Language and culture

AUT's language and culture programmes focus on language in its widest sense. Our courses cover the study of languages such as New Zealand Sign Language, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean and Samoan, as well as the areas of creative writing, English and its relationship with new media, translation and interpreting, international studies and the importance of intercultural competencies, discourse analysis and language teaching.

A certificate or diploma will give you an introduction to your chosen subject and can prepare you for further study.

Research in language and culture

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across the field of language and culture.

More about our research

International student exchange

Immerse yourself in another culture while you study and have the adventure of your life. Check out where you can go on exchange – and read some stories from returned AUT students.

Exchange for AUT students

Centre for Creative Writing

AUT’s Centre for Creative Writing offers an open and exciting learning environment where you can pursue your creative writing ideas and turn them into reality. Based in Auckland city, the centre offers multiple study pathways and the chance to gain advanced qualifications.

Centre for Creative Writing

Language interpreter Dr Mustafa Derbashi sitting at a desk.
Thorne Snow
Sam Orchard and SSBD logo
Siobhan Harvey holding a book of poetry in her office.
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Language interpreter Dr Mustafa Derbashi sitting at a desk.
Interpreting at a terrorist's hearing
21 Aug, 2020
In the middle of the action at the Christchurch mosques terrorist’s sentencing will be AUT alumnus, and language interpreter, Dr Mustafa Derbashi.
Thorne Snow
Masters student wins $20,000 scholarship
26 Jun, 2020
Master of Creative Writing student and mental health advocate Thorne Snow has been awarded a William Georgetti Scholarship worth $20,000.
How our language helped contain COVID-19
19 May, 2020
NZ contained COVID-19. Direct and kind words on signage helped, writes Dr Nelly Martin-Anatias.
Sam Orchard and SSBD logo
Same Same But Different 2020
07 Feb, 2020
2020 is a big year for Same Same But Different, as AUT alum Sam Orchard takes the helm as programme director.
Siobhan Harvey holding a book of poetry in her office.
Lecturer wins Robert Burns poetry award
05 Feb, 2020
Creative Writing Lecturer Siobhan Harvey has won the Robert Burns Poetry Competition for 2020.

Contact details

Contact us online
Phone 0800 AUT UNI (0800 288 864)

School of Language and Culture
AUT Tower (WT Building), Level 8
Corner Rutland and Wakefield Streets
Auckland City
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