Chinese student support

Support and advice


We understand how hard it can be when you start living and studying in New Zealand. We are here to help you to overcome any difficulties. You can use Chinese language to ask about almost anything, from AUT regulations, enrolment, programme selection and study techniques.

Our services are free and confidential. Drop in or make an appointment with a Chinese Student Advisor.

Academic workshops

When you begin studying at AUT, you may find the learning styles different from those that you used before. Essay writing, class examinations, group works and oral presentations can be challenging. In the first four weeks of each semester, the Chinese Centre works with the Learning Development Centre and school lecturers to organise a series of workshops to help you learn important skills and survival strategies. Make sure you take advantage of these workshops which are especially organised for Chinese students.

For more information about the academic workshops, please see workshops and events.

Chinese peer tutoring services

We offer a free peer tutoring service to Chinese students who are experiencing some difficulties in mastering the material of a particular paper. Assistance with study skills, time management and organisation is also available.

Please click here to find out about our Chinese peer mentors, the subjects and papers they cover.

Chinese peer mentors wanted
We need senior Chinese students to help new and struggling students. If you are interested in becoming a paid peer tutor, please contact the Chinese Student Advisor, Karen DAI, at

Benefits from being a peer mentor include 

  • Gaining satisfaction from helping other Chinese students
  • Enhancing your communication, problem solving, time management and leadership skills
  • Refining your tutoring skills
  • Adding value to your CV
  • Making new friends
  • Earning extra money

You must be

  • A senior student
  • Excellent in your study
  • Able to offer useful coping strategies
  • Competent in communicating with others
  • Able to make yourself available when approached for help

Social activities and networking

Your life in New Zealand should be about more than study. Socialising, networking, making new friends, experiencing New Zealand outdoor activities and fitting into the local culture should be part of your life here. The AUT Chinese Centre, in association with the AUT Chinese Student Association, organises various social activities such as a free BBQ, a ski trip, camping, sightseeing and a mid-semester ball. We also organise for our Chinese students to participate in community volunteer work and contribute cultural performances to major events in New Zealand. We encourage you to make the most of your life in New Zealand and enjoy the experience!

For information on our upcoming activities please see workshops and events.

Facilities and resources

The Chinese Centre provides a home-like space for all Chinese students at AUT. You are welcome to use the Centre for studying, group assignments or just relaxing between classes. Here you can meet students from your programme and make friends with them. Additional resources include 5 AUT standard computers, newly subscribed Chinese magazines, and a printer. You can use your ID to borrow the magazines and enjoy reading them at home. This is your home at AUT!

Useful links

Last updated: 23-Feb-2018 8.46am

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