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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WENJIE
8/10

special experience

Before I go to the University of Auckland, I never study abroad or use English to study something. It is interesting as well as difficult for me. But it can really improve my ability. The University of Auckland is a good school so that I can use many resources to study. And classmates are so friendly. I really enjoy life here. It is more independence. I should learn more skills to adapt life here.

Yes, I recommend
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Qiwen
9/10

Interesting experience

All the thing seems good and I really enjoy the life here. My roommates are both friendly and kind to me. Living abroad by myself here is a challenge for me because all the things are needed to be done by myself. But I get used to it now and become to enjoy the life. Most teachers are very nice to solve my problem and help me. They teach a different way from I learned before which is also useful and give me another way to solve problems.

Yes, I recommend
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WENJIE
8/10

special experience

It is totally different studying experience for me. Before I go to the University of Auckland, I never study abroad or use English to study my major. As the University of Auckland includes many students from different countries, I can meet different people and learn something new and interesting. Meanwhile, Studying here is a big challenge for me. I need to read many materials and think thoroughly. It improves my ability for reading and thinking. The activities are also very interesting. The life here is more independent. I need to cook and take care of myself. Anyway, it's charming experience.

How can this program be improved?
I want the University of Auckland to provide more programs like psychological guidance to help us adapt to the life here.
Yes, I recommend
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Stephanie
10/10

Stephanie's Review

Studying abroad is an amazing experience I would highly recommend to every student in University. It allows one to really explore a new country, meet plenty of locals, while studying at the same time which is amazing. New Zealand is an amazing option that I would also recommend. The people here are generally very friendly and willing to help out. The nature in this country is absolutely breath taking and there is always something to see, somewhere to go, and new people to meet. I would say that studying abroad here helped me become more outgoing and eager to explore areas around me. These are very beneficial skills that I will bring with me back home to the USA. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to study abroad as it has given me an experience of a lifetime. New Zealand is unique because of its incredible landscape, friendly people, and lovely environment. It is also very close to Australia so if you are able to make a visit I would totally recommend that as well.

Yes, I recommend
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Stefan
8/10

PG Study abroad at UoA

My semester at University of Auckland so far have been great. Started of with a good introduction by the University and the affiliated societies. Especially the University of Auckland Study Abroad Students' Society (SASS) helps introduce foreign student into their new university life in Auckland. This include tours, trips, tip and a ever welcoming attitude. Visiting as a master student from Scandinavia, the academic level was important for me when choosing university. UoA had a fine ranking in my field, and it was easy to find the CV of the lectures. This helped me pick courses before arriving. The way of teaching is kind of old school, but in line with what most universities at this level provide. At this point the university might not be that much up-date. However it is not a showstopper, and in so many other ways the university does a really good job in providing a good environment for the student in order to learn.

How can this program be improved?
The way of teaching combined with how exams are made does not encourage further learning and research in the field. In some ways the school still feel like it is 30 years behind.
Yes, I recommend
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Nurshahirah
8/10

A good short-escape from home university!

I am a Malaysian that currently enrolled as a student in a university in South Korea, and now here I am in Auckland for an exchange program. In term of studies, I really like the system in this university as it is kind of different from my home university. Less stress, and the lecturers and tutors here really help students a lot. For this point, I really really wish I can stay in this university for a longer period. The international students clubs and societies are good to join for making friends and get some buddies to travel around here together. However the student accommodations are quite pricey but I guess everything is expensive here in Auckland. Plus sometimes I quite miss the lively night in Korea. Overall I really really enjoy my stay here!

Yes, I recommend
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Lindsey
8/10

University of Auckland

University of Auckland is located right in the heart of the city, which makes it very convenient to see all of the exciting parts of Auckland. However, if you're coming to New Zealand you're probably coming for the beautiful landscapes and those aren't something you'll find easily in Auckland. Getting out of the city and traveling to other parts of the country is the most rewarding part of studying in New Zealand, and the two week long semester break is a great time for that. As far as classes go, I struggled to judge the difficulty of classes until a couple weeks in. The classes I thought would be difficult were easier than expected and vice versa. All of my classes have either a lab, tutorial, or workshop in addition to lecture, so quite a bit of time is spent on campus for classes.

Yes, I recommend
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Lukas
8/10

One year abroad at UoA

I am one of the few lucky students, who get to stay at UoA for a whole year, from March until November 2017 in my case. Applying for the exchange program, getting my student visa, enrolling in courses and getting advice on admin stuff and housing was super easy and I didn't really go through any of the usual crazy uni bureaucracy.
A place in one of the uni accomodations was guaranteed and I took a place in Huia residence. However, if you arrive in NZ a week or two before the semester starts, I would recommend to go flat hunting, since you'd probably find something cheaper and with more space than the average uni rooms or flats.
During the first week of the semester you'll find a great offer of clubs: Outdoor stuff like the Tramping, Climbing, Canoe, Surfing, Underwater, etc. clubs, plenty of church clubs, or just fun stuff like the Meat Club with their shirts "Make Rump Great Again!". The SASS ("Study Abroad Student's Society") offers events specifically for exchange students. You'll easily meet new people in all of these clubs and shouldn't worry about making new friends before you come over.
The academic level (I'm studying Mathematics) was a lot lower than in Germany, however that left me with plenty of spare time to enjoy the NZ nature, pretty much the main reason why I came over anyways :) My lecturers were amazingly helpful without any exceptions, even when it came to finding someone who could supervise me during three exams from my home uni, which I had to take from NZ at 8pm local time.
Personally, during my stay in Auckland I found out that I'm not a city person at all and even though Auckland doesn't feel like a 1.5mio city, it stressed me out quite a few times. But of course that has nothing to do with the university itself. Overall I can recommend UoA for a semester or year abroad. If you will be having a good time over here depends on you in the end, but I can confidently say that the international office and the lecturers would do their best to help you with that!

Yes, I recommend
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Katrina
9/10

Studying Abroad at UoA

From the very beginning the University has been more than helpful - they offer free airport pick-up to your accommodation. There is a large range of modules available, all very different to ones back home in England and each very interesting, including information specific to New Zealand but also in the context of the whole world. There are lots of clubs to integrate you to the university and help you to explore all the uni and country has to offer.

How can this program be improved?
Offering students more help on how to choose modules for your timetable, and more course information (exams/tests times to help students plan their travels around them!).
Yes, I recommend
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Nicola
9/10

My UoA Experience So Far...

My study abroad experience so far at UoA has been amazing. I absolutely love New Zealand and feel very comfortable here. It was a struggle to make friends at first, but as school got under way and I joined a few clubs, including SASS and the Canoe Club, I was soon mingling with other international students and forming friendships.
The New Zealanders that I have interacted with seem friendly, helpful, and welcoming! I love how diverse the campus is, and how there is a sense of student culture. Everyone has their own style and people seem to be accepting.
As I came from a small university, I love the layout of the large lectures which were also supplemented with small tutorials. A few of my classes were a bit more difficult than I was expecting, but that was just due to the material being new and confusing.
I have loved my experience so far, that I want to stay longer and possibly extend my time at UoA.
I would definitely recommend everyone who loves a diverse culture with beautiful scenery to come and study at the University of Auckland.

Yes, I recommend
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Austin
9/10

Come for the City, Stay for the Scenery

If you appreciate the natural beauty of the landscapes and creatures around you, New Zealand is absolutely the place for you. From the clashing of oceans at Cape Reinga to the physics-defying structures of Cathedral Cove; from the wrangled trees to the plethora of flightless birds; New Zealand is full of unique nature.

Auckland is a modern city with all the conveniences you'd expect of a city of 1.4 million people, and the University of Auckland is located right in the thick things. Auckland is also full of green spaces and public parks, such as Albert Park, located adjacent to the University. My personal favorite spot in Auckland is Mount Eden, a dormant volcano with 360 degree views of the city, as well as the many bays of both the Pacific and Tasman. But, in my opinion, the best parts of New Zealand lie outside of the city, including many places just a quick day or weekend trip away.

Much of the culture of New Zealand is inherited from America and Europe, so if you're an American student looking to experience a radically different culture, I'm not sure if New Zealand is the right place. But if you love the outdoors, hiking, and nature, you can't beat this.

As for the academics, I have found the philosophy towards learning to be much different than in the US. First of all, everything is much more laid back, which has its pros and cons. You'll also find that your exams, especially finals, are worth ridiculous portions of your overall grade. I'm talking 50% to 70%. Meaning the rest of the semester is worth only 30% to 50%. Meaning there are less assignments and/or those assignments aren't worth as much. Which is awesome if you're studying abroad, because it means that you'll have plenty of free time to explore the country on weekends as long as you are reasonably productive during the week!

Overall, I've had a blast in New Zealand and highly recommend studying in Auckland!

Yes, I recommend
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EunSun
6/10

Exchange Programme

Auckland was different from what i expected. Just thinking of New Zealand, I didn't imagine Auckland to be so urbanized. This meant that yes it was very convenient in living but nothing felt new. I would have preferred a more rural lifestyle but it isn't too bad.
In terms of academics, you are required to take only 4 courses, but because i took the courses in bioscience major 3 hour labs were mandatory for all classes so it was very strenuous. This was different from my home university's courses but i thought it was a good thing to experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Sally
8/10

My year at UoA

I was extremely impressed with the way the study abroad office handled all the paper work and answered all my queries within 24hrs even with the time difference. This definitely made the process to get here much easier and less stressful. I was lucky enough to be given accommodation in Carlaw Park Student Village and although the accommodation is quite expensive, they put on lots of welcome events and the gym membership was included. Something the Study Abroad team should work on, is creating more chances to meet other student through social events after the international orientation.
The city itself is very different to what I'm used to back home, but I love it. There is always something to do whether its going to an art gallery, a rugby match or just going out to eat. I think more information should be given about the price differences between different countries, as I was extremely shocked to find out how expensive food was to buy here.
Although my studies were hard at first and the workload was more than I was used to, I'm now fully settled in.
I cannot commend this university highly enough. The international office is always buzzing with people and the staff are always friendly. Although I am only 2 months in to my year long stay, I feel like I have been here forever, but will never run out of amazing things to experience.
The University of Auckland has officially become my second home!

Yes, I recommend
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Anastasia
10/10

Half a semester in and I don't want to leave

I've only been here for half of a semester, and the students as well as the faculty have been amazing. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and I've had no issues settling in and trying new things out. Being located in Auckland has opened up so many opportunities and the University has provided so many chances to take advantage of those opportunities as they are made available. Without a doubt, my life has been changed for the better, due to studying here, and I still have a full half-semester to take advantage of the opportunities that await!

Yes, I recommend
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Jennifer
8/10

First time studying abroad

This semester was my first time studying abroad so I did not really know what to expect when I came to the University of Auckland. It did take a bit of getting used to, but now I am really enjoying my experience here. I have found the study abroad office to be a great resource; they have been very knowledgeable and have given me helpful answers to any questions regarding the university that I have had. One thing that I did not expect was that the University did not really help international students to become involved in the campus community. I came here by myself and the first few weeks of class it was quite hard to know who to talk to or how to succeed in the University environment because there wasn't really any events for me to get to know other local or international students (and lecture sizes are large so its not easy to meet people there either). However, I found a lot of different and interesting clubs here and eventually ended up making most friends through those. Another aspect of studying abroad here that I did not expect was how different the class environment is. I appreciate how much the lecturers take students into consideration through class reps and I really like that lectures are recorded and posted online right away. The city of Auckland in itself is a great urban environment (though quite expensive compared to what I'm used to). I really enjoy exploring all the cool restaurants and shops and a lot is in reasonable walking distance of the University. Overall I love the experience in Auckland and would recommend it!

How can this program be improved?
One thing that could be improved about this program is campus orientation. I found the information presented to international students to be very repetitive. Much of what was being addressed was covered in the several emails that were previously sent out. I also was quite confused about which orientation to attend as it was not really clarified if international students go to both the international orientation and a faculty orientation.
In the future, it would be nice to also see more events organized for international students to meet each other before the semester begins, that way anyone who came here alone (such as myself) would have more of a support system when classes actually start.
As a side note, while I have found University accommodation to be clean and high quality, it is quite expensive and I felt like I was presented with no other accommodation information or options but to pay more than a few hundred dollars per week to stay in University housing. For anyone coming to the UoA in the future I would highly consider looking into other housing options around central Auckland.
Yes, I recommend

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