Study Abroad at the University of Auckland, NZ

Video and Photos

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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Sandy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great time here in Auckland!

Studying abroad here is one of the best decisions I've ever made! I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about New Zealand while here that I'm already looking forward to the next time I can come back to the country. Auckland's location makes my time here even better as there is so much to do in the city but if I'm looking to go hiking up a volcano one day, it's only a ferry ride away.

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Anouk
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Auckland!

I'm still in Auckland, but so far it has been an amazing experience. First of all, a lot of information is available on the general website that I could already access before applying, which made the application way easier. Besides that, it is great that the University of Auckland offers accommodation for all the international students. I would have had no idea how to find a room otherwise, coming from the other side of the world. I experience the city and the campus as safe and lively. There are a lot of places to get food or drinks on campus and the City campus is located next to Albert Park, where you can walk around if you're done with uni for a while. Something that made me feel really welcome was the Study Abroad Students' Society, a club for international students. They organize a lot of activities and trips which makes it easier to meet new people. Besides that, the University of Auckland offers more than 200 clubs that you can join, ranging from sports to debate to culture/country clubs. In the Netherlands, we don't have this, so this was a great opportunity for me to experience some new sports like surfing, diving and tramping and meet new people (locals and internationals). And as soon as you've made new friends, the study abroad experience will continue to get better because New Zealand is a country with a lot of interesting history and beautiful places to go to. I've already seen so much, and there are still 4 more months left! Oh and make sure you see a rugby game if possible. Although I don't like the sport, the experience of being in the stadium with all these cheering people and seeing why this is the national sport makes this a worthwhile experience!

What would you improve about this program?
- extending the course outlines online, so that you know better what the content of the course is.
Response from The University of Auckland

Hi Anouk,

Thanks for your comprehensive feedback.

I am glad to hear that you are active in a lot of activities and clubs on campus.

The Study Abroad team is working with the faculties to make all detailed course descriptions available online (most of them are already accessible online) and we hope this gets done by the end of this year.

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

Best wishes.
Sarah

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Julie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Auckland

The University of Auckland made a good impression that started already before I arrived. The staff was very helpful in answering questions when selecting courses, applying for my visa ect. The Facebook group that the university made before arriving was an amazing way to get to meet other students when coming all alone to a new country.
In general, the university and its staff is very helpful when you need it!

What would you improve about this program?
There could be a few more social events in the introduction/orientation week
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Julie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review University of Auckland

The University of Auckland has made a good impression that started already before I arrived. The staff was very helpful in answering questions when choosing courses, applying for visas ect. The Facebook group that the university made was an amazing way to get to meet other students when coming all alone to a new country. This was so great. Also, the introduction week introducing the Maori culture was good. In general, the university and its staff is very helpful when you need it!

What would you improve about this program?
The introduction week could have had more social events as well.
Dieke
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good education, but not a vibrant student city

The education at UoA is good and the support they offer is outstanding. However, Auckland itself is utter boring and I’m really missing the student culture in my home city, for example the vibrant nightlife over there. I do really enjoy studying at UoA, but for future students I would recommend doing as many trips as possible to get out of Auckland and see everything else this beautiful country has to offer... ;)

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Katie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Experience

I really enjoyed the program, I've learned a lot while studying in Auckland! I love my courses and all of my professors have been very helpful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the two week mid semester break where we were able to travel and study; I went to the South Island and saw the most amazing views! Overall I would definitely recommend this program to students looking for a city campus filled with diversity.

What would you improve about this program?
-More affordable travel options for Exchange students
-Different meal plan options for students who prefer to cook their own meals
Qucheng
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing life and study experience in UOA

1)wonderful life experience here
2)making new friends
3)good academic support
4) a lovely country with nice citizens and one of the world best natural sceneries. When I had the trip to the south island with four other friends during the mid-term break, we rent a car and travelled for 12 days. It is one of the most amazing trips I had ever had. So many new things I tried and so many sceneries I have never seen elsewhere.

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Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

10/10 do not regret my decision

I've found the experience to be pretty good so far. The workload is a lot heavier than at my home university (though this is probably because all of my courses here are 100% coursework rather than exam), but there's plenty of support available if needed. I've met some great people, seen so many great places, and had some fab experiences so I'm definitely happy that I chose to study at Auckland. :)

Auckland's a really great city to live in and is super easy to settle in to (and find things to do). I'm already a little concerned that I'm really going to miss it when I have to leave.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't really know to be honest. Maybe a few workshops/a bit more guidance regarding essay styles at Auckland. I'm taking all stage 3 classes so was kind of thrown into the deep end. To be honest though, this was easy to resolve by just emailing my professors, so no big deal.
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Evelyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Quinn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Shawn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Rachael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Thomas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Julie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Comments

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.