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As New Zealand’s newest university, AUT is also New Zealand’s fastest growing university. Acknowledged for being innovative and industry focused, AUT offers small, interactive classes and is particularly known for its AACSB accredited Business School as well as its communications, art and design programs. Here, students can also participate in field-related internships. Located in downtown Auckland and bordered by the University of Auckland on one side with the city’s main street on the other, students are just steps away from exploring New Zealand’s largest and most ethnically diverse city.
Study abroad at AUT University, located in downtown Auckland
Get an adrenaline rush during our Orientation Excursion in the 'adventure capital of the world' - Queenstown - where you are exposed not only to local culture and incredible nature but to New Zealand’s love of extreme adventure
Live in university apartments just a few minutes walk from campus
Fully experience life in Auckland and enjoy the benefits of New Zealand’s largest city - don’t miss checking out the thriving nightlife on K Road, incredible nearby islands great for hiking and swimming, and New Zealand’s west coast beaches
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Auckland-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches
Hit the ground running with our activity-filled Orientation Program in Queenstown, known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’. There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth and journeying through the striking Milford Sound fiord, to dining high above Queenstown while enjoying panoramic views. You’ll also get plenty of time to explore on your own and choose your own adventure - bungy jumping anyone?
No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Get to know our Maori guides who provide an introduction to their history and culture, as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.
After this action-packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals. With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.
Students attending AUT University typically live at Wellesley Student Apartments (WSA), located a three minute walk from AUT’s city campus. WSA is a 13-story apartment complex consisting of fully-furnished 4 or 5-bedroom apartments with 2 bathrooms and a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen/lounge. Apartments are available as single gender, mixed gender and gay friendly. TEAN students live with other international students as well as local students providing a great integrated experience. WSA provides a great social environment with regular events such as trips and dinners, as well as arranging community study groups. Internet is provided.
Throughout your semester you will meet with the Auckland Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.
About the University
- New Zealand’s newest university, established in 2000, but with an institutional history of providing industry-relevant education for more than 110 years.
- Today the university has about 24,000 students across two campus, including 4,000 international students.
- The main university campus is located in the city center of Auckland, in between the University of Auckland and the city’s main street, Queens Street.
- As a contemporary university, AUT focuses on providing a student-centered and innovative approach to learning.
- While the Business School, which is AACSB accredited, has the largest enrollments, AUT is also highly regarded for the Communications and Art and Design fields.
- As a study abroad student at AUT, you can enroll in four courses, or two courses and an internship for credit.
Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at AUT see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 45 and 60 AUT credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
Academic Departments and Schools at AUT University are divided into five academic divisions: Faculty of Business and Law; Faculty of Culture and Society; Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies; Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences and the Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development).
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA
- Students with a GPA below 2.5 are encouraged contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
- Students at 2-year institutions need to be in their second year, and provide SAT or ACT scores with an overall SAT score of 1500 out of 2400 or an ACT score of 24.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Auckland-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Auckland and throughout New Zealand. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, the Blues, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.
Take the ferry across to Rangitoto Island and spend the afternoon hiking this volcanic island with gorgeous views over Auckland.
Kiwis love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.
TEAN’s mid-semester (spring break) trips allow you to explore as much as possible on your semester abroad. These mid-semester break excursions are an optional extra so you can choose to participate based on your interests. We operate our excursions at cost. This means you’ll save on average 15% - 30% off comparable itineraries because there are no travel agent commissions or profit margins involved. And our excursions are specifically designed for study abroad students, and since we have been working with students for a long time we know just what to include.
South Island New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!
Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 15|
|Application Deadline||April 15|
|Date of Departure||June 29|
|TEAN Orientation||July 1||July 5|
|University Orientation||July 7|
|Classes Begin||July 17|
|Semester Break||Aug 26||Sept 10|
|Classes End||Oct 20|
|Study Period||Oct 24||Oct 27|
|Exam Period||Oct 30||Nov 10|
|Program Ends||Nov 11|
|Application Deadline||Nov 15|
|Date of Departure||Feb 9|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 11||Feb 16|
|University Orientation||Feb 17|
|Classes Begin||Feb 27|
|Semester Break||April 14||April 30|
|Classes End||June 2|
|Study Period||June 3||June 11|
|Exam Period||June 12||June 23|
|Program Ends||June 24|
Fees & Inclusions
- Program Fees: $13,750
- University Off-Campus Housing: $4,840
- Program Fees: $13,750
- University Off-Campus Housing: $4,840
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 5-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cell phone and/or local sim card
Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
- Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
- Access to pre-arranged itineraries and booking agent
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival at TEAN Orientation and in host city
- Student association fees
- Host university orientation
- Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,400)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- Student visa ($40)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($1,900)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, AUT University provides an additional US$1,000 per semester in scholarship funding. Any TEAN AUT students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this AUT specific scholarship.
Education New Zealand
We encourage our students to apply for the scholarship opportunities offered through Education New Zealand. They have awards up to $2,000 to put toward flights, plus $500 scholarships toward tuition.
"Adapting to a new place is hard for anyone, but with the knowledge and help provided by the TEAN staff, it was easy to make myself at home in Auckland."
"One of my favorite classes I took while studying abroad was a leadership class that incorporated traditional forms of Māori leadership."
We Love Auckland
Resident Director - New Zealand
Friday night open-air movies are a must do in Auckland! A great atmosphere and a perfect way to relax with friends on a summer’s evening…and best of all, they’re free! Get down to Silo Park early to ‘bag a spot’ on the lawn with a blanket or pillow. You can enjoy some cheap market food at the stalls including the classic Kiwi burger or BYO ‘bring your own’ food and drinks if you prefer to go ultra budget.
Resident Assistant - Auckland
Take a walk along K-Road or, if you can put your tongue around the actual name, Karangahape Road. Lots of vintage and secondhand clothing and books to browse, then enjoy a flat white at St Kevins Arcade. Snag a spot by the windows overlooking Myers Park.
If you are feeling in the mood for a sweet treat, Giapo on Queen Street is the best gelato in the city. They are rich enough to share but seriously, you will definitely want your own! Go for the cup option and a wild flavor like avocado.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!