The University of Auckland was founded in 1883 as a new faculty of the University of New Zealand. Today it is New Zealand’s largest and the most respected university.
Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand and annually recognised as the best in the country. According to the QS World University Rankings in 2013, UA is 94th in the list of the best universities in the world. Together with the Universities of Toronto, Michigan, Singapore, and Melbourne and others, Auckland is a member of Universitas 21, in which the best universities in the world co-operate in development of research programmes.
Auckland University consists of a number of modern buildings (including six campuses) located next to Albert Park near the city centre.
In 2012, 40,784 students were enrolled, 5301 of them citizens of other countries.
Auckland University has eight faculties:
… And three institutions: Bioengineering, Creative Arts and Industries, and Liggins Institute (study of children’s health).
UA offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes, not only in theoretical but also in applied fields. In total there are 86 programmes, pathways that lead to various degrees, and about 40 kinds of diplomas. There is also a large selection of conjoint degree programmes.
Most degrees will take three to four years, depending on the chosen programme of study.
Auckland’s elite university status is reflected in the prices. The base cost of a Bachelor degree is between NZ$23,280 to $30,120 per year, depending on the faculty.
Foreign students will need TOEFL (from 550do 625 points on pBT, from 80 to 106 over iBT) or IELTS (6.0 to 7.5 points as a whole, from 5.5 to 7.5 points for individual language skills).
In addition, students from several countries, including Russia, must successfully complete a one-year foundation programme, because the secondary education certificate from Russia does not correspond to a similar school-leaving certificate issued in New Zealand.
In addition to academic buildings and libraries, there are student dormitories of several types located on the campus, including full board and lodging or room-only accommodation.
It is also possible to rent a separate apartment in the Railway Campus, which has a student lounge, a computer centre and a gym.
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