AUT University - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in Auckland through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Auckland and all other New Zealand program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, has designed this AUT University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

AUT is New Zealand’s most contemporary university, with a unique profile reflecting our innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research. AUT University is outward-looking, developing and adapting to the social, economic, and technological realities which shape the world today. As a result AUT students are responsive to the needs of the modern, fast-changing and multi-skilled work place.

AUT understands the importance of building international relationships, and they place a high value on the contribution that international students make to university life. Students from more than 84 countries currently study at AUT and enjoy an inclusive learning environment – one which supports a diversity of people, cultures, and ideas.



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Location Quickfacts (estimated)

Distance to city center by foot:

10 minutes

Distance to nearest airport by bus:

45 minutes

About Auckland

AUT has two well-positioned campuses – City Campus in the center of Auckland, and North Shore Campus across the Auckland Harbor Bridge. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city with a population of 1.4 million. The urban area is twice the size of London and offers entertainment, nightlife, and shopping. The temperate climate encourages an outdoor lifestyle and there is easy access to surf beaches, ski fields and mountains.

Academic Highlights

The Faculties of Business, Design and Creative Technologies, Health and Environmental Sciences, Applied Humanities and Te Ara Poutama (Maori Studies) offer a comprehensive range of courses which are popular with study abroad students.

Courses are offered in fields as varied as:

  • Applied Humanities: Languages (Chinese, English, Japanese), Creative Writing, Education (Early Childhood, Montessori, Steiner), Social Sciences, Criminology, Hospitality and Tourism studies,
  • Business: Accounting, Advertising, Business Economics, Commercial Law, Design, ebusiness, Finance, Information Technology, International Business, Management, Sales, Retailing and HR & Employment Relations.
  • Design & Creative Technologies: Communication Studies (Advertising Creativity, PR, Creative Industries, Journalism, Digital Media, Radio, Television), Art and Design (Spatial, Product, Fashion, Textiles for fashion, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Visual Arts), Engineering (Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Network and Communication, Computer and Mobile Systems, Construction Management). Computer & Mathematical Sciences
  • Health & Environmental Sciences: Health Sciences (Podiatry, Psychology, Sport and Recreation, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Paramedic, Oral Health, Health Promotion, Applied Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Public Health), Applied Sciences (Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Aquaculture, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Laboratory Sciences).
  • Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Maori Development)
    Students are encouraged to take classes from Te Ara Poutama to gain an understanding of New Zealand Culture. Courses such as “Te Ara Pou – Leadership” and “Introduction to Culture and Society” are favorites for study abroad students.  

Internship Available

Are you interested in completing a part time internship for credit while you take classes at AUT University? Learn More>

University Services

AUT offers a comprehensive range of support services to make students’ university experience as enjoyable as possible. These include Healthcare, Counselling, Accommodation, Orientation, Learning Support, Student Mentors, Careers Counselling and Campus Activities. Students with a disability have access to note-takers, interpreters and technology assistance. All students receive an AUT e-mail address and have access to word-processing, e-mail, Internet services, and printing on campus.

AUT University has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, published by the Minister of Education.

The International Student Support team of friendly people welcome you at Orientation and are here to help students adjust to living and learning in a new culture. Assistance is offered with student visas, permits, student support, homesickness and culture shock.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

AUT provides GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with accommodation in Wellesley Student Apartments in downtown Auckland. This accommodation includes 4-5 bedroom self-contained apartments, which AustraLearn students share with other international and New Zealand students.

The facilities provided are catered to the needs of students, with all rooms fully furnished and each bedroom is telephone/internet ready. Shared accommodation also provides the opportunity to meet students from different countries and make new friends. The support provided by living amongst fellow students helps many new students adjust to studying abroad.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities

  • A chance to meet other students

  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

AUT University Orientation

In addition, all Study Abroad students at AUT participate in an AUT Orientation. This orientation includes sessions covering computer log-ins, time management, assignment preparation, course outlines, campus tours, city tours, the university email system and an introduction to the services and facilities available. Orientation is also a great time to meet staff and student mentors, as well as to socialize with fellow students.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, AUT supports our study abroad students with three $1,000 NZD awards each year.

Special Programs/Excursions



Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country


Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about theBridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee

In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


AUT International Student Noho Marae Weekend

AUT University offers a unique opportunity for study abroad students to experience first hand the rich and powerful Māori culture. Kia ora koutou This is an invitation to all, who want to experience a weekend full of culture, diversity, and fun!

Tuia i runga Tuia i raro Tuia te haere tangata Tena koutou kato

We invite you to join us at the International Noho Marae. You will learn and perform Māori songs, haka, poi, stick games and enjoy being hosted by Māori staff and students. Make the most of your time in New Zealand, make friends and great memories to last a lifetime.

Nau mai, haere mai E rau rangatira ma

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

The International Student Support team and Campus Life organize social events throughout the year to make the AUT experience rewarding and enjoyable. These events include a Study Abroad welcome party, bungee jumping, harbor cruises, barbeques, beach activities, Noho Marae (a weekend in a traditional Maori setting – see Special Programs/Excursions section), ski trips, Auckland day trips, concerts, and an end-of-semester lunch.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true New Zealand culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Auckland or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in New Zealand on the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to New Zealand.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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AUT University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,400 - $4,900
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.




Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Jessica Mew

Program Assistant
Chelsi Hudson

Advice From The Program Team:
Located in the heart of Auckland, AUT has a wonderful calendar of events planned out for study abroad students throughout the semester. You have the opportunity to do something at least every week, if not more often, and most of the excursions are offered at discount prices.