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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Reviews

86%
based on 190 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 7.8
  • Fun 7.7
  • Housing 7.7
  • Safety 8.9
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Li
9/10

My exchange student life in the University of Auckland

I am a exchange student from Sen Yat-sen University in China. Since I am the only one student getting the opportunity to be exchanged in New Zealand, I was very nervous and anxious at first. But it turns out that my worry were totally redundant.
In terms of study load, I feel quite easy to catch up with my papers since I only enrolled in three papers, which means I can have much spare time to experience the life living and travelling here. The life is cozy and comfortable with the companion of new friends as well as the beautiful scenery.

Yes, I recommend
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Libby
9/10

Auckland Uni

I have met so many interesting people here at the University of Auckland. My flat is very diverse and so is the student village. There are always people keen to hike or enjoy the outdoors on weekends here. Over the break, I was able to travel to New Zealand's South Island to explore many of the hikes. One of the photos I shared is of Mt Cook. Here I am wearing my home University's department of Environmental Science shirt and looking at Mt Cook. This shows the broad range of my education this university has given me.

Yes, I recommend
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Suzuna
10/10

love to stay in Auckland

It has been more than 6 months since I came here.
I literally have had amazing time staying in Auckland.
Compared to Japan, there is nothing and sometimes I feel inconvenient.
However, Auckland has a lot of greens, which makes me always feel relaxing.
I also have met great people and made fabulous memories with them.
Heaps of things have happened only in 6 months and I really feel how fast time flied.
Auckland, New Zealand is the place where people can both work hard on something and relax.
Since I came from Tokyo, where everything moves busily, I am able to stay comfortably in here.
I strongly recommend to choose New Zealand as a place to visit, stay and study.
I love to be in Auckland so much.

Yes, I recommend
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Miles
8/10

Life on the Long White Cloud

Arriving in New Zealand was one of the most terrifying and coolest mix of emotions I have ever experienced. It is the farthest I have ever been from home and I feel like I fit in better here than I have anywhere else I have been. I have made friends from across the globe ranging from Norway to South Africa. Studying at the University of Auckland has open my eyes to Pacific islander rights, different environmental issues and how New Zealand deals with them, and culturally different ways of how people interact. It has been incredible and I have grown as a person more than I think I ever have in my life.

How can this program be improved?
Create a more supportive staff for students both international and domestic. There were many times where I felt incredibly lonely and I felt that the University of Auckland did not have the supportive staff that it should have. I also think more programming needs to happen to make the University feel more like a University and less like a day to day job. There is nothing happening on campus during the school year other than what happens during O-week. This is such a dramatic difference between universities in the U.S. and the University of Auckland and it is very disappointing.
Yes, I recommend
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Lindsey
7/10

Study Abroad Auckland

Everyone is so nice and kind here, especially to strangers! I'm from the southern USA, and at least the way I was raised, you are polite to others (I have actually shocked a fellow student when a server was trying to get his attention, and since I didn't know him and wasn't in the mood to call him "Dude" I got his attention with "sir" as I was taught to as a child, which made him look at me with wide eyes (not the bad kind)). Here in New Zealand it's like everyone has been given "nice-and-kind" shots. I am an antisocial introvert with social anxiety, so asking people questions that I think are stupid really takes a lot out of me, especially things that are known generally by people here. However, when I work up the courage to ask my questions, the people are really understanding and make it seem like it wasn't as stupid as it sounded to me in my head to ask about. It has actually boosted my courage, and has me doing things and going outside of my normal comfort zone. I always wanted to try skiing, and was able to do that, even though I didn't get more than one day on the slopes due to weather, but the second day I tried (the sound of steel on icy snow might just stick with me) and when I went to cancel my lesson that I signed up for the instructors I talked with were very understanding and gentle with me (I might have been on the verge of tears due to having gotten stuck at the top of a slope with no apparent way down without falling), making jokes and trying to get me to cheer up and have a good experience instead of a bad one. Also when I was stuck some students who were there on a school trip for snowboarding gave me advice on how to get down the slope since I was visibly terrified, and when I mentioned that I was scared of falling again since I did it three times the day before they said at least it was only three and not like 30 times so I should be proud of myself.
There are more instances like these, where people are willing to help and be kind to someone, and that has made my trip so far very enjoyable and will continue making my trip enjoyable and a trip I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Make optional after hour times during the week for the offices. I'm at least used to offices being open to 5 pm, so the fact that the offices that I would need to go to after classes with questions are normally closed by 4pm... which doesn't seem very practical at a college when there are students who have fully booked days and can only go to ask things in the evenings, after closing hours at 4pm.
Yes, I recommend
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Sean
8/10

Study Exchange Abroad

NZ has been fantastic. The city is pleasant, it is manageable but with plenty to do and see here. Kiwi's are generally really friendly and happy to help if you aren't sure of something. NZ is a great place to explore and Auckland is a fantastic point to be based in. You can head to the Pacific Islands like Rarotonga, Samoa or Fiji if you need some sun. Or you can head into the countryside of the North Island, great places only being a couple of hours away from Auckland.

I would highly recommend Auckland University for an exchange.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps more info on clubs and societies to be involved with.
Yes, I recommend
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Karolina
9/10

The friendly university

Since I got here everything has really turned out well. First of all, everything has gone so smoothly, right from the beginning. In the unlikely event you would have a problem with something there is so much help to get. I have always been greeted warmly and felt welcome to ask even the most basic questions, from both administrators and lecturers or professors. The local students are also happy to lend a hand or answer any question you might have.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would like to see improved really is the orientation. It would have been really helpful and fun to have some local students engaged in the orientation and be some kind of mentors to the exchange students, to sort of show "the tricks of the trade".
Yes, I recommend
Victor Guilherme
9/10

Amazing experience at the University of Auckland

I would rate the University of Auckland as a 5-star tertiary institution because it has the perfect environment for overseas students, an experienced team of teachers and high-tech installations to meet the demands of any international student.
Moreover, there is an international office with prepared staff to assist students along their stay. The university is well located and the people is kind to visitors. You can find several good restaurants and make friends from all around the world.

How can this program be improved?
They could provide suggestions about courses with feedback from another international students regarding the papers as well as a meeting with international students and course coordinators at the begining of the semester.
Yes, I recommend
Liang
10/10

Great study and living experience at UOA!

Great experience at UOA so far. The campus and clean and relatively new (a number of the lecture theatres are newly renovated). Lecturers are helpful and engaging.

I think the UOA accommodation that I stay in, Parnell Student Village is particularly worth mentioning because it is spacious, well-maintained and safe. Pathways are swept often and any damages such as faulty lights are promptly fixed, usually by the next working day.

I definitely recommend studying at UOA.

Yes, I recommend
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Audrey
8/10

University life for a French girl

In France, I do a double bachelor in Science and Musicology. Being an international student here is good because with the program "Certificate of proficiency" you can choose courses in different faculties, thing that I needed. All is very well organised on the website of the University and it's very helpfull when you have to choose your courses. Also be sure you have what you need to apply for a concession to not be in a course you can't follow.

Yes, I recommend
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Michelle
9/10

Dutchie meets Kiwi!

Studying at the University of Auckland has been amazing so far! I am able to do roadtrips in the weekend and doing the normal studying during the week. The people in Auckland and New Zealand in general are very friendly and will help you when they can! I joined the rowing club to meet some new people from my age and have some friends now that I will always remember. I even was able to go to Fiji in the mid-semester break, paradise!

Yes, I recommend
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Caro
8/10

Uni of Auckland

I decided to go to New Zeeland alone which was the best decision ever. I feel very safe and i am surrounded by friendly people. The support of study is very great and i can only recommend to go to NZ. Although prices for food and accommodation are relatively high, the accommodation i live in is really great. You get to meet new people and you don't have to be scared of being alone in NZ. I am excited for the break as its getting summer in December. i have joined the kitesurf club and i want to travel around with people i have met.

How can this program be improved?
more courses available for internationals
got declined at the interesting ones
Yes, I recommend
Linda
8/10

Just Go!

Going to study aboard is one of the best experiences you will get. You don't only get to see how other universities operate but you get to experience and travel the county while studying. What I have experienced it that they start off kind of hard right in the beginning to get it over with so then get that out of the way right away with is good. I have made so many new friends as well, not only in my class but all around the university so if you ever get the chance, GO!

How can this program be improved?
The assignments could be more spread out evenly so you don't have all the easy ones at one point and then all the long and hard ones at another point.
Yes, I recommend
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Julie
8/10

Would Recommend

I've been studying here for about 2 months and am loving it! The university has tons of clubs to help international students meet people and explore New Zealand. They have a great level of support for their students.

The most rewarding part of the program was definitely the club fair which happens at the beginning of each semester. It connected me with other Kiwis and international students that wanted to get the most out of their time here.

Yes, I recommend
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Kurt
9/10

University of Auckland experience

I came to New Zealand strategically 2 weeks before classes started and I am very happy with that decision. The friends I knew on the program and I were able to get very close together as we had time to explore the city of Auckland by foot day in and day out for 14 days. It got to the point where I was even asked for directions and was confidently around the city and was confidently able to give them in the first few days of classes. The university is very accommodating of being able to explore. With online lectures and later start times it gives me plenty of time to get out and see the city before and between classes. The university has been a great program so far.

How can this program be improved?
There is not a whole lot of help from staff or online during the application process. When applying I had to talk to my home school counselor and then she would contact counsellors at the UoA if I had any questions. It was confusing and difficult especially since the application process is so different here.
Yes, I recommend

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