There are many reasons as to why New Zealand should be considered as a destination for studying abroad. The country and its people are very loving and welcoming. It is extremely friendly and warm. The general culture of the island is very laid back and easy going. It is one of the safest places in the world to live in. Even though it is a very small country it is quite diverse.
The economy in New Zealand is also very low, it is high standard of living with low cost. The weather in New Zealand is also not very harsh, its winters are mild, it may snow in the higher altitudes but not in the lower ones.
The summers are warm and dry and go to a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius only. New Zealand is very well known for its education system. The first benefit of its education system is that the tuition fees is one of the lowest in the world. The basis of the education is Brisitih and the degrees received are recognized worldwide. In New Zealand every program, course and certificate is checked for quality so that are recognized in the world as high-quality. The support system for international students is also among the best in the world. They have a lot of experience and expertise in helping with international so that they are able to achieve the best.
International students have plenty of work opportunities. Student visa allows working up to 20 hours a week through the semester and 40 hours during the vacations. Giving the students opportunity to supplement education with income. Internships and practical work opportunities can also be nabbed during this period of time. There is a also a permit of 12 months that is provided at the end of your degree program which is a special “work permit” alongside the student visa. The acquisition of visa is considerably simpler. The students visa provides a one year work permit as mentioned above and at the end of it you can apply for your permanent residency which takes about 6 months to be granted.
QS has ranked Auckland as being the 18th best city in the world for students. The different aspects measured for this area are quality of education, student mix and quality of life. It is the third most liveable city in the world and has been ranked consistently as one of the best places to live in for the people infrastructure, cleanliness, climate and the different varieties of activities. The city has 1.5 million people and is home to a third of the population of the country. It is is the largest city in New Zealand and the fastest growing financial and economic powerhouse and needs skilled people to help with the growth and therefore has varied opportunities in different sectors. There is an excellent balance of work, study and play in Auckland. As an international student work od uptop 20 hours per week is allowed so you can earn while you study and take advantage of the super shopping, dining and outdoor lifestyle. There is a high level of care that is given to the international students here. The well-being of the international students are required to be prioritized by all the educational institutions legally.
Settled by English immigrants in the 1850s, the city has a distinctively English feel to it, shown through the architecture and beautiful gardens. Christchurch boasts large and plentiful parks and established gardens, including the 161-hectare Hagley Park in the centre of the city. The Ellerslie International Flower Show is held every March, showcasing horticultural and flower events over 5 days.
A city in flux
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, the second largest in the country. Located on the east coast, north of Banks Peninsula and 363km north of Dunedin. With a population of around 370,000 people, Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s larger cities. The Avon River winds its way through the city centre and is flanked by attractive gardens. Repeated earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 have damaged a great deal of the central and eastern suburbs of Christchurch. The city is currently undergoing intensive rebuilding and earthquake proofing.
Canterbury encompasses the Southern Alps, including the Aroaki Mount Cook National Park and the Mount Hutt ski area, up to the hot pools of Hanmer Spring and the whale watching town of Kaikoura to the north. To the east of the city on Banks Peninsula is the French-inspired settlement of Akaroa. A wide range of outdoor activities, beaches and wineries are in the area for escapes from city life.
Historic and sophisticated, Dunedin is the quintessential university city.
Modelled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
A long, natural harbour gives way to the church spires and towers of the historic town centre and university, set against high, green forested hills.
A golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs skirt the city’s thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross – and incredible surf – can be found.
Deservedly, Dunedin is now a popular tourist destination in its own right.
As well as the lure of the spectacular coastal landscape, other attractions include the fairytale-like historic Dunedin Railway Station, and reputedly the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street, which runs an annual (and literal) gut-buster race. A popular addition to the city is the peaceful Chinese Gardens, created to remember the city’s Chinese industrial past. The colourful city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the campus, is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques and shopping centres of an international standard.
The harbour, a popular place for kayaking, rowing, windsurfing, fishing and yachting, is also a short distance from the eastern side of the campus.
The Botanic Garden's 28 hectares of trees and park-land is located a few hundred metres from lecture theatres, and is a popular lunchtime venue with students and staff.
The city centre hosts a modern public art gallery housing one of New Zealand’s best international art collections, theatres, museums and libraries which rank among the country’s finest.
Modern infrastructure, including an airport, public transport and health facilities, service the population of more than 120,000. Dunedin is known for its culinary experiences. Award-winning restaurants serve fresh local seafood and delicacies, quirky bars are found in intriguing alleyways, funky cafes filled with coffee purists and connoisseurs and an entertainment precinct that thrives on the vibrancy, brought about by being a university city.
Dunedin has an iconic style. Visit the studios of the country’s top designers; browse the contemporary designer boutiques, artisan jewellery workshops and the hidden delights of our vintage shopping precinct.
Dunedin is often dubbed ‘Rugby City’ for the infectious carnival atmosphere that takes hold every time a major rugby match is hosted. The hospitality of Dunedin at these events is the envy of the rest of the country.
Dunedin’s coastal and temperate climate is characterised by cool winters and warm, occasionally hot summers.
Significant snow-falls occur perhaps once every two to three years, although frost can make a more persistent presence in winter. Regional splendour
Other attractions further from Dunedin include the Catlins native forests and the ski fields and wineries in the Queenstown Lakes/Central Otago region – just a few hours’ drive away.
Historic Oamaru and Moerakei Boulders are les than an hour away, with many idyllic coastal villages to visit along the way.
Dunedin is a vibrant, stunningly beautiful and peaceful place to live and study – and the gateway to the rest of the best New Zealand has to offer.
The coolest little capital in the world
Named as Lonely Planet’s coolest little capital in the world in 2011, Wellington is home to a plethora of theatres, music bars, restaurants and New Zealand’s parliament.
Wellington city is located at the bottom of the North Island, on Cook’s Strait that separates the 2 islands. Māori legend says that Kupe, a great chief, discovered the area in the 10th century. Wellington was settled by British settlers in 1839 and named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo.
Many of New Zealand’s arts and cultural icons are located in Wellington, such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, as well as being the film capital of New Zealand. Many national and international festivals visit Wellington each year.
Wellington city has a population of 180,000. Located in the Roaring Forties and on Cook Strait means that the city is windy all year round and sees a lot of rain.
Only a short drive from the city takes you to the beautiful wine region of the Wairarapa or to the small coastal beach towns of the Kapiti Coast.
The City of Porirua to the North of Wellington and the City of Lower Hut around the harbour are both only short drives from the CBD and many people commute between the cities. They both offer many outdoor pursuits and cultural experiences, such as The Dowse Art Museum and mountain biking trails.