There are currently 16 AIC Graduates receiving an Oshu Scholarship to attend university. These scholarships are awarded in US dollars, for the duration of the student's first degree, and are subject to specific terms and conditions.
AIC is unlike other schools in that it changes the way you think and learn. At AIC you don't just attend classes and complete assignments just because it's school and you have to. You study because you want to achieve. Then you achieve because you want to make a difference in the world
I couldn’t have done it without AIC. IB has allowed me to pursue my dream of studying theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. This was an impossibility before I began at AIC. The difference between AIC and other secondary schools is that at AIC students are there to do their best. I was with other students who worked hard and were determined to succeed. No one is there to simply ‘get through school’ with the least effort, everyone is there to learn.
Students support and encourage each other and celebrate each others successes. They are focused in class and thrive in this learning environment. This is an atmosphere where even the brightest students are challenged, and with determination can thrive.
The Creativity Action and Service programme gave me a chance to develop my leadership and teamwork skills. After fundraising for two years a group of students travelled to Cambodia to build 9 houses in a small village. This was a life changing experience. It changed my perspective at a deep level.
AIC is a great working environment to study what we are really passionate about, with the support of enthusiastic, world class teachers.
One of the things I like about AIC is its high quality and standards of education - you have an excellent library, computer system and lab facilities that are dedicated to your learning and the teachers have high expectations of their students and push you really hard.
I think the rigour of the IB and the quality of education at AIC prepared me really well for college.
When I decided to go to AIC, I thought the IB programme would allow me to discover a way to a top university which I would not be able to find if I stayed in my home country. And indeed, AIC was an international community of young dreamers who had the same thoughts as mine.
Students of AIC set their goals very high and were ready to strive for them. Having put myself in such a challenging environment, I was stimulated by my friends and I could push myself. Also the quality and standards of teaching staff at AIC is quite high. They taught us to have various points of view and to question them to find out the truth. This way of study helped me not only with IB, but also with my university study.
Having graduated from AIC as a pathway to my dream, I can say that our strong ambition and a rigorous environment like AIC are the only things we need to achieve our goals.
My experience at AIC was both memorable and challenging. The AIC community challenges you to strive for excellence and provides immense support and guidance along the way. Whether it was the last minute rush to hand in the 4,000 word Extended Essay or the 4:00am wake-up call in Cambodia to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, AIC has certainly provided me with my fair share of challenges along the way.
People often ask me what I like most about AIC, and my response is always 'the people’. The school brings together people from so many diverse backgrounds and gathers them in the middle of metropolitan Auckland. We all share the same mentality that has defined AIC from other schools: 'be the best that you can!' I have maintained excellent contact with my fellow ‘06 graduates. The friendships forged at AIC gives us opportunities to gather in different parts of the world years after graduation and reminisce about the wonderful memories.
AIC is not only a platform of cultural exchange, a stepping stone to the world's finest universities, but also a network to build life-long friendships.
AIC offered me a lot of precious opportunities which encouraged me to challenge myself to the best of my abilities. When I first arrived at AIC, I was so scared and frustrated with my English, and this held me back from many of my ambitious goals. I became a real outsider. However, teachers, friends, and AIC did not just let me give up. They taught me how to believe in myself and how to overcome such language barriers.
CAS activities, especially, helped me a lot in many ways such as giving me many chances to express my opinions and to demonstrate my strength of being of support to others. Thanks to everything that I experienced at AIC, I got three offers from the top universities in the UK, and received a scholarship from Ohio Wesleyan University in the US.
At this moment, I can confidently say that I did my best and I have no regrets whatsoever; however, I now have new challenges to face. I will go to Kansai Gaidai University in Japan this year as an exchange student for one year. I know it will give me another hardship; nevertheless, I am not afraid this time but confident.
I feel that my learning experience at Auckland International College has tremendously broadened my horizon and opened up a window for numerous opportunities that I would not have seen otherwise. For me, it was important to make the most of my time in New Zealand, so I am very grateful to my friends, the AIC staff and of course my parents, whose involvement was essential in making my experience at AIC fruitful. Meeting people from completely different backgrounds from yours is an eye-opening experience, and I am delighted that AIC provided me with a chance to do just that.
In gaining admission to the University of Chicago, I think it really helped me that I became friends with people from very different cultural backgrounds, so that I was able to grow into a well-rounded student who is not just about academics. Obviously your studies are very important, but I believe that a successful learning experience cannot be achieved in classrooms only, and I don’t think that top-notch universities from America want someone who can just write good essays and solve difficult math problems. With its unique environment, AIC should be able to give you a great chance to prepare yourself for a successful future beyond high school
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a highly credited programme, and the fact that I was able to complete such a rigorous curriculum proves to any university that I am capable of pursuing their most demanding teaching.
At AIC, I was indulged in the excellent studying resources and facility, and given full support from the very gifted and wholehearted teachers. Studying with my knowledgeable Economics professor who came from Wales has spared me the initial puzzlement as I entered a UK university and experienced the real British accent for the first time.
The best part of AIC for me is about the people I met. Studying at an international school such as AIC, I enjoyed the broad exposure to various cultures and ways of thinking, while being able to cultivate a life-time network of friends.
AIC has so far been the best investment I have made towards my education.
The most valuable experiences from AIC would be doing assignments such as Math portfolios and Extended Essay and completing CAS. As you might know, University students are expected to do their own study; researching, organising and writing a report. So Math portfolios and Extended Essay, which required an ability of doing things by me, gave me a huge advantage at McGill University. Also having the experience of making friends with international students was also a beneficial factor in terms of adjusting at this University. Moreover, taking a college level of subjects at AIC made it possible for me to finish my curriculum in 3 years.
Academically and socially, life at AIC prepared me to do well at University. I strongly advise all students at AIC to achieve as much as they can during their study.
When I first came to AIC, I was not really good at speaking English. I struggled a lot in classrooms and even after I went back to AIC Tower because I could not communicate with other students well. I felt miserable, but did not want to run away from it, so I took some action to improve this situation. Firstly, I tried to stick with non-Japanese students, and learned English from them. Secondly, I sought advice from teachers for my study.
The result was successful. My grades improved dramatically, and I could make lots of friends. From my experiences in AIC, I can say that it is important to take some actions when you feel you are not doing great on your study or are having problems. If you leave them for long, they may cause you a lot of problems later on. There are teachers, friends and your parents who can support you at any time, and I am sure that it is better to share the problems with someone.