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 178 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 7.8
  • Fun 7.7
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 8.9
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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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Samantha
8/10

Study here now!

This was my first time leaving my country and I could not have asked for a better experience. Auckland is safe and the people are nice, but I still have gained the independence that comes from living in a big city. The schools here are challenging, but not overwhelming and there is always help available if you need it for both academics and adjusting to New Zealand life. I would definitely recommend this program to any student looking to study abroad.

How can this program be improved?
This program doesn't need any improvements in my opinion.
Yes, I recommend
Jasmine
9/10

Unforgettable times spent in UoA

Being a fearless youth, I always think about leading a different but meaningful life elsewhere.
This is the reason why I choose the University of Auckland.
And fortunately, it turn out to be one of the most precious time I have ever spent.
Different education and life style. Pleasant environment and air. Earnest people.
I think every young man should have a chance to be here, to see another possibility of life.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps there can be more activities hosted for international students.
Yes, I recommend
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Abi
8/10

Exchange in Auckland

Overall I am so happy with my choice of Auckland for a study abroad destination and would definitely recommend it to others. Whilst I have only been here 2 months, the experience has been amazing. The city itself is buzzing, (although on the expensive side), I have met lots of friends from all over the world, and the trips out of the city have been incredible.

Auckland is everything I wanted in a study abroad location. It is of course English speaking, everything in the city is in walking distance, and there is plenty to do to fill my time., It is also really easy to get out of the city and experience the "real" New Zealand. Buses and hostels are cheap, therefore weekend trips around the North Island are extremely easy. It also easy to fly to the South Island and again to travel round there.

I have loved my time here and cannot wait for what the rest of the year will bring.

Yes, I recommend
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Håvard
9/10

Study abroad UoA

It is so easy to meet other international students, and I really feel like home here. In the mid-semester break I went to the south island for 11 days, which was amazing. We took the plane down to Christchurch and rented a small campervan. And visited places like Arthurs pass, Franz Josef glacier, Wanaka(which was one of my favorites, if you are there, you should go to Roy's peak), Queen town and lastly Mt. Cook national park. Love New Zealand and can't wait to see more of what it has to offer!

Yes, I recommend
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Jamie
8/10

One of the only places where you can experience 5 climates in a day!

New Zealand is one the easiest and safest places to travel in the world! The people are super friendly, which is great if you ever need directions or even a ride. My favorite adventure was traveling to the South Island during the 2 week mid-semester break. In one day, I went from mountains and glaciers to farm land, rain forests, and the beach! I found the workload at uni to be very manageable, which meant lots of free time to travel. The most stressful part of going abroad was deciding where to go and how to get there. The transition into student life was also very smooth. I lived in Parnell Student Village apartments, and they planned monthly activities like ice skating, bowling, and even dessert nights at the delicious Chocolate Boutique. It was a great way to get to know other international students and the kiwis. The best part of living in Parnell was the gorgeous walk to school through the city park. The park is super safe during the day, but don't walk at night because there are no lights. It takes about 25 minutes to walk to campus, or 15 minutes by bus. You will gain some serious leg muscle walking up the hills everyday! Although the course load is not as challenging as I am used to at a top 50 liberal arts college in the US, the professors are extremely passionate and engaging. I was able to take classes that are not offered at my college like Maori Studies and Debates in New Zealand Health Care Policy. I gained a global perspective abroad that has changed my life forever.

Yes, I recommend
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Khushboo
8/10

Year abroad meetings

I never thought I would meet people I would go on to call my very close friends in my year abroad, especially since we've only known each other for a semester. We plan to keep in contact after and hopefully meet in the future. It's fascinating how quickly you can get to know people in a foreign environment and form a long lasting bond. It definitely helped that the place I met them was friendly and inviting.

How can this program be improved?
There could be a lower work load or more help for the year abroad students. Especially since the education system works differently and it can be hard to adjust to the work load straight away.
Yes, I recommend
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Ja
7/10

Studying in New Zealand

I am glad that I was given to the opportunity to spend a semester in New Zealand. I met new friends and was able to experience a lot of things for the first time. It was great that UoA has a 2 week long mid-semester break, which allowed me to fully recharge myself for the second half of the semester. A 2 weeks break also meant that I had the opportunity to travel and tour South Island. Studying in New Zealand gave me the opportunity to see how Geography comes alive and I am so thankful for it especially when natural landforms like mountain ranges and caves are not readily present in my home country.

How can this program be improved?
A group could be set up for exchange students from other countries to connect with one another.
Yes, I recommend
Chris
8/10

From Tahiti to France to New Zealand Auckland Uni

I have been sent to the University of Auckland for a year by my French university to complete my second and last year of Master in the field of International Business and Management.
So far, these 2 last months have been a great experience! The University of Auckland is a good place to study where everything on the campus is made to make you feel at home, e.g. sofas, computers, food court, uni bar, ...
UOA provides good quality teaching but prepare yourself to read a lot!! What has surprised me when I started is the amount of readings we need to do for each papers on each week. What a change compared to the French system! Nevertheless, this allows the teachers to be more interactive with students during lessons even if we are 300 in the class and bring the lessons more interesting.
Coming to study in New Zealand is a great opportunity to meet many people from different cultures. You will also be able to discover some lovely places. To me, NZ is one of the most beautiful places in the world. You can find everything, e.g. white sand beaches, volcanos, forests, hiking tracks, shopping, snow, sun, rain and sheeps ;) You will experience some amazing road trips with breathtaking landscapes.
To finish, my last word will be: Just live and Enjoy life and earth!

How can this program be improved?
In my opinion, the only thing I struggled with was to understand the papers code. When I enrolled in UOA and chose my papers, I didn't know what the papers' numbers 100, 200 or 300 meant. Actually, I still don't understand how being a 5th year student I can still apply for 100 or 200 or 300 courses. Clarification need to be made on the website when enrolling.
Yes, I recommend
Aliyah
8/10

City Life

One of my favorite part about studying at the University of Auckland and studying abroad in NZ is the chance to immerse myself in the bustling city of Auckland, but also indulge in the beautiful nature outside of Auckland. I really enjoy the little things, like walking 15 minutes away to the cutest little farmer's market. This weekend a friend and I went to the Night Markets and almost had a food coma.

How can this program be improved?
More activities that you have to drive to. As a student without a car, it's hard to access the beauty outside Auckland, the the program trips around the North Island where a God sent.
Yes, I recommend
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Siew
7/10

The most impressive semester in my uni life

I have been in UOA for two months so far and I love it so much. In term of study, UOA has a pretty awesome study environment. I didn't feel stressful here due to the beautiful campus and also the delivery method of lecturer. Moreover, New Zealand is definitely the best place to travel around, touch the nature, and challenge yourself. I will never feel enough for NZ's breathtaking view as all of these view can simply cheer me up and it is free. To be honest, I feel like travelling all the time here. I am so thankful to myself for choosing UOA and NZ as my study abroad choice. Never regret!

How can this program be improved?
Get students to know more about this program by organising study abroad fair.
Yes, I recommend
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Lorrie
7/10

Fun if you know where to find it!

I studied at the University of Auckland for their second semester, and overall I think I just learned how to live on my own a lot better.

As I wasn't part of a study abroad program, when I came to Auckland I was immediately left to my own devices, and it was up to me to sort everything out. My first grocery shopping trip resulted in me buying a lot of expensive canned and pre-packaged goods, but now I'm buying enough fruits and vegetables to go with my Tim Tams and to make my mom think I'm at least trying to be healthy.

While I think UoA definitely leaves everything more "up to you" when figuring things out, I think the independence has helped me grow a lot as a person. I've gotten a much better hand on my time management, organization skills, and cooking skills since I've arrived... as well as being more capable of navigating new social/administrative situations on my own.

As for exploring the rest of New Zealand, I ended up doing a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the South Island during the mid-semester break -- easily one of the best, most unforgettable experiences I've ever had.

How can this program be improved?
The one major downside was probably just being so confined to Auckland, as a student without a car. The benefits of being so close to the city centre mean that grocery stores, banks, bars, and Giapo were almost all about a 5 minute walk from me, but there isn't much to do tourism-wise around Auckland without giving up lots of money. I wanted to get out to do more touristy things, I'd either have to get a car and drive around New Zealand by myself for book some expensive trips. The public transport doesn't get you to most tourist destinations even around the North Island, so a car is the most ideal way to explore. Also, because I wasn't part of a program, it wasn't as easy for me to arrange trips with people to go out and explore the rest of New Zealand.

As for UoA in general, a little more guidance for more administrative things would be helpful (finding housing, getting classes, etc) -- other than being told where to pick up my ID, I wasn't told much else. I had to figure out housing, grocery stores, and the rest of that mostly on my own. Classes, although relatively easy in workload, were quite similar in their lack of guidance and expectation.

A few more social aspects that I struggled to deal with personally were just making new friends and going out, since I wasn't part of a study abroad program. Since the school is so big and lectures are mostly just to listen to the professor, if you don't make friends in tutorials or with flatmates (who are mostly in already formed social groups), you're a bit out of luck. I wanted to meet more locals, but since their groups were mostly established, it usually ended up being easier to befriend fellow study abroad students. While I enjoyed going out, I started at some point to feel like I was socially obligated to go out and spend money to have a good time -- something I wasn't really keen about, especially since drinks/food are usually about $8 and $14 respectively, on the conservative end.

My advice overall would just be to have a plan for when you go abroad! Figure out what you want when you're going abroad. I came to NZ without really knowing what I wanted other than a biology class and to explore the country, with no plans set for the most part. Thankfully, I met other study abroad people who knew where they wanted to go/what they wanted to do and they helped me out, but otherwise I would've just been stuck in Auckland for 4 months.
Yes, I recommend
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Breanna
7/10

Auckland Uni Sem 2 2016

Overall my experience has been okay. I do not find the rigor of the courses challenging enough. I am often times very bored in my classes and doing the homework. I wish that it was more challenging. I also do not understand the grading scale here and I think it would be a good idea in the future to have a session on grades during orientation for study abroad students. I have heard from many other study abroad students that they do not understand the grading scale.

How can this program be improved?
Find ways to explain grading scale to study abroad students. Also host events for study abroad students to meet each other; it can be lonely studying abroad without many friends here.
Yes, I recommend

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