Globally recognized qualifications
All eight universities of New Zealand consistently rank high in QS World Rankings* and Times Higher Education Rankings and qualifications from any of these are accredited across the globe, opening doors to prospects everywhere. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also ensures that institutions are registered to enroll international students and comply with qualifications standards.
Excellent pedagogy & Broad opportunities for study and research
Influenced by the UK education system, New Zealand focuses on research-based teaching, which means you will learn to deal with situations in a systematic and organized manner. You’ll be taught how to work independently as well as in a team at various levels. Studying here will encourage you to think critically, question and benefit from student-teacher interaction. You’ll also be implementing the concepts learned in the classroom and develop different approaches towards solving a problem.
The eight institutions that make up the university system in New Zealand are located across the two main islands, the North and the South. This distribution gives students a chance to pursue opportunities in study and culture. Although all the universities offer degrees in the arts, business, science, each college also has its own niche and distinct courses to offer.
Innovation and research
New Zealand provides abundant opportunities in research for students. The country boasts of highly experienced faculty, well-equipped laboratories, access to the latest technology, equipment, and opportunities. Its innovative spirit has made it a hub of new technologies, research and development in various fields such as healthcare, physics, geology, engineering, astronomy, computer science, agriculture, etc. Add to it, the Nobel prizes that the country has in its kitty simply reinstate the significance and vast scope of research in New Zealand.
Safe and peaceful
New Zealand ranks second on the Global Peace Index 2018*, which speaks about the social tolerance and political stability of the Kiwi democracy. As an international student, you’ll have the same rights as your Kiwi counterparts.
Quality of life
New Zealand offers a wonderful multi-cultural environment that exists in perfect harmony with the country’s outdoorsy lifestyle. Replete with all kinds of natural landscapes ranging from snowcapped mountains and steaming volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches and lush rainforests, New Zealand screams wanderlust. Living here provides every student a chance to grow with its diverse culture and natural beauty all at once.
Quality learning experience
The New Zealand university system is research-based as it is based on the British education model. This means there are a lot of similarities between the two systems, such as the teaching methods. The fact India also follows the British education system makes it easier for Indian students to adjust. The academic staff is expected to be researchers as well as teachers. This ensures a high-quality learning experience. New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, the universities’ representative body, has legal responsibility for course approval and moderation.
Easy entry requirements
Unlike many other countries, New Zealand universities do not have a lot of competition to get admitted to a university degree. That is because the New Zealand government has invested heavily in higher education over the years. Because of that, New Zealand universities have more capacity than the number of students. Students with moderate grades can get entry to most Bachelor’s degree programs easily. Hence the entry requirements are minimal compared to most of the top universities in the world.
A great destination
International students are welcomed warmly in New Zealand society for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy. New Zealander citizens are well-traveled and are interested in people from other cultures, so international students feel more welcome. Campuses have students from all across the globe studying together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, UK, Asia, among many others.
New Zealand has a comparatively low cost of living, food easily available at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options. Public transport is also moderately priced, offering easy access to rivers, lakes, forests and beaches for the recreational opportunities they provide.
A beautiful country
New Zealand is renowned for its naturally beautiful landscapes and the adventure activities they offer. The best thing is that all this is easily accessible from all eight universities in the country. Even though you will be there as a student, if you ever want to spend weekends and holidays exploring the country, you will have endless options to do so in however way you want. New Zealand offers great options for adventure sports and hiking etc.
You can work to support your studies
As an international student in New Zealand, you can work for up to 20 hours every week during your semesters and full-time during breaks. In fact, if you’re pursuing a research master’s or a doctoral degree, you will be allowed to work full-time.