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

Gain hands on experience with an optional internship in your field

Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or Queenstown (Spring).

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

Program Details


Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments in either Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or in Queenstown (Spring). You can expect an introduction to Maori culture and experience New Zealand’s natural beauty. After this packed four-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.  

Note: Students studying during the Spring semester will have their orientation in Queenstown and students studying during the Fall Semester will have their orientation in Auckland and Rotorua.  


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 LGBTQ+ 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.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. 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.

Meet the Team


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 campuses, 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, Queen 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 Communications, Hospitality and Tourism, and the Art and Design School is ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings).
  • As a study abroad student at AUT, you can enroll in four courses, or two courses and an internship for credit.


AUT University is located in the city center of Auckland. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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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 (45 and 60 AUT points), which usually transfers back as 12-16 US semester credits or 18-24 US quarter credits.

Students will be enrolled in their courses by AUT approximately two weeks before departure and will finalize enrollment during the AUT International Student Orientation on-campus.

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).

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Public Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Engineering, Architectural
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Construction
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Materials Science
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Food Science
  • Health Administration
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy / Physiotherapy
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Criminology
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Maori Studies
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Aquaculture
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Geoscience
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Art
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Photography
  • Spatial Design
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design



TEAN students have the opportunity to complete an internship during the semester. Requirements include completing a part-time, supervised work placement in the field of your choice and studying two other AUT courses. You will spend 15 to 20 hours per week at your work placement in addition to attending classes and completing assignments related to your internship. AUT offers a wide range of placements in most fields except health/medical and education.



  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students with a GPA below 2.5 are encouraged to 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.

Rugby Union

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.

Rangitoto Hike

Take the ferry across to Rangitoto Island and spend the afternoon hiking this volcanic island with gorgeous views over Auckland.

Coffee Breaks

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.


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.


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!

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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.

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Program Dates

Application Deadlines

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 1
Fall Deadline April 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Nov 15
Fall Payment Deadline April 15

spring 2023

Depart the US Feb 11
Arrive in New Zealand Feb 13
TEAN Orientation Feb 13 – 16
University Orientation Feb 20
Classes Begin Feb 27
Semester Break April 7 – 23
Classes End June 2
Study Period June 3 – 5
Exam Period June 6 – 23
Program Ends June 24

Fall 2023

Depart the US TBD
Arrive in New Zealand Early July
TEAN Orientation TBD
Housing Move-In TBD
University Orientation TBD
Classes Begin TBD
Semester Break TBD
Classes End TBD
Study Period TBD
Exam Period TBD
Program Ends Mid Nov

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: $14,995
  • University off-campus housing: $5,375

Fall 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: TBD
  • University off-campus housing: TBD

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 4-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • 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 flight itineraries and booking agent
  • Extensive pre-departure advising
  • 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 ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,700)
  • Student visa ($30)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.

Maori Studies at AUT

Immerse yourself in Maori culture – AUT offers a range of courses within the Te Ara Poutama –  the Faculty of Māori Development – that allow you to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Students Say
"The course on Maori culture helped me understand so much of what I was seeing, like the Ta Moko (tattoos) and the carvings which were prevalent everywhere."
Carson Nicodemus, California Lutheran University

We Love Auckland

Kate Hilby

Associate Director - Enrollment Management

auckland TIP

If you are feeling in the mood for a sweet treat, Giapo on Gore Street in Britomart 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, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia 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 several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

Kelly Pihema Berridge

Director of Operations - New Zealand & Fiji

Open-Air Movies

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.

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