With an excellent education system, internationally accredited qualifications, ample research opportunities and a matchless quality of life, New Zealand has a lot to offer. While studying here, you can be assured of a welcoming and friendly society with an excellent support system for international students.
1. High Quality Education System
The New Zealand education system is one of the highest quality in the world, with systems such as the New Zealand Education Framework (NZQA) ensuring the education providers in New Zealand give students the highest-quality learning possible. Currently, there are eight Universities in New Zealand and approximately 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs). In 2016, all eight universities ranked in the top 100 for at least one subject, with the University of Auckland being ranked the 81st best university in the world on the QS rankings. All eight Universities are in the top 500 worldwide.
2. The People
New Zealand is home to some of the nicest and most down-to-earth people in the world and this is something the country is very proud of. Having a population of only 4.4 million; New Zealand’s people mainly reside around the major cities of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, many of whom are located on the North Island of the country. The tight-knit community environment is something that’s often highlighted by tourists and international students alike as being one of the most memorable aspects of the nation. Whether soaking in the social campus-lifestyle or engaging with the locals in town, there’s always new people to meet and friends to make.
3. The Culture
One of the biggest aspects of life in New Zealand is the Maori culture. According to newzealand.com, the country’s official tourism website, 14.6% of the population are indigenous Maori. The culture, tradition and language still form a significant part of New Zealand’s identity and is a great learning experience for students looking at travelling from overseas. Better yet, there are many cultural learning opportunities available, from tours to performances so you can immerse yourself into the heart of this expressive and vibrant culture.
4. The Environment
There’s more to New Zealand than just being the backdrop for The Lord of the Rings. This truly magnificent country has some of the most beautiful places in the world. No matter what you wish to set your sights on, from natural hot springs such as the Champagne Pool to the wonders of the glowing Waitomo Caves, this country has natural wonder around every corner. It is also home to some amazing creatures, including the Tuatara, a lizard which is the only surviving reptile from the time of the dinosaurs and holds the title as being the only member of its order to have three eyes, as well as the famous and flightless Kiwi Bird
5. The Lifestyle
New Zealand is obsessed with adventure, even being the first to commercialise Bungee jumping. From water sports to the nation’s love for rugby, there’s something for everybody. New Zealand also boasts a fantastic range of music, performances and the arts which add to the lifestyle-rich experience you can expect to have while studying.
6. The Work Opportunities
The job market in New Zealand is booming. If you have the right qualifications and have undergone the training needed, you’re bound to get a job. New Zealand wasn’t heavily affected by the last global financial crisis, meaning that the work opportunities–especially for graduates– remains not only stable but growing in demand by potential employers. Specialists areas such as medicine, engineering and IT are in demand, as well as general career paths in administration and business, which are two of the most popular study areas. This is why the country is not only great for domestic students but also international, with many choosing to remain in the country for work.
7. The Safety and Stability
Let’s face it, New Zealand is pretty safe down in its little corner of the Globe, which not only allows it be enriched with culture but also helps the country to remain safe and stable economically. As mentioned before, the country wasn’t as heavily affected by the last economic downturn as most countries were. The government have only experienced small deficits to budget, with the taxing framework some of the most lenient in the world according to the government website, www.newzealandnow.govt.nz. It also features a low crime rate and a great healthcare system which are always appealing for international students.