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 190 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 7.8
  • Fun 7.7
  • Housing 7.7
  • Safety 8.9
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Aileen
8/10

Beautiful Country

Coming to Auckland uni has definitely been a crazy experience! it is different from home (the uni and city), so did take a while to get used to but you get over that pretty quick. I've tried a lot of new things here, joined lots of clubs and love that I can travel while I'm here. I am so glad I moved to New Zealand, it really is as beautiful as people say! South Island is the prettiest place I've ever seen, everyone has to go, its just incredible!

How can this program be improved?
More guidance during orientation for exchange students, rather than the focus being on first year internationals.
Yes, I recommend
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Monica
9/10

Auckland Uni

I have had a great experience so far at Auckland Uni. The professors have been great and it is obvious that they want their students to succeed. There are countless clubs on campus that are inviting to exchange students. I have found it very easy to get involved on campus and feel like a part of the community! Not only have I had a positive experience at uni so far, but also love what Auckland has to offer. There are endless activities and adventures, always giving me something to do with my free time.

Yes, I recommend
Amy Vicky
9/10

Loving Auckland

My year abroad at Auckland has been amazing so far! I'm staying in Carlaw (University accommodation) and from the start the staff and students have made a real effort to help everyone get to know people and the city; the day after I landed in NZ we were hiking up Mount Eden and sharing pizza. My classes are a mixed bag, some challenging and some less so, but even for the subjects I'm fairly familiar with, its good to have it taught by different lecturers with different teaching styles to my home Uni. I'm met lots of international friends and have had a lot of amazing experiences already, and I'm only two months in!

How can this program be improved?
It would be good to find a way to help international student integrate with domestic students. I've made a couple of kiwi friends, but the majority are international, and joining the University in the middle of the academic year makes it harder to integrate into some of the cliques of full time students.
Yes, I recommend
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Jonas
8/10

Go Study Abroad at UoA

Really enjoying my time here. Auckland Uni is great and all information and help you need is just around the corner; just ask. The International Office is packed with nice people, standing by just to help you; either by e-mail or in person. The whole Uni has a pretty flat structure, so contact with lectures is easy (and not scary). Just catch them after a lecture and ask. The city campus is nice with lots of places to eat or take a coffee.

Auckland is a great city, and the Uni is awesome, but the real experience is all the things you can (and should) do outside of Auckland. Join a club and experience New Zealand. There are so many things to see outside Auckland; and you don't have to go far. A lot of the clubs travel during the weekends and/or the midterm break. By joining a club you'll also be able to meet more people, which make the stay even better.

Yes, I recommend
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Kristine
9/10

Study Abroad at UoA

I'm doing a year abroad studying at the University of Auckland. It has been some ups and downs, but mostly ups! I've made tons of new friends - the university accommodation is providing lots of activities (from watching Game of Thrones together to free ice cream). The courses I'm taking at uni are very interesting, and it's so fascinating to see how they do things differently from my home university. I love how they record every lecture and the coursebooks are much cheaper than textbooks. Auckland is a great location for exploring New Zealand, with Hobbiton, Rotorua and other points of interest not far away. The city itself is also fantastic - I'm not done exploring it yet! New Zealand is a great country to go to for a study abroad experience!

How can this program be improved?
I can't really think of anything important, but just a small thing: The buddy service would be much more helpful if the buddies were available the week we arrive here in NZ, because by the time uni starts, all the initial things we need help for is already done (e.g. figuring out where the closest shops are, where to withdraw money etc).
Yes, I recommend
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Panmin
8/10

Life in UoA

I am an exchange student and this is my first semester here. At first I was so scared that everything was strange to me, and I feel lonely as well because of the language barrier. However currently I am really fitting in this place because of the help I received from flatmates, professors, etc. People here are really nice and those who study abroad for the first time just like me don't have to worry about the adaptation problem. It will be fine with some time.

How can this program be improved?
I think the program is really good but the problem is that not many people in my country know this program. So maybe the school should work harder on the oversea publicity part.
Yes, I recommend
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Ho Ching
7/10

A wonderful experience

It is an amazing experience to study at the U of Auckland. Here at Auckland you can meet people from all around the world. Both local and international students are generally very friendly to you regardless of your race/ ethnicity. I feel like people enjoy chatting with and making friends with people from various cultural backgrounds. As a multi-cultural city, you can also find food from different countries and regions easily in the city! It will be a great time to spend a semester here.

How can this program be improved?
It will be even better if it organizes more outings or group gatherings for international students.
Yes, I recommend
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Tiffany
9/10

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is a great place for students to study abroad! It is located right in the heart of Auckland, which made my daily routine extremely convenient! The academic balance was just right - there are times you really need to study hard and there are times you could plan New Zealand road trips to explore the country during the weekends. I would highly recommend students to live in one of the university accommodations named as 55 Symonds - it's incredible! During the weekends and mid-semester break, I explored the country and had many unique experiences. I visited Hobbiton's filming site, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, and many more! Every trip I had were all once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Studying in New Zealand and choosing The University of Auckland was definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life!

Yes, I recommend
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Charlotte
9/10

Year Abroad

Amazing university located in a beautiful country. Academics for my subject are not a rigorous as my home uni (Edinburgh) but the courses are compelling and the teachers I have all had are captivating, extremely helpful and attentive. The best part of the experience is the opportunity to travel across NZ, I am only a few months in but I have explored an amazing amount of the North Island on weekends away and spent my mid semester break in Fiji, a completely once in a life experience. I would 100% recommend studying abroad at here and would additionally recommend Carlaw Park accommodation.

Yes, I recommend
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Maria
9/10

Exchange, autumn 2017

I have been studying as an exchange student at The University of Auckland for two months now and it has been a great experience! The lectures are interesting, the city campus is modern and has a lot of facilities like gym, computer spaces and a lot of food. I live at Carlaw Park Student Village which is a very good housing close to the university. Both Carlaw Park Student Village and the university arranged orientation which was really fun and a good way to find friends here. There are a lot of clubs to join which is a good way to go on excursions and see other parts of New Zealand. The workload from studying is larger than at my home university.

Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
9/10

University of Auckland - Studying Abroad

Studying abroad at the University of Auckland has been such a rewarding experience. The academics are challenging, but the professors are very supportive and really want you to learn and succeed. While you will spend a lot of time studying, there is also plenty of time to explore all that New Zealand has to offer. You can always find other students interested in hanging out or going on a trip, but it is also safe enough to access anything you'd like on your own. I'm so glad I decided to study in New Zealand!

How can this program be improved?
The professors are responsive to email, but nobody else at the university is. Good luck getting a response from any faculty member or any office, especially if it is important! As a study abroad student who is really new to the way things are done here in New Zealand, it is even more frustrating to go weeks and weeks with no answers. Only thing so far that needs (MAJOR) improvement.
Yes, I recommend
Jennie
8/10

Study Abroad - University of Auckland

Studying at The University of Auckland has been really great fun so far! Joining lots of different clubs and societies has given me lots of opportunities to meet other students, and make friends with people from all around the world. I have particularly enjoyed being at Carlaw Park accommodation - there are also lots of social events organised which are great and a really good way to meet new people.

Yes, I recommend
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Karine Hagesaether
8/10

Take a semester abroad!

Auckland Uni is a great place to take a semester or a year abroad!
All academic information will be given in a thorough and clear manner, so the steps of what you need to do are easy to follow. You can choose any course at uni, and they are easily found and added. The people at the international office are also very helpful, and can answer questions both on mail and in person.

The University location is perfect, and the campus (I am only familiar with city campus) is nice, with lots of different things to do and places to eat. I do not live at any of the student accommodations, so I do not know how they are. However, the nice thing about living at a student apartment is that it is easier to get to know people if you do not know anyone in Auckland when you start. However, people are very friendly and open for conversations :)

My two top tip to a student coming to study abroad:
1. Join a club! UoA has over 200 clubs that you can join, and they are a great way to be social and get to know people (especially kiwis).
2. TRAVEL. Even though you are here to study, take time to explore this beautiful country! I have a car here, which is very convenient (as long as you remember to drive on the left side of the road)!, but if not, there are other ways to travel and also trips to join arranged by some of the UoA clubs etc.

How can this program be improved?
I have found that it is easier to get to know people on my own, but I know some social activities have been arranged by the Study Abroad Student Association etc. This could maybe be improved?
Yes, I recommend
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Rasmus
8/10

Small obstacles - no regrets

Being half way through my study abroad semester at the University of Auckland I can only say, if you are considering whether you should come here or not, then stop contemplating and go! Cost of living is very high, the internet expensive, slow and unstable, and as every where else on the planet, you will have classes that is boring as... well boring. But, a lot of the classes are actually pretty good, labs and tutorials interesting, instructors and classmates helpful, and the social life here is very active, so there will always be something to do if you want to meet people. All in all, so far it has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I fell that 1 semester is far from enough here.

Yes, I recommend
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Nicholas
7/10

Great City, Gateway to South Pacific

My partner lives in Auckland and I undertook exchange to spend more time together, so I haven't properly engaged with the exchange student network. On the other hand, I've arguably had a much more domestic experience (having come from Sydney), with exchange being my tenth, and least 'touristy' visit to New Zealand so far.

UoA is very safe and reputable, but classes and the social scene are very quiet. Lots of paperwork and I found the online systems very fragmented and unintuitive. Auckland is very urbanised and quite similar to Sydney (home uni), and active travel beyond the region is required to fully appreciate what differentiates New Zealand from other exchange destinations. Auckland's great if you're interested in travelling to both the South Pacific and Australia's east coast.

Was glad to hear exchange students can now partake in Summer Research Scholarships.

How can this program be improved?
- Clearer obligations around DELNA - it was not discussed whether exchange students are required to complete it, and if so, who exactly and by when.
- Australian Exchange students are not automatically covered by UoA's travel insurance policy. We are both domestic students and exchange students at the same time. While this okay re medical cover, as there are existing healthcare treaties, it does not cover other losses (personal property, travel expenses). This lack of cover was not discovered until I tried to pay for my non-existent travel insurance. Earlier clarification would have been appreciated.
Yes, I recommend

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