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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Sarah
10/10

Amazing Study Abroad at UoA

From the first day at Auckland, with transport provided from the University, I knew that this was a very welcoming and safe place. Having many friends who have studied abroad in different parts of the world and seeing their accommodations I was not expecting much. When I got to my campus housing I was pleasantly surprised, as it is so nice, warm and homey. There are many events at this Uni that make it easy to get involved, even if you do not know anyone prior to coming. Special events for international students are held, along with a Uni-wide club fair having wide arrange of activities and clubs, so there is something for everyone. I have found the people to be extremely friendly and helpful in figuring out the schooling process here. With such an amazingly beautiful country to explore it has been easy and safe to get out and explore on the weekends with other international students who share the same interests to see as much as we can of New Zealand. I would HIGHLY recommend this program; I am so glad I picked UoA.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Natsumi
8/10

Perfect place to study abroad

I've been studying in University of Auckland as an exchange student since this March. What surprised me was so many supports of kind and friendly uni stuff. Because of my poor English skill, I had a lots of problem including catching up classes and completing assignments, but they are always willing to help me with addressing those difficulties. There is a free English conversation class called ELE in uni and it also helps improving my English skill.
There are various events in uni and each UoA's accommodations, which provides us chances to make new friends. Also, even exchange students can join club activities. I became a member of concert band and orchestra, and was on some stages such as music festival and competition. Time spending here with awesome friends is my treasure.
I really recommend this university in Aotearoa to people who are looking forward to place studying abroad and expecting lots of exciting and precious experiences.

Yes, I recommend this program
Sandra
10/10

Welcomed from the first day

I feel like I've been taken care of since the day I arrived in New Zealand. At the airport I met up with an amazing lady from uni who were there to pick me and some other students up, early in the morning. I never felt lost and we had a lot of fun in the car. The lady who picked us up forgot the paper she was supposed to give me, but she was so friendly and came with them later tthat day. Ever since, everything have gone so smoothly. I really appreciate the communication between the university and the students - through e-mails and the website. Everything feels organized and relaxed, I don't have to go around being worried. There's always someone who can help if I can't figure it out on my own. The courses I've taken in philosophy and politics have this far been great, and so I'm looking forward to another semester here. I love it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kelly
8/10

Good Academic Area

Uoa as a university are quiet well in the academic area. They provide excellent accommodation location for student to live in, with top security level. On the academic side, the university provide different support to student on the based skills and talents. The people in the university is very nice and helpful. One thing I think the university could improve is their timetable. Uoa have separate each class in to 1-2 hours and distribute eventually on weekdays, but that's not quiet convenience. Student may feel difficult to do time management on it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program

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