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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 in the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. Another cool thing about 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 its educational system. First, 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. 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 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.
- Auckland University of Technology
- The University of Auckland
- University of canterbury
- Lincoln University
- Massey University
- University of Otago
- Victoria University of Wellington
- The University or waikato
Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology
- Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
- Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
- Eastern Institute of Technology
- Laidlaw College
- Manukau Institute of Technology
- Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
- The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
- Otago Polytechnic
- Southern Institute of Technology
- Tai Poutini Polytechnic
- Taranaki Polytechnic
- UNITEC Institute of Technology
- UCOL- Universal College of Learning
- Waiariki Institute of Technology
- Waikato Institute of Technology
- Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic
- Wellington Institute of Technology
- Western Institute of Technology
- Whitireia New Zealand
Colleges of Education
- The University of wsikato School of Education
- Wellington College of Education
Private Tertiary Establishments
- International Pacifica College
- Auckland Institute of Studies
- Carey Baptist College (Auckland)
- Crown Institute of Studies (Auckland)
- Whitecliffe college of Art and Design (Auckland)