New Zealand is a great place to study. The national universities are highly respected around the world and international students find it more cost effective to live and study in New Zealand than many other places. Education has always been important in New Zealand society. Schools, colleges, and universities are all carefully inspected by government authorities, to ensure that high standards are maintained.
But you'll receive more than a great education; you'll have experiences of a lifetime. New Zealand is known for the variety and beauty of its landscape and has plenty to offer international students outside the classroom. While studying at AUT you will be living in Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most multicultural city. The rest of the country is within easy reach of Auckland, from the beaches and marine reserves in the north, to the fiords, Alps and forests of the South Island: a taste of all the world's natural attractions in one country.
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Called the "City of Sails", and site of the 2000 America's Cup, Auckland is considered one of the world's most exciting waterside cities. The region of Auckland, located on the northern peninsula of New Zealand's North Island, has been inhabited since the native indigenous people first settled there in 1350 A.D. Since official settlement by Europeans in 1840, Auckland has become the major commercial center of New Zealand with a population of over 1.4 million.
See Studying and Living in New Zealand.
Note that if you are interested in working in New Zealand while studying abroad there, you must apply for a work permit. See information on how to apply.
Established in 1895 as Auckland Technical School with only 137 students, today Auckland University of Technology (AUT) enrolls over 25,000 students with international students from more than 52 nations studying on the two campuses. Campus Akoranga is located on Auckland's North Shore and Campus Wellesley is in the heart of Auckland City. UNI students will study in downtown Auckland.
AUT offers full-time programs in Business, Applied Arts, Science and Engineering, Health Studies, Maori Development, with a number of programs offering workplace experience. Small class sizes, the International Student Care Center and new student Orientation all aim to help students be as successful as possible.
There are 13 Study Areas that offered at AUT:
- Health Sciences
- Sport and Recreation
- Art & Design
- Computing + Mathematical Sciences
- Creative Technologies
- Languages & Social Sciences
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Te Ara Poutama (an indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand)
Also, see the 2010 International Prospectus. PROGRAMME OF STUDY: Important Expressions: paper = module or course; points = credit points (1 AUT point = .5 ECTS); a 15 point paper = course of 3 hours attendance per week; level = level of learning; pre-requisite = paper(s) you must have passed before you can gain entry into a higher paper Note these two key points: You are entitled to enrol in papers up to a maximum of 60 points per semester. This is a full-time load. You must be enrolled in classes worth 60 points to retain your student visa. Number of Papers: You will enroll in papers equivalent to 60 AUT points = 30 ECTS (this is normally four papers). Each paper requires you to spend 3 hours of attendance in class per week. As well each paper represents 150 hours of your time in total through class attendance, reading and research, assessments and personal and group assignment preparation time. Levels: You are entitled to enroll in papers that are either Level 6 or Level 7. This is indicated by the third digit of the paper number: 366602 is a Level 6 paper, 407105 is a Level 7 paper. Level 6 and Level 7 represent high level capabilities in our Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma. At Level 7 you are expected to demonstrate strong critical assessment and analytical capabilities. You should be able to link theory to practice seamlessly and your communication skills must be at a high level. Any papers at Level 8 are in our Honors and Masters programs. You do not have automatic access to these. Pre-requisites: When you choose your papers, please be careful about pre-requisites. Many Level 7 modules have pre-requisite requirements. As a senior student at one of our partner business schools, you may have already done a module similar to the pre-requisite we require. Please therefore e-mail brief details of the paper you have done at your home business school to Roger Stokell when you wish to enrol in a paper at AUT that has a pre-requisite. Classes: Check the timetable carefully for Semester One 2005. Please do not select papers which clash in time. The paper occurence number (/10, /11 etc) indicates the time of the module. Example: 487961/10 (Marketing Strategy) indicates occurence 10. Occurrence 10 means that you have to attend this paper at 10 a.m.-midday on Tuesdays and on 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays. Papers offered: Not all papers are offered each semester. ONLY those on the timetable for Semester 1 2009 are being offered in Semester 1 2009.
AUT accommodation information.
How to apply for student accommodation.
There are a variety of accommodation options in Auckland, and students to date have generally lived in student residences, apartments around the central city area (that they have arranged themselves), or apartments (flats) or houses shared with other students (also arranged by themselves). Homestays with Kiwis (New Zealanders) are also possible.
Details of the residences are listed below:
A. Student Residences owned by Auckland University of Technology:
- Akoranga Residential Village (about 10 kilometres from the central city on our second campus; linked to city campus by shuttle bus)
- Mount Terrace Halls of Residence (5 minutes walk from Faculty of Business buildings)
- Wellesley Student Apartments (new in 2004; 5 minutes walk from Faculty of Business buildings. Our students are particularly enjoying staying in these apartments!)
We strongly recommend one of these options. Our students have generally found them to be most satisfactory.
B. Student Residences owned by other organizations
- Unilodge Auckland
- Empire Apartments
- Auckland YWCA
- Auckland YMCA
- Huia Residence
- Rocklands Hostel (on a convenient bus route into the city centre)
- Kiwi Homestay Consultants
If you don't want to arrange accommodation until you get here, you should get here early!
To give you an idea of private rental arrangements, here are some web sites we have located:
- TradeMe is a great site for finding a flat or someone looking for a flatmate. Like craigslist for New Zealand. You have to register a NZ address, but you can use the address of a hostel in Auckland and contact through email.
The above are web sites given for information only and they are not given as recommendations.
Things that you need to be aware of in renting privately is that there is usually a 12 month lease, you have to pay a bond, the accommodation may be furnished or not furnished (often not furnished), you must pay 2 weeks rental in advance and a bond equivalent to 4 weeks of rental.
Generally you cannot arrange to rent accommodation privately until you are in New Zealand.
You should therefore have some temporary accommodation reserved before you come.
For temporary accommodation, there are backpacker and YHA hotels in the central business district (CBD) near the AUT city campus. There will be more information on the web.
The following is a web site for one of the backpacker hotels, the Auckland Central Backpackers, and is given for information only.
While all our students end up in accommodation, it is very important to get arrangements made as soon as you can. Accommodation is often hard to get if you wait too long.
Generally all the student residences finalize their accommodation reservations in November. Therefore, if you wish to have a room in one of these, please contact David McGregor immediately.
UNI students pay program fee plus the study abroad fee to participate. The program cost does not include housing, food, books and supplies, round-trip air transportation, international health insurance, and personal expenses.
“Trying to put my experience into words is very difficult. I had the most amazing semester of my life in New Zealand. The food I ate, the places I saw, the people I met are things I will never ever forget. New Zealand is the most beautiful place in the entire world and I can’t believe I experienced so much beauty in only 5 months. The friends I made there are some of the best friends I’ll ever have and I know that New Zealand will always be my second home.”
Elizabeth Cerveny Fall 2009