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API invites you to study abroad in New Zealand with AUT University in Auckland. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, AUT draws students from across the world and is known for its commitment to equity and inclusion. You can select from a broad range of courses across multiple academic disciplines, to include Art & Design, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Hospitality, Law, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Sport Management and Sport Sciences, and more! This program also includes opportunities to learn about New Zealand's Maori culture and heritage, as well as internship opportunities.

Enroll in classes with students from across the world, earn valuable credit toward your degree, experience life in this multicultural and cosmopolitan "City of Sails," and explore all this beautiful country has to offer!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Resident Coordinator


Medical and Life Insurance


Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  •  2.5 G.P.A. (3.0 G.P.A. for Internship Track)
  • Open to first year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (Internship Track participants must be juniors or seniors)
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Resume or CV (Internship Track only)
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 15, 2024 - Jun 22, 2024 $23,900 Nov 15, 2023 No Extension Dec 15, 2023

*Tuition and fees are included in the program fee but please note some universities charge extra tuition/fees for specialty areas in some science and engineering disciplines, for example, to cover laboratory, studio, or fieldwork. These fees will be billed separately but students will know in advance which papers are subject to additional fees.

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Auckland programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Auckland - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Auckland. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Blue's Rugby

    The best way to get to know New Zealand culture is through a good game of rugby! We’ll meet up, grab a bite to eat (meal not included in event), and take a train to the most famous Rugby field in Auckland - Eden Park, to watch our Auckland team take on another city!!

  • Comedy Night

    Students will attend a local comedy club performance as a group to better understand classic Kiwi humor for a night full of fun and laughs.

  • Hobbiton Tour

    Students will enter the magical world of ‘the Shire’ on this movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. Students will see where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed and pose for pictures in front of hobbit holes. The tour includes a visit to the party tree, Green Dragon Inn and Bilbo Baggins’ house, and an opportunity to learn from the guide about the making of the films. Afterward, enjoy a beverage in the Green Dragon Inn followed by lunch at The Shire’s Rest Café.

  • Sky Tower & Orbit 360

    Visit and experience the Sky Tower (the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere). After a walk around the tower and soaking in 360 degree views of Auckland, we indulge in a special dinner at heights!

  • Rangitoto Island Hike

    The group will a ferry over to one of Auckland’s dormant volcanoes and hike up to take in the spectacular views of the city!

  • Rotorua

    You will fly to Rotorua, middle of the North Island, for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture, the flora and fauna unique to the country, and partake in some fun activities!

  • Stand up paddle boarding

    Students will travel to Hobson Bay, one of the closest beaches to the city, and enjoy a fun session of stand up paddle boarding at Fergs Kayaks. One of the many things visitors learn about New Zealanders is that they love to be outdoors and on the water! So gear up and get ready to paddle and embrace living life like the locals!

  • Tree Adventures & Surf Lesson

    Students will enjoy climbing through an obstacle course high in the trees. We’ll stop for a short lunch break. After, students will try surfing on the West Coast of NZ - at a beautiful black sand beach.

  • Ziplining Waiheke Island

    Students will ferry to Waiheke Island and enjoy a few hours of guided ziplining through the trees.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester

API students at AUT University will be able to enroll in a variety of subject areas with over 4,000 students, including local “Kiwis” and other international students from over 85 countries. The program begins with a unique Noho Marae weekend orientation where international students will learn about and experience New Zealand’s Maori culture and heritage (for more information on this, see the excursion section).


AUT’s semester-long study-internship track provides API students the opportunity to undertake a part-time supervised work placement in their chosen field, along with 2 mainstream AUT courses (known as“papers”). This is equivalent to full-time status and will award 12-16 semester credits. Additional program details can be found on the ‘Course Offerings’ page. This track carries an additional fee.


API students receive their transcript from AUT University upon completion of their program.

  • Stephanni Greenan headshot

    Stephanni Greenan

    Stephanni Greenan will be your Program Coordinator and will help you prepare to go abroad!


  • Tiana Pierre Perez Photo

    Tiana and Pierre Perez

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

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Students participating in the API program at AUT University study alongside Kiwi (local) and other international students, and have a wide range of academic departments from which to select.


API partner universities in New Zealand operate on a credit ‘point’ system. Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” The credit point weight per paper varies from 15-20, depending on the course with 18 credit points most common. Generally speaking, one 18 point paper is generally equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits. Most students take 3-4 papers per semester for 54-72 credit points per semester or 12-16 U.S. semester credits. Given that point values vary, the way in which credits completed abroad will transfer to a student’s home campus will be under the discretion of the student’s home institution, and should be verified in advance.

Courses at AUT University

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at AUT University

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at AUT University

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

  • Classes taught in English
  • AACSB accredited
  • Internships available for credit
  • Special AUT and New Zealand scholarship opportunities available – see the API Scholarships Page!
  • Noho Marae orientation weekend – an authentic Maori cultural introduction to New Zealand!

All API Auckland students will be housed close to each other in student self-catered apartments on/near campus. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. Internet, linens, and utilities are included.