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
Bach
Bach
Pipi Picking at Shakespear Regional Park with ISAA
Pipi Picking at Shakespear Regional Park with ISAA

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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Tiam
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

review

Overall, I have enjoyed my time at the University of Auckland. The professors seem to care about the students and they are able to expalin complex concepts effectively. The classes are challenging, but not to the point where you start to stress out right away. Also having lectures recorded is a plus. I don't think that tutorials are necessary, but they are nice in case you need to ask questions about the material.

What would you improve about this program?
Have a field trip for study abroad students to meet and go out with each other.
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Anna
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Freshmen Year

I am still participating in my exchange program, but I am enjoying it. As a first year, first semester student, I really feel that I am being challenged and am becoming a better student through this experience. I feel that I am becoming a more independent and critically thinking person. Studying abroad makes one become creative and resourceful in problem solving. I have been able to get to know many locals in Auckland which has enhanced my experience here.

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Gina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spring 2018

I had a lot of fun traveling all over to places I normally wouldn’t be able to get to. I met so many interesting people that had unique stories to tell. Each and every person I met made my experience that much better. The classes and school culture are definitely something that you may need to adjust to, but the teachers and staff are there to support you. I got to see the South Island; it was amazing. The entire country is so beautiful and very accessible. There is something here for everyone. The mountains and water and all other sorts of outdoor activities are relatively close to each other, allowing time to do everything!

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utibe
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Advice to Future Participants

Its going to be a lot different than you expect it to be. You might go through moments of homesickness or even culture shock(depending on where you come from), but it would not last for too long. The key is to be open to the new culture, people and experiences. Also remember you're studying abroad(emphasis on the studying), so choose your classes wisely and plan your time as well. I would not advise taking any upper level classes, except you absolutely need to, the difference in educational systems can totally throw you off your game.
Overall, it is an amazing experience.

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Alice
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing country

There isn't a better country to go in exchange to. Really excited for all the adventures I'm doing. The university is very beautiful, even if i don't like the tipe of lectures. It depends on your preferences. You have a lot of possibility of travel, go kayaking, skidiving, bungee,... Yiu can go over your limits and enjoy your life. The support in the university is awsome, for example I had some problem with my visa and the university solved the problem for me.

Jess
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester in Auckland

I have been studying in Auckland for just over 2 months on exchange from my home uni in the UK. I study International Relations and it's been really insightful studying global politics from the other side of the world, with more focus on Asia and Oceania than I would get in the UK. I've enjoyed taking subjects that I wouldn't have gotten to take at home, such as Maori studies, which has really helped me understand the NZ culture and history. I love the social scene and playing rugby out here has been so much fun; everyone is really friendly and getting to see NZ-Australia last month was a total highlight. I've also loved being able to travel beyond Auckland when my work is done and have been to Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Islands, the Coromandel and Cape Reinga which were all amazing. I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone thinking of doing an exchange!

What would you improve about this program?
The study abroad office has about 3 different email addresses which is a bit confusing! If they could combine them into one and also streamline the pre-arrival info packs that would be great - there was so much info it was difficult to find the important bits.
Response from The University of Auckland

Hi Jess,

Thanks for your positive feedback.

Great to hear that you are enjoying the time here.

All University staff have an individual personal email attached to their team email. You only need to remember 'studyabroad@auckland.ac.nz' (easy to remember) to contact the Study Abroad team.

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

All the bests,
Sarah

Ajda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A year to change your life

I am very happy I made the decision to come to University of Auckland for my year abroad! It is an amazing place full of interesting people of various backgrounds and located in such a beautiful country! I love exploring New Zealand on the weekends and during breaks and cannot wait to see more. I have never been in this part of the world before and I am amazed by its interesting culture and the relaxed vibe. When you are on your exchange, you can really focus more on what you like to do and growing as a person, and Auckland is a great place for that. I've met some incredible people in the two months that have passed and can't wait for more adventures!

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe more information about choosing courses and having a person that would be responsible for us who we can talk to about academic and other university matters.
Aja
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad at UofA

I am halfway through my semester abroad at the University of Auckland and I have loved every minute of it. I am from California and it has been easy to communicate with both counselors back home and here. Adjusting was not as hard as I thought and both my home university promoted and encouraged clubs to get better adjusted. I lived in the student accommodations which I really recommend. I met people from all over the world and made incredible friendships. I have too many memories to choose a favorite, but University of Auckland does not disappoint, in my opinion.

What would you improve about this program?
It was really confusing in the beginning. For example, signing up for courses was really difficult and there was no aid or tutorial to explain. In addition, I wasn't quite sure who to contact for help overall. There is an abundance of emails and information and I believe it could be compiled better because it got extremely overwhelming overtime.
Response from The University of Auckland

Hi Aja,

Thanks for your great feedback.

Sounds like you are having a good time at UoA making a lot of friends.

We will review our outbound emails if we can provide information in a better way. I am wondering if you attended our orientation session and are connected to our facebook group messenger.

Our contact email is studyabroad@auckland.ac.nz (easy). Please contact us at this email if you have any assistance.

All the bests,
Sarah

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Yixi
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Communication

Study here is quite fun. But the interaction between students can be improved. Maybe because of the cultural influence, we cannot get more foreign friends. And please remind us of taking our passport whenever going out. Because one time I was refused to get into the club to join the party held by Student Union. It makes me embarrassed. One thing excellent is that we watched the Rugby match with other international students. I appreciate this opportunity to get to know the game for I haven't ever touch this field.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe hold more activities between foreign students and native students.
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Qiaoli
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

an awesome place to study and live in

There is a diversity of stories happening everyday every corner. Thanks for people who ever helped me to adapt to the unfamiliar situation. Thanks for myself choosing University of Auckland to spend my last year. Hope to have a good time on the following days. And I am also considering whether continuing to study further in University of Auckland. I have a soft sport for people here.............

What would you improve about this program?
interact with a tutor more maybe??
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Kyra
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University Experience Easily Accommodates Wanting to Travel

Studying at the UofA has been great in the sense that classes are still challenging yet don't pile on busy work for students. This then allows you to travel for the weekend aside from the occasional paper to write or test to take come Monday. The campus is very safe and nicely situated within the city. Just a short walk to Queens Street, or many other of the side streets, it's easy to do something between a class break!

What would you improve about this program?
It may be good for the International Student center/study abroad program to either hand out or post something about the different slang words used in class or general New Zealand education expectations. For example, everyone calls a class a "paper," but coming from the U.S. it was confusing at first understanding that there was no paper to hand in. Just small things like that or better understanding the grading scale may be useful for first-semester students.
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Chloe
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Elam Student

Have not had great experience with support from Elam studio practise tutors- poor attentiveness to students, lack of communication and near to no feedback (this doesn't apply to critical studies tutors). The technical staff in the workshop facilities are amazing and so helpful and proactive, I would recommend this exchange solely to experience working alongside the technical staff! Range of broader support for exchange students in terms of health and wellbeing is really good and accessible, also appreciate I was assigned a 4th year to help me if I needed advice from experienced students.

What would you improve about this program?
A better system for formative and summative assessments in Elam that better benefit the students in providing useful critical feedback that students can consider. Also not shutting the fine arts library so everybody can focus on their bloody degree, silly.
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Weiwei
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life in the University of Auchkland

I have been in the University of Auckland for about one month. I like the coures there. the teachers are very responsible. They try their best to make things clear. They give us a lot of guidance in tests and assignments. We have to read a lot in order to understand what the teachers say in class.
People there are friendly. We can make friends with people from all over the world. We can experience different cultures. Besides, the evnironment is really good.
As for the accomodation, I recommend to live in the compus, because it is convenient and peopele who live in the compus can went to the recreation center for free. Twin-shared room is a good chice if you don't mind living with another person.

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Caroline
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study in NZ!

I've only been here for half of a semester so far, but I've enjoyed every second I've been here! Auckland is great city where you can enjoy city life in the morning and be out in nature, away from the city in the afternoon! There are tons of great places to travel around Auckland and the North and South Island. Renting a car is pretty easy and cheaper if you get a couple friends to go with you! Make sure to check out GrabOne for deals on trips and places you want to go. Usually there is a discount out there you just have to take the time to find it! The classes here, are pretty good. I would highly recommend to anyone trying to learn more about the local culture and history, to take Maori 130. It gives you a great overview of the Maori world and the professor is super passionate about the topic and great at teaching it. Overall, I've had a great time here so far and can't wait to see what the next half of the semester brings!

What would you improve about this program?
The overall quality of on-campus housing is very nice, but it is pretty expensive, so be prepared to save up before your exchange!
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Jacqueline
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun in NZ

I had a positive experience at the University of Auckland so far. The school workload is definitely manageable and leaves me with plenty of free time to explore. The city is amazing with plenty to do during the daytime, night time, and only a few hours away from some great weekend spots. UoA has plenty of resources for students to utilize and clubs to get to know other students in. The school size is very large though (expect lectures to have upwards of 100 students) which can be daunting at times. It can be a bit difficult to make get to know other students who aren't also international or study abroad, especially since university housing seems to put most of the international/SA students together. If you study abroad here you will most likely end up socializing with other SA students, so find a good group to go on weekend trips with. Housing is expensive (but hey, Auckland is an expensive city) and is relatively fine and close to campus.

What would you improve about this program?
Add programming to help SA students get to know resident students/actual Kiwis.