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University of Auckland

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.

Accreditations, ranking and awards

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.

Locations

Auckland University consists of a number of modern buildings (including six campuses) located next to Albert Park near the city centre.

Student numbers

In 2012, 40,784 students were enrolled, 5301 of them citizens of other countries.

Key study areas

Auckland University has eight faculties:

  • Law;
  • Engineering;
  • Education;
  • Business School;
  • Medicine and health;
  • Natural sciences;
  • Theology;
  • Humanities …

… And three institutions: Bioengineering, Creative Arts and Industries, and Liggins Institute (study of children’s health).

Popular programmes

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.

Duration of studies

Most degrees will take three to four years, depending on the chosen programme of study.

Tuition fees

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.

Admission requirements

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.

Accommodation options

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.

Interesting facts

  • The University of Auckland is completely non-smoking.
  • In July 2011, UA was given a 14 hectare winery for its Wine Science programme.

Famous alumni

  • The Rt. Hon. Tuilaepa Malielegaoi became the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa in 1998.
  • In 2012 Mahe Drysdale was Olympic rowing champion in London, and in 2008 he was the New Zealand flag-bearer at the opening ceremony in Beijing.

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