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! :)
Conflict of laws
Conflict of laws
School gym
School gym
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

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

Adventures in Waitomo

It was a rainy weekend in July when eight of us study abroad students hopped in our hired cars, full of excitement for the day ahead. We were headed for the world-famous glow worm caves in Waitomo, a destination spontaneously selected the night before! The drive took a few hours so we turned up the music and admired the passing scenery; made even more beautiful by the appearance of rainbows. It was a drizzly day by the time we reached Waitomo so we wandered around the gift shop and café before heading to the headquarters of Waitomo Adventures.

We had booked to do an activity called ‘TumuTumu Toobing’ which, as the title suggests, involved exploring the caves with a rubber tube; walking, crawling and floating along the underground river. Unfortunately, or fortunately as it turned out, when we signed in at Waitomo Adventures we were informed that due to the amount of rainfall, the caves for that particular activity were flooded and thus there was to be no ‘TumuTumu Toobing’ for anyone. A few minutes of panic and disappointment ensued when we wondered if we had driven all this way for nothing. Luckily this was not the case and we discovered that the lovely people at Waitomo Adventures were upgrading us, at no extra cost, to another activity in ‘Haggas Honking Holes’. My heart sank when were told that ‘this is not a trip for the faint-hearted’, gone were my dreams of gently floating along a river under the twinkling lights of the glow worms above. Nevertheless, I put my fears aside as we filled out medical forms and waivers and headed by minibus to the cave site. There we suited up, laughing at each other’s struggle to pull on the damp wetsuits, oversized gumboots and ever-so attractive helmets. We were led to an area just above the caves where we spent around 20 minutes learning the techniques of abseiling. It was clear that even though three instructors were coming into the caves with us, we were going to have a lot of independence when it came to abseiling and climbing 80metres underground.

Finally, it was time to head into the caves which required us to first fling ourselves into a dark hole attached to a single rope, a clue of what was to come! What followed was three hours of crazy adventure. We abseiled down gushing waterfalls (an experience the team likened to being ‘flushed down the loo on a rope’), scaled ancient rock formations, crawled through tight spaces and sang silly songs to keep morale up and stop our shivering. One of the main highlights for me was seeing the glow worms, like twinkling blue stars, across the walls and ceilings of the caves. We learnt that the worms are actually maggots and that their bioluminescence or ‘glow’ is used to attract their prey. I thought that the light they created in an otherwise pitch-black environment was beautiful. By the time we crawled out of the cave we were all exhausted. The adventure had been exhilarating, terrifying and a lot of fun and I would recommend it to anyone. It was a great way to bond with people I’d only just met and we left Waitomo tired, happy and thankful for the memories we’d made that day.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps a stronger dialogue between the University of Auckland and its partners.
More events created for incoming students, orientation day was not sufficient. Many other study abroad programmes have activities organised for their groups in Auckland and beyond.
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Axel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Just do it

The professors @ the UoA are really amazing and it is easy to get in contact with them. If you are a postgraduate however, you should consider that you will have a quite large amount of assignments that are due throughout all the semester. This means that you will see the pictures of the other international students from all around the country while you are sitting in the library, writing on some essay. Having said that, it is actually quite interesting working on those assignments since you can normally pic the topic yourself. Accommodation by the University is quite expensive, but therefore you are in the heart of the city and your room advisers organise social events where you can meet new people and engage in more or less interesting activities.
There are plenty of student clubs you can join to meet like minded people and almost every other day one of those clubs sells cheap food on campus, so you don't even have to cook.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe a "social" tour could be introduced for the international students in the beginning so they get to know the city and not only the campus and University. After all, that influences the overall impression of the exchange quite a lot. Maybe the faculties could do that.
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Max
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad at the University of Auckland

To whom it may conern:
In general studying at UoA is very easy going compared to the work load I am used form my home university. Hence I had much free time to focus on the important things of a semester abroad, namely mingling with lots of different people, traveling in this magnificent country and having fun in general. Especially, the clubs at the university are good places for doing all the stuff I mentioned previously.

What would you improve about this program?
More overall student activities/events like parties, meet ups and festivals.
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Shi
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exchange studies

This is my first visit to New Zealand and I am loving my experience so far. New Zealanders are very friendly people and the weather here is good too ( I am from a country where its around 30-35'C throughout the year).
Living in Huia Residence (a University hall) provided me with the chance to meet many interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds because there are so many exchange students living here. I am glad I made the right choice to stay in a University hall. I really appreciate the time spent learning about other cultures and languages.
Also, I got to visit the beautiful south island during mid semester break. The view was impressive! I took this opportunity to try Skydiving, Bungee jumping and Aerobatic flight. It was awesome! They are all very unforgettable memories.
The lecturers here are friendly and helpful, but the officers in study abroad office wasn't very helpful. It was hard to reach them as they were mostly not in the office during the start of the semester (when exchange students like me needed help the most).

However, it is still a good experience and I would recommend any student who may be interested to come over for an exchange.

What would you improve about this program?
Organise events for exchange and study abroad students to get together and improve on study abroad office hours.
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Max
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Of problems and how to solve them

I have to admit, most of the problems that I had were created by myself. Not being very well prepared I had to enter the country with a tourist visa as I was still waiting for my student visa. So unfortunately this would not have permited me to start my studies and neither to find an unniversity accomodation. Gladly though I got a lot of help from all the stuff at the international office and as well from the accomodation office. So I was granted an extension on my application for the room that I was offered. So the day I get my visa I go there and the only thing I am told is: oh well, we thought your visa wouldn´t get here in time. We gave your room away.
This sounds much worse as it actually was as the people there really wanted to help me and felt bad for what had happened. So everybody tried to find a new place and within 30 minutes were succesfull. So now I do have a very nice place to stay with nice people around me and in a perfect location.
It seems that everything I throw at people and life throws at us can be resolved with just a little work and more important some help.
The effort the people I met put into enabeling me live a nice life over here was extremely impressive and I am very happy with how everything worked out. I want to grant a huge thank you to those poeple.

What would you improve about this program?
A little more information would have been nice and some personal contact details of a person that is your personal "buddy" could have been helpfull to better plan the semester abroad
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Orianna
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A late night wander

Over the weeks of being at Auckland I have taken multiple little 'adventures' around the vibrate city and discovered many of it's quirks and found little pockets of beauty in the busy urban jungle. On one quite warm (and dry) evening I ventured out from my where I'd working hard on an assignment to grab some much needed fresh air and a warming hot chocolate from a cafe open late. After finishing, me and my friend rather foolishly ventured to the top of the domain where we stood under the Museum looking out across the city. A foolish but well-needed wander. At night the museum is lit up in the grandest way possible and provides a breath-taking backdrop for the city. The CBD on the other hand, whilst not as grand, twinkles in the distance before the view expands into a deep blue where the harbour extends out to sea. When standing there in the mix of all the lights, I felt something important: I was one amongst many. I was one person amongst over four million living in Auckland, I was one amongst thousands studying at the University of Auckland. The day I arrived I felt (as most study abroad students do) very alone and on my own, but standing there I realised there was a city full of people to make my year at Auckland the best yet. The university may have the best academic departments in NZ but what sets it a part from all the rest is the city it finds it's home in. A city that promotes community and friendliness. A place where dispite being as far away from home as possible I feel at home.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change a thing.
Snoopy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

the wonderful helping service and staffs

What impressed me most are the well-rounded help service, such as workshop and international center, and friendly staff as well.
There are many workshop in the university of Auckland. And all of them are really useful. I benefit a lot from the career workshop and the talk to local workshop. I learned a lot, not only in the aspect of skills, but also in mind.
The staff are all very friendly. And there are sufficient time for office hours.

Jiahuan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Happy and surpring experience

I've been here for 2 months, and the life here surprised me! The life here is comfortable and I enjoy it very much. I enjoyed the weekends that went outings with my friends to explore the magic culture, the fascinating view and share with each other. I enjoyed the moments with the people of different nationalities or with the people that have the similar experience. Living far from home made me become independent and taught me to overcome challenges. I love the life here.

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Océane
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Brace yourself Auckland, I'm coming.

I was SO existed to come to Auckland. It had been my dream for many, many years. The plane ride was just 24 hours of pure excitement and when the plane landed I realized that I had just made it: the dream was coming to life.
The first week was just tiring because my sleeping hours were from 6pm to 2am: YAY jet lag! But once you have put the clocks on time the real fun can start.
The thing that really struck me was how chill people acted on the street, at the supermarket or even at the bank! Man, they have music here at the bank!
After settling in, I started having my local routine and after a few weeks only, I could call it my new home.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I would recommend is to have an activity (games and competition) with all the study abroad students on the first day because meeting people isn't always easy. When you play a game with other people you can easily connect with them and stay in touch.
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Adefolakanmi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Socialising

I love that University of Auckland gives its students so many opportunities to be social. It's very easy to meet new people and make new friends with so many different events happening on campus, as well as through group fitness classes. This also extends to the residence halls. I live in Grafton Hall, and I met many people I consider good friends through the different social events Grafton Hall held during the first month of the semester. The Grafton Hall Facebook page also allows residents to post when there's a movie or a rugby game on TV, and so people with the same interests get to meet each other. I think my favourite room in Grafton Hall is the games room, because my friends and I play pool downstairs almost every day and I also get to meet other residents who are relaxing in the games room also. What I've enjoyed the most about my study abroad experience is that I've met a lot of students from a variety of countries, and through them I've learnt so much about their cultures and how they differ from mine.

Kristen
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Small Town Big City Adventures

After living in an isolated bubble that is my home Uni, I was ready to get out into the world. Coming to Auckland Uni has given me the chance to feel like living in a city without having to deal with the actual problems that a big city offers. Living in town, and studying so close to the center of everything is an amazing experience and I'm so thankful. There's nothing better than finishing a late lecture and hopping over to Queen Street for food & drinks, or taking a shopping break in the middle of the day between class.

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Sara
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A journey of self

Sure, coming here going to a big university, exploring nature, travel to Queenstown and do the world biggest swing, making new friends and living life somewhere new is all fun and exciting. But, the most important thing to me has been the focus I have had on myself and how to become an even better version of who I am today. Coming to such an active and social place has really put me on the right track when it comes to being interested in working out, eating healthier and enjoying the little things. Of course some stress occurs now and then, but with the student gym's yoga classes and my healthier snacks I know I will pull through. Also, a party now and then doesn't really hurt - besides my head the next day..

What would you improve about this program?
The price should be adjusted to how many classes the student enrols in. I had to pay full price when all I needed was two classes. I enrolled in three classes to take enough points to hold a student visa, but still paid way more than necessary.
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Iris
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Auckland exchange

I've spent the last month and a half at Auckland uni, following courses I never thought I would take. The diversity here is amazing, in courses but also in the people and the food. The city is close to the university and there is always something happening. I've not traveled far yet, but I've walked the waterfront and found a new favourite bookstore, even if I mostly borrow stuff from the many libraries the university has. It's far from home but it's so beautiful and wonderful that I'm glad I get to spend 12 months here.

What would you improve about this program?
The main improvement to the university and the program would be more access to Mac computers, as everything seems to run on Windows while most students have Apple laptops and this have trouble connecting hard drives to the computers available through university.
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Ann-cathrine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study abroad experience at The University of Auckland

Let me start by talking about the preparation I did before I came to Auckland. The process of enrollment is explained very clearly and the videos I found on the Internet were very helpful. That makes it easy for international students to get the enrollment done before they arrive in New Zealand.
My overseas experience started with planning my study abroad which included my visa application, insurance, accommodation, etc. It was not always easy to plan all these things on my own but when it was all done I was very proud of my accomplishment. During the study abroad you become self-sufficient, because there are always many new things you have to handle.
When I arrived at the University of Auckland I really appreciated the orientation week during which I learned how to use the Internet system, where I can go if I have any problems, and which possibilities I would have during my studies at the University. Furthermore, the orientation week was a really good opportunity to get to know other students and make friends. However, some parties for overseas students would be another good idea to meet new people and make friends.
The teaching system at the University of Auckland is really different from the system in my home country, but I really like it. Some courses have group work/discussions, and the lecturer always points out the important things in various ways so that the students do not get bored. In class there is always communication between the lecturer and the students and this is the best way for international students to practice their oral English. The teacher’s English is usually easy to understand, but sometimes it is a bit difficult to understand the students’ answers because of the speed they speak at. After a while I got used to it and I understood more and more.

All in all, my study abroad at The University of Auckland is an experience I would hate to have missed. I will always think about my nice time here after having finished my study abroad at the UoA.

What would you improve about this program?
Parties for overseas students to get to know knew people and make friends.
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Nathan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

U of Auckland Study Abroad

Studying abroad here in Auckland has been fantastic. I'm not a massive fan of the city however, and to me the draw of New Zealand has definitely been being able to get away for weekend trips or longer during breaks. The University provides some trip opportunities through the international student club, but it is crucial to go out and get your own experience; things definitely won't just come to you. Make sure you go to the club fair on campus, and work on finding your own ways to build relationships and make travel plans, or else it can feel a little lonely in the city with the routine of class.

What would you improve about this program?
More opportunities to meet other international students