The University of Auckland

New Zealand’s top-ranked university is 82nd in the world
(QS World University Rankings 2018)

A world-ranked university

Established in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand’s highest ranked university. Taylors College Auckland students that progress here enjoy the challenge of studying for a degree at one of the world’s 100 best universities.

Why choose the University of Auckland

The programmes at the University of Auckland are globally recognised, with 18 subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world by QS. Graduates of the University of Auckland occupy leading positions in Business, Law, Medicine, Politics, Arts, Engineering and other professions within New Zealand and overseas. The University is ranked number 1 in New Zealand and is placed 75th in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2018.

International focus

The University of Auckland has over 40,000 students. More than 7,000 of these are international students from 120 different countries worldwide. This diversity of perspectives and cultures enriches the entire University community.

The University of Auckland is the only university in New Zealand to be a member of Universitas 21, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Membership to these prestigious groups is by invitation only.

University of Auckland rankings

  • Ranked 82nd in the QS World University Rankings 2018.
  • Placed 75th in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking.
  • Ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for 18 subjects in the QS University rankings by Subject 2018.
  • A ‘QS Five Stars Plus institution’ – the University has achieved ‘five stars+’ in all eight categories, including Employability, Teaching and Research.

Triple Crown Accreditation

The University of Auckland has a Triple Crown accreditation for Business from AACSB International (USA), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK).

Awarded by the three largest business school accreditation associations, this award has only been given to 77 business schools worldwide (as of October 2017).

Quality assurance

The University of Auckland was last audited in 2014 (Cycle 5) by the Academic Quality Agency, the body with responsibility through Universities New Zealand for quality assurance of New Zealand universities. The University will undergo academic audit (Cycle 6) in 2021.

Details are available on the University of Auckland website.

Student life and support

You’ll feel safe and secure throughout your degree, with help from the University’s international student support team. The University offers a full range of social and cultural activities to help you settle in and make friends.

Degrees and faculties

You can choose from a full range of degree programmes across eight faculties:

  • Arts
  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Business School
  • Creative Arts and Industries
  • Education and Social Work
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Liggins Institute
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Research institutes and centres

Campus locations

Most students study at the University’s City Campus located in the ‘heart’ of Auckland. Speciality subjects such as Medicine, Education, and Biosecurity have dedicated campus locations. 

City Campus

City Campus is the main campus for Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Engineering, Law and Science. Located in central Auckland, City Campus is within walking distance of Auckland’s best restaurants and entertainment venues.

City Campus has libraries, cafes and many more facilities to help make your study enjoyable and comfortable.

Grafton Campus

Grafton Campus specialises in Medical and Health Sciences and is located in the central city suburb of Grafton, opposite Auckland Hospital. The School of Medicine has its biggest campus at the Auckland City Hospital making Grafton Campus an ideal location for students studying Medicine.

Epsom Campus

Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and houses the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library. The Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library is an education and teacher library with collections for social work and counselling among many others.

Epsom Campus is only a 10-minute drive south of Auckland's city centre. 

Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Tāmaki Innovation Campus specialises in postgraduate studies and research in medical and health sciences including Biosecurity and Population Health. Located east of Auckland city centre, there is a bus service for Tāmaki students between Tāmaki and City Campus.

Newmarket Campus

Newmarket is University of Auckland’s newest campus. Located next to the major business area in Newmarket, the campus is the centre for advanced multidisciplinary science and engineering research. Covering five hectares, the new outstanding facilities are close to the City and Grafton campuses, creating an integrated campus cluster in the inner city of Auckland.

There are also other specialist campus locations depending on your degree programme.

You can find out more about the University at the University of Auckland website.


Visiting and Applying

As an Auckland Foundation Year student, you are guaranteed a place at the University of Auckland, provided you meet the required grades.
See entry requirements.

Campus visits

You will have the opportunity to visit the University of Auckland campus for a day of lectures, tours and talks. This will give you an insight into your degree options, and will introduce you to university life. University staff will visit our campus to tell you more, and will offer one-on-one appointments if you need additional help or advice.

Applying to the University of Auckland

During your Auckland Foundation Year, we will guide you through the application process and help you apply to the University of Auckland.

Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University

The University is situated in the heart of Auckland and provides an exciting and stimulating environment for its 40,000 students. Currently over 7,000 international students from 120 countries have chosen to study at Auckland, testimony to both the University’s comprehensive range of research-based study and the recognition they are receiving internationally. Graduates of the University of Auckland occupy leading positions in business, law, medicine, politics, arts, engineering and the professions within New Zealand and overseas.

I am pleased to confirm the arrangement with Taylors College Auckland that recognises the Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year as a pathway for entry into degree programmes at the University.

Under these arrangements, the University will guarantee entry into degree programmes for students whose results in the Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year (AFY) meet the predetermined standards specified for each of the University’s degree programmes, and who meet all the other entry requirements for admission to the University.

The Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year programme is approved by a Board of Studies established specifically for that purpose by the University and Taylors College Auckland."

Professor Stuart McCutcheon

Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of Auckland