FAQs about AUT student exchange

Why should I go on a student exchange?

Returned exchange students are usually bursting with enthusiasm about their experiences. By going on a student exchange you will:

  • Learn a lot – academically and personally
  • Return with more self-confidence and maturity
  • Gain experience of a new culture, plus a greater appreciation of New Zealand culture
  • Have the chance to add value to your degree – you'll experience different teaching and learning styles, and take papers that may not be available at AUT.

Where can I go on student exchange?

List of AUT exchange partners 

Who can go on a student exchange?

To be eligible to go on student exchange you must:

  • Be a full-time student in a bachelor's degree at AUT
  • Have completed your first year of study by the time you go on student exchange
  • Have achieved a B average grade in your tertiary studies 
  • Be a good ambassador for AUT and New Zealand
  • Have a strong commitment to making the most of the student exchange opportunity. 

Postgraduate student exchange: You can also apply for a student exchange if you're a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Business student. Other postgraduate exchanges may be possible – contact the International Programmes Coordinator.  

International students: International students can go on exchange. But if you want to go on exchange to your home country, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

What do I study? Will I be taught in English?

You'll study a number of papers related to your programme. All our partner universities teach and assess in English. Sometimes the choices you have are limited, so we recommend course planning as early as possible.

What is the "full-time for full-time" formula?

You are required to study a full-time load (of whatever length and structure) as set by the partner university for its own domestic students. This then equates to a full-time load of study at AUT (i.e. 60 credit points per semester). If you pass this full-time study load overseas, your study programme/degree is credited with 60 credit points per semester of study.

These credits are either specified (i.e. they relate to the requirements of a major) or unspecified (i.e. they relate to the elective part of your degree). 

How much does a student exchange cost?

Depending on where you go, a semester on student exchange costs around $12,000 to $15,000.

Some costs will include:

  • Flights
  • Travel
  • Insurance
  • Academic expenses (eg textbooks)
  • Accommodation and food
  • Living expenses
  • Entertainment

Do I still pay my AUT tuition fees while on exchange?

Yes. You still pay your standard tuition fees to AUT, but you don't pay tuition fees to your host university.

How can I pay for an exchange?

  • Student loan or allowance available from Studylink (if you're eligible for an interest-free student loan or allowance in New Zealand, you'll remain eligible while on exchange)
  • Scholarships
  • Family and community networks and organisations
  • Savings and Fundraising

When is the best time to go on exchange?

It depends on the programme you're studying:

  • 3-year degrees: you'd usually go during your fourth semester
  • 4-year degrees: you'd go any time during the second or third year
  • Business students (undergraduate): you'd normally go in the fourth or fifth semester.

Where can I live while on exchange?

Most of AUT’s partner universities have on-campus housing, and you will apply for this when you complete the application to your partner university.

Can I work while overseas?

Sometimes – but only for a limited number of hours per week. Check the embassy or consulate websites for each country for more information.

Am I on my own overseas?

You're only on your own if you choose to be. There will be students to mix/live with from the country you are living in and from other overseas partners. You can take up sport/artistic/community activities and interact with local people this way. There is always a specific staff member appointed at our partner universities to take charge of exchange arrangements and student welfare.  

Will it take longer to complete my degree?

No. An exchange won’t add any extra time onto your degree, as all the papers you study overseas are pre-approved by your programme leader.

You’ll need to choose a university that offers papers similar to what you’re studying at AUT.