New Zealand is often overlooked when it comes to choosing a host country to study abroad at. All the world really knows about it is that the Lord of the Rings was filmed there. That, and it has a darn good rugby team. It’s about time we learnt a bit more. Here, we explore why you should study abroad in New Zealand.
ITS MAIN LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
If you don’t fancy having to learn a new language, then having your prospective overseas country (aka New Zealand) also be English-speaking is a huge relief. It saves you time, moolah and a whole lot of grey hairs.
IT HAS SOME JAW-DROPPING SCENERY.
New Zealand has been dubbed one of the most beautiful countries in the world for a reason – it has a vast amount of stunning sceneries all within a relatively small radius. From mountain ranges and rolling hills to ice-blue lakes and thermal springs… Heck, there’s even the occasional active volcano or cascading glacier on offer! Add in architectural wonders like Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown, and you might just have you strap your jaw in to stop it from falling to the ground.
IT FEATURES A UNIQUE CULTURE.
New Zealand was settled by Polynesians at around 1350, and then colonized by Europeans during the late 1700’s. This gave New Zealand a unique style of culture – one where the traditional Maori culture forms a prominent part of New Zealand life. This makes New Zealand different enough to validate travel from other Western countries, but familiar enough not to cause severe culture shock.
IT BOASTS A SAFE AND TOLERATE ENVIRONMENT.
New Zealand is a laid-back and open-minded country with little personal violence or strife between communities. In addition, multiculturalism is celebrated, same-sex marriage is legal and the police are trusted and reliable. Roll this all together and you’ve got yourself the fourth safest country in the world. It doesn’t even have any seriously dangerous wildlife for you to worry about (unlike its big brother, Australia).
IT’S NEITHER TOO COLD NOR TOO HOT.
Temperatures average between 20 – 25°C during summer in New Zealand and dip down to an average of between 10 – 15°C during winter. While it can get warmer or colder than this, depending on how far north or south you’re situated, the weather generally sits at an oh-so-nice temp. Plus, the small variance in temperature between the seasons in New Zealand ensures the transition from summer to winter (and back again) isn’t too much of an unsettling experience.
THERE’S PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO.
Climb on top of a glacier, dabble in white water rafting, explore the fiords of the South Island, go bungee jumping, skydive over snow-capped mountains, check out world-renowned wineries… New Zealand has heaps of heart-pumping adventures you can tick off your bucket list while you’re abroad!
IT’S RIGHT NEXT TO AUSTRALIA.
If you’re like us, then you just can’t help but make heart eyes New Zealand’s big brother, Australia. It’s got culture, beaches, sunshine, more beaches… Need we say more? The good news is that New Zealand is the perfect place to study abroad at if you want to explore all that the land Down Under has to offer… without having to commit to its collection of deadly animals.
IT FEATURES WORLD RENOWED UNIVERSITIES.
New Zealand boasts a total of eight universities and all of them feature in the top three per cent worldwide. This is super impressive considering how young these universities are – the oldest, University of Otago, was established in 1869. Of these, QS World University Rankings placed the University of Auckland the highest with a ranking of 81 and the University of Otago second-highest with a ranking of 169.
…WHO OFFER A CHEAP COST OF LEARNING…
An undergraduate degree will set an international student back NZ$22,000 to NZ$32,000 per year, although you’ll have to fork out more if you’re studying engineering, medicine or veterinary science. This is significantly cheaper than the international student fees associated with undergraduate courses in other popular destinations. Examples include the UK, where fees range from around NZ$16,500 to NZ$60,000, and the USA, where fees range from around NZ$30,000 to NZ$62,000.
…AND CHEAP STUDENT ACCOMADATION.
All New Zealand universities offer student accommodation, with prices averaging at NZ$240 per week for furnished, self-catered facilities. These properties are significantly cheaper than private accommodation, which, for a furnished one-bedroom apartment, averages out to be NZ$341 per week. And, as if you needed more reason to love student accommodation, it often comes with additional benefits, such as security, bill inclusion and a proximity to campus.
ITS UNIVERSITIES HAVE EXPERT EDUCATORS.
Most of the teaching staff at New Zealand universities are experts in their academic subjects. This is because New Zealand places a value on high-quality education. The benefit of this is that you’re able to learn from people who have real world experience in your profession. In addition, it also allows you to make important real world connections.
ITS DEGREES PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER.
Skills and experience gained at New Zealand universities are designed to maximise your job prospects – even during your semester as an international exchange student!