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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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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Katie
7/10

I love New Zealand, but not UoA

I've had an amazing time in New Zealand for my study abroad program! However, this was largely due to the travel and adventurous clubs I took part in. My experience at the university was subpar, especially compared to Canadian education (it pains me to say this, but it's true).
By all means, come to New Zealand if you're hoping to have incredible outdoor experiences and meet lovely people! The country is ridiculously easy to travel around, and the people (outside of Auckland) are very friendly and accommodating.
If you have the choice to study at Dunedin, I would recommend studying there rather than Auckland; they are supposed to have an amazing Uni culture! Furthermore, the education at UoA wasn't as challenging as I'm used to back home, but in a sense that allowed me to have plenty of free time and created a very stress-free environment :)
New Zealand is beautiful and unique, and that is what I have loved most my time abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
9/10

french student in New Zealand

hey,
I am a french student, and decided to do an exchange program in New Zealand for five months in order to improve my english language skills. I spent an amazing semester here, at the University of Auckland studying, visiting the countryside and enjoying the life in the city. I took maori, art history ,and global politics papers and really enjoyed them. I have to say teachers and lecturers are very skilled and they really care about your success in studies. I got my accomodation through a speed Flatting, which is a very useful and funny way to meet new people and view properties you would share. Also, I made very good friends who came here to study abroad aswell. It was very fulfilling to share experiences and spend some time with people from different places. I really would recommand doing your study abroad because it is a very good way to broaden your horizons, discover a new culture, new food and new ways of life ! Moreover, through this experience I feel that I learnt more about myself and the others and got more maturity. Now I am going back home with my mind full of good memories and images of New Zealand, which is such an amazing country. Come to the University of Auckland, visit New Zealand, you will not regret it, I swear ! E.

Yes, I recommend this program
Ultan
8/10

Auckland Uni - A good spot to go

I loved my time in UOA, the people I met in my time there were absolutely amazing and the experiences I had were unforgettable.
I studied engineering for my year abroad and the way they approached it was so refreshing it opened my eyes to different views and how things should be done! The practical approach to the lessons and lectures made it so much easier to understand how things work.
Outside of the lectures the social life is amazing, the clubs are run very well and the diversity in what's available is amazing. I took up scuba diving and got to scuba dive Poor Knights Islands which is ranked in the top 10 dives sites in the world.

How can this program be improved?
Offer more support services to engineering students to help with the understanding of concepts and mathematical processes.
In my home university, UCD, there is a maths support centre which is a free drop in service that helps students with any problems with maths that they may have. It would have been very helpful to smooth the transition for me in to the new way of thinking that UOA teaches.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jacob
10/10

Go to New Zealand, You Won't Regret It

The University of Auckland is a top 100 world university. It is in the heart of a beautiful city, and right by the two largest city parks. The social life is great, the city night life is always good, and surprisingly I've had some of the best burgers anywhere in Auckland. If you are not a city person, than it is easy to rent a car and explore one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Just remember to drive on the left!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Abbie
10/10

Magical Country Worth Experiencing

New Zealand is a beautiful country with a history worth learning about and studying. I would highly suggest studying abroad in NZ and would recommend spending time learning about or taking classes on the country from the Maori perspective. Auckland is a great jumping off point for the North Island, but definitely save enough time to see the South Island as well. I had a wonderful experience exploring the country, and it's easy to see many different parts of it due to its size. However, although the distances may be short, you can easily spend 2+ weeks in the South Island and not see all of it. If you're into adventuring and the outdoors, NZ can't be beat for a study abroad experience. Go bungee jumping!

How can this program be improved?
You definitely have to try hard to meet locals through the university and rely on your own initiative to do this.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

Ideal, Idyllic, I'd Go Again

My semester abroad at the University of Auckland was my first experience leaving the continent of North America. I am from New Jersey and had only travelled outside of the U.S. thrice before - once to Montreal, once to Quebec, and once to Vancouver (all in Canada). In conversations with friends and family, my reasons for choosing to study in New Zealand were primarily the lack of language barrier and the fact that the University of Auckland had a course of study that aligned with my own at my home university. Internally, I was excited to see its notoriously beautiful landscapes, to try my hand at mimicking a quirky but no less fascinating accent, and to uncover the absolute mystery of what experiences might await me halfway around the globe. When you choose to study abroad, you are willingly placing yourself outside of your comfort zone, with the promise of personal growth and everlasting memories. I made the greatest decision of my life so far when I decided to push the limits of that comfort zone breach and spend five months at the University of Auckland.

The courses (or "papers" as Kiwis would say) that I took were informative, unique, and well-taught. I was able to limit my workload to three courses while abroad, and chose Principles of Marine Science (which included a required field trip component - major bonus for an international student trying to travel anywhere and everywhere!), an introductory course on the entire geologic history of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand; connections between this course and my travel experiences were infinite - I was constantly explaining to my travel buddies all of the reasons why NZ's landscapes and natural monuments exist the way that they do, from the Southern Alps to Rangitoto to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to Rotoroa's hot springs to NZ's famous rolling green hills to Lake Taupo and the Tongariro Crossing and beyond!), and Energy and Natural Resource Economics (Steve, as our professor insisted we call him, was my favorite lecturer of the bunch, offering the global perspective of modern energy issues in addition to the specific case of New Zealand). The full content of all three courses included material that I never would have been exposed to, had I not chosen to study at UoA.

As an exchange student, as I alluded to earlier, my goals for the five months were to devote the time and energy to my courses that ensured I would pass and do well, and to spend every waking hour outside of that time trying, witnessing, and absorbing everything and anything new that New Zealand could offer. So I traveled. A lot. I walked the streets of Auckland, trying to get lost and stumble upon something interesting in an attempt to get home. On the days that my lectures ended before noon, I caught a bus Mission Bay Beach or hiked up Mount Eden or found a friend to grab lunch with in Ponsonby. Weekend trips to other cities via Naked Bus or Air New Zealand ($20 promotional fares to Wellington made for the greatest birthday present ever!) were constant. My first trip outside of Auckland happened just two short weeks after arriving; a group of six of us travelled to Waitomo to explore the glowworm caves and were rewarded with a true taste of New Zealand culture. The two-week mid-semester break gave me the chance to travel all around the South Island, where I realized even more how unrepresentative of the entire country Auckland might be. Don't get me wrong; Auckland is an amazing city and cultural center. To be honest, I think living there helped alleviate some of my initial culture-shock upon arriving to New Zealand. Sure, there are many differences between Auckland and home, such as the direction of street traffic, the cleanliness of the streets, and the 'pinging' of crosswalk signals. But a city is a city is a city. You don't get a feel for a country by remaining in its largest metropolitan area. You need to actively experience more - that is my advice to any prospective study abroad student.

New Zealand is the perfect country for traveling. From the easy-going, helpful nature of its inhabitants, to its abundance of unique attractions and natural landmarks, I could not have imagined that a foreign place could feel quite so safe, stress-free, or inspiring. Even if traveling all the way around the country, as I am guilty of doing, is not in your interests, the location of UoA and its many clubs and programs allow you to experience the true nature of New Zealand in so many ways. From the organized adventures of the Great Outdoors Series to the Meat Eater's club and beyond - get involved, take it in, and enjoy!

My time at the University of Auckland was incredibly dear and will not soon be forgotten. Helpful, knowledgable and easygoing staff, an easily navigable campus, and systematic tools for ensuring student success (such as recorded lectures, class Facebook pages, and course representatives) were just a few aspects that reassured me that I made the right academic decision. The respectful mixing of cultures, simple and slower way of life, ease of travel, abundance of unique and rewarding experiences, and development of meaningful friendships (whether they lasted a single day or the full five months) assured me that I made the proper personal decision.

Overall, I rate my experience 10/10. Choose the University of Auckland for your study abroad experience. And take me with you!!!

If you are at all interested in hearing about my study abroad experiences and adventures, I tried to keep up with a blog during my time at UoA for my family and friends. The link is: https://catchmeontheflipside.wordpress.com

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mishka
9/10

Place to get bucket list items checked off

If you like to visit a thrilling country that has so much exciting experiences to offer then New Zealand is right for you! Because of my time spent abroad here I was able to check so many items off my bucket list like sky diving, bungee jumping, zorbing, and doing the swoop swing to name a few. The kiwis (the people not the fruit) are so friendly! I loved going to an English speaking country for my first time traveling and studying abroad alone. Hands down an unforgettable experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cason
10/10

Abroad In Auckland

Packing up and moving across the globe for six months was one of the scariest things I have ever done. I set off the security alarms in LAX and was treated for a full body pat down. My baggage was overweight and I couldn't find my gate. The airline ran out of vegan desserts. And my carry on strap broke.
It was worth every tear.
Studying abroad at Auckland University was amazing. Auckland as a city is small, but there is always something going on. The University spares no expense at helping their international students settle in. I was never afraid to ask for directions or help and was always met with a smile. Although, I'm sure my accent tipped them off that I was foreign and probably didn't know any better.
The facilities at Auckland Uni are top notch; the gym is easily accessible, the libraries well stocked, and the on campus eateries are cheap and still yummy.
New Zealand as a country is almost indescribable. I spent another month and a half after I finished my semester just driving up and down the islands. And there's still so much more to see!
It's safe to say that I fell head over heels in love with this place, this program, and these people.
New Zealand, I hope to see you again soon.

How can this program be improved?
Efforts to integrate the international community in the
Yes, I recommend this program
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Veronica
8/10

Semester in Auckland

Studying abroad in Auckland was a unique experience since the feel of Auckland felt a lot like home, yet there were so many new things to learn and understand. While Auckland gave a different view of the country as compared to other major cities in New Zealand, it did provide a great basis to travel around the country, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. While I was there I was able to visit most of the North Island and the South Island on weekend trips or during my finals period. During my mid semester break I had the opportunity to also visit Australia and Thailand.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
10/10

Study Abroad in Auckland

I recommend studying at the University of Auckland, or anywhere else for that matter, to everyone. I had a marvelous experience in Auckland and learned so much, from my studies to the Māori culture. The people there are fantastic and I can truly say I've made forever friends there. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. I loved the school and the scenery and even managed to fit in bungy jumping during my semester abroad.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that was not so grand was the exam period. It took place over the course of three weeks, which for me was a bit long and unnecessary (I usually only have one week for final exams.) However, I understand why they did this, it was just a bit unusual to me.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Liam
10/10

Incredible Choice to Study Abroad

Auckland is an incredible school to do a semester abroad at; the school is fantastic and the surrounding area is lively and interesting. There is so much to see and do around the Auckland and North Island area, and traveling the South Island is one of the most amazing things to do in the world.

How can this program be improved?
More social events sponsored by the school
Yes, I recommend this program

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The University of Auckland is located in the heart of New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Ranked in the world's top 100* universities, the University of Auckland has a strong research focus where students have the opportunity to learn...