The University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is the country’s largest and most diverse university. First year students have the opportunity to enrol for as many as 120 different undergraduate subjects across the university’s 8 faculties.
Auckland rates well on the influential QS University Rankings and the the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, making it attractive to both domestic and international students.
Auckland has 8 main faculties: Arts, Education (includes Social Work), Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science, plus the Business School and the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries. This last faculty, NICAI includes the School of Architecture and Planning, Elam School of Fine Arts, the School of Music and the Dance Studies Programme.
See a list of subjects you can study at the University of Auckland
Big numbers and often big classes
The university has more than 41,000 students enrolled, around two thirds being undergraduates. Arts and Science are the biggest faculties with more than 8000 students in each (including postgraduates). The Business School has more than 7,000 students enrolled each year, the Medical and Health Sciences faculty has 6,000 and Engineering over 4,100. More than 6,000 international students add a global flavour to Auckland’s numbers. You are among big numbers and often big classes at Auckland.
Research and research-led teaching are priorities for the University of Auckland and each faculty offers research opportunities of some form to their undergraduate students.
See more about research activities at the University of Auckland
Millions in scholarships across 8 faculties
Students like you are able to apply for over $34 million of scholarships at the university every year. Entry to the University of Auckland is increasingly competitive and many courses use prospective students’ rank scores as the criteria for a place.
Foundation and bridging courses to get you started
For school leavers without University Entrance via NCEA Level 3 or Cambridge examinations, the University of Auckland offers a number of pathways, these including the Tertiary Foundation Certificate programme. This intensive one year, full-time programme provides the skills and confidence to bring students up to Stage I university level. It can also be done by students who can’t get admission into the Bachelor programme of their choice because of a lower rank score. The Medical and Health Sciences faculty also offers the bridging Certificate in Health Sciences.
Campuses and Accommodation
Auckland operates from three city-based campuses, City, Grafton and Newmarket, while the Faculty of Education is based at the Epsom Campus and there is a range of courses based at the Tamaki Innovation Campus. All are easily connected by public transport.
If you are not from Auckland or want to live closer to campus, there are some 1500 hostel beds available for first year students. The halls or hostels are all fully catered and all are in multi-storey apartment complexes, the largest being the 422-resident O’Rorke Hall which is virtually on the main campus.
Read more about accommodation at the University of Auckland: useful e-book with hostel details
When not studying, students can join the activities of over 200 clubs within the university, or if you want to do part of your degree out of NZ, Auckland is linked to 110 partner universities via its 360 Auckland Abroad programme.
Living in Auckland puts you in New Zealand’s largest commercial and social hub, with growing opportunities for students to get part-time work, work experience and even future positions. The country's largest city has plenty of challenges, from high accommodation and transport costs to public transport issues, but if you love the hustle and bustle of what is becoming a true international city, Auckland may be the place for you.
Faculties you can study with at the University of Auckland: