Life experience

Studying in New Zealand will open your eyes and expand your horizons. And wherever you choose to study, you’ll never be far from a beach, some native bush or some wide open spaces.

You’ll 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.

Male student rock climbing

You’ll have the chance to explore our stunning scenery, beautiful environment and unique wildlife. If you’re into adventure, you’ll be able to ‘live the dream.’ Our mountains, lakes and coast offer a dazzling array of high-octane activities that are affordable and easy to access.

You’ll mix and make lifelong connections with new and interesting people both from New Zealand and around the world. And, if you’re a more mature student looking to pursue postgraduate studies, you‘ll enjoy easy access for your partner and children and domestic level fees for PhD students.

You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of an internationally recognised and high quality education – and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Unique hospitality

The spirit of welcome runs deep here. Māori have a word for it – Manaakitanga.

Loosely translated as hospitality, it sums up the act of welcoming and looking after guests. The idea is that by offering hospitality, generosity and mutual respect everyone involved comes out better off.

Lifelong connections

International students talking

So many international  students in one place isn’t just proof of our popularity - it also means great opportunities for making connections with peers from around the world.

It’s not just the places you’ll see and the things you’ll do in New Zealand that will inspire you. It’s the people you’ll meet.

We New Zealanders are an easy going bunch. While we can be a bit reserved at first – we don’t like ‘coming on strong’ or imposing ourselves on people – we’re generally very good at including newcomers in invitations to the pub, the footie game or the team going to the movies. After all, we’re great travellers ourselves. We know what it’s like to find ourselves in another country and how important feeling welcomed can be.

You’ll also have plenty of other international students to mix and mingle with. In 2012 we had 93,000 of them, from just about every country in the world - all ‘newbies’ and all in the same situation as you.

Your Kiwi study experience will give you all sorts of opportunities to make very special social and business connections that you'll treasure forever.

So much to explore – enjoy our stunning landscape and mild climate

If you’re travelling abroad to study, you’ll want to see as much as you can of your host country. After all, that’s an important part of your overseas study experience.

There’s so much to see and do here and New Zealand makes experiencing it all so easy.

Student Arne Baron

Remarkable weekend

Student Arne Baron chats about his experiences in New Zealand and a recent trip to the Remarkables in Queenstown.

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You can always find something to do because our generally temperate climate means tourism here runs year round. With a good network of domestic airlines, affordable buses and trains you’ll find it easy to access all the experiences, beauty and wide open spaces that New Zealand has to offer.

Given New Zealand’s long, skinny geography, wherever you choose to study you’ll never be more than a couple of hours away from golden beaches, rolling green farmland, or snow covered mountains. Of course, travelling times vary by destination and what transport you use – Auckland to Queenstown for example takes about two hours by air and two days by car (including a ferry trip across Cook Strait). But a trip to the superb surf beach at Raglan on the North Island’s west coast can take you just 45 minutes by car or bus from Hamilton.

With a bit of forward planning you’ll be surprised how much of our spectacular country you’ll be able to explore in your breaks from studying.

New Zealand Destinations | Tourism New Zealand

Explore New Zealand | Education New Zealand

Choice of lifestyles

New Zealand offers you a huge variety of places to live and study in, from bustling urban centres to smaller low-stress provincial towns in the heart of peaceful countryside; from university towns to diversified commercial centres. So many options means you can choose the lifestyle you’re familiar with – or take the opportunity to experience an environment that is quite different and new.

For sun and sea, you can go north. Or if a little winter snow is what you’re used to (and you’d like to get some skiing in at weekends or over vacations), there’s the South Island.

If you’re the city type, there are the main centres to explore, each with their own distinctive character. Or, to get close to the ‘real’ New Zealand, you can experience small town life Kiwi-style.

Wherever you choose to study, you’ll never be far from a beach or some native bush (or both) where you can get the breathing space and exercise that’s so important for clearing your head and working effectively.

Explore the Regions | Education New Zealand.

Partners & children welcomed

If you’ve advanced to doctoral research, and partnered or even had children along the way, New Zealand is a great place to broaden your horizons and continue your postgraduate studies.

To start with, you don’t pay extra for being an international student. PhD students here only pay domestic level fees. You’re also automatically entitled to take paid work for 20 hours.

Perhaps most importantly, New Zealand makes it easy for you to share the experience with your family:

  • Partners of international postgraduate students can apply for an open work visa for the duration of your course of study
  • The dependent children of all international PhD students are classified as domestic students in New Zealand state schools
  • And New Zealand is a great place for bringing up a family. It’s safe and secure and very family friendly.

You have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. Plus, there are good job opportunities for people with skills.

With so many advantages, you may want to join the thousands of post-graduate students from around the world who have discovered the advantages of pursuing higher qualifications in New Zealand. In fact, nearly 20% of our postgraduate students are now from overseas – compared with just 6% in 1997.

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