According to the Legatum Institute New Zealandone of the safest places to live in the world.
The economy is actually incredibly stable, the cost of living is low, and the government is more stable.
The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet.
In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC (77ºF).
Never run out of things to do
Five of the universities in New Zealand are considered to be in the top 50 of the world’s universities according to the QS World Top 500 rankings.
On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours.
Ease of visa acquisition and residency
You work in NZ for 2 more years, or 3 years if you need relevant work experience.
The New Zealand tertiary education system is broadly divided into 6 Sectors
There are eight public universities in New Zealand, which offer undergraduate (bachelor) and postgraduate degrees. Universities are teaching and research-based. Five were listed in the 2013/2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics
New Zealand has 22 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics.Coursesare usually vocational and skills-based, ranging from certificate level through to bachelor degree and postgraduate level.
Private tertiary and training institutions
There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects including the arts, hospitality, computer studies, quality management, ecotourism and others. More than 800 such establishments are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
New Zealand is internationally recognised for its excellent education standards and for training high-quality teachers. There are six government-funded institutions that specialise in teacher training. Two operate within universities and the other four offer programs in collaboration with their local university. They offer training for teachers across early childhood, primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education) levels.
English language training sector
Private English language schools offer a variety of courses for all ages including adventure, business and academic programs. Adventure courses provide a balance of English language tuition and stimulating activity of students’ choice. There are courses in English for business purposes and courses to help prepare students for IELTS testing. Most tertiary institutions also provide English language preparation for further study or foundation courses.
Wãnanga is the term for the Mãori providers of tertiary education and advanced study on Mãori tradition and custom, usually in the Mãori language.
The New Zealand government has strong quality assurance systems to ensure high-quality education at all levels of the education system, both public and private.
Small Classes:Teaching standards are high and with small class sizes you will enjoy high levels of personal attention.
Research:The university staff combine research with teaching. The high-quality teaching New Zealand is known for will make you even more attractive to employers and open up exciting post-graduate opportunities.
The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) has 10 levels and covers a range of qualifications, from certificates to doctoral degrees.
All our Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics &training providers such as English language schools must follow strict quality guidelines monitored by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). NZQA regularly reviews these providers and individual institution reports are available.
Agencies responsible for quality assurance include:
Ministry of Education, which develops education goals and curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
Education Review Office, which checks the quality of education and student support in primary and secondary schools.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which ensures the qualifications offered by secondary schools and non-university tertiary institutions are regarded in New Zealand and around the world as credible and robust.
Universities New Zealand, which ensures all eight New Zealand universities provide quality qualifications and education.
All eight of New Zealand’s Universities are among the world’s top 500 in the 2015/16 QS rankings.
On individual subjects, the 2015/16 QS rankings also placed New Zealand universities amongst the world’s top 50 for teaching accounting and finance, business and management, computer science, civil and structural engineering, agriculture and forestry, veterinary science and nine other important disciplines.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in New Zealand will mostly depend on your location and can vary between NZ$ 10,000 and NZ$ 15,000 per year.
Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. For example, you may need to travel more in the main centers, and transport costs may be more expensive than in your home country.
The average monthly expenditure ranges between NZ$1000 - NZ$1200. Students usually manage to live in 800-900 NZD per month and maintain a high standard of living.
Choose from halls of residence, home stays or flats. Accommodation costs vary widely by region: the national median weekly rent for a three to four-bedroom house in October 2016 was $440, or $510 in Auckland.There are private accommodations (approximately NZ$ 180 per week), flat accommodation (approximately NZ$ 120 per week along with a bond) or student hostels and halls of residence (approximately NZ$ 200 per week).
The University of Otago’s estimated weekly food costs for a basic healthy diet for an adult man in 2016 were: Auckland $64, Wellington $64, Christchurch $63, and Dunedin $65. Prices vary depending on where you choose to shop.Big Mac combo worth $ 6 NZD, like a frozen meal, lodging in an apartment is 140 NZD per week and a bus ticket 2 NZD.
Going to the movies is merely 9NZD, a great cost considering how keen the citizens are to watching them frequently. Clubs, Restaurants and Cafes are on every corner, easily available for students to socialize and enjoy their life in the city.
As part of your student visa application, you must provide evidence that you can cover your living expenses while studying in New Zealand. If you’re studying in New Zealand on a scholarship or a sponsor/family member has agreed to accept financial responsibility for you while you’re here, you may not be required to show proof of funds.
For example, study for a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering for $18,500 or a one-term Certificate in Computing for $12,425.
Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years.
Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.
International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects.
English language courses
Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study a general English course for $300 per week, or a Cambridge English exam course for $5,100 for 12 weeks.
Scholarships help students a lot financially as they help reduce tuition costs, especially when studying in a foreign university. There are a number of scholarships available for international students wishing to study in New Zealand universities. To get a scholarship, you need to meet certain criteria, which may vary from university to university, but the basic criteria that they can be based on are:
• Area of study
• Academic merit
• Community service or involvement
• Financial hardship
• The industry or trade
• The region you grew up in, or where you plan to study
There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income.
You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand.
Apart from the internships that the students can join while pursuing their educational courses in New Zealand, owing to the skill shortages across the various sectors in the New Zealand market, students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long term can apply for a Skilled Migrant visa, which will allow them to work and live in the country permanently.
If you have a Student VISA, you can work part-time up to 20 hours a week and on full-time holidays.
Working during the term
In order to work up to 20 hours a week, you must fulfill certain requirements. The most common ones are:
• Your work schedule is at least two years.
• The study leads to New Zealand qualifications that earned points under the Talented Immigrant Category.
• Immigration You are taking an English course that meets the conditions approved by New Zealand.
In special cases, some students may be allowed to work more than 20 hours per week.
Work can be part of your competence. For example, if your schedule includes a certain number of hours for the required work experience, this could be up to 20 hours per week.
A research or doctorate degree in a New Zealand institution and graduate students can study full-time while studying.
Working during scheduled breaks
During scheduled breaks, eligible students can work full-time.
If your program is 120 credits or more for an academic year, you can qualify for full-time work.
If your program is full-time for an academic year, but less than 120 credits, you can work full-time on Christmas and New Year's holiday breaks.
With skill shortages across various sectors in the New Zealand labour market, graduates are in high demand in New Zealand. In particular, there is a strong demand for skilled workers in the health, information and communications technology, agriculture and farming, and engineering industries.
Students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long-term may apply for a Skilled Migrant visa, which will allow them to live and work in New Zealand permanently.
Depending on what you studied, you may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years, and possibly even gain residence.
Gaining work experience
The study to work pathway has two steps: Post Study Work Visa (Open) and Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted).
Living in New Zealand
The locals in New Zealand are very friendly people. They are extremely warm and hospitable. This country ensures quick integration into the system. Furthermore, it is ranked the second nation in the world in terms of peace,according to the Global Peace Index rankings. This country is considered very safe for international students.
New Zealand has a largely temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 16 degrees. Since most of the country lies on the coast it has mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine.
Health Care in New Zealand
An important area to be sure of the students they plan to study abroad in New Zealand is their health system, which is new and may be significantly different from those of countries. For students who are considering studying in New Zealand, familiarity with the country's mixed public / private health system can help prevent unnecessary confusion that can arise during a medical condition.Though, international students will not be required to show proof of insurance at the time of application for their visa (merely indicate that they do, in fact, plan on purchasing coverage).
According to the highly structured guidelines of the health care system in New Zealand:
Accidental medical fees are covered by the same ACC (Accident Compensation Company) as all New Zealanders unless they are in violation of their visa requirements (ie health and travel coverage). For this reason, the "appropriate health coverage" defined by New Zealand Practice Procedure and Pastoral Care for International Students is the following coverage area:
• Medical expenses for the treatment of diseases and / or injuries (above the ACC blanket) that require surgery and / or hospitalization - unlimited total insurance
• Medical evacuation related to serious illness and injuries - unlimited total insurance
• Emergency dental care
• Costs incurred for family members' travel if the student has a serious illness or injury.
New Zealand helps you experience a unique and diverse blend of European and Māori traditions mixed with influences from Polynesia, Asia and elsewhere. You’ll be able to pick from a range of lifestyles and study in well equipped but convenient campuses.
Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
Hamilton is a city in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. Hamilton Gardens, a sprawling public park, features elaborate themed gardens ranging from Italian Renaissance to Japanese and traditional Maori styles. The Waikato Museum displays Maori art and artefacts. Next door, ArtsPost gallery focuses on local art. In the busy city centre, Victoria Street is lined with restaurants, cafes and bars.
• Waikato Museum
• Hamilton Gardens
• Hamilton Zoo
Top Universities in Hamilton
• University of Waikato
Christchurch is the second major business centre in New Zealand and, as the national center of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), it has quickly become known as New Zealand’s digital city. Key business sectors include engineering, biotechnology, avionics, electronics, software engineering, agriculture, education, forestry, nutraceuticals, Antarctic research and tourism. It is also New Zealand’s most affordable major city.
Dunedin is a city in New Zealand, at the head of OtagoHarbour on the South Island’s southeast coast. It's known for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and a large student population. Hiking and cycling trails crisscross the dramatic landscape of the adjoining Otago Peninsula, home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins.
• Otago Peninsula
• Dunedin Railway Station
Top Universities in Dunedin
• Otago University
Wellington is ideal for student life. Compact and lively, New Zealand’s capital city is also the country’s political, scientific and cultural heart.
It gives students opportunities to learn from the many national decision makers, top creative talents and leading researchers who are based in Wellington.
Palmerston North is the country's seventh-largest city and eighth largest urban area, with an urban population of 84,300 (June 2016). Palmerston North is great for students due to its reasonable cost of living and sensibly priced accommodation.
• Te Manawa
• New Zealand Rugby Museum
• Manawata Gorge
Top Universities in Palmerston North
• Massey University
Depending on what you study, you may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years, and possibly gain residence.
First you need to apply for a visa and have it approved. The study to work pathway has two steps:
• Post-study work visa (open). This visa gives you up to 12 months to get a job in a field related to your studies. While you are looking for a job in your field you are allowed to work in any job to support yourself.
• Post-study work visa (employer assisted). This visa lets you stay in New Zealand to gain work experience for a further two years (or three years if work experience is required as part of a professional registration). This visa relates to a specific job with a specific employer.
After your post-study work visa (employer assisted) you may be eligible to apply for a New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.
Post Study Work Visa (Open)
The Post Study Work Visa (Open) allows you to find a job that is relevant to your qualification. It’s valid for 12 months, and during this time you can work for almost any employer in New Zealand. After you have found a job relevant to your qualification you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted).
The Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted) allows you to stay in New Zealand and work for a specific employer for a further two years, if your job is relevant to your qualification. To be granted a visa, you must hold a Post Study Work Visa - Open or apply no later than 3 months after the end date of your student visa (no later than 6 months if the qualification was a Doctoral Degree).
After your Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted) you may be eligible to apply for a New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.
This visa uses a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment.
Finding a job
It’s perfectly acceptable and legal to apply for jobs before you get a visa. Employers generally understand the situation, and when you get a job, will help you with your visa application. Just remember however you won’t be able to start working, and earning, until your visa is approved.
It’s important to remember that there may be plenty of competition for jobs after you graduate, from both international and domestic students. Studying in an area of skill shortage may increase your chances of getting a job.You may also find New Zealand’s job market different from what you are used to. The New Zealand Now website has information that can help you adjust your approach to meet employers expectations.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment compiles three skill shortage lists, based partly on suggestions from employers and unions:
• The Long Term Skill Shortage List
• The Immediate Skill Shortage List
• The Canterbury Skill Shortage List.
These lists include skilled occupations that New Zealand employers find it difficult to recruit for.