Ranked one of the best universities in New Zealand by both Times Higher Education and QS, the University of Auckland promotes an academic structure, which prioritises research and places great value on fostering, publishing and disseminating research of the highest international quality.
In this series of #Admissions Connect, we have the admissions team of the university decoding the university for you. Know all about the admissions criteria, popular courses and the admission cycle of University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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Q.What is the strength of the Indian student community in the university?
A. The University of Auckland has a strong Indian student community, which is reflective of the wider Indian community in Auckland. Approximately 2,500 of our students are Indian (roughly 6% of our student population), which includes nearly 300 international students from India and 2,200 New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.
The Indian student community is active on campus in the form of the University of Auckland Indian Society. This student-run club is a platform for Indian students to meet one another and socialise, and for current students to help new students from India get used to the way of life in Auckland. The club also celebrates Indian culture in Auckland through art, dance forms and festivals.
Q. What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?
A. The University of Auckland is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, and is the highest-ranked university in New Zealand (QS World University Rankings 2014/15). Our students learn in world-class facilities, are taught by academics who are leaders in their fields, and have access to state-of-the-art information technology. The university prioritises research and research-led teaching, placing great value on fostering, publishing and disseminating research of the highest international quality. Many postgraduate students have the opportunity to work alongside top researchers and contribute to the research activities of the university.
Students are supported in their learning by friendly teaching and academic staff who are willing to answer questions and offer guidance. The university recognises that many aspects of a student’s life can impact their learning experience, and therefore offers a wide range of services on campus from healthcare, to academic workshops, to a recreation centre, to career coaching, as well as international student advisors who offer specialised support to our international students.
The university’s location in the centre of Auckland city, nearby to beaches, islands and forests, means that students can have both a big-city lifestyle and escape to enjoy the beauty of nature that New Zealand is famous for. Students can easily make friends by living in university accommodation where organised social activities are frequent, or by joining a student club. There are nearly 200 clubs at the university, where students can meet friends with similar interests in everything from sports, singing, charity, politics, to food and culture.
One of the most notable things about the student experience at the University of Auckland is the global nature of our student population. Auckland is a very multicultural city, with a blend of European, Māori, Pacific and Asian cultures. Students from all around the world study at the University of Auckland – 15% of our students are international students from over 110 different countries, all contributing to a global perspective in our classes and tutorials.
Q.What are some of the popular programmes among Indian students?
A. We get a lot of interest from Indian students in our taught postgraduate programmes. In the field of Engineering, many Indian students apply for our Master of Engineering Studies programmes. Available in 16 specialisations, including Construction Management and Geotechnical Engineering, these programmes are industry-focused and industry-integrated, and are ideal for students looking to gain advanced technical knowledge and skills or a foundation for management. The Master of Engineering and Master of Engineering Management are also very popular with Indian students.
Our taught Business Masters programmes are another popular option, and are open to graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including business, arts, engineering, technology or science. These programmes are taught by the business schools' most senior staff, and with small class sizes, one-on-one career coaching, an emphasis on work experience, and industry networking events, students are given every opportunity to excel and graduate to begin their business career. Students can specialise in applied finance, international business, management, marketing or professional accounting.
For students with science undergraduate degrees, our postgraduate diploma in science is a popular choice, especially in the fields of computer science, pharmacology and biological sciences. Graduates of this one-year programme may be eligible to proceed on to masters study.
Q.What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?
A. Academic requirements
Entry requirements vary depending on the programme, so students should check our website for specific details. The ranking of the institution at which the student has completed his previous study is taken into account, as are the student’s grades. A, B or a B- average is required for entry into most programmes. In general, the requirements are:
One-year masters programmes:A bachelor honours postgraduate degree in a relevant field, or a postgraduate diploma.
Two-year masters programmes: A bachelor degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent qualification.
Graduate diploma: A satisfactory level of competence in the subject area attested by a bachelors degree, or approved professional qualification or professional practical experience.
Postgraduate diploma: A satisfactory level of competence in the subject area attested by a bachelors degree, or an equivalent qualification.
Bridging programme (eg graduate certificate): A bachelor degree, or an equivalent qualification.
Applicants must also have English language test results that are no more than two years old. The universityaccepts a range of qualifications including:
- Central and State Board Exams (undergraduate programmes only). Applicants must have an overall score of at least 75% *
- Academic IELTS 6.5, with no band less than 6.0*
- TOEFL (paper-based) 575 (TWE 4.5)*
- TOEFL (internet-based) 90 (written 21)*
Some programmes such as those in education, law, medicine, social work and translation require higher scores.
Q.When do applications open?
A. Applications are open all year round, and it is recommended that international students apply as early as possible to allow plenty of time to arrange visas, travel and accommodation.
Research masters– Students who are doing a research masters programme can start on 1st March, 15th July or 1st December.
PhD– Prospective PhD students can both apply and begin their studies at any time throughout the year.
Q.Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians? Please elaborate.
A. All international PhD students at the university pay the same fees as New Zealand students (the annual fee for 2014 is NZ $6,253). Prospective students can search for applicable scholarships on the university website.
Masters or PhD candidates whose post-study career plans include contributing to the development of India can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship; and PhD and Doctoral candidates are also eligible to apply for a New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship which covers full fees as well as providing a stipend to cover living expenses.
Q.Many international students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off theirstudent debts. Do you guide your students in finding internships and jobs?
A. University of Auckland qualifications are internationally-recognised, meaning our graduates are employable throughout the world. The university has a very good reputation with employers globally; in the latest QS World University Rankings, we were rated 57th in the world in the Employer Reputation survey and QS has awarded the university a five stars plus rating for employability.
To support our students in maximizing their employability and career potential, the university provides dedicated career development and employment services, which students can access throughout their programme and up to three years after they graduate. Students can attend workshops to learn effective job search methods, including how to create a CV and cover letter and how to prepare for a job interview. Students can also get one-on-one career coaching to help identify and build soft skills that increase employability.
Additionally, our faculties are well connected with the industries they represent in New Zealand and work with our career development and employment services to host industry networking events, guest speakers from industry and career fairs, where students can learn about and meet potential employers.
Full-time international students in New Zealand may work up to 20 hours per week while studying, and may also be eligible for a “post-study work visa” allowing them to work full time in New Zealand after graduating.