Why study in New Zealand?

Why NZ?

In this article, we want to highlight what makes New Zealand an ideal study destination that is uniquely New Zealand. As education specialists, we want to be honest and affirm that each country’s education system has its pros and cons, so weigh our advice for yourself and see what works best for you.

In fact, if you’re interested in comparing Australia, UK and New Zealand as potential study destinations, check out our article here.

This article is useful for those who might be encountering NZ as a study destination for the first time, or who just need that extra assurance that NZ is a good choice for them. So here are 10 reasons why we think that NZ is not only a good choice for tertiary education, but a really good one:

1. Globally-recognised qualifications

  • All eight universities in New Zealand consistently rank high in QS World Rankings1 and Times Higher Education Rankings2 – qualifications from any of these are accredited across the globe, opening doors to bright prospects for graduates.
  • New Zealand is known for its business, technology, engineering, medicine, and biological sciences, and the schools are world class.3
  • The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also ensures that institutions are registered to enrol international students and comply with qualifications standards.4
  • The proximity of all eight universities to New Zealand’s diverse natural environment offers students the chance to research anything from endangered marine mammals to earthquake engineering.
  • Although all the universities offer core degrees in the arts, business and science, each university also has its own distinctive profile. For example, The University of Auckland and The University of Otago are home to two of the country’s sole medical schools, featuring hospital-based learning, whereas University of Canterbury and The University of Auckland have an international profile for their engineering courses.

2. Excellent pedagogy

  • The New Zealand government is committed to delivering an excellent education and student experience.5
  • New Zealand focuses on research-based teaching, which means you will learn to deal with situations in a systematic and organised 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 and question critically, as well as benefit from student-teacher interactions.
  • You’ll also be implementing the concepts learnt in the classroom and develop different approaches towards solving a problem.

3. Innovation and research

  • Research is critical to the operation and mission of New Zealand universities. New Zealand’s eight universities spend over $870m annually on research, accounting for 65% of New Zealand’s basic research and 25% of applied research.6
  • New Zealand universities produce over 43,000 graduates each year (91% at Bachelor’s Degree level or higher; 3% at PhD level) and are home to around 70% of the country’s current researchers.7
  • New Zealand provides abundant opportunities in research for students. The country boasts of highly-experienced faculties, 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, and more. On top of these, the Nobel prizes that the country has achieved also reiterate the significance and vast scope of research in New Zealand.8
  • The New Zealand university system is research-based, as it is historically based on the British higher education model. This means there are a number of similarities between the two systems, such as the names of qualifications, teaching methods, and the look and feel of the university campuses.16
  • All academic staff are expected to be active researchers as well as teachers. This insistence on research-informed teaching ensures a high quality learning experience.
  • The universities’ representative body, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, has legal responsibility for university course approval and moderation procedures.
  • The New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit supports this quality assurance method. These systems certify that university education in New Zealand is of a consistently excellent standard.

4. 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 semester and full-time during breaks.9
  • If you’re pursuing a Research Masters or a Doctoral Degree, you will be allowed to work full-time.
  • As a PhD student, you would enjoy additional privileges, where you will be eligible to pay the same tuition fee as locals and unlike other degree students, you can work full-time during your studies.10

5. Safe and peaceful

  • New Zealand ranks second on the Global Peace Index 201911, 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.

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6. Quality of life

  • New Zealand offers a wonderful multi-cultural environment that exists in perfect harmony with the country’s outdoorsy lifestyle.12
  • Surrounded with all kinds of natural landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains and steaming volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches and lush rainforests, New Zealand simply screams wanderlust.12
  • Living here provides every student a chance to grow with its diverse culture and natural beauty all at once.12

7. Moderate entry requirements

  • New Zealand does not have massive competition to enter the first year of a university degree. This is because the New Zealand government has invested heavily in university education over the years. As a result, New Zealand has more capacity than it has students. Students with moderate grades can gain entry to most Bachelor’s degree programmes without any problems.13

8. A welcoming destination

  • There are just over four million people who reside in the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world, as mentioned earlier.
  • The International Student Wellbeing Strategy was developed to ensure that student wellbeing is at the heart of the international education sector – that international students feel welcome and safe, enjoy a high-quality education and are valued for their contributions to New Zealand. It is connected to the International Education Strategy and is a key mechanism for ensuring that the New Zealand government meets its wellbeing goals.14
  • The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, which all providers who enrol international students must sign up to, is also a strong signal to the sector and to students that New Zealand cares about the wellbeing of international students.14
  • International students are welcomed by New Zealand society, both for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy.
  • Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying and socialising together.13

9. Cost of living

  • The country has a comparatively low cost of living (except for transport costs), abundant fresh food at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options.15
  • Transport is moderately priced, affording easy access to rivers, mountains, lakes, forests, beaches and the recreational opportunities they provide.15

10. Beautiful location

  • New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty and adventure activities, and all these are readily accessible from all eight universities in the country.16
  • An excellent education goes beyond a person’s learning in the classroom; it is their whole experience as an international student and as a visitor in New Zealand. Providing students with new perspectives and truly authentic New Zealand experiences is vital.

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Have more questions about studying inNew Zealand?

Can’t make up your mind over your course or university?

Our experienced global education advisors can help you clear any confusion.
We’re just a call away from you.

Call us at at 03-7956 7655/ +6011-5991 1149
or email enquiries@mabecsglobal.com to reach us immediately.

If you have some time to spare, tell us more about your needs:

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