What you can study with Study Abroad

Come to AUT in Auckland, New Zealand, as a Study Abroad student and you can choose from subjects across all of our study areas. You’ll meet the subject requirements of your home institution, while expanding your educational experience with courses that aren’t available at your home university.

Study Abroad programme packages

Choose a full-time semester load of papers from your major or area of specialisation. You can also choose elective papers.

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In the Māori culture and society programme, you will immerse yourself in New Zealand’s indigenous Māori culture. You'll share social customs and protocol with staff and students from Te Ara Poutama, our Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development.

You'll also gain a deeper appreciation of Aotearoa (New Zealand) through Māori perspectives, by taking papers like:

  • Te Ara Pou – Leadership
  • International Noho Marae
  • Introduction to Conversational Māori
  • Introduction to New Zealand History

HRMG650 Te Ara Pou – Leadership (15 points)

This is one of the most popular papers with students in the Study Abroad programme. It teaches concepts you can apply to your daily life. You will:

  • Learn about leadership roles from many cultural perspectives, and how to apply them
  • Cover personality profiles, personal vision, how to understand yourself and your role as change agents, and the satisfaction that comes with being a leader.

If you want to bring about effective change, hope, aspiration and certainty, this is the ideal course.

TIKA500 International Noho Marae - Indigenous Encounters of a Māori Kind (15 points)

This is a course for international students who also want to join in the cultural weekend stay at the AUT Marae (traditional Māori meeting place).

The Noho Marae is an unforgettable weekend of learning about Māori culture, traditions and protocol, followed by tutorials in the AUT Marae during the semester.

The Marae will be your classroom where you will study, experience and reflect about what it means to be Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

MAOR500 Introduction to Conversational Māori (15 points)

This is an introduction to the Māori language with an emphasis on:

  • Pronunciation
  • Greetings
  • Forms of language in particular cultural contexts.

You don't need any knowledge of the Māori language.

International student Noho Marae weekend experience (0 points)

This weekend event is unique to AUT and a highlight for international students.

At the beginning of the semester you have the chance to stay on the AUT Marae (traditional Māori meeting place) for the weekend. You’ll:

  • Meet and learn from Māori people
  • Take part in Māori cultural performances
  • Learn Māori arts and crafts
  • Take part in a traditional Māori feast.

There is a cost for this event, which includes food, accommodation, learning and resources. Places are limited.

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Complete education papers that align with the teacher education programme you're studying at your home university, while learning about the New Zealand education system and our unique Māori culture. You’ll also have an overseas adventure, and can experience New Zealand’s top tourist destinations and outdoor lifestyle.

The School of Education staff at AUT will support you to thrive with regular group meetings dedicated to your education experience and pastoral care. Contact the Study Abroad team for a list of papers (courses) you can choose from.

Teacher placements

Student teacher placement opportunities are also available. You can complete workplace experience at an Auckland based school where you can observe, participate and, in some cases, lead teaching and learning activities as they are delivered in a typical New Zealand classroom.

As a Study Abroad student at AUT you can experience the outdoors in the clean, green environment of Aotearoa – New Zealand.

You can choose papers (courses) from AUT’s sport and recreation study area and combine them with papers from other AUT study areas.

Semester 1 options (February to June)

Students participating in the Outdoor education

Choose up to 60 points from these papers:

SPOR504 Leadership in Sport and the Outdoors (15 points)

Examines the key leadership principles (of self and others) needed to effect change in the context of sport and the outdoors. Includes a three-day journey. Activities include hiking, sloop-sailing, small boat sailing, and sea kayaking. Locations include Tongariro National Park and the Hauraki Gulf.

SPOR609 Teaching, Leading and Coaching (15 points)

Examines teaching and leading in both individual and team environments using a reflective, person- centred approach. Focuses on development and its impact on determining appropriate teaching and coaching pedagogy.

SPOR619 Maunga-Ngahere: Mountains and Bush (15 points)

Students participating in the Outdoor education

Develops understanding of the mountains and bush settings as places for recreation, education and personal growth. This is delivered as a two-week block course in Feb prior to Semester 1. This includes a two-day preparatory hike in the Waitakere Ranges in the first week and a 5 day mountain and bush journey in the second week.

SPOR623 International Internship in Sport and Recreation (30 points)

Provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and gain industry experience within a sport or recreation organisation in New Zealand. Students are required to negotiate and develop a learning contract and undertake a range of work activities with the selected organisation. Students will analyse the structure and activities of the organisation and critically reflect on their experience.

Semester 2 options (July to November)

Students participating in the Outdoor education

Choose up to 60 points from these papers:

SPOR501 Sport and Recreation in Aotearoa/New Zealand (15 points)

An introduction to the sport and recreation industry in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Examines the roles and relationships of key sport and recreation organisations and sectors.

SPOR602 Roto-Awa: Lakes and Rivers (15 points)

Develops understanding of lake and river environments as places for recreation, education and personal growth. This is delivered as a two-week block course in the September mid-semester break. This includes two three-day field trips. One in the first week which will be lake based (canoes) and the other in the second week, which will be river based (kayaking).

SPOR603 Motu-Moana: Islands and Sea (15 points)

Students participating in the Outdoor education

Develops understanding of the coastal and marine environment as a place for recreation, education and personal growth. This will have preparatory lectures and workshops in the second half of Semester 2 with a five-day journey.

SPOR623 International Internship in Sport and Recreation (30 points)

Provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and gain industry experience within a sport or recreation organisation in New Zealand. Students are required to negotiate and develop a learning contract and undertake a range of work activities with the selected organisation. Students will analyse the structure and activities of the organisation and critically reflect on their experience.

The study-internship programme is a full-time, unpaid one-semester programme for international students at AUT. It gives you a full semester’s credit towards your home degree.

You will:

  • Complete a part-time, supervised work placement in your chosen field (30 points)
  • Study two other AUT papers (15 points each)

Work placement

During your study-internship you will work in a business, government or community organisation environment.

You will spend 15 to 20 hours a week at your placement. You will also attend classes and complete assignments related to your placement.

Finding a work placement

We start securing your work placement once we have received your placement fee.

We can usually find placements in most fields (except for health/medical and education), depending on your study and work experience.

As soon as we confirm your work placement, we will let you know.

Contact us

Contact us if you have questions about the Study Abroad programme.

Email: studyabroad@aut.ac.nz

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