What can you study?

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive university. We offer courses in over 100 subjects. Study Abroad and Exchange students can select 3-4 courses per semester. Most courses include 2 lectures or classes per week and one tutorial or lab. Including assignments and out-of-class study, each course should involve about 10 hours work per week.

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, we have many academic staff who are at the top of their fields nationally and internationally. Your courses will incorporate the latest findings and perspectives related to the discipline, including the research carried out by your teachers. All our subject areas are highly ranked internationally, including 15 subjects that are ranked in the top 50 by the QS World Rankings. 

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016. We have 15 subjects ranked in the top 50 worldwide

An opportunity to try something new

Make the most of your Study Abroad experience by choosing subjects and courses that are unique to New Zealand or unavailable at your home institution.


Māori and Pacific Studies

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Māori Studies

Māori Studies will enable you to develop a rich appreciation and knowledge of Māori culture. You can choose from different aspects of Māori Studies to suit your interests and goals. Study opportunities include Māori language, Māori and the media, material culture, history, development, politics, and Māori performing arts (kapa haka). 

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Pacific Studies

Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Develop your knowledge and awareness of Pacific cultures, identities and experiences through Pacific Studies. You can explore and compare different Pacific performing arts, languages, cultures, art, literature, history and linguistics.

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Undergraduates can study an introduction to Wine Science with a special emphasis on grape growing and winemaking in New Zealand. A range of options are available at postgraduate level. The New Zealand wine industry is a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy and there are more than 500 wineries across the country. The University of Auckland owns Goldie Vineyard on Waiheke Island, an important winegrowing region of New Zealand located 40 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland.

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Be part of the most sophisticated and successful high-performance rugby programme in New Zealand. Under this arrangement you’ll enrol in three academic courses at the University alongside a semester-long workshop at the Auckland Rugby Academy. You’ll receive the same specialist coaching in technical and tactical skills, nutrition, and strength and conditioning as Auckland’s elite rugby players. This is a rare opportunity for male and female rugby players to gain a uniquely New Zealand sporting experience while also pursuing academic studies.

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Screen Tools is a hands-on course designed to set you up with the tools you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries. Instructed by The Hobbit actor John Callen, this course is ideal for students with an interest in filmmaking or scriptwriting. Over four weeks, students on this course work as a production team to produce a serial drama. Field trips to the Hobbiton movie set and Weta Workshop design and effects studio are included.

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