For many refugees the programmes represent the turning point from their traumatic past to a future of hope.
Teaching at the centre reflects the unique needs of refugees as students, through acknowledging the refugee experience as well as affirming individual and cultural identity.
Most staff are fluent in at least 2 languages, and all are qualified in teaching English as an additional language.
Programmes introduce a new physical and cultural learning environment, and students are given the opportunity to develop English language, literacy and other skills as well as the chance to reflect on the challenges of entering a new society.
Recently arrived groups have included Burmese, Bhutanese, Iraqi and Colombian refugees.
The Centre for Refugee Education is part of the AUT School of Language and Culture.