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Study in New Zealand

New Zealand may only be known as “Australia’s younger sibling”, with their almost identical flags and adorable accents. But it still is a place you should seriously consider for your international degree.

New Zealand isn’t famous only for its Lord of the Rings-landscapes. It also gave us great people  like Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man who reached the peak of Mount Everest; Sir Ernest Rutherford, the first scientist who split the atom; and, last but not least, pop-singer Lorde.

Yes, there are other people between great scientists and pop singers. But before we get there, we should cover all you need to know about New Zealand’s universities and student lifestyle.

Why Study in New Zealand?

Who wouldn’t wish to study in the origin place of elves, dwarves, and hobbits?

Besides this awesome location, you can always count on their educational system: despite having only 8 universities, one of them is ranked in top 100 by QS World University Rankings.

Also, being the less-deadly version of Australia, New Zealand offers students a great nightlife, combined with great landscapes and polite people - all without the danger of being bitten by spiders bigger than your fist.

What to study in New Zealand

New Zealand offers some of the most diverse degrees in the world. Still, if the market is too vast, you should know that some of the most popular study options in New Zealand are:

Major cities in New Zealand

New Zealand has some of the top-rated “liveable” cities in the world, so there’s no wonder that, besides the capital  (Wellington), there are other popular destinations, like:

Which universities to attend in New Zealand

For such a tiny place, New Zealand sure has a lot of universities and institutions to choose from. It's hard to decide; but many of them are schools specific to different types of career and job training.
Here is a small list of universities to think of:

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in New Zealand

You should know that a New Zealand school year starts in February and ends in November, with a month-long break in June / July.

When you apply online (or on paper, if you hate trees), you should know that the documents you will need to provide are:

  • A personal statement of intent;
  • Your transcripts from secondary school, including any university courses that you may have taken;
  • Any relevant test scores (ACT or SAT);
  • Proof of funding, or intent to apply for funding for your tuition;
  • Proof of paying the application fee;
  • Your financial aid applications.

You can always have your questions answered at the admission office at the university, so write down your questions and go wild with their e-mail address.

Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a New Zealand university

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programme. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in New Zealand, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures, seeing how some schools will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

The minimum grades and scores international students are required to have vary wildly from university to university, and sometimes from programme to programme.

Still, the English proficiency tests usually accepted are:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT);
  • Paper-based TOEFL;
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE);
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic;
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Living in New Zealand

What is it like to study in New Zealand?

The education system in New Zealand is very application-based. Memorising course material is not the standard way of learning at New Zealand universities.

Also, the teaching staff, the other students, and the other extracurricular clubs, when combined, create a memorable and amazing study atmosphere.

Besides this, some universities offer a ton of support services, especially for international students. They can offer pastoral care and workshops on managing stress, mindfulness, meditation techniques, how to overcome procrastination, how to maintain a study-life balance, and more, making your studying years as relaxed and as pleasant as possible.

Tuition fees in New Zealand

New Zealand has some of the highest tuition fees, but the trade is fair, seeing how good the universities are and how nice the country is.

But, in the spirit of fair play, tuition fees can range:
  • For Arts and Social Sciences, around 10.600 EUR / year;
  • Engineering and Technology can be around 13.000 EUR / year;
  • Medicine and Health is around 39.800 EUR / year.

Of course, you can always search for a scholarship in New Zealand, so you have that going for you, which is nice.

Accommodation, housing, food and other expenses

I think we already established that New Zealand can be on the expensive side of the world, but it’s still good to prepare you emotionally for the prices you’ll find in the markets and in restaurants. For instance:

  • Rent for a one-bedroom apartment can be between 500 and 680 EUR / month;
  • A restaurant meal can be around 10 EUR;
  • A cup of coffee can go up to 2.50 EUR;
  • A loaf of bread can cost 1.40 EUR;
  • A one-way ticket for the local transportation is 2 EUR.

About New Zealand

Facts about New Zealand

New Zealand seems like a type of country created by students, for students.

With almost no regard for rules and traditions, New Zealand seems like the country where the phrase “There are no bad ideas” was taken to heart, and where they started doing things just because they can. For instance:

  • New Zealand broadcasted the first weather report in Elvish language in 2012. You can probably assume that nobody was there to tell them not to do it.
  • The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird;
  • There is a law that states every high school in New Zealand may hold one pound of uranium and one pound of thorium, for conducting nuclear experiments. Still, they will be fined 850.000 EUR if they cause a nuclear explosion.

Now, looking on the other side of the argument “we can create our own laws and do whatever we want in New Zealand”, we can find some of the best and most progressive things to ever happen in the world right in here. That’s why:

  • One of the three official languages of New Zealand is Sign Language (awesome!);
  • In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote (awesomer!);
  • In 1990, New Zealand became the first country in the modern world to appoint an Official National Wizard (awesomest!).

And, because the internet is full of amazing facts about New Zealand, here are three I couldn’t figure out how to connect, but which you should definitively know and that will make you smile instantly. These are:

  • There are 9 sheep per each person in New Zealand, making it the highest ratio in the world;
  • In 2006, the Queen, the Governor-General, the PM, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Chief Justice were all women, making New Zealand the only country in the world (to date) where all the highest positions have been simultaneously held by women;
  • In 2006, an Australian citizen tried to sell New Zealand on eBay, starting from 0.01 EUR and managing to reach 2.018 EUR before eBay closed the auction.

 

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Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
Hungary
Hungary
Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe and in the world. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have at least hard of the beauty of its capital Budapest and about the delicious Hungarian cuisine.
Ireland
Ireland
From literature to landscape, from innovation to internationalisation, Ireland offers a lot of opportunities in education and research… and the warmest of welcomes from the world’s friendliest nation!
Norway
Norway
The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
Poland
Poland
Studying in Poland will provide a solid education which will thoroughly prepare you for work in the most advanced labour markets of the world, at the same time stimulating your own personal development. You will also have the unique opportunity of meeting outstanding specialists and renowned intellectuals in your chosen field.
Sweden
Sweden
Swedish universities are renowned for their investigative research and independent thinking, and this reputation is cemented with nationally certified degrees and rigorous quality control. As a country, Sweden is an open and multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.
Canada
Canada
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
United States
United States
The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
Australia
Australia
Australia is well known for it's warm climate, great beaches and exceptional higher education system. It has strong influences from both Europe and Asia, and with the worlds second highest development index, it is a fantastic place to study!