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Welcome to AUT International House New Zealand

Everyone at AUT International House is dedicated to making your stay in New Zealand both productive and enjoyable. This is a great opportunity for you to improve your English, make new friends and experience the beauty of Auckland and the friendliness of New Zealanders. We look forward to welcoming you and to helping you make the most of your time here.

Michael Giacon Head of School AUT International House


Auckland, New Zealand

With a population of only 4 million and a land area slightly larger than the United Kingdom, it is not surprising that New Zealand is clean and green with plenty of space for everyone. It is a country of great physical beauty with snow-capped mountains, large forests, ice blue lakes, deep valleys, rugged coastlines and beaches of golden sand. The English spoken in New Zealand is easy to understand, without the strong regional accents found in many other English speaking countries. The pace of life in New Zealand is such that people have time to stop and talk, and you will find that New Zealanders are friendly and enjoy helping foreign visitors. 

Auckland, with a population of nearly 1.5 million, is New Zealand's largest city and the commercial capital of the country. It is the international gateway to New Zealand with world-class restaurants, art galleries, theatres and concert venues. Beaches, barbeques, swimming and sailing are popular pastimes for Aucklanders and when you see the number of yachts in the harbours you will understand why Auckland is called the 'City of Sails'. Temperatures range from 24 C in summer (December to March) to 11 C in winter (June to September).

AUT International House

AUT International House is one of New Zealand's leading English language teaching organisations. It is part of Auckland University of Technology, which was originally founded as a Technical School in 1895 and became New Zealand's newest university in January 2000. It offers certificates, diplomas, degrees and post-graduate programmes and has over 24,000 students enrolling each year in the Faculties of Applied Humanities, Business, Design and Creative Technologies, Health & Environmental Sciences and Maori Development,. Auckland University of Technology is a member of FIYTO and ALTO, its programmes are validated by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors and are all NZQA accredited.

AUT International House is the only New Zealand member of the International House World Organisation. International House is an educational trust established with the aim of improving the standard of English Language teaching worldwide. Over 120 affiliated schools and teacher training branches in 40 countries make up the IH World Organisation. Over 50,000 students study language courses in IH schools each year. To ensure quality and standards are being met IHWO schools are inspected regularly by IH visitors.

Central Location

AUT IH is located in the heart of downtown Auckland, right beside the main Auckland University of Technology campus. The school building is modern, light, spacious, with all the latest technological equipment and  views over the city and nearby parks. There are 15 classrooms, a student lounge (with microwaves, fridges, vending machines and comfortable chairs) and a computer laboratory where Internet facilities are available.

Professional Staff

Our Academic Management team comprises a Head of School and a team of Academic Leaders with specific areas of responsibility. The highly qualified teaching staff have  a wealth of  experience gained both locally and internationally. To ensure they are kept abreast of the latest developments in EFL teaching, the Academic Management team regularly organises staff development seminars. The staff are committed to ensuring  you receive the high standard of teaching and individual attention you deserve.

Effective Teaching

Our aim is to develop and enhance our students' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. Our methods are based on the latest international theories and research. Classroom work is varied and communicative, and our teaching is enhanced by the use of computer laboratories and audio-visual equipment.  Course materials are carefully chosen to meet students' specific learning needs and include authentic materials with a New Zealand focus. 

First day of Class & Placement test

On the first day at AUT International House students need to be at school at 8:00 am.

All students are given a written test and an oral interview to ensure that they are placed in a class appropriate to their level. Students will be placed in a class with other students who will be at a similar English level.

Students should bring the following with them on their first day of school:

* Their passport

* A recent passport-size photograph

* A receipt of their medical insurance and a copy of their insurance policy (in English).

AUT International House Assessment and Graduation Certificate

Our classes aim to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with emphasis also on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Every four weeks, students are assessed through tests and class performance so that they can see the progress they are making. Students are awarded with an AUT International House Graduation Certificate on completion of their course with satisfactory attendance.

Student Association Membership

Students enrolled at AUT International House receive an Auckland University of Technology student identity card. This card entitles you to use the University's libraries, the self-learning centre and sports facilities and gives you discounts in a number of shops, cinemas and theatres.

Medical Centre

Students at AUT International House can use the Auckland University of Technology medical services on the main city campus.  Full-time nursing staff and a doctor are available for a small charge.  Under the new Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, all international students studying in New Zealand must take out medical and travel insurance prior to their arrival in New Zealand. Insurance can be arranged through AUT International House if required.

Further Study at Auckland University of Technology

AUT International House students, who meet the published academic and English language entry requirements, can apply to enter a wide range of programmes available at Auckland University of Technology. Programmes vary in length from one semester to four years. Students can enter at Certificate level and then move on to Diploma, Bachelor's Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Master's Degree or PhD level. 

An AUT Academic Counsellor is available to help students with academic and future study choices. Information sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the International Student Centre to assist with all questions related to further study at the University.

To receive a brochure on any of these programmes, or if you would like to make an appointment for academic counselling and advice, contact AUT International Student Centre at

AUT IH Direct Entry Pathway

AUT IH is developing a direct entry English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pathway into a range of AUT University courses. This pathway will be available by mid 2006. For more information please visit:


Full-time Courses: 24 hours per week from 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday and from 1:30pm to 3:45pm Monday to Thursday

Part-time Courses: 15 hours per week from 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday

Minimum age: 18

Maximum students per class: 12 -14

Levels: From Elementary to Advanced.  Beginners are not accepted.  We recommend that Absolute Beginners take a course up to Elementary level before coming to New Zealand.

Placement test: Oral and written placement test on arrival

Starting dates: Every month. In February, June and July there are also starting dates in the middle of the month (see our Dates & Fees schedule).  All courses are run subject to demand and availability.

Course duration: Students can enrol for any number of modules. 



Course Description: We offer General English classes at all levels, (except for beginners) as a morning and afternoon option. Students can choose to study General English either part-time or full-time. The course aims to develop and extend students' English language abilities through input and practice in the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, with emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Small classes size and a focus on communication are an important part of these classes.


Most students choose to study in a full-time English programme.

A range of afternoon options is available to students studying full-time, depending on their language level and area of interest.


Level: Elementary to Advanced

Course Description: These courses are organised around topic-based units. Afternoon General English classes focus on all four skills areas - listening, reading, writing and speaking, as well as the study of vocabulary and grammar. Included in many courses are units based around graded English readers, which give students the opportunity to read fiction in English.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Length: 1, 2 or 3 months

Course Description:

These courses focus on the language and skills necessary for international business communication in a wide range of situations. There are 4 different levels of Business English classes and students are placed in classes according to their General English level.

Business 1 and 2 are aimed at low intermediate students.

Business 3 is for Intermediate and Business 4 is for Upper Intermediate to Advanced students. Topics covered on the courses include business correspondence and communication, management styles and CV writing. Business 3 and Business 4 allows students to prepare for Cambridge ESOL Business English Certificate Exams at either Preliminary or Vantage levels respectively. These 2 courses have course book materials as a key part of the courses.


AUT International House has two courses, which are designed to help students prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  IELTS is the preferred English language requirement for entry to many tertiary institutions worldwide.  Course dates are the same as General English modules.


Level: Intermediate 2 level students (students must have completed one month of Intermediate 2).

Length: 1 - 3 months

Course Description:

This course focuses on developing all four language skills and gives students an introduction to the requirements of the IELTS test. Students will learn skills and strategies that will help them in the exam and which will also improve their General English. The course includes the systematic study of English grammar and the 'Two Thousand Word Vocabulary List'.


Level: Intermediate 3 students who have completed 1 month of Intermediate 3 (or Int 2 students who have completed the IELTS  course)

Length: 1 - 8 months

Course Description: This course focuses on all sections of the IELTS Academic Module.  The IELTS/EAP course is topic based. It focuses not only on the IELTS exam but also on developing general language skills, including grammar and academic vocabulary needed for successful study at tertiary institutions in NZ.


 Level: Intermediate 2 and higher

 Length: Minimum 1 month.

Course Description: TOEIC is an exam preparation course for the internationally recognised TOEIC Test. The course is designed around the 7 TOEIC topic areas. It focuses particularly on Listening and Reading but also develops an understanding of spoken English. In addition it covers business vocabulary, grammar and understanding written English. The core text is the 'Oxford Preparation Course for TOEIC Test' which students are expected to purchase (approx. NZ$65).

Students do not have to sit the TOEIC test to do the course, however AUT International House is an official TOEIC testing centre for students enrolled at the school.  TOEIC exams are offered regularly during the year for enrolled students.


Courses: Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).

Full time: 24 hours per week 

Starting dates: January, late March and September.

Course duration: 9, 11 or 12 weeks full-time (see Dates and Fees Schedule).  Students should arrange for an extra week's accommodation because exams take place during the week after the course finishes.

Entry test: Students must sit an entry test before the course start date to ensure that they are at the correct English level to undertake the course.

Course Description:

These courses aim to provide students with optimum preparation for the Cambridge ESOL FCE and CAE examinations.  Courses follow a systematic programme using the latest teaching resources and materials, and current methodology. In addition to focusing on examination preparation, these courses aim to improve and develop students' General English skills at Upper-Intermediate level for FCE and Advanced level for CAE.  Students may take a General English course prior to starting Cambridge courses.

For current examination fees in New Zealand for the IELTS, TOEIC, BEC and Cambridge ESOL FCE & CAE exams, please visit our website:

Teacher Training

The Distance Diploma in Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) Orientation Course.

The Distance DELTA is a unique distance-learning programme for teaching professionals with experience. Jointly developed by International House and the British Council, it is accredited by Cambridge ESOL. The Distance DELTA is a 9-month course that begins with a compulsory 2-week face-to-face Orientation Course.

  • acquire new insights into the principles and practice of ELT
  • examine their practices and beliefs
  • apply the results of learning and research to practice.

The Distance DELTA Orientation Course

  • The 2-week face-to-face Orientation Course is offered at AUT International House Auckland in March/April each year. The Orientation Course offers candidates study in all areas required for success on the distance programme, including completion of the first formally assessed Portfolio Assignment.

The Orientation Course also assists each candidate with becoming part of the Distance DELTA web-based learning community.

For current examination fees for the DDELTA course please visit our website:

For Applicationcontact us on  or for a full overview of the programme and application form go to:


Residential accommodation

AUT International House offers residential accommodation for students in the Wellesley Student Apartments. This safe and modern environment provides fully furnished student apartments, each containing 4 or 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering. All apartments have single bedrooms with a bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe. They are wired for phone/internet use (no phone or computer included).

The Wellesley Student Apartments are located only a 5-minute walk away from AUT International House and downtown Auckland with shopping, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, art galleries and public transport on your doorstep.

A communal area on the ground floor provides students with an opportunity to relax and meet with other residents.  Onsite laundry facilities are also available. 24-hour onsite management and security services ensures the well being and security of all residents. Students from other departments of AUT will also reside in this building. An entrance lobby with reception desk providing service to students and visitors is located on the ground floor.

The Wellesley Student Apartments have a set check-in on Sundays and check-out on Saturdays. Included in the price is a set of linen, cleaners once a week and electricity. As well as a weekly fee, there is a placement fee and a refundable bond fee. For more information please read the conditions, which you can download from our website, or you can contact AUT International House for more information.

Living in the Wellesley Student Apartments is a great way to be independent and to make new friends with students of different nationalities. It also gives you free access to the Wellesley campus' gym. But it is essential to apply early for a place in the Wellesley Student Apartments as they fill up fast!

AUT International House's Residential Accommodation has been assessed and complies with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Homestay Accommodation:

Speaking English everyday in a friendly supportive environment is one of the best ways to become fluent. Our full-time Accommodation Coordinator places students in carefully selected New Zealand homes where they can become part of the family and enjoy the friendship and hospitality for which New Zealanders are renown. Homestay accommodation includes your own room, breakfast and evening meals on weekdays and all meals at weekends and public holidays.

Airport Transfers:

If you have requested homestay accommodation, you will be met at Auckland International Airport by a representative from AUT International House and transferred to your homestay.  There is no charge for this service.  A free transfer from your homestay to the airport is also provided at the end of your course.


Things to see and do in Auckland

Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Whatever your interests, you'll never be short of things to do in the City of Sails.

Free afternoon activities

AUT International House organises regular free student activities on Friday afternoons. These student activities such as soccer and/or games tournaments, conversation classes or a visit to Mt Eden are free of charge. Should there be a fee for excursions such as a visit to the Museum or to Sky City, students can pay this fee at the entrance. Activities will vary from week to week and certain activities are subject to the interest of students and availability of teachers.

For students wanting to explore the beautiful scenery of New Zealand, weekend excursions are highly recommended. AUT International House works with a number of independent professional companies specialising in providing weekend excursions and activities for language school students in and outside of the Auckland area. The friendly guides are all experienced trampers and mountain bikers, familiar with the tracks and landscapes.

Weekend Excursions

We work with independent professional companies specialising in providing weekend excursions and activities for language school students. Weekend excursions are organised to Rotorua, Coromandel and the Bay of Islands and offer a range of activities including such as farm stays, bungy jumping, camping, wine tasting, horse riding, and in summer swimming with dolphins, diving and snorkelling. In winter there are ski trips to Taupo, Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu.

Examples of day trips are:

Auckland Adventure approx. $80

Afternoon sightseeing. The day starts with a visit to Mt. Eden's Volcano for a 360-degree view of Auckland city. After this you travel west to a local orchard, where visitors can pick fruit right off the trees. You can enjoy free wine tasting at one of Auckland's finest wineries. Also included is a guided tour of the gannet bird colony at Muriwai, a black sand beach on the West Coast of Auckland.

Mountain Bike Adventure approx. $100

Full day. Includes Auckland Adventure plus a morning scenic ride at Muriwai beach (2 hours), and with an optional downhill ride in the afternoon (1 hour). You will join the experienced guide, riding through pine and native forests, across farms, and past natural lakes and streams.

Wilderness Adventure approx. $100

Full day bush walking, wilderness and beach discovery. Tours head to the West Coast of Auckland at Muriwai Beach.

Examples of weekend excursions are:

Rotorua, Taupo & Waitomo approx. $240 - 2 nights.

Includes all transport, shared accommodation and excursions. On Day One you travel to Rotorua. On Day Two you pay a visit to the Green & Blue lakes, the Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Included is an evening swim in the natural hot pools. On Day Three you travel to a geothermal park where you see mud pools, coloured lakes and geysers. On the way back to Auckland you will visit the famous Waitomo glow worm caves.

Bay of Islands approx. $275 - 3 nights

Includes all transport, shared accommodation and excursions. On Day One you travel to the Bay of Islands via Goat Island Marine Reserve where you can snorkel and see the fish. Day Two is spent in the Bay of Islands. On Day Three you visit 90 Mile Beach. On Day Four you explore the forests of the West Coast and see 'Tane Mahuta', the giant Kauri tree. On the way back to Auckland you will visit the Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim.


AUT International House
Level 9
Symphony House Building
300 Queen Street
New Zealand

Postal Address

AUT International House
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1020
New Zealand

Tel: +64 9 917 9630

Fax: +64 917 9633




AUT International House

Level 9

Symphony House Building

300 Queen Street


New Zealand

Postal Address

AUT International House

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1020

New Zealand

Tel: +64 9 917 9630

Fax: +64 917 9633



Students working on group projects

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AUT Library and Campus


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Weekend activity