The University of Auckland is New Zealand's pre-eminent research-led University. Established in 1883, it has grown into an international centre of learning and academic excellence and is New Zealand's largest university with over 40,000 students and nearly 4700 international students from over 90 countries worldwide.
The University is New Zealand's top-ranked tertiary institution based on research quality. The Performance-Based Research Fund review, released in 2004 by the Tertiary Education Commission, concluded that: "On virtually any measure, The University of Auckland is the country's leading research university. Not only did it achieve the highest quality score of any TEO [tertiary education organisation], but it also has by far the largest share of A-rated researchers in the country."
Being New Zealand’s largest and leading research-intensive university, The University of Auckland has a number of significant international affiliations. It is the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21, the World Universities Network (WUN) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, consortia of prestigious global universities.As an institution committed to addressing issues of sustainability both globally and locally, it is also the only NZ member of the Habitat Partner University Network, in partnership with UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Agency for Human Settlements.
As a student at Auckland you also have the opportunity to spend a semester or two of your programme on a student exchange at one of more than 90 partner universities in 25 different countries.
A Wide of Programmes Range
The University offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programmes in nine schools and faculties: of Auckland
Arts (includes History, Languages, Politics) www.arts.auckland.ac.nz
Business School (Includes Accounting, Economics, Information Systems, Marketing) www.business.auckland.ac.nz
- National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) (includes Architecture and Planning, Dance Studies, Fine Arts and Visual Arts, Music)
Education (includes Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teaching, Social Work) www.education.auckland.ac.nz
Engineering (includes Biomedical, Electronic, Electrical, Mechatronics) www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz
Medical & Health Sciences (includes Nursing) www.health.auckland.ac.nz
Science (includes Computer Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Sports Science) www.science.auckland.ac.nz
Highly selective entry criteria mean that The University of Auckland maintains the highest standards in programme delivery and quality education.
Convenient Central Campus Location
As a student at The University of Auckland, you could be studying at the main City Campus, putting you just five minutes from Auckland’s bustling central business district (CBD). You’ll also be well placed to take advantage of some fantastic work opportunities, either part-time while you study, or after you graduate. The head offices of some of New Zealand’s largest companies are located nearby.
Auckland is considerably more affordable than a number of other world cities. A survey by Deloitte NZ of comparative living costs for international students showed that Zealand is the most affordable destination in terms of living costs, compared with Australia, Canada, UK and USA.The total estimated living cost for a student in New Zealand is 20% less than Australia and 50% less than the UK.
Living in University accommodation is a comfortable, conveniently locatedand safe option, not to mention one of the best ways to make new friends. You can choose a catered Hall of Residence, or a self-catered apartment or flat. Whichever you choose, you can be sure that your place will be a home away from home. All our residences are quality assured by Qualmark and The New Zealand Association of Tertiary Education Accommodation Professionals – a recognition that your accommodation is amongst the best in the country.
As a full-time student you may apply to work up to 20 hours per week for the duration of your degree programme. Completion of a New Zealand postgraduate qualification may also attract points under the General Skills category should you wish to apply for permanent residence. Special benefits are also available to international PhD students, which enable their spouse or partner to work in NZ.
Refer to the New Zealand Immigration website for up-to-date information: www.immigration.govt.nz/study
International Student Activities
Auckland international provides a comprehensive Orientation Week to help you settle in to the University, followed by an exciting programme of activities and festivals run throughout the year to help you make friends and meet local people. In addition, workshops and information sessions are regularly held in iSPACE (our International student lounge) to help you adjust to life at The University of Auckland and in New Zealand. Visit www.auckland.ac.nz/ispace to find out more.
Clubs and Sports
On campus there are around 100 clubs and societies, ranging from cultural associations from all over the world, to clubs for tramping, canoeing, photography, film and yoga. If fitness and sport is more your thing, the Recreation Centre has a great range of facilities and services, including a sports hall, gym, climbing wall and aerobics. Meet and compete against your fellow students in one of the centre’s social sports clubs including football, rugby, basketball, netball and badminton.
Extensive Student Support Network
Being away from home is enough of a challenge in itself. That’s why the University has facilities and an extensive range of support on offer to international students, whatever your background or needs. Our team of International Student Support staff is available to help you with anything you need including study advice, immigration, health, money, accommodation and personal support. There is also a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency number available if you urgently need help or to talk to someone.
Welcome to New Zealand
New Zealand is a modern, English speaking country with a rich cultural heritage. Despite a relatively small population of around 4.2 million, New Zealand has become world renowned in many areas including scientific discovery, sporting achievements and dynamic political and economic reform.
New Zealand is located in the South Pacific Ocean about 2200 km east of Australia and is made up of two main islands – The North and The South Island.
Kiwis are very proud of their diverse heritage, strongly influenced by the indigenous Maori culture, the past British colony and its more recent migrants mainly from the Pacific Islands and Asia. New Zealand people are well-travelled and outward looking with a reputation for being warm, welcoming and friendly to visitors.
New Zealand is home to some of the worlds most stunning and diverse natural landscapes. You can enjoy relaxing on white sandy beaches, snorkelling in pristine marine reserves, walking amongst lush green sub-tropical forests, skiing or snowboarding down snowy volcanoes or hiking across ancient glaciers. Life in New Zealand offers many opportunities for the traveller and adventurer.
For more information on New Zealand: www.newzealand.com
Auckland- A Top Five City
Auckland, ranked 4th out of 215 world cities for quality of life*, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre.
New Zealand’s largest city with a population of around 1.4 million, and the country’s economic hub.
Auckland’s unique geographic position means that you can live in a large city but still be within half an hour of stunning beaches, mountain bike tracks, nature walks and subtropical islands.
The city has great cafés, restaurants and bars, excellent theatres, galleries and museums, terrific shopping and colourful Polynesian and Asian cultural influences.
If you’re into sports, Auckland hosts many national and international sporting events including the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
* Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2010.
For more information on Auckland: www.aucklandnz.com
Minimum Entry Requirements for English Language Proficiency
IELTS 6.0 no band less than 5.5
TOEFL paper based 550, TWE 4.5
TOEFL internet based 80, Writing 21
Please note - Higher scores may be required for some programmes.
The University of Auckland
The International Office
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Phone +64 9 373 7513
Fax +64 9 373 7405