forests, and the beach! I found the workload at uni to be very manageable, which meant lots of free time to travel. The most stressful part of going abroad was deciding where to go and how to get there. The transition into student life was also very smooth. I lived in Parnell Student Village apartments, and they planned monthly activities like ice skating, bowling, and even dessert nights at the delicious Chocolate Boutique. It was a great way to get to know other international students and the kiwis. The best part of living in Parnell was the gorgeous walk to school through the city park. The park is super safe during the day, but don't walk at night because there are no lights. It takes about 25 minutes to walk to campus, or 15 minutes by bus. You will gain some serious leg muscle walking up the hills everyday! Although the course load is not as challenging as I am used to at a top 50 liberal arts college in the US, the professors are extremely passionate and engaging. I was able to take classes that are not offered at my college like Maori Studies and Debates in New Zealand Health Care Policy. I gained a global perspective abroad that has changed my life forever.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Khushboo
8/10

Year abroad meetings

I never thought I would meet people I would go on to call my very close friends in my year abroad, especially since we've only known each other for a semester. We plan to keep in contact after and hopefully meet in the future. It's fascinating how quickly you can get to know people in a foreign environment and form a long lasting bond. It definitely helped that the place I met them was friendly and inviting.

How can this program be improved?
There could be a lower work load or more help for the year abroad students. Especially since the education system works differently and it can be hard to adjust to the work load straight away.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ja
7/10

Studying in New Zealand

I am glad that I was given to the opportunity to spend a semester in New Zealand. I met new friends and was able to experience a lot of things for the first time. It was great that UoA has a 2 week long mid-semester break, which allowed me to fully recharge myself for the second half of the semester. A 2 weeks break also meant that I had the opportunity to travel and tour South Island. Studying in New Zealand gave me the opportunity to see how Geography comes alive and I am so thankful for it especially when natural landforms like mountain ranges and caves are not readily present in my home country.

How can this program be improved?
A group could be set up for exchange students from other countries to connect with one another.
Yes, I recommend this program
Chris
8/10

From Tahiti to France to New Zealand Auckland Uni

I have been sent to the University of Auckland for a year by my French university to complete my second and last year of Master in the field of International Business and Management.
So far, these 2 last months have been a great experience! The University of Auckland is a good place to study where everything on the campus is made to make you feel at home, e.g. sofas, computers, food court, uni bar, ...
UOA provides good quality teaching but prepare yourself to read a lot!! What has surprised me when I started is the amount of readings we need to do for each papers on each week. What a change compared to the French system! Nevertheless, this allows the teachers to be more interactive with students during lessons even if we are 300 in the class and bring the lessons more interesting.
Coming to study in New Zealand is a great opportunity to meet many people from different cultures. You will also be able to discover some lovely places. To me, NZ is one of the most beautiful places in the world. You can find everything, e.g. white sand beaches, volcanos, forests, hiking tracks, shopping, snow, sun, rain and sheeps ;) You will experience some amazing road trips with breathtaking landscapes.
To finish, my last word will be: Just live and Enjoy life and earth!

How can this program be improved?
In my opinion, the only thing I struggled with was to understand the papers code. When I enrolled in UOA and chose my papers, I didn't know what the papers' numbers 100, 200 or 300 meant. Actually, I still don't understand how being a 5th year student I can still apply for 100 or 200 or 300 courses. Clarification need to be made on the website when enrolling.
Yes, I recommend this program
Aliyah
8/10

City Life

One of my favorite part about studying at the University of Auckland and studying abroad in NZ is the chance to immerse myself in the bustling city of Auckland, but also indulge in the beautiful nature outside of Auckland. I really enjoy the little things, like walking 15 minutes away to the cutest little farmer's market. This weekend a friend and I went to the Night Markets and almost had a food coma.

How can this program be improved?
More activities that you have to drive to. As a student without a car, it's hard to access the beauty outside Auckland, the the program trips around the North Island where a God sent.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Siew
7/10

The most impressive semester in my uni life

I have been in UOA for two months so far and I love it so much. In term of study, UOA has a pretty awesome study environment. I didn't feel stressful here due to the beautiful campus and also the delivery method of lecturer. Moreover, New Zealand is definitely the best place to travel around, touch the nature, and challenge yourself. I will never feel enough for NZ's breathtaking view as all of these view can simply cheer me up and it is free. To be honest, I feel like travelling all the time here. I am so thankful to myself for choosing UOA and NZ as my study abroad choice. Never regret!

How can this program be improved?
Get students to know more about this program by organising study abroad fair.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lorrie
7/10

Fun if you know where to find it!

I studied at the University of Auckland for their second semester, and overall I think I just learned how to live on my own a lot better.

As I wasn't part of a study abroad program, when I came to Auckland I was immediately left to my own devices, and it was up to me to sort everything out. My first grocery shopping trip resulted in me buying a lot of expensive canned and pre-packaged goods, but now I'm buying enough fruits and vegetables to go with my Tim Tams and to make my mom think I'm at least trying to be healthy.

While I think UoA definitely leaves everything more "up to you" when figuring things out, I think the independence has helped me grow a lot as a person. I've gotten a much better hand on my time management, organization skills, and cooking skills since I've arrived... as well as being more capable of navigating new social/administrative situations on my own.

As for exploring the rest of New Zealand, I ended up doing a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the South Island during the mid-semester break -- easily one of the best, most unforgettable experiences I've ever had.

How can this program be improved?
The one major downside was probably just being so confined to Auckland, as a student without a car. The benefits of being so close to the city centre mean that grocery stores, banks, bars, and Giapo were almost all about a 5 minute walk from me, but there isn't much to do tourism-wise around Auckland without giving up lots of money. I wanted to get out to do more touristy things, I'd either have to get a car and drive around New Zealand by myself for book some expensive trips. The public transport doesn't get you to most tourist destinations even around the North Island, so a car is the most ideal way to explore. Also, because I wasn't part of a program, it wasn't as easy for me to arrange trips with people to go out and explore the rest of New Zealand.

As for UoA in general, a little more guidance for more administrative things would be helpful (finding housing, getting classes, etc) -- other than being told where to pick up my ID, I wasn't told much else. I had to figure out housing, grocery stores, and the rest of that mostly on my own. Classes, although relatively easy in workload, were quite similar in their lack of guidance and expectation.

A few more social aspects that I struggled to deal with personally were just making new friends and going out, since I wasn't part of a study abroad program. Since the school is so big and lectures are mostly just to listen to the professor, if you don't make friends in tutorials or with flatmates (who are mostly in already formed social groups), you're a bit out of luck. I wanted to meet more locals, but since their groups were mostly established, it usually ended up being easier to befriend fellow study abroad students. While I enjoyed going out, I started at some point to feel like I was socially obligated to go out and spend money to have a good time -- something I wasn't really keen about, especially since drinks/food are usually about $8 and $14 respectively, on the conservative end.

My advice overall would just be to have a plan for when you go abroad! Figure out what you want when you're going abroad. I came to NZ without really knowing what I wanted other than a biology class and to explore the country, with no plans set for the most part. Thankfully, I met other study abroad people who knew where they wanted to go/what they wanted to do and they helped me out, but otherwise I would've just been stuck in Auckland for 4 months.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Breanna
7/10

Auckland Uni Sem 2 2016

Overall my experience has been okay. I do not find the rigor of the courses challenging enough. I am often times very bored in my classes and doing the homework. I wish that it was more challenging. I also do not understand the grading scale here and I think it would be a good idea in the future to have a session on grades during orientation for study abroad students. I have heard from many other study abroad students that they do not understand the grading scale.

How can this program be improved?
Find ways to explain grading scale to study abroad students. Also host events for study abroad students to meet each other; it can be lonely studying abroad without many friends here.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jaspreet
7/10

Study abroad 2016

Studying in New Zealand has given me a good opportunity to meet people from New Zealand, as well as, all around the world. I'm glad for the chance to live in a community with people who are going through similar experiences as me. The two week mid semester break was a great time for me to explore what New Zealand has to offer. I managed to tick horse-riding and sky diving off my bucket list and I intend to do more once the semester is over.

How can this program be improved?
A study abroad group could be started for people from all over to meet and engage in activities!
Yes, I recommend this program
Vin
8/10

New Zealand's bomb, but choose your city wisely

Overall my experience in New Zealand was phenomenal. I'm currently sitting in the San Francisco Airport typing this as I end my abroad experience, which is a bit surreal. In general, if you like adventure, the outdoors, and in general pushing your limits, I'd say New Zealand is the perfect place to study abroad. For me, I chose New Zealand because I needed an English speaking country to learn my engineering classes in and New Zealand, especially the University of Auckland, is great for that. And then on top of that, New Zealand just seemed like such a unique destination… Not to mention that I heard is was unbelievably amazing. That it certainly is. I promise you there are places and sites in New Zealand that you could have even imagined existing on this planet, they are so beautiful. I wasn't much of a hiker before and to be completely honest, I'm still not- but with that being said, it was nice to have a completely different dynamic. The great thing about New Zealand is that its smaller size allows you to travel throughout almost the entire country in your time here, regardless of what city you are in. As my title said though, choose the city you study in wisely because even if you go away every weekend, you are still going to be in your abroad city for the most time! Something I wish I could have read some where before deciding is what it's like to live in the New Zealand cities as a student, so I'll quickly try and give my best impression of the main cities. Auckland (where I studied) is the biggest city in New Zealand, but that doesn't automatically make it the liveliest. It has the tallest buildings and the most people, but ironically, it's a bit dead there. In terms of the social scene, Auckland is definitely not the best, but it also definitely isn't the worst. If the social scene isn't a priority for you, then you can disregard that, but even with that, I must say that Auckland was missing a sort of character. IF you want a city with character and soul, I would say your best bet is Wellington. Although I was only there for a long weekend, you could see the the city really had culture, and that carried over into awesome places to eat, good bars, and a good nightlife. To be honest, if I could do it over again, I probably would have chosen Wellington over Auckland, BUT that doesn't mean Auckland is bad in anyway. Weather-wise, Auckland is the best because it stays relatively warm there for most of the year, which isn't true for the south island and even for Wellington because of how windy it is. Two cities on the south island that you could potentially study at are Christchurch and Dunedin. In all honesty, I got bad vibes from Christchurch as a place for a student to live. I was at a restaurant with my friends at 7 PM there once and we asked the waitress where we could go to get ice cream after and she was like " Oh lord, well it's much too late now- they're all closed. But earlier on you could have gone to…" and then brain cut her off because she acted like 7 PM was 3 AM. Christchurch is definitely not the liveliest city, but I guess it has a quaint vibe? And it's also in a pretty great location for a lot of awesome points of interest, like Arthur's Pass, Mount Cook, Queenstown, etc. Dunedin, on the other hand, is the opposite and is said to be the party capital of New Zealand. I only drove through the city once and it was definitely smaller- but in a good way. For my first time in NZ, I passed houses that looked like fraternity houses and I saw students walking around and I thought to myself "Ok, this is a cool college town." I can't really judge Dunedin much because I wasn't there for long, but I've only heard great things about it. I would definitely have considered that city much more had I known that Auckland wasn't much of a party city. Just remember though, that cities do get colder quicker on the South Island (Christchurch and Dunedin)… Like, for example, I traveled the south island during mid- April when it was still around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and there it was around 50 degrees instead. Not that big of a deal, but if you are a brat from Miami, LA, Houston, etc., you might not appreciate that. Altogether though, whichever city you end up studying in, you will learn to love for its individualities and you will be able to see all the wonders that NZ has to offer. In addition to that, you'll be able to go out out to bars and clubs as much as you want to in any of the cities… It's just that in Dunedin and Wellington they may be a bit more lively.

How can this program be improved?
I wasn't on a program, I direct enrolled into Auckland Uni, but I would suggest it because of the independence I had with it.
Yes, I recommend this program
Jessica
10/10

The University of Auckland is a Fantastic Investment!

The University of Auckland is a superb place to study abroad, no matter which country you are coming from! The campus is situated in the heart of the city, nearby all necessities and some incredible tourist locations. The location is safe and the campus is incredibly simple to navigate. The variety of coursework is large and diverse, much like the student body. I recommend taking advantage of the student organization fair, for that is how I found a strong network of people and friends! I actually had to back out of a few organizations--that's how many interested me and how many accepted me! I will miss grabbing a coffee from a shop on campus and going to sit with a good book in the incredibly beautiful Albert Park across from campus for the hour I had between classes. I will miss living in the University Hall Apartments, which provided me (at most) a ten minute walk to class, and had a lovely view of the Domain. I will miss the friends I've made, who come from over five different countries and whose friendship I will hopefully never lose and certainly will never forget. I will miss the opportunities I had, including directing an original short play, riding horses on a beach, going on incredible hikes in lush greenery, seeing the wonders of the North Island, and much, much more! And finally, I will quite simply miss the University as a whole. My experience was exceedingly positive, and I would recommend it to anyone planning on studying abroad in New Zealand!

Yes, I recommend this program

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