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Located on the northwestern tip of the North Island, Auckland (population 1.5 million) is the largest city in New Zealand and home to an eclectic population of Europeans and Pacific Islanders. Known as the “City of Sails” for the abundance of boats in its harbor, the metropolitan area features over 100 miles of coastline. Come study abroad with API in Auckland and see for yourself why the city is consistently rated one of the world’s most livable cities! Parks, festivals, shopping, clubs, pubs, dining, and tours, all within 15-30 minutes walk.

API students have the opportunity to study abroad in Auckland at the innovative AUT University. Founded in 1895, AUT University describes itself as “the university for the changing world,” is focused on providing student-centered, innovative and responsive learning experiences. The main campus is in the heart of the city, a mere 10-15 minute walk to the harbor area. Approximately 22,000 students are enrolled at AUT University, of which nearly 4,000 are international students.

Students can choose from subjects such as art and design, business, computer science, environmental science, hospitality and tourism, Maori studies, public policy, sport and recreation, and much more.

The University of Auckland, the top university in the country for teaching and research, is also located in the city’s historic center, close to the central business and shopping districts and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Twice the size of AUT, UA has a student enrollment of 42,000 including 6,700 international students. Founded in 1883, UA is ranked in the top 100 universities by QS World University with 16 subject areas in the top 50. UA offers comprehensive degree programs within Faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Education and Social Work, Engineering, and Science. The Business School has Triple Crown accreditation from AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS, and AMBA.

“I am glad that I went with a program and that there were a lot of people in our group. I was really worried about making friends, but most of my good friends from the trip I met through API!"

Karen S. University of Mary Washington
  • Discover More Small New Zealand Auckland Staff

    Cultural Activities

    • Hike up Rangitoto volcano
    • Rock climbing
    • Surf lessons
    • Rugby game
    • Comedy/quiz nights
    • Hobbiton
  • Discover More Small New Zealand Auckland Api Gives Back

    API Gives Back

    API students in Auckland have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including working with the local SPCA, beach cleanup projects, and fundraising for cancer and blindness charities.

  • Discover More Small New Zealand Auckland To Do

    Things to Do

    Check out the views of Auckland from Sky Tower

    Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

    Fill your belly at the Elliott Stables Food Quarter

    Watch the sun come up on a beach on the east, then watch it set at a beach on the west!

    Hike the many trails around the city!

  • Discover More Small New Zealand Auckland Food



    Māori hāngī (traditonial islander cooking)

    Hokey pokey (vanilla ice cream with honeycomb)

    Fish and chips on the beach!

  • Discover More Small New Zealand Auckland Festival

    Festivals & Holidays

    Pasifika Festival (March)

    Takapuna Auckland Wine and Food Festival (February)

    The Big Day Out (January-February)

    Queenstown Winter Festival (June)

    Waitangi Day (February)

  • Discover More Small New Zealand Auckland University

    University Highlights

    AUT University is the second-largest and fastest growing university in New Zealand and is ranked among the top 3% of universities worldwide, and in the top 60 universities under 50 years.

    The University of Auckland is ranked among the world's best universities for many of the subjects it offers - indeed, 16 subjects are ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings (including archaeology, education, English, psychology, anatomy & physiology).

U.S. Staff

On-Site Staff

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Tiana and Pierre Perez

Tiana and Pierre Perez are the Auckland Resident Directors and will be there for you during your stay abroad.