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Why study at AUT?

We welcome your interest in AUT University - the University for the changing world. There are many reasons to consider studying at AUT - from the quality of the education you’ll receive to the quality of life you’ll enjoy in Auckland and New Zealand.

AUT is:

  • The third largest University in New Zealand and the fastest growing
  • Internationally recognized and globally competitive
  • Committed to internationalism and valuing our international students
  • Located in Auckland – voted fourth equal for world cities to live in*
  • Accredited by the NZ government

AUT has:

  • The highest graduate employment rate of any New Zealand university
  • World-class facilities – from gyms to libraries and cafes
  • Two intakes each year (March and July)
  • Close links with industry and the professions - we teach you the skills that are really needed
  • Excellent research facilities and a strong research culture
  • Personal and interactive classes
  • An International Student Support Service team committed to helping you
  • Three vibrant and well-positioned campuses – Auckland (City) Manukau (South Auckland) and North Shore  (across the Auckland Harbour Bridge)  
  • Over 4,000 international students from more than 85 countries

* Mercers 2009 Quality of Living Survey

Why New Zealand?

New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific and consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, separated by a three-hour ferry ride or a short flight. Since the Māori (our first nation people) arrived about 800 years ago, many different cultures have made and call New Zealand home.

New Zealand is incomparable in its beauty and geographical diversity – from long golden sand beaches and lush native bush, to geothermal moonscapes, sparkling mountain glaciers and amazing wildlife.

Regardless of the time of year, the climate is usually good enough to enable you to appreciate the scenery and experience the friendliness that Kiwis (New Zealanders) are world renowned for. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of our diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!

New Zealand is a stable, English-speaking democracy, with a population of just over four million people, and is comparable in size to Great Britain and Japan. New Zealand society is ethnically diverse – made up of Māori, Pakeha (people of European descent) and many other minority 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 stories we have to tell.

New Zealand is located 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.

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

Why Auckland?

Auckland is ranked as fourth equal in the world for cities to live and work in. It is located in the north of the North Island and is the largest and most culturally diverse of New Zealand's cities, with a population of more than 1.3 million people – 27% born in other countries. The urban area is twice the size of London.

The city is surrounded by two harbours – the Waitemata and the Manukau – and is often referred to as the “City of Sails” due to Aucklanders’ love for water sports and the sea. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills and dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape. The nearby Hauraki Gulf is home to several beautiful islands, easily accessible by ferry.

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).

Auckland is a city of cultural diversity with a large Polynesian, Māori and Asian, as well as European, population. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique cultural experiences and entertainment, a passion for the arts, food and fashion, and a bustling inner city.

Auckland is a vibrant and forward-thinking city which embraces the contributions of its many young people.


Last updated: 14-Feb-2014 7.51pm

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

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