AUT/Auckland Rugby Academy Study Options

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Passionate about rugby? AUT is proud to be associated with The Auckland Rugby Union who have developed the most sophisticated and successful high performance rugby programme in New Zealand. In 2014 more than 60 players competing in the ITM Cup were graduates of the Auckland Rugby Academy. Now, for the first time, aspiring rugby players from around the globe can secure the same training and coaching development as Auckland’s elite players. With specialist coaching and education in the areas of Technical and Tactical skill development, Nutrition and Strength & Conditioning, the core programme is delivered by the Auckland Rugby Academy for players, coaches and teams in both formats of the game (15-a-side and 7s).

The Auckland Rugby Academy is headquartered at Eden Park, the iconic home of New Zealand rugby. The stadium is New Zealand’s biggest sporting venue and over the years has played host to great sporting occasions including two Rugby World Cup Finals (’87, ’11). A fortress for All Black rugby, it is now 21 years since the ‘men in black’ lost a match here.

The Auckland Rugby Academy features a fully equipped gym, lecture and study facilities, office space, kitchen, access to the Auckland Rugby Union corporate suites, and more.

AUT and The Auckland Rugby Academy now provide two unique rugby options for visiting students:

1.    June Short Course (4 – 28 June 2019).
This is predominantly a four week programme BUT can be extended to 5 or 6 weeks respectively. Please stipulate at application time.

Earn 15 points (3-4 US Credit Hours) by studying Special Topic – Sport History, Culture and Society in New Zealand. Topics covered include:

  • Sport, identity & culture
  • Theoretical perspectives in the study of sport
  • Sport historiography in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Gender issues
  • Ethnicity / treaty principles & sport
  • Deviance in sport
  • Politics, Government & sport
  • Class issues
  • Mass media
  • Sport and education
  • Religion in sport
  • Sporting bodies and leadership

In addition to the academic paper, students would undertake an intensive rugby programme of 13-18 hours per week. This programme can be configured over a four – six week period depending on the athlete’s requirements. Below is a sample weekly schedule:

Please see new schedule below.

Auckland Rugby Academy Timetable

For American students, application information is available All other students should contact

2.  Semester Rugby Study Abroad
This programme involves a full semester option, articulated between your home university and AUT and is primarily configured around three papers across many disciplines that AUT offers over a semester of study (February to June or July to November). The classes will be concentrated in either morning or afternoon blocks and will combine with a daily high performance rugby programme at Eden Park. Players will also be connected to a local club team (where applicable) and may have the opportunity to play weekend games. For more information on the rugby specific programme content please visit

Interested students should email for the relevant application forms and additional information.