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Kickstart your career by studying at a world-class institution in New Zealand’s most popular destination for international students. Auckland has more than 400 schools and institutions to choose from, so you’re certain to find the place and programme to suit you.

Where can I study?

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Auckland is home to the University of Auckland, AUT and Massey University, as well as a wide range of institutes of technology, specialist education providers and English language schools. It also has a strong network of excellent primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

Why you should study in Auckland

Choose Auckland for your New Zealand study experience and you could be learning in an institution that is among the best in the world.

The University of Auckland placed 88th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, with 15 subjects in the top 50 in the world.

AUT had two subjects placed among the top 100 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. Its business school is ranked in the top 5% worldwide by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Massey University is ranked 287th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

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Auckland has more than 400 schools and institutions that welcome international students, so you’re certain to find the ideal courses or programme and place to study to help you achieve your goals.

The city has many tertiary providers offering high-quality vocational education and real-world learning, from certificate to postgraduate level.  

At school level, there’s a wide range of primary, intermediate and secondary schools to choose from. Auckland schools focus on academic success, English language support, co-curricular activities and helping students to develop warm, settled relationships with their communities and homestay families.    

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Expect Auckland to feel like a home away from home. The city is a hugely popular global education destination, hosting almost 70,000 international students.

You’ll be able to experience a truly internationalised city with more ethnic and cultural diversity than any other place in New Zealand.

All schools and institutions are legally required to prioritise the wellbeing of international students, who enjoy a high standard of care.  

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Learn more about studying in Auckland

Named one of the world’s top student cities, Auckland is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan global hub that is home to more than 200 ethnic groups. It combines big-city attractions with a stunning natural environment that includes beautiful beaches, lush forests, islands and volcanoes.

Why you should live in Auckland

Auckland was named in the top 30 of the QS Best Student Cities in 2019. The ranking was driven by Auckland’s large and diverse student community, as well as its inclusive, tolerant culture.

The listing also gave Auckland high scores for desirability, which reflects overall quality of life, and employer activity, which rates the city’s reputation among graduate recruiters.

Auckland was also ranked third-best city in the world in the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. It’s consistently ranked one of the world’s best place to live for its wide range of activities, cleanliness, infrastructure, people and climate.  

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Auckland has more than 200 ethnic groups and is one of the world’s most multicultural cities - even more culturally diverse than London, New York, Los Angeles and Sydney, according to the World Migration Report 2015.

Friendly, welcoming and cosmopolitan, Auckland is a truly global city where you are sure to feel at home.

Study in Auckland and you’ll experience its world-class shopping, lively restaurant-lined waterfront, vibrant arts and culture, buzzing nightlife, and the harbour adventures that are right on your doorstep.

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Auckland has the best of both worlds - big-city and global sophistication, plus an extraordinarily beautiful natural environment.

Within an hour of the city centre, you could be sailing, horse riding, hiking, surfing, paddle boarding or orca-spotting.

There are activities to suit every interest, from the relaxing to the wild. You could walk or bike through a dense forest, visit a vineyard, discover Māori culture and heritage, paddle a kayak or take in the views from the top of one of Auckland’s 50 volcanic cones.

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Auckland is a diverse and thriving city, and known as New Zealand’s gateway to the world. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is home to more than a third of Kiwis. As the country’s largest commercial hub, Auckland creates job opportunities in most industries for students while they’re studying and after graduation.

Why you should work in Auckland

As New Zealand’s financial and economic powerhouse, Auckland offers part-time and graduate jobs in most industries.

Auckland has huge opportunities for graduates - many stay on to work after gaining their internationally-recognised qualifications.

Auckland’s job market is particularly strong in business, science and technology, property, manufacturing and retail. There are also skills shortages in technology, food and beverages, and construction.


Auckland is New Zealand’s gateway city to the world. It hosts the headquarters of around two-thirds of New Zealand’s top 200 companies and accounts for about 35% of the New Zealand economy.

The city plays an important national role as a hub for the services sector, a centre of innovation and knowledge, and a vital entryway to the Asian/Pacific market.

The city’s large Asian population and similar time zones give it a unique opportunity to benefit from the rapid growth and emerging global importance of Asia.

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Auckland has a young, highly educated, innovative and well-connected working population, and many of its people have created world-leading change in their industries.

42% of people aged 15 and above in Auckland have a postgraduate qualification. The city has a skilled workforce and a high household income.

More than half of Auckland’s working-age population was born overseas, making the city’s workplaces exceptionally culturally diverse and welcoming to newcomers.

Almost 30% of Aucklanders speak more than one language, which contributes to the city’s rich and unique culture.

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Discover more about the Auckland region at aucklandnz.com/study

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