FAQs about AUT student exchange

Why should I go on a student exchange?

Returned exchange students are usually bursting with enthusiasm about their experiences. By going on a student exchange you will:

  • Learn a lot – academically and personally
  • Return with more self-confidence and maturity
  • Gain experience of a new culture, plus a greater appreciation of New Zealand culture
  • Have the chance to add value to your degree – you'll experience different teaching and learning styles, and take papers that may not be available at AUT.

Who can go on a student exchange?

To be eligible to go on student exchange you should:

  • Be a full-time student in a bachelor's degree at AUT
  • Have completed your first year of study by the time you go on student exchange
  • Have achieved a B average grade in your tertiary studies 
  • Be a good ambassador for AUT and New Zealand
  • Have a strong commitment to making the most of the student exchange opportunity. 

Postgraduate student exchange: You can also apply for a student exchange if you're a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Business student. Other postgraduate exchanges may be possible – contact the International Programmes Coordinator.  

Can international students go on exchange?

Yes. But if you want to go on exchange to your home country, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How much does a student exchange cost?

Depending on where you go, a semester on student exchange costs around $12,000 to $15,000.

Some costs will include:

  • Flights
  • Travel
  • Insurance
  • Academic expenses (eg textbooks)
  • Accommodation and food
  • Living expenses
  • Entertainment

Do I still pay my AUT tuition fees while on exchange?

Yes. You still pay your standard tuition fees to AUT, but you don't pay tuition fees to your host university.

How can I pay for an exchange?

  • Student loan or allowance available from Studylink (if you're eligible for an interest-free student loan or allowance in New Zealand, you'll remain eligible while on exchange)
  • Scholarships
  • Family and community networks and organisations
  • Savings and Fundraising

When is the best time to go on exchange?

It depends on the programme you're studying:

  • 3-year degrees: you'd usually go during your fourth semester
  • 4-year degrees: you'd go any time during the second or third year
  • Business students (undergraduate): you'd normally go in the fourth or fifth semester.

Where can I go on student exchange?

Check our list of AUT exchange partners

Where can I live while on exchange?

Most of AUT’s partner universities have on-campus housing, and you will apply for this when you complete the application to your partner university.

Can I work while overseas?

Sometimes – but only for a limited number of hours per week. Check the embassy or consulate websites for each country for more information.

Will it take longer to complete my degree?

No. An exchange won’t add any extra time onto your degree, as all the papers you study overseas are pre-approved by your programme leader.

You’ll need to choose a university that offers papers similar to what you’re studying at AUT.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Business, Economics and Law
Jacklyn Lim, International Manager

All other faculties
Shelley Hillberry
International Programmes Coordinator

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Last updated: 12-Sep-2017 9.29am

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