Frequently asked questions

This page answers some frequently asked questions about Orientation at AUT.

When is Orientation?

Orientation is the week before lectures start for both Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Why should I attend Orientation?

Students who attend Orientation are more likely to get better grades.  They also feel more connected to peers and AUT. 

Who should attend Orientation?

If you are new to AUT or about to start a new programme with us, YOU should attend.

How do I get to Orientation?

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get to Orientation, so AUT shuttle buses are free for all new students during Orientation Week. Read more about travelling between our campuses

What happens at Orientation?

Orientation is full of activities and workshops, designed especially for new students. We expect all new students to attend Orientation, whether you’re new to AUT or new to your programme.

What will I learn at Orientation?

Heaps – including critical info about your programme and its location, study skills, tips for being a successful student, commonly used AUT terms and what they mean, access to IT systems and services.

Who will I meet at Orientation?

Key staff who will guide you through your academic and university life, and other students in your programme. Undergraduate students will also connect with our AUT Student Ambassadors, who help new students go from feeling unsure and nervous, to feeling confident and excited about starting university.

Will I meet other people like me?

Orientation is a great time to meet other students – some of whom may become your friends for life.

What should I wear to Orientation?

Make sure you wear clothes that are casual and comfortable for your first day on campus.

What should I bring with me?

  • Your Orientation ticket (this will be emailled to you after 1 February)
  • Your completed pre-arrival checklist
  • Your student ID card
  • Something to take notes with (notebook, laptop, etc.)
  • Refreshments (AUT cafes will be open)

I can't attend Orientation - what should I do?

Orientation is essential so that you get off to a good start. Try and rearrange work or personal commitments in order to attend. Check back to our Orientation website if you have missed Orientation and we will have some key points available.

What is a faculty?

A faculty is a way of organising the university into groups. It’s a little bit like ‘houses’ at high school. There are five faculties at AUT.

The tables below will help you find your faculty.

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law
Business School
School of Economics
Law School

Faculty of Culture and Society

School of Hospitality and Tourism

School of Language and Culture
School of Social Sciences and Public Policy
School of Education
Conflict Resolution
Early Childhood
Culinary ArtsCreative Writing
Event Management Deaf Studies
Food and BeverageEnglish and New Media Studies
Social Sciences
International Hospitality Management International Studies
International Tourism Management Interpreting
Patisserie Japanese

NZ Sign Language
 Pasifika Early Childhood Teaching



Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
Art and Design
Communication Studies
Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Creative Technologies
Communication Design
Advertising Creativity
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Architectural Engineering
Digital Design
Creative Industries
Applied Mathematics
Digital Fabrication
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Fashion Design
Digital Media
Film and Animation
Mechanical Engineering
Product Design
Computational Intelligence
Game Development
Marine and Offshore Engineering
Spatial Design
Public Relations
Computer Science
Interactive Multimedia
Naval Architecture
Textile Design
IT Service Science
Network and Communication Engineering
Visual Arts
Television and Screen Production
Networks and Security
Smart Systems
Construction Engineering
  Software Development
Sound and Creative Audio
Computer and Mobile Systems Engineering
   Web  Applications

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
Health SciencesSciencesSport and Recreation
Applied Conservation
Health Promotion
Health and Physical Education
Environmental Sciences
Food Safety
Outdoor Education
Occupational Therapy
Food Science
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Oral Health
Geospatial Science
Sport and Exercise Science
Health Protection
Marine Biology
Medical Laboratory Science

Faculty of Māori Indigenous Development
Māori Media
Māori DevelopmentTe reo language coursesHistory

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Last updated: 06-Nov-2017 7.40am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.