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  • Study in New Zealand

    New Zealand may only be known as “Australia’s younger sibling”, with their almost identical flags and adorable accents. But it still is a place you should seriously consider for your international degree.

    New Zealand isn’t famous only for its Lord of the Rings landscapes. It also gave us great people like Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man who reached the peak of Mount Everest; Sir Ernest Rutherford, the first scientist who split the atom; and, last but not the least, pop-singer Lorde.

    Yes, there are other people between great scientists and pop singers. But before we get there, we should cover all you need to know about New Zealand’s universities and student lifestyle.

  • Why Study in New Zealand?

    1. It's (relatively) affordable

    To study at a New Zealand university, international students pay between 4,000 and 10,500 EUR per academic year. While this isn't exactly cheap, it's much more affordable than studying at universities in other countries like the US, Canada, the UK, or Australia.

    You can also apply for scholarships to support your higher education.

    2. Top education based on a successful model

    The education system in New Zealand is based on the successful UK model. With such a solid foundation, it's no wonder that local universities are well-regarded and appreciated internationally — most of them being featured in the top global university rankings every year.

    3. Live in a safe and peaceful environment

    In 2020, New Zealand was listed as the second most peaceful nation on the Global Peace Index. The country enjoys low crime and corruption rates, a politically stable environment, and an overall peaceful society where citizens can enjoy their day-to-day activities.

    4. New Zealanders are friendly and welcoming

    New Zealanders stand out through their friendliness and openness displayed towards internationals. This is because they follow the local traditional Māori principle — manaakitanga — which is all about taking care of other people and sharing, understanding, and respect.

    5. Best outdoor activities for thrill-seekers

    Studying, meeting colleagues, partying, and going out is a lot of fun, but New Zealand offers much more in terms of entertainment, especially for those of you who enjoy the adrenaline rush. These are some of the wildest and most exciting outdoor activities you can try:

    • white water rafting
    • canoeing
    • ice climbing
    • bungy jumping
    • hiking
    • zorbing (globe-riding or sphereing)
    • scuba diving

  • What to study in New Zealand

    New Zealand offers some of the most diverse degrees in the world. Still, if the market is too vast, you should know that some of the most popular study options in New Zealand are:

  • Major cities in New Zealand

    New Zealand has some of the top-rated “liveable” cities in the world, so there’s no wonder that, besides the capital (Wellington), there are other popular destinations, like:

  • Which universities to attend in New Zealand

    For such a tiny place, New Zealand sure has a lot of universities and institutions to choose from. It's hard to decide but many of them are schools specific to different types of career and job training.Here is a small list of universities to think of:

    Practical Information

    You should know that a New Zealand school year starts in February and ends in November, with a month-long break in June/July.

    When you apply online (or on paper, if you hate trees), you should know that the documents you will need to provide are:

    • A personal statement of intent
    • Your transcripts from secondary school, including any university courses that you may have taken
    • Any relevant test scores (ACT or SAT)
    • Proof of funding, or intent to apply for funding for your tuition
    • Proof of paying the application fee
    • Your financial aid applications

    You can always have your questions answered at the admission office at the university, so write down your questions and go wild with their e-mail address.

Living in New Zealand

  • Tuition fees in New Zealand

    In New Zealand, the government allows universities to set their own tuition fees. For international students, these fees range between:

    • 4,100–6,100 EUR/year for Bachelor’s degrees
    • 7,300–10,500 EUR/year for Master's degrees

    For some disciplines, like Medicine, tuition can be even higher. Of course, you can always search for a scholarship in New Zealand to fund your studies.

    Accommodation, food, and other expenses

    In New Zealand, living costs for international students range from 800 to 1,300 EUR/month. Here's a breakdown of the average expenses:

    • Rent: 400–1,600 EUR/month (depending on the type of accommodation)
    • Utilities: 130–170 EUR/month
    • A restaurant meal: 11 EUR
    • A cup of coffee: 3 EUR
    • A loaf of bread: 1.50 EUR
    • Monthly transport pass: 90 EUR

About New Zealand

  • Facts about New Zealand

    New Zealand seems like a type of country created by students, for students.

    With almost no regard for rules and traditions, New Zealand seems like the country where the phrase “There are no bad ideas” was taken to heart, and where they started doing things just because they can. For instance:

    • New Zealand broadcasted the first weather report in Elvish language in 2012. You can probably assume that nobody was there to tell them not to do it.
    • The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird;
    • There is a law that states every high school in New Zealand may hold one pound of uranium and one pound of thorium, for conducting nuclear experiments. Still, they will be fined 850.000 EUR if they cause a nuclear explosion.

    Now, looking on the other side of the argument “we can create our own laws and do whatever we want in New Zealand”, we can find some of the best and most progressive things to ever happen in the world right in here. That’s why:

    • One of the three official languages of New Zealand is Sign Language (awesome!);
    • In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote (awesomer!);
    • In 1990, New Zealand became the first country in the modern world to appoint an Official National Wizard (awesomest!).

    And, because the internet is full of amazing facts about New Zealand, here are three I couldn’t figure out how to connect, but which you should definitively know and that will make you smile instantly. These are:

    • There are 9 sheep per person in New Zealand, making it the highest ratio in the world;
    • In 2006, the Queen, the Governor-General, the PM, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Chief Justice were all women, making New Zealand the only country in the world (to date) where all the highest positions have been simultaneously held by women;
    • In 2006, an Australian citizen tried to sell New Zealand on eBay, starting from 0.01 EUR and managing to reach 2.018 EUR before eBay closed the auction.

Universities, colleges and schools in New Zealand

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