Why study at AUT

Why AUT – The university for the changing world

We are:
  • The second biggest and fastest growing university in New Zealand
  • Ranked in the world’s best universities*
  • Proud of our five star rating from QS* for Internationalisation, Teaching, Graduate employability and Facilities
  • Offering several subjects that are ranked among the world's best, including Art and Design – top 50, Accounting and Finance –  top 150, and Business and Management – top 200 in the world*
  • AACSB accredited - AUT Business School is accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which ranks it in the top 5% worldwide
  • Internationally recognised and globally competitive
  • Accredited by the NZ government
  • Committed to internationalism and the value of our international students
  • Located in Auckland – voted third best city in the world to live in**

* Read more about our QS recognition
** Mercers 2013 Quality of Living Survey

We have:
  • The highest graduate employment rate of any New Zealand university
  • Five faculties offering over 250 programmes in Business & Law, Culture & Society, Design & Creative Technologies, Health & Environmental Sciences & Te Ara Poutama (Maori Studies)
  • Programmes developed in conjunction with industry to ensure they reflect current and future workforce needs
  • World-class innovative facilities
  • Excellent research facilities and a strong research culture with governmental, commercial and community organisations
  • High-quality teaching staff with typically smaller interactive classes
  • An International Student Support Service team committed to helping you
  • Three vibrant and well-positioned campuses – in Auckland (City), Manukau (South Auckland) and the North Shore (across the Auckland Harbour Bridge)
  • Over 4,000 international students from more than 90 countries studying at AUT

Why Auckland?

Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most populous city and is ranked third best city in the world to live in.* The population of approximately 1.5 million makes it the economic hub with all the advantages of a big city while still offering clean air, golden beaches, easy travel and friendly people.

Auckland is multicultural and home to many nationalities. People from all over the world choose to live in Auckland making it a diverse and exciting place to be. At Auckland's heart lies a truly international, cosmopolitan city – hosting many major events, world class concerts and festivals. Each year 58% of all New Zealand's international students choose Auckland. There's a real buzz to student life in this thriving and vibrant city. www.aucklandnz.com

Auckland's climate is temperate and perfect for enjoying the many beautiful and clean beaches within easy reach of the city. Temperatures range from an average of 24 degrees in summer (December to March) to 16 degrees in winter (June to August).

Why New Zealand?

New Zealand lies deep in the South Pacific, approximately 1,600 kilometers south-east of Australia, its nearest neighbor. It consists of two main islands and several outlying ones and is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan. New Zealand was the last land mass on earth to be discovered, making it the youngest country in the world to be settled. Since the Maori (our first nation people) arrived about 800 years ago, many different cultures have made and call New Zealand home.

New Zealand is a stable, English-speaking democracy, with a population of just over four million people who are renowned for their friendliness. It is an ethnically diverse country – made up of Maori, Pakeha (people of European descent) and many other ethnic groups including Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Koreans, and Indians. Our culture is unique, dynamic and sophisticated. It is a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles we live, and the many stories we have to tell.

New Zealand is three hours to the east of Australia by plane, an overnight flight west of the USA, or a ten to twelve-hour direct flight from most Pacific Rim countries.

New Zealand is ranked 2nd on the Global Peace Index for the most peaceful nation on earth* and is also one of the five best countries to live in.**

The quality of education in New Zealand ranks highly by world standards.


Last updated: 01-Oct-2015 10.21am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.