New Zealand, although it is the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a lot of reasons that you should consider going there for your studies abroad. Many people will call natives of the country “Kiwis,” after the bird that only resides there and nowhere else in the entire world. There are a number of reasons that you should consider studying in New Zealand instead of considering other countries; that’s what we’re going to look at in this section of our website.
Kiwis are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming people that you will ever meet. If you are a stranger, a native New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. They are used to meeting new people, first because they travel a lot themselves, and also because a lot of people come to visit New Zealand as well. The culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going, as well. So you’re not going to feel tense like you would if you went to a large city like London or New York City to study. There are just over 4 million people who reside on the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. Another cool thing about the people is that there are so many different kinds of people. For being such a small country, the diversity is greater than you see in many European countries.
Some people say that, because the country is in a small corner of the world that doesn’t really get bothered by anyone, that New Zealand seems to be secluded from the rest of the world. This isn’t true at all. As mentioned above, the people are really welcoming to outsiders. But, it can also be a great thing! The economy is actually incredibly stable, the cost of living is low, and the government is more stable (and less argumentative) than the governments that you will see in other countries. This is probably the reason that immigration is embraced, which we will talk about more in some of our later points.
Nothing can get better than the weather in New Zealand. The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. In higher altitudes, you will see snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC (77ºF). As you would expect in the southern hemisphere, the summer lasts from December to February; winter lasts from June to August. Spring and fall are similar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.
The educational system
This is the number one reason to go anywhere for school, but New Zealand is amazing for their educational system. First, the tuition is some of the lowest in the world. You get a British-based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high-quality education. Not only that, but the support services for international students are among the best in the world. They have a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs.
Never run out of things to do
This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who looks for adventure. In New Zealand, there are literally thousands of things to do. Do you like to hike? There are plenty of mountains for you to explore. Do you enjoy being a beach bum? Then you get to enjoy the beaches throughout the year. Want some excitement? There are always new things to do . The scenery is different depending on where you go; you could drive an hour and have a completely different geography. We’ll look at this more in our sports and recreation section.
There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.
New Zealand offers a very supportive environment for students.
Numbers in your class or course will probably be smaller than you’re used to. So you can expect to receive more personalised attention from your teachers than you might in other parts of the world.
If you’re having difficulty with an assignment, you can discuss it with your tutor or get help from the student learning centre. Seeking help where needed is a normal part of student life here.
This support for students extends beyond the school or university. The New Zealand Government was the first in the world to adopt a Code of Practice that sets out standards for the care of international students, in and out of the classroom.
Unlike in some cultures, challenging and questioning teachers and lecturers is an important part of a New Zealand education. At all levels students are expected to have original thoughts and to be able to defend them in debate. This is how we show respect for our teachers - by participating fully in the academic process.
You’re also expected to be a self starter, particularly at university level where courses typically involve relatively few hours per week of formal lessons. A high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline is needed as you will be expected to do a lot of preparation to be able take part in class discussions. Be prepared to work hard, work in teams and think innovatively.
New Zealand is a young country where independence, initiative and resourcefulness are more highly regarded than status or rules. As a student here you’ll be encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek your own answers by thinking for yourself.
Learning here rewards inventiveness and creativity.
New Zealanders are genuinely concerned about people and you'll find there are plenty of places to turn to if you need help.
Every institution hosting international students like you has staff dedicated to ensuring your time in New Zealand is successful and stress-free. Halls of residence and hostels have live-in wardens who can provide advice and guidance.
You’re also protected by a Code of Practice that sets the standards every institution must meet in supporting its international students.
The New Zealand Government was the first in the world to introduce such a Code. Amongst other things, it covers the educational standards your school or institution must maintain, financial dealings and support if you need help with cultural issues or accommodation. As part of this code, your fees are also protected.
It's a good idea to have some accommodation organised before you arrive in New Zealand. As a student, you could stay in a hall of residence, rent a house with friends, or board in a homestay. Living in a homestay or a hall of residence are probably the best options for someone who is new to New Zealand, because it will allow you to make new friends quickly. Make sure you check how the accommodation you choose is heated, as some older houses in New Zealand are not insulated and can be very cold.
Another accommodation option is a homestay. You can live with a host family, in a room of your own, and they provide meals. Interacting with your hosts and meeting their neighbours and friends is a great way to advance your English and get ‘up close’ with New Zealand’s way of life and culture.
Contact us for specific information about accommodation in the area.
Most of New Zealand's cities are relatively small, so it is easy to get around. Day to day commuting in the city is often by bus, biking or walking. There are good bus networks in the main cities (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin), plus Auckland and Wellington also have commuter rail and ferries.
Cost of living
Students may find some regions or cities are cheaper to live in than others in New Zealand.
Part time work
Working while you study can be a good way to get work experience and earn a little extra to help you pay bills. It can also help you meet people. However, you need to make sure that your visa allows you to work, and make sure you leave yourself time to study and enjoy New Zealand.
- In order to apply for the student VISA the student needs to have good academics
- Relevant background to the course of choice.
- Justified intention to study in New Zealand
- Proof of funds to support the tuition fees and the living expenses
Dependents can accompany if the applicant is traveling for the post- graduate course or a Level 7 course which is under skill shortage area.
Immigration on Arrival
Your passport will be checked when you arrive at the airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.
New Zealand Government Scholarships
- New Zealand Development Scholarships
The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) offers the opportunity for international students from selected developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Carribbean to study in New Zealand to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas that will assist in the development of their home country. The scholarships include tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance, and insurance.
- New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards
The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholar Awards are scholarships for international students from Southeast Asian countries who wants to pursue postgraduate studies in New Zealand with the intention to help in the development of their home countries. The scholarships include tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance, and insurance.
- New Zealand Pacific Scholarships
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) are available for candidates from selected countries in the Pacific Region (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) and supports both undergraduate and postgraduate study in New Zealand. The scholarships include tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance, and insurance.
- New Zealand International Doctoral Scholarships
The NZIDRS offers scholarships for outstanding international students who wish to undertake PhD study at a New Zealand university. The NZIDRS covers the following for a TOTAL of three years: university tuition fees and associated student levies, an annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 (tax-free), and medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually.
New Zealand University Scholarships
- UC International First Year Scholarships
The University of Canterbury offers the UC International First Year Scholarship to top-achieving international students commencing an undergraduate degree programme at the University. The scholarship is currently awarded with values of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000.
- ADB Scholarships at University of Auckland
The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. The University of Auckland is a participating institution of the program. The scholarship provides tuition fees, airfare to and from Auckland, basic cost of living in Auckland, health and medical insurance in New Zealand, etc.
- University of Otago International Research Masters Scholarships
The University of Otago International Master’s Award provides funding to support international students who are undertaking a thesis-based Masters Degree at the University of Otago. The scholarship includes NZ$13,000 stipend per annum and international tuition fees waiver (excludes student services fee and insurance).
- Victoria Masters Scholarships
To encourage postgraduate research at Victoria, the University offers scholarships to students about to begin a full-time, research-focused Master’s degree. The scholarships include a $15,000 stipend plus domestic fees. (International students will be liable to pay the difference between the full international student fee and the domestic fee).
- University of Waikato International cholarships
The University of Waikato offers an exciting new scholarship for international students from selected countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Middle East who have demonstrated excellence in their previous studies. The scholarship supports Pre-degree (foundation), Undergraduate or Postgraduate taught programmes and is worth up to NZ$5,000 applied to tuition fee