Auckland University of Technology

New Zealand

Why choose study in New Zealand

The people Kiwis are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming people that you will ever meet. If you are a stranger, a native New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. They are used to meeting new people, first because they travel a lot themselves, and also because a lot of people come to visit New Zealand as well. The culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going, as well. So you’re not going to feel tense like you would if you went to a large city like London or New York City to study. There are just over 4 million people who reside on the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. Another cool thing about the people is that there are so many different kinds of people. For being such a small country, the diversity is greater than you see in many European countries.

The stability Some people say that, because the country is in a small corner of the world that doesn’t really get bothered by anyone that New Zealand seems to be secluded from the rest of the world. This isn’t true at all. As mentioned above, the people are really welcoming to outsiders. But, it can also be a great thing! The economy is actually incredibly stable, the cost of living is low, and the government is more stable (and less argumentative) than the governments that you will see in other countries. This is probably the reason that immigration is embraced, which we will talk about more in some of our later points. The educational system This is the number one reason to go anywhere for school, but New Zealand is amazing for their educational system. First, the tuition is some of the lowest in the world. You get a British-based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high-quality education. Not only that, but the support services for international students are among the best in the world. They have a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs. 

Work opportunities There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.

Ease of visa acquisition and residency The visa acquisition process is incredibly simple, and unlike many other countries, you will not be rejected right away. You get to talk to people and tell them your side of the story if there is something that may prevent you from getting a visa to come into the country. If you can explain why you’ve decided to go down there and your international studies program helps you to create a Statement of Purpose (a statement you give to the visa officer to tell them why you are coming to New Zealand to study), you will usually get a visa. The country is welcome to immigration, more so than almost any other country in the world. The last advantage is that, after you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 months of your application. We look at visa acquisition and residency more in our Visa and Passport section. Now do you see why there are over 100,000 people who go and study in New Zealand every single year? Will you join them and become an honorary Kiwi while getting your education in a beautiful and unique country like New Zealand? Then keep looking around our site; we can help you determine how to move forward with the application process and how to choose the right school for you. We want to give you everything that you need in order to help you to make the best decision on this site.

University Overview

Department structure

AUT offers 250 courses through five faculties and 17 schools.
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes designed in collaboration with business leaders and experts. The programmes focus on rigorous and engaged learning, which encourages students to become adaptable graduates, ready to thrive in today's fast changing world. The AUT Business School and School of Economics are internationally ranked and accredited, and recognised for teaching and research.
Faculty of Culture and Society
The Faculty of Culture and Society delivers programmes across all three AUT campuses - North, City and South. It has strong connections with various research institutes. It offers a range of education, language, hospitality and social science programmes. The School of Hospitality & Tourism is ranked in the top 50 in the world and the language programmes offered are ranked in the top 250 in the world.
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
The Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies offers a range of creative, engineering and technology programmes. The programmes offered balance creativity, research, and conceptual development with theoretical and professional studies. AUT is School of Art and Design is ranked in the top 150 worldwide.
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
The Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences offers an extensive range of programmes in health science, sport and recreation. It is one of the largest health science education providers in New Zealand and produces sought-after graduates who enter professions throughout the world, and undertake ground-breaking research. Ranked in the top 50 in the world, AUT offers New Zealand is most advanced sports qualifications Clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects are also ranked in the top 125 in the world.
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development (Te Ara Poutama)
The Faculty of Māori and indigenous development is at the cutting edge of Māori media, culture, communication and language. It offers qualifications that will prepare students to contribute in media, business, community and government organisations.

Entry requirements

English language requirements
International applicants need to prove their level of English to gain entry into AUT programmes. IELTS is the preferred English test for most AUT qualifications.
Other recognised tests include Certificate in English for Academic Study, GIE, TOEFL iBT, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English.
For undergraduate study, students will need the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher. For postgraduate study, students will need IELTS 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher.
Students who do not meet the English language requirements for entry into an AUT programme can study English at AUT International House.
AUT International House based at the City Campus offers a range of qualifications, including GIE - the AUT university entrance and preparation programme.
Undergraduate entry requirements
All applicants need to meet AUT is minimum requirements to gain entry into a bachelor is degree.
International Baccalaureate (IB) with successful completion of a minimum of 24 points (or)
Cambridge International Examination with a minimum of 120 points at A or AS level from any subjects which are broadly equivalent to the subjects in the NCEA approved subject list (or)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) with three A-levels including one C grade or better. A result in General Studies cannot be included among the 3 on which the application is based.
Pathway options
International students who don it meet the academic requirements can enrol in a foundation programme for entry into an AUT programme. The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies is delivered by Academic Colleges Group (ACG), which has one of the best records in New Zealand for international education.
More information on pathway options can be found on our website.
Postgraduate entry requirements
Entry requirements for AUT postgraduate study may vary by programme. Minimum entry requirements are a successfully completed bachelor is degree, in the same area of study from a recognised university.
Some programmes require relevant work or research experience.
Students can find subject-specific entry requirements on the programme pages.


AUT has three campuses around Auckland - the City, North and South campus - that offer contemporary learning spaces and facilities.
City Campus
The City Campus is in the heart of Auckland. It is AUT is biggest campus and is home to most academic units and the central administration, including the Vice-Chancellor is office. The campus has state-of-the- art learning spaces to facilitate group study. The Campus is close to many Auckland attractions including the Sky Tower, cinemas, restaurants and bars.
North Campus
Based in Northcote, the North Campus is home to education, health and sports courses. It offers facilities including student accommodation, cafes, a sports centre, modern spaces to study, comfortable lecture theatres and lots of wide open green space.
South Campus
South Campus is located in the heart of Manukau. The campus boasts modern new buildings that have many study areas. Large open spaces allow students to socialise and make new friends. Manukau train station is a 15-minute walk from the South Campus.


Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is spread across three campuses in Auckland, New Zealand, and offers over 250 courses in subjects ranging from art and design to languages. It prides itself on being the number one millennial university, and is ranked in the top 50 universities under 50 years old. Auckland itself, meanwhile, was ranked 28th in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, receiving a high score in factors such as quality of living and having a large student community.
Students can get careers advice from the University's Employability Lab, which offers help with writing a CV and cover letter, improving interview techniques, and making contacts with employers to get work experience.
The University offers a wide range of support services to help make life as stress-free as possible for students during their time studying. These include a disability support service, international student support, a confidential counselling service, and spiritual and religious support for students of all faiths.
There are a wide range of clubs and societies on offer for AUT students to get involved with during their spare time. These range from subject-specific to sports clubs. As New Zealand's leading sports university, students also have access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, including sports centres and the opportunity to work with a personal trainer.
During their time studying, students have the opportunity to spend some of their time in another country through an international exchange programme, at one of AUT's partner institutions. Students are encouraged to do so to stand out from the crowd after graduation, as well as gaining new life and cultural experiences.

Scholarships & funding

There are many scholarships available for international students who want to study at AUT. The scholarships database offers information about over 100 AUT scholarships.
AUT Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships
AUT awards scholarships to high achieving research candidates applying to an approved doctoral programme. The scholarship is offered to encourage doctoral studies in areas that enhance the University's research capability. The scholarship, valued at NZD 25,000, consists of an annual stipend plus tuition fees and student services levy for up to three years.
Master of Arts Scholarship in Applied Language Studies or Professional Language Studies
This scholarship aims to encourage and support postgraduate study in the area of Language Teaching or Applied Language Study. The scholarship valued at NZD 8,000 towards first year fees is open to international students who have demonstrated academic excellence in past tertiary study.
Business, Economics and Law Doctoral Fees Scholarship
This scholarship aims to encourage and support students with an excellent academic record to undertake doctoral research in the Faculty of Business and Law. The applicants should meet the admission criteria of the doctoral programme and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in their prior undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Teaching quality

AUT provides students with an exceptional learning experience that features highly-rated teaching techniques and practice. Curiosity, creativity, connection and collaboration are at the core of teaching to prepare students for enriching and viable careers.
Exceptional learning experiences
As New Zealand is university of technology, AUT encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. The teaching methodology is creative, interactive and responsive, characterised by contemporary approaches, technologies and resources.
The interactive classroom environment allows students to become inquiring and agile thinkers, and communicate with a broad understanding of the world. Academic staff are research active and at the forefront of their disciplines. AUT is internationally ranked in 13 subject areas and has received five stars for excellence in teaching.

What's new

Top University for international outlook
AUT was ranked 15th in the world and first in Australasia for International Outlook, based on its ability to attract international students, in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2018, AUT was ranked 84th.
Times Higher Education also ranked AUT as one of the world is top 150 young universities, based on the quality of teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. AUT is one of the worlds' top millennial universities, ranked in the top 30 in the world.
Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide
AUT is ranked as one of the top 500 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2019. This ranking puts AUT in the top 2% of universities worldwide.
In the QS ranking of the top 50 world universities under 50 years old, AUT is ranked in the 61-70 band. AUT is the 16th youngest institution acknowledged in this ranking.
QS Stars
AUT has been awarded the highest rating of five stars for excellence in teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness by QS World University Rankings.
Know more about AUT is rankings and awards.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 441st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 401st

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation




Post Graduate


Overall Cost of Living Value

NZ$ 11.960

Campus Accomodation Value

NZ$ 11.608

Undergraduate Value

NZ$ 31.960

Postgraduate Value

NZ$ 34.950

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6


Post Graduate : 90

Undergraduate : 80

AUT Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships

An annual stipend of NZ $25,000 per year, plus tuition fees and student services fee

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) awards scholarships to high achieving candidates applying to an approved doctoral programme at AUT. AUT offers Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships in order to attract highly achieving doctoral research students to AUT and to encourage and stimulate doctoral studies in areas that enhance the University's research capability. Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Academic Calendar at the time of application. Applicants must meet the normal admission criteria for the doctoral programme. Recipients of this scholarship will have excellent academic record, strong academic references and have demonstrated the potential for high quality research. Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and recipients of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first class honours.   Previous study should include research methodology paper(s) and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research. The applicant is proposed field of study must be one where the University can offer supervision.  Applicants should contact potential supervisors prior to application to confirm the availability of supervision for their proposed research. Professional Doctorate candidates may apply at the time of submission of the PGR9. Preference will be given to new applicants to the doctoral programme at AUT, including those currently in provisional candidature.

All international

It is not possible to submit incomplete scholarship applications through the online application process. In order for the application to be submitted applicants must complete all sections and request the required support statements. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.  The following documents or statements will need to be uploaded and submitted with the application by AUT VC Doctoral Scholarship On-line Application Form; Academic transcript(s) for any previous tertiary study that was completed at a university other than AUT A brief C.V. (maximum three pages) A two page proposal outlining the intended research using the template provided with the online application form. The applicant will be asked to provide the following details:             Proposed Topic/Title Rationale and significance of the study Key Question/hypothesis/problem/issue to be investigated: Design of the study; the methodology and research technique(s) to be employed in the study Research benefits References Please note the proposal must be two pages only (1,000 words) plus a maximum of one page for any references. If a longer document is provided you will be asked to revise the document to meet the requirements or the approved PGR2.

15 October 2018

Awarua Trust Scholarship

Up to NZ $2,000 (or more by approval)

Scholarships are available to individuals who exhibit dedication towards the development of educational skills with a focus on the following: The advancement of education in all aspects of and research into sustainable and efficient farming and agricultural practices and To advance education and to relieve poverty by supporting the social and economic development, and education in New Zealand, of persons of Pacific Island and in particular Solomon Island descent.

All international

Scholarship applications will be considered twice a year, in July and December. All applications should be received by the Trustees by the end of June and November in each year to be considered by the Trustees.

30 June 2018

Colab PhD/MPhil Fees Scholarship

Full fees-PhD; Domestic equivalent fees- MPhil

The scholarships is open to international applicants. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil programme at AUT. The scholarships are available on merit to international students. Preference will be given to proposals in areas of interdisciplinary engagement pertinent to Colab is aims and research focus.

All international

The applicant must submit the application by the closing date and upload: Copies of transcripts for any study completed at an institution other than AUT A copy of the Research Proposal (PGR1 or PGR2) that will be submitted as a component of the application for admission.

14 December 2018

Mr M and Mrs T Olechnowicz Scholarship

NZ$1,200.00 (US$ 835) total value

Applicants must be enrolled or intending to be enrolled for an approved course of study at a New Zealand university. The Trustees shall determine both who shall be awarded the Scholarship and also the value of each award. They will consider the following criteria: the past scholastic record of the applicant; the aptitude and suitability of the applicant for their proposed course of study; the financial needs of the applicant; the interest of the applicant in, and his or her contribution to the Polish community in New Zealand; such other matters as they consider relevant.

All international, Poland

By application form available online.

31 October 2018

New Zealand Development Scholarships

Please contact the provider

New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) give candidates from selected developing countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country. NZDS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government is overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). NZDS are for postgraduate study in New Zealand and are available to candidates from specific African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, and from Bhutan, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. NZDS are also available for undergraduate study to candidates from Timor Leste.

All international

Applicants can apply online.

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

New Zealand University annual tuition fees and associated student levies; an annual living stipend of NZ $25,000 per year (tax free); Medical insurance coverage up to NZ $600 annually

The NZIDRS is a prestigious, highly competitive scholarship. It is awarded based on academic excellence and the benefit of the candidate is proposed research to New Zealand. Recipients of this award will have an academic record placing them within the top 5% of PhD candidates worldwide. In order to apply for the NZIDRS you must meet ALL five eligibility criteria. These criteria are non-negotiable. You must hold a minimum grade equivalent to a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale or an A to A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification You must have a confirmed, non-conditional offer of place for a (direct-start) PhD programme at a New Zealand university If you have commenced your PhD studies in New Zealand, your start date must be after 01 July 2016 You must conduct your PhD study in New Zealand (not from a distance) You must not hold citizenship or PR status in New Zealand or Australia. Selection Criteria The NZIDRS are awarded based on academic excellence and the impact of the PhD research for New Zealand. Applications must propose research that has a clear, direct and tangible positive effect on: New Zealand is economy, in terms of international trade and business development in key sectors, OR New Zealand is population in terms of health and safety, OR Research and scholarship in either of the above two areas Approved Disciplines Applications are welcomed from eligible candidates undertaking relevant research in any discipline.

All international

To complete this application, you will need to upload the following documents: Evidence of citizenship for every country for which you hold citizenship Evidence of an unconditional offer of place for a PhD programme from a New Zealand university Academic transcripts, grading scale and certificates of completion Curriculum Vitae You will also need to provide the names and emails of two academic referees for your references.

Overall Review

Overall Experience : 3.7 / 5

Admission Process : 4 / 5

Scholarships : 2 / 5

Life Experience : 4 / 5

Job Prospects : 4 / 5