- 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!
- 2.5 G.P.A. (3.0 G.P.A. for Internship Track)
- Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (Internship Track participants must be juniors or seniors)
- Completed API Application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Resume or CV (Internship Track only)
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Dates & Fees
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Auckland programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.
HOST CITY (AUCKLAND)
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.
NOHO MARAE WEEKEND
Taking place at the beginning of each semester, the Noho Marae (Marae is the Maori world for meeting place) weekend is an opportunity unique to AUT University students. During this weekend, students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from native Maori people, take part in Maori cultural performances, learn Maori art and crafts, spend a night in the authentic Marae, and participate in Maori feasts!
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.
Midway through the semester API students will fly to Rotorua on the north island for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture. In addition to seeing Maori arts and dance exhibitions, students will have the chance to experience some of the area’s natural wonders through zip-line and luge escapades, guided hikes and eco-tours of the local jungle, geysers, and thermal mud pools.
ADDITIONAL CULTURAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
- Sky Tower – Students will enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland from the Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure, followed by a taste of Auckland’s best gelato!
- Blue’s Rugby – Depending on the season, students will attend a game of rugby under the stars, watching the Auckland Blues take on one of their competitors!
- 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!
- Tree Adventures – Students will venture into a forest where they will climb through an obstacle course in the trees!