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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Lizzie
9/10

Great Uni Great City

Everyone's so friendly at the uni, easy to find the right people to ask for help and quick replies to emails etc. Can always find some way to have a good time with shadows bar and a bunch of cafes on campus. Easy to find your way around once you get to grips with the room numbering system. Loads of extra curric stuff if youre into that, something for everyone and all very open. I study Biology and have loved each of my papers so far, lecturers really friendly and workload not toooo bad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Frederik
9/10

Auckland University faculty of health and medicinal science

Auckland is a really nice city and the university has a lot to offer. I joined the tramping club which was really nice. I had all of my courses at crafton campus, which is a bit smaller than the main campus but still a nice place to be after classes.
The courses I followed were really educational and thr professors were friendly helping out if you experienced any problems. Would definitely recommend taking courses in the field of medicinal science at university of Auckland.

How can this program be improved?
It was a bit tricky getting a detailed course description for some of the courses, which my home university needed in order to approve them.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Natalie
9/10

UoA through my university

Disclaimer: my home university coordinated the majority of my study abroad trip, including the initial preparations and orientation. However, the University of Auckland (UoA) International Student Services did contact me a number of times with class-related information once the semester began.

Academics: UoA was a lot less challenging for me than my home university, but it does take some time to get used to the New Zealand grading system. None of my classes required mandatory homework, and thus the final exam was often worth more than most American students are used to. This also means staying up to date on class material is on you. There are plenty of classes offered at UoA with interesting and NZ-specific content, and I would definitely recommend exploring these as NZ culture can seem almost the same as familiar US culture at first pass. I took a wine science class that involved wine tastings in lab - definitely would recommend.

Safety: New Zealand is mostly a safe country, but Auckland on a weekend night can be an exception. I myself had a close call on the Grafton Bridge near campus. Always travel with a buddy, and pay attention to liquor laws. Internationals at bars in New Zealand must use a passport or NZ-issued ID rather than a driver's license from their home country. Don't lose your passport by getting one of these NZ IDs, forms available online.

Adventure: The main reason I enjoyed my study abroad semester was the constant traveling I was able to do in New Zealand. The North Island can feel lacking at times from deep in the heart of the big city, but cheap rental cars and flights to the South Island mean travel is easy. UoA offers a number of its classes via webcast in addition to physical lecture, which is a great resource if you're out for a long weekend. Backpacking spots abound, and I would say Abel Tasman and the Copland Track are a must.

Tips: The city of Kaikoura on the South Island has seen an earthquake since my visit, but Kaikoura Cheese on the town's main road is phenomenal. The colonies of seals nearby are a plus.
Auckland has a delicious vegan eatery/bakery, Little Bird Unbakery. All their foods are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and delicious. Albert Park Cafe just a block from campus makes amazing polenta fries, and Scarecrow Cafe just a few shops down is a great brunch spot.

How can this program be improved?
I think if anything, preparing international students for the importance of final exams is one area that could be improved.
Yes, I recommend this program
Binh
10/10

Auckland Uni, a place to grow

Auckland Uni is a place to grow and learn, and during my semester here, I had the opportunity to reflect on my future and focus on my long-term goals.
During my semester there, I made friends from around the world, joined some exciting clubs like the Auckland Uni Diving Club and the Aero RC Club, took courses taught my amazing, talented professors, and got to travel around New Zealand and explore its beauty.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kai
7/10

FUII OF FUN

To come here for nearly 3month ,I feel great beacuse lots of activities and firends here.

I have attended lots of activities and get help from so much people.When I first come to school,I did not no where to go because I have no booked a room and the staff gave me some wonderfull sugestion.After taking classes,I feel free t talk to my classmate as they have patient to tell you something I do not know.

I hope I can come here in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yishuai
9/10

My life in UoA

Actually, I quite enjoy the life in New Zealand. And I like University of Auckland very much. I am a student from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. I come to University of Auckland as an exchange student for one term in School of Law. Everything here is new and fresh to me.

Environment: the UoA is situated in the city centre of Auckland. So life is convenient here. One can go to Queen Street for nice meals. The university cafe is also good.

Accommodation: I live in Huia. Although it is a little bit far from School of Law, but it is not very far to the city campus. And people here are quite nice. I met a lot of good friends here.

Study: Teachers are quite nice. The courses are well organised. Most of them will send the videos after class to make sure the people who has not come to class won't miss the point. Students here are hard working and nice to get along with.

Yes, I recommend this program
Trista
9/10

Lost hike

Wanted to head to Rangitoto for the day with other ISA members but we missed the ferry. Instead we went to Waiheke (highlight area) and found ourselves on a beach. We then started exploring the edges of the beach onto some rocks and went rock climbing, I mean scaling some pretty high walls. From there we found this cool wooden ledge to take pictures from and other scenic area that were awesome. We ended up in a field of 3 ft grass and watched the sunset on the top of a hill! Then had to take roads back in the dusk because the tide came in and it was impossible to get back.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to see a little more help with the computer systems and just help for internationals in the technical aspect of school. The lecturers are not quite approachable with this matter and students of different majors can not quite answer that.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Timmy
9/10

UoA Semester 2 Abroad

I have had a great study abroad experience so far. I honestly didn't think I would be able to, nor wanted to study abroad while in college, but I'm so glad I did. I've done so many things that I would never have had the chance to do back home and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Two weeks ago, two friends and I enjoyed our mid-semester break road tripping around the south island. We started off in Queenstown, doing the bungy jump and the nevis swing, and made our way up the west coast and down to Dunedin. We had a great time hitting many of the major tourist spots, while also enjoying the scenery during the drives. We also got to explore Wellington at the end of our trip, though the weather was not great. I definitely suggest Fidel's restaurant to those going to Wellington...it is definitely the best spot to get breakfast/brunch. I went twice during my short stay, two mornings back to back, and had chicken and waffles which were amazing. They also have a variety of amazing milkshakes as well as really cool pastries. If anyone likes Tim Tams they had a Tim Tam cake that I regret not trying. I seriously suggest to any exchange students looking for somewhere to travel to take advantage of New Zealand. Don't just head right for other countries like Sydney, or Fiji and take advantage of the entirety of New Zealand, especially the South Island.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Victoria
9/10

Study Abroad

Studying in Auckland is one of the greatest decisions I've ever made! I've been to beaches, mountains, hot springs, wine tastings, and bungy jumps. Waiheke Island is definitely one of the highlights of this trip. It's one of the most beautiful places I've seen. South Island of New Zealand is also incredible. I would really suggest taking the opportunity to study abroad in NZ. The food is good, the people are nice, and the place is beautiful!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Theresa
8/10

Adjusting to the City of Sails

Coming to New Zealand, I had no idea what to expect. Through my university back home in America and my exchange program, they tell about a lot of the customs and slang, but they can't prepare you for actually being in the country. I learned quickly to adjust to living in the heart of a vibrant city, surrounded by the ocean and other eager students. I've also learned a lot about many other cultures, not just New Zealand. In my flat, I have a Chinese, Singaporean and an English flatmate, as well as having talked to many other international students. As a whole, this experience has served to broaden my horizons and help me learn how to connect with people from a different background than myself.

How can this program be improved?
Better coordination of flatmates? None of us are true Kiwis.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarena
9/10

Māori Studies

As an indigenous studies student, I spent most of my time in Māori studies papers and have not regretted a minute of it! The staff and fellow students within the department are kind from the very beginning and take great care of their role as tangata whenua in making everyone coming through feel welcomed. Out of all the places on campus, I was never made to feel as much at home as within the Marae. A huge shoutout and thanks to all those within the Māori studies who work so hard to provide such a space for Māori and other students!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Linda
8/10

Study and fun in one

Being able to go overseas to study isn't only because it's a great experience for your working life, it's also a great opportunity to travel the county and experience the culture. I have traveled all around New Zealand and have done everything from bungee jumping to cruising in the Milford sound. A semester or year abroad is the best experience you'll ever get as you'll also make friends for life which means you can come back to visit in the future, or they can come to you. How much better can it get?

How can this program be improved?
More space between assignments.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Miranda
8/10

Exchange at University of Auckland

During my mid sem break (which I was pleasantly suprised was 2 weeks long) I went skiing at Mt Ruhpehu. Being only 4.5 hours away from the snow is truly awesome as being from Queensland, Australia, its a LOT further than that. The mountain was as beautiful as I've been fortunate to come to expect from this amazing country and even though the weather wasn't great that week, the time we spent in doors with the people at the lodge were some incredible times in their own right! The beautiful landscape and wonderful people make Auckland a totally unique and enjoyable place to study (not to mention all the nearby parks and surrounding beaches!)

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps a few more social events at the start of semester? (I was a day late, missing the international orientation however)
Yes, I recommend this program
Una
8/10

A day to remember

I am a study abroad student from Norway, and I am studying at UoA for two semesters. In the following paragraph, I will tell about an awesome day hike about one hour north of Auckland.

A few weekends ago, some friends and I decided to do a track in Waitakere Rangers that I had discovered on Instagram. Just to have said that, one can get lots of inspiration and explore many unknown places by following other students on social media. This time I was made curious on this tramp by a Swedish friend, who had posted an amazing picture of a person climbing a ridge with a beautiful ocean view.

It was the morning for the hike and the weather looked promising. Our 7-seat car was filled up by five Norwegians, one Canadian and one Estonian. The road was winding, but we arrived without any feeling car sick. The tramp started along a river in the forest. I had promised a view, and in the beginning it did not look very promising. The picture of the ridge was still in my head, and I tried to tell the others that we would see the ocean soon. Suddenly, through the tree, we could glimpse the ocean. Everyone was so excited and lined up take a picture. Not the greatest view I though, and new there was more to come.

After a nice lunch break in the sun, we only had one more hill to conquer before the track reached its highest point. The forest was less dense, and the ocean and beautiful landscape on the opposite side of the fjord were revealed. It was so such a great moment when I could finally experience the moment from the Instagram picture. Small islands, a long black beach, flowers, sun and great friends. We had a long break at the top, enjoying the nature. I was satisfied and the day had become perfect.

The study abroad program or overseas program is a really good way to meet new people, a new culture and a new language. I am so glad I chose NZ, and am looking forward to explore much more of this wonderful country!

How can this program be improved?
I think having a couple of meeting or grouping in the beginning of the year would have been great. I also miss more social events.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Joanna
9/10

my 2 cents

New Zealand is a beautiful country and I love that I'm here. As for UoA there are some cons and pros, as with anything. Cons is that UoA is lacking school spirit. Coming from University that goes wild during welcome week and loves to celebrate school spirit, I missed that here. The introduction for incoming exchange students was just informative... but didn't include any fun events. I don't think the study abroad program coordinators put much effort into it - it was just a few hour event (compared to a week of fun events at my home uni). As for the pros: lots of great clubs (though you have to pay about $20 to sign up for each club which can get pricey) that organize awesome events. And of course fantastic people that make this experience fun!

How can this program be improved?
Introduction for study abroad students was lacking social events (purely informative, zero fun). For new students, the first few days are very important in terms of meeting new people and building new friendships. No events were organized to create opportunities to meet other people, which was very upsetting. UoA study abroad coordinators have a lot of work to get the program to where it should be.
Yes, I recommend this program

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