• The clocktower from Albert Park. Photo credit: The University of AucklandThe clocktower from Albert Park. Photo credit: The University of Auckland
  • Students performing a haka during international orientation week. Photo credit: The University of AucklandStudents performing a haka during international orientation week. Photo credit: The University of Auckland
  • Students outside Auckland Business School. Photo credit: The University of AucklandStudents outside Auckland Business School. Photo credit: The University of Auckland
  • At the waterfront in Auckland. Photo credit: The University of AucklandAt the waterfront in Auckland. Photo credit: The University of Auckland
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The University of Auckland is ranked 85 among the world’s top universities and is the only New Zealand university in the top 100.* We offer you the chance to gain an internationally recognised qualification from a top, research-led university. We are currently ranked 57 in the world for arts and humanities, 63 for social sciences and management, 94 for life sciences and medicine, 100 for engineering and technology, and 120 for natural sciences.*

Many of Auckland’s individual disciplines are ranked in the top 50 in the world, including archaeology (25); education (27); pharmacy and pharmacology (27); sports-related subjects (29); geography (30); performing arts (32); engineering – civil and structural (39); English language and literature (39); nursing (36); civil and structural engineering (37); English language and literature (38); psychology (40); philosophy (43); nursing (44); anthropology (45); and law (50).**

*QS World University Rankings 2020

**QS World University Rankings By Subject 2019

An Impressive Range Of Programmes

The University of Auckland offers a huge variety of programmes and courses at bachelors, masters and doctoral level across its eight faculties. In addition to over 30 undergraduate programmes to choose from, there are 130 postgraduate programmes on offer across 220 subjects, including PhDs in over 100 different subjects. Options range from strong traditional disciplines to emerging cross-disciplinary subjects.

Research-led learning

Great learning begins with great lecturers. The University has over 2,000 academic staff including researchers, scholars and creative artists, many of whom are at the top of their field, nationally and internationally. Your courses will incorporate the latest findings and perspectives related to your discipline, including the research carried out by your lecturers. You will be encouraged to attend free research seminars, lectures and events, where you can hear about projects being conducted by staff and postgraduate students, as well as by visitors from around New Zealand and overseas. 

You will have access to excellent resources, equipment and facilities, including research laboratories and New Zealand’s largest university library.

A global perspective

At the University of Auckland you will join over 8,000 international students from more than 120 countries for a truly global experience. Internationally, the University is a member of three prestigious research-led university consortia: Universitas 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and the Worldwide Universities Network.

A great campus location

The University’s main City Campus is just a five-minute walk away from Auckland’s bustling central business district. Auckland is a cosmopolitan, vibrant city with plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and theatres to enjoy. Auckland’s unique location between two harbours also offers access to stunning beaches, subtropical islands and coastal forest walks.

Academic and personal support services for students

The University of Auckland offers a wide range of academic, personal, financial and career support services. Our dedicated Career Development and Employment Services provide ongoing support, information and resources to help you prepare for your career or consider further study. We also have a team of international student support staff available to assist you at every stage of your academic journey.

Why study at Auckland?

  • The Mercer 2019 Quality of Living Rankings ranks Auckland as the third most liveable city in the world
  • The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019 ranks the University of Auckland #1 in New Zealand and #71 worldwide
  • The Times Higher Education Global University Employability Rankings 2018 placed the University among the 150 best universities worldwide for delivering work-ready graduates
  • The University scored the highest possible rating of Five Stars Plus in the QS Stars University Ratings, with maximum five-star ratings in the following categories: Teaching; Employability; Research; Facilities; Internationalisation; Innovation and Inclusiveness
  • The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest research organisation with more than 13,000 staff and postgraduate students involved in fundamental and applied research – generating around NZ$230 million in annual research revenue
  • The University of Auckland ranked No. 1 for two consecutive years in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE)






The student’s view: Duncan Preston

UK student Duncan is studying toward a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) at the University of Auckland. He previously gained a BA (Hons) from Bangor University. 

“I came to New Zealand for the first time in 2016 on a working holiday visa and fell in love with Auckland, the country and the people. Before travelling, I had planned to complete the UK equivalent of this course [the PGCE], but decided to return to Auckland instead. It is my long term hope to stay in New Zealand and work towards residency.

“The academic staff here at the University of Auckland are welcoming, understanding and extremely interesting. I am a class rep for my peers and am about to embark on my second practicum placement. It will be the first time I have control of the classroom which will be a unique developmental experience.

“I have wanted to teach for some time but was hesitant to change careers and location. Finally I plucked up the courage to start afresh, travel, and pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. I am hoping that the course and the people I meet will enable me to pursue a career in primary education. Auckland, for me, is the perfect city – plenty to do, not too busy and easy to navigate.”

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