AUT offers a range of support services that can help students from refugee backgrounds or resettled communities succeed at university in New Zealand. Find out more about how you can access our range of services and support.
The AUT Student Hub is the one place to go for help while you’re studying at AUT. It can provide you with access to a range of services and support to help you succeed at AUT.
If you need help to develop your English language skills you could contact:
AUT's Centre for Refugee Education (in the Mangere Refugee Reception, Manukau) provides an on-arrival 6-week education programme for the 1,500 refugees who come to New Zealand each year under the government quota scheme.
AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism has partnered with The Bread Collective to deliver bread making training to former refugees to connect them to employment opportunities in the baking industry in New Zealand.
A cookbook featuring family recipes and stories of AUT staff, students and alumni from refugee and migrant backgrounds is now funding a scholarship to support AUT students from refugee backgrounds.
AUT’s Migrant and Refugee Research Centre focuses on research to enhance the health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee populations living in Aotearoa New Zealand, and globally.
AUT is a vibrant and diverse university that recognises that success isn’t defined by gender, gender identity, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity or disability. We’re committed to building a safe, positive, and inclusive higher learning environment characterised by the free exchange of diverse ideas, skills and cultural perspectives.
You can apply for a wide range of scholarships and awards available to AUT students at all stages of their study, including for students with a refugee background or who come from resettled communities.
AUT Student’s Association (AUTSA) has advocates who are employed to provide advice and support.
If you’re having a rough time, have a complaint or feel as though you have been let down by AUT in any way, we'll do our best to help.
We also have a diverse range of clubs and societies you can join including:
It’s easy to meet new friends and make social connections while you’re studying at AUT. Some of the ways to meet people include:
Financial assistance is available for times when you have a financial emergency or are experiencing a period of financial difficulty, with no savings to help you get back on track. We understand this could impact your study significantly and we may be able to help with: