ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is an island country in the south western Pacific Ocean. The country comprises of 2 islands —North Island & South Island. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland. New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economy & quality of life. New Zealand has a high-income economy & Auckland CBD is a major hub of economic activity. In recent years, a ‘brain gain’ has brought in educated professionals from Europe and South Asia, contributing to the economic growth of the country. The currency is the New Zealand dollar, informally known as the ‘Kiwi dollar’. Over 100,000 people who go and study in New Zealand every single year. Although New Zealand is the same size as Japan or Great Britain there are a lot of reasons that you should consider going there for your studies abroad.
WHY STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND ?
- Unique Education System – The tuition is some of the lowest in the world. The degrees are recognised around the world as being up-to-date and practical making it one of the best countries for overseas education You will not only get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve but can also avail the support services for international students, which are considered among the best in the world. They student support services in the universities are experienced in helping international students to help them succeed in their programs.
- People – Kiwis are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming people that you will ever meet. If you are a stranger, a native New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. They are used to meeting new people, firstly because they travel a lot themselves, and also because a lot of visitors go to New Zealand every year. The culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going. So, you’re not going to feel stressed like you would if you went to a large city like London or New York City to study. There are just over 4 million people who live in the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. For being such a small country, the diversity is much greater than you would see in many European countries.
- Stable Economy – The economy is incredibly stable, the cost of living low, with one of the most stable governments when compared with many other countries.
- Suitable Climatic Conditions – Nothing can be better than the weather in New Zealand. The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. In higher altitudes, you will see snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC (77ºF). As you would expect in the southern hemisphere, the summer lasts from December to February; winter lasts from June to August. Spring and autumn are similar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.
- Nature & Beautiful Landscapes – The ever changing landscape of New Zealand has captured the hearts of adventurers and artists alike: hauntingly desolate rock, jagged cliffs, bubbling rocks and wide spaces are abundant in New Zealand. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who looks for adventure. In New Zealand, there are literally thousands of things to do. Do you like to hike? There are plenty of mountains for you to explore. Do you enjoy being a beach bum? Then you can enjoy the beaches throughout the year. Want some excitement? There are always new things to do. The scenery is different depending on where you go; you could drive an hour and have a completely different geography.
- Work Opportunities – 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. 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 student office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great opportunity is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country.
- Visas & Residency – The visa acquisition process is incredibly simple, and unlike many other countries, you will not be rejected right away. You get to talk to people and tell them your side of the story if there is something that may prevent you from getting a visa to come into the country. The country is welcome to immigration, more so than almost any other country in the world. As mentioned above, after you graduate, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 months of your application.
- Well Connected to the World – Despite NZ’s location, technology has allowed Kiwis to blur borders and be more connected than ever with the rest of the world. New Zealand has adapted the latest communications technology, and as a result, is an active participant in the world markets.