Why study with us

Talofa lava, mālō e lelei, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu! Welcome to the University of Auckland, New Zealand’s world-ranked university.

Why you should study with us

  • World-class teaching with highly qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Research excellence from a global leader in Pacific research.
  • Fofonga for Pacific Research Excellence 
  • New Zealand’s only Centre for Pacific Studies.
  • The Mira Szászy Research Centre - New Zealand's first dedicated Māori and Pacific research facility in business and economics.
  • Dedicated Pacific scholarships.
  • Options for gaining entry.
  • A strong Pacific student support network, including Fale Pasifika, study assistance and mentors.
  • Vibrant campus life including sports, cultural and social activities.
  • More than 30 undergraduate programmes to choose from.
Pacific students Nikita, Derek and Malisa

Find out more at University of Auckland at a glance

Studying at Waipapa Taumata Rau provides Pacific students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in an educational experience that honours family links and traditional values while equipping them with the qualifications for a brighter future.

Nestled in the Polynesian capital of the world, our institution is proud to house New Zealand's largest collection of Pacific scholars and staff. At Waipapa Taumata Rau, we celebrate your cultural identity while providing academic excellence, fostering a unique connection to your heritage, and preparing you for success in the professional world.

Join us in this vibrant, culturally rich environment, where your journey towards higher education and personal growth begins.

How successful are our Pacific students?

  • In 2022, we had 3,439 full-time equivalent Pacific students.We have more Pacific graduates at bachelors level or higher than any other institution.
  • In 2022 our Pacific graduate numbers totalled 892 which included 12 doctoral, 103 at masters level. 
  • Our alumni include many of the most distinguished Pacific leaders and educators. 

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