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The University of Auckland


Main Campus:
Central Auckland

Student Population:

Website details:

Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Education, Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, Science



Established in 1883, The University of Auckland is is ranked 83rd among the world’s top universities*. T he University is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution and is home to the highest number of A rated, internationally ranked researchers in New Zealand.** Around the world, The University of Auckland has a reputation for academic and research excellence within a supportive learning environment. We provide a globally-recognised education for over 40,000 students, including more than 4,800 international students from over 90 countries.

The University of Auckland has many international links, including membership of the prestigious, global research-led university groups Universitas 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and the Worldwide Universities Network.

Please note that our international PhD students receive a range of special benefits including eligibility for a New Zealand government funding scheme which allows all new international PhD students to pay the same tuition fees as New Zealand students.

*QS World University Rankings 2012.
**Performance Based Research Fund Report, 2006.


New Zealand is a safe and politically-stable country with a high standard of living. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million. It is the country’s economic and multi-cultural hub. Auckland’s unique geographic position means you can enjoy the city’s great cafés, bars, museums and shopping but still be within half an hour of stunning beaches, mountain bike tracks, nature walks and subtropical islands. Add to that great cafés, restaurants and bars, excellent theatres, galleries and museums, terrific shopping and colourful Polynesian and Asian cultural influences. It’s clear why Auckland is ranked 3rd out of 221 world cities for quality of life.*

*Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2012 (see www.mercer.com/qualityofliving).

Academic Life

The University offers programmes from bachelors to doctoral level over a wide range of subjects in the following eight faculties:

  • Arts (includes humanities, social sciences, Pacific studies, languages, politics, linguistics, film, tv and media studies)
  • Business and Economics (includes accounting, marketing, international business, management)
  • Creative Arts and Industries (includes architecture, planning, urban design, fine arts, music, dance)
  • Education (includes early childhood, primary and secondary teaching, social work, human services)
  • Engineering (includes bioengineering, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical)
  • Law (includes corporate, public, environmental, international)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (includes medicine, health sciences, nursing, public health)
  • Science (includes computer science, environment, food science, sport and exercise science).

As an undergraduate at The University of Auckland, you will also have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at one of more than 90 partner universities in 24 different countries. Some postgraduate exchange opportunities exist, depending on the programme.

Student Services

Being away from home can be a challenge in itself. The University has facilities and extensive support on offer for international students, whatever your background or needs. Our team of International Student Support Staff are available to help you with anything you need including information on study, student visas, health, budgeting, accommodation and personal support. There is also a 24 hour, 7 days a week contact number if you require urgent assistance from one of our student advisers. The University provides extensive academic support through the Student Learning Centre and the Library. We also provide English Language support throughout your programme if needed.

You will also have access to support and opportunities from the University Career Development and Employment Services.

The University of Auckland library is the most extensive university library system in New Zealand and a leader in the provision and development of digital resources. Other services include extensive IT facilities, banking, health and counselling, advocacy services and childcare centres.

Campus Life

Campus Life provides a comprehensive Orientation Week to help new students settle in to the University, followed by an exciting programme of activities and festivals throughout the year to help you make friends and meet New Zealanders. Workshops and information sessions are regularly held in iSPACE (our student lounge) to help you adjust to life in New Zealand.

On campus there are over 120 clubs and societies, ranging from cultural associations from all over the world to clubs for trekking, canoeing, photography and yoga. The Recreation Centre has a great range of facilities including a sports hall, gym, climbing wall, and aerobics. Social sports clubs include football, rugby, basketball, and netball, cricket and cycling.

Our University-managed residences are much more than places to eat and sleep. The residences are a safe, comfortable and fun place to live. All are quality assured by the NZ Association of Tertiary Education Accommodation Professionals – a recognition that our accommodation is amongst the best in the country. Options include catered Halls of Residence or self-catered apartments or flats. We also provide assistance to students who prefer to live in private accommodation.

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