Guide to Studying in New Zealand in 2024 Asan Pawa

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 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 M?ori 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 is it like to study in New Zealand?

The education system in New Zealand is very application-based. Memorising course material is not the standard way of learning at New Zealand universities.

Also, the teaching staff, the other students, and the other extracurricular clubs, when combined, create a memorable and amazing study atmosphere.

Besides this, some universities offer a ton of support services, especially for international students. They can offer pastoral care and workshops on managing stress, mindfulness, meditation techniques, how to overcome procrastination, how to maintain a study-life balance, and more, making your studying years as relaxed and as pleasant as possible.

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