Next steps for visiting exchange students

Has your home university nominated you to go on a student exchange, and you have applied and accepted your offer of place to study at AUT in New Zealand? Find out what you need to do before you arrive in Auckland, New Zealand, to make sure you’re ready for a semester like no other.

Choosing and enrolling in your courses

AUT has a wide selection of courses for visiting students. If you’re coming to AUT on a student exchange, you continue to pay your home institution’s fee. You don’t pay AUT for the courses you’re studying*.

Because exchange agreements can vary with each partner institutions, you should ask your home university’s exchange team which subjects you can select from. Some partnerships are university-wide, which means you can select from any of our courses; some might be for specific subjects.

Once you’ve confirmed your place with AUT for a semester exchange, the team will contact you with further steps on how to select and enrol in your courses.


*The one exception is our Work Integrated Learning course.

Arranging your visa and insurance for studying in New Zealand

Student visa

You must have a valid student visa before you arrive in New Zealand for your student exchange at AUT. You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa through Immigration New Zealand.

Tips for applying:

  • Apply for the Exchange Student Visa for students who have been accepted into a university exchange scheme – refer to the Immigration New Zealand website
  • Apply for your visa at least 8 weeks before you plan to arrive in New Zealand

Student Visas

Student insurance

You need to purchase travel and medical insurance before you travel to New Zealand for study. StudentSafe is AUT's preferred code compliant provider and will cost NZ$405 per semester. Find out more about this and our other approved insurance providers in our information on medical and travel insurance.

Life in Auckland

AUT is in the centre of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. While you’re studying with us, you’ll have many opportunities to immerse yourself in the vibrant Auckland and New Zealand lifestyle – from world-class food and entertainment, to getting outdoors to hike, swim, surf, sail or play on the beach. Take some time to learn more about what to expect from Auckland.


Student support assisting person at AUT

AUT accommodation


AUT is about to be your ‘home away from home’ for a semester, so now it’s time to book your student accommodation for your time at AUT. Explore our accommodation options and learn how you can secure guaranteed accommodation on campus.


Contact us

Contact our team if you have any more questions about visiting AUT on a student exchange.