Refugee and resettled communities student support

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.

Get help at the Student Hub

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.


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Need English language support?

If you need help to develop your English language skills you could contact:

Hear from some of our students

How AUT supports the refugee community in New Zealand

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A student at AUT

Diversity at AUT

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.

Scholarships at AUT

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.


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AUTSA support

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:

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Making friends at AUT

students will become friends

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 hardship support

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:

  • Food or transport vouchers
  • Rent arrears payments
  • Utilities and other living expenses
  • Laptop loans and data packages
  • Childcare