**Note: Currently, only College of Business Administration and Kinesiology majors may apply for the AUT exchange program.**
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is a contemporary university, with a distinctive approach to teaching and learning that is focused on providing student-centered, innovative and responsive learning experiences. Studies at AUT are designed for modern careers and it is an outward-looking university that is developing and adapting to the social and economic realities of which it is part.
AUT is a public institution that became a university in 2000. It has about 26,300 students, of which more than 2,300 are international students from around the world.
The AUT Business School, "Matai Aronui", is in the top tier of business schools in the world, as demonstrated by its AACSB accreditation, which is held by only 5% of business schools worldwide, and Eduniversal's 2013 global-reputation ranking, which places it at 135. AUT Business School graduates are prepared for the changing world. The Business School is known for rigorous, relevant and engaging education, research that matters, and being locally grounded and globally connected. Systemic and collaborative engagement with business and broader society is at the core of their teaching and research endeavors.
Sophomore standing is required by the semester of participation in the program and applicants must have at least 2.75 cumulative GPA (students with lower GPA will be considered with consideration of extenuating circumstances).
All undergraduate exchange students must be enrolled full-time, which is four courses
(called papers) per semester; Each paper/course is worth 15 points, which equates to 3.7 SDSU units. Exchange students generally take level 5 to level 7 courses. Exchange students can only take Business courses OR Kinesiology courses as part of the regular exchange program but courses in other departments may be available for an additional fee, with no more than one or two classes outside of the Business or Kinesiology track.
The following two cultural classes are available for no extra fee:
915004 International Noho Marae - Indigenous Encounters of a Maori Kind
Lower division level. Potentially could satisfy lower division GE, Humanities area 2: Art, Classics, Dance, Drama, Humanities, and Music.
916406 Te Ara Pou - Leadership
This course does not count as a GE. You can get general elective credits towards graduation.
An additional fee is also required in order to take more than four courses in a semester.
All classes are taught in English
Semester 1 (SDSU Spring semester): late February to late June
Semester 2 (SDSU Fall semester): mid-July to mid-November
These are estimated dates. For students interested in a year abroad at this campus, it is best to participate as per the AUT academic calendar Feb - Nov, which we call Calendar Year.
You can refer to the program fact sheet, website, and academic calendars for instruction dates. Your formal acceptance letter from the host campus will provide further details on your official start and end dates. Your expected arrival date will be prior to the start of classes and includes a mandatory orientation period.
You are expected to participate in the host campus final examination period as per their regular schedule. If your exam dates overlap with the start of the next SDSU term, you must coordinate with host campus staff and faculty for any potential allowance to take the exam a bit earlier.
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Go to the AUTOnline
On the right hand side under My Organisations, click on Business Undergraduate Programme Information. On the left of the page, you will see a couple of blue tabs, click on BBus Study Planning. To access timetables, look under where it says Timetable Information. Please note that timetables are only finalized approximately 6 months before the semester is due to start. To access paper descriptors, look under where it says Plan your Bachelor of Business and you will see a list of the majors offered in the Business School. By clicking on these majors, a list of all the papers offered under that major can be found. You can also find all the relevant paper descriptors there
Note: At Auckland University of Technology, SDSU considers upper division courses, those that are any course where the 3rd digit is a "6" or above in the course code (xx6xxx+)
Housing and Meals
Although most exchange students choose to stay in the Wellesley Student Apartments, alternative accommodations may also be available. The current estimated cost of housing in the Wellesley Student Apartments (subject to change) is NZ$4,400 - NZ$5,000 (US$3,600 - US$4,200) per semester.
View the Wellesley Student Apartments
on their website.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
Students participating in this exchange program are required to get a student visa in order to enter the country. However, students cannot apply for a visa until they are formally admitted to the exchange program and issued a formal acceptance letter by the host institution. For more information about applying for a student visa, please visit the New Zealand Immigration
website and apply at the Consulate of New Zealand in Los Angeles.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State