Why Study in New Zealand
Although New Zealand is a tiny country, there are a lot of reasons why you should consider going there for your studies abroad. Top quality education, plentiful job opportunities and the chance to spend time in a beautiful country that is close to nature are all good reasons to make your way to “Kiwiland”!
Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider studying in New Zealand instead of other countries; read on to know more.
Kiwis, as New Zealanders are called, are some of the most friendly and hospitable people in the world. Strangers are welcomed as friends; and you will feel very much at home here very quickly. Quite like Australia, the culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going, as well— Kiwis are known to work hard and party even harder! This is a small country with just over 4 million people and they are all one happy family! Despite the small size of the population, it is very diverse and you will find people of many different cultures here. For all these reasons, it is one of the safest places for students.
While New Zealand is in a seemingly secluded corner of the world, it is not really as remote as some may think. Perhaps due to this, the country has a wonderfully stable economy, low cost of living and a caring government that embraces immigrants, particularly those with skills that they find valuable to enhance the progress of the economy. Safe, friendly, welcoming and stable….what more could anyone ask for!
New Zealand has great weather and some of the world’s most spectacularly scenic open lands. Winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. Higher altitudes get some snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. During the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC (77ºF). As New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, the summer lasts from December to February; and the winter lasts from June to August. Spring and fall are similar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.
The educational system
The educational scenario in New Zealand is on par with some of the best in the world. Tuitions are very low, and students get a British-based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The educational degrees obtained here are recognized around the world as being practical-oriented and in line with industry advancements. Courses are focused on theory as well as hands-on exposure to skills, making graduates work-ready on successful completion of the course. Quality is checked by the education ministry, ensuring that each and every course, program, and certificate is recognized around the world as high-quality education. Not just this, but the support services for international students are among the best in the world. Students are encouraged to work hard and achieve success in their programs.
Plenty of things to do
New Zealand is a country where there are literally thousands of things to do. Intrepid explorers who like to hike can explore rugged mountains. Beach bums can enjoy the golden beaches all year long. The landscape is vastly different depending on where you go; just an hour away could be a completely different geography! Within the towns too, nightlife is pulsating and those who enjoy being indoors can hit the clubs or party away to their heart’s content.
International students can take their pick from a choice of work opportunities. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; while during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. This is a great way to supplement your education with income. Deserving students may also be able to secure internships and other practical work. If you are looking to find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand, the international studies office at your university would be a good place to start.
Additionally, 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.
Ease of getting a visa and residency
Unlike many other countries, your New Zealand visa application will not be rejected right away, and the acquisition process is fairly simple.
Even if there is something that may prevent you from getting a visa to come into the country, if you are able to explain why you’ve decided to go to New Zealand, and create a good Statement of Purpose, you will usually get a visa. This country welcomes immigrants, more so than almost any other country in the world.
Besides, after you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If your job is related to the degree that you received, then you can actually apply to get permanent residency, and you will most likely get it within 6 months of your application.
With all these advantages, there is little wonder why there are over 100,000 people who go and study in New Zealand every single year! If you want to join them and become an honorary Kiwi while getting your education in a beautiful and unique country like New Zealand, then we can help you to move forward with the application process. Good luck with your journey!