Study in New Zealand: Reasons and Things to Do

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( — August 20, 2020) — When it comes to studying abroad, many people may often think about popular destinations, such as the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Actually, studying in New Zealand has many advantages for international students. This article would like to introduce you to the reasons why you should choose to study in New Zealand and what you need to prepare to study in New Zealand.

New Zealand is a country with a thriving and prosperous economy. “The country of kiwi” ranked 6th in the human development index 2013. Due to a strong economy, education here is invested very methodically. The OECD’s PISA in 2010 ranked New Zealand’s education system as the 7th best in the world. There are 8 public universities which are famous not only in New Zealand but also have earned reputation across the world.

Why study in New Zealand?

Ideal educational environment

New Zealand ranks ninth in the Human Development Index (HDI) according to 2015 data, enough to see how much the country is interested in educational development. New Zealand has an advanced education system, based on a long-standing British education with a variety of science, social and arts subjects and modern equipment. New Zealand educational institutions always encourage students to maximize their creative capabilities, think independently and equip them with knowledge-skills in many different fields. With a graduate degree that is globally recognized, graduates here can confidently work anywhere in the world.

The University of Auckland is in the top 8 of New Zealand’s universities, ranked 81 in the world according to the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2021. The University of Otago, University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington are also in the top 300 best universities in the world.

Quality of life is always maintained at a high level while living expenses are only about 15,000 NZD / year equivalent to 1,250 NZD / month, reasonable tuition fees and attractive annual scholarship programs are the plus points that make up the lane. Waves more than 110,000 international students to New Zealand in 2015 to realize their dreams. 

Favorable geography and climate

New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean among the last human settlements. Because of its long period of isolated human absence, New Zealand is able to maintain a diverse ecosystem with rich flora and fauna.

New Zealanders certainly have reason to be proud when they live in a country with snow-capped mountains and long stretches of white sandy beaches, home to natural hot springs, glaciers, lakes hidden deep in forests and volcanic ranges surrounded by mysterious coves. It’s no surprise that director Peter Jackson chose his hometown as the setting for the hit series The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The unique geographical location gives this country 3 different climates, both subtropical and temperate, and enchanting natural beauty.

The rapid construction and development of big cities has almost no impact on the ecological environment. In NZ, you can enjoy all the amenities of modern life, while admiring the beautiful natural scenery here.

Clean and safe living environment

New Zealand not only has beautiful scenery but also has a clean and safe living environment. In 2016, NZ ranked 11/180 countries in the environmental quality index (Environment Performance Index); of which, the water quality index and the sanitation system (water and sanitation) ranked 1, the air quality ranked 7. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), all of NZ’s indicators of safe living conditions, social welfare policy – health care, housing, The quality of education is at a high level compared to the world average. The average life expectancy of NZ residents is 81 years, 74% of people between the ages of 15 and 64 have a paid job. The average income per year of people after tax is 23,213 USD.

Attractive job opportunities

Allow part-time jobs

New Zealand has an area approximately the same as Vietnam, but the population is just over 4.5 million people – less than the population of Hanoi capital. This shows the demand for human resources in this country in the context of the growing and fluctuating economy under the pressure of globalization. The New Zealand government, therefore, has many policies to support international students looking for part-time jobs while studying at school as well as provide opportunities to work at local companies after graduation.

Students who meet the requirements set by Immigration New Zealand will be allowed to work part-time jobs no more than 20 hours / week and full-time during their stay. The average hourly income is 15 NZD, and the student is not taxable while working. Thus, with an average income of 1,200 NZD / month, the students can completely pay their own living expenses in New Zealand.

The New Zealand government also has very attractive policies to support international students, which is to enable them to stay in NZ for a year to find work after graduation. During this time, if students receive an offer to work in NZ, students can apply for a permanent resident visa to enjoy social benefits as a legal citizen.

What to prepare to study in New Zealand?

Proof of fund

Despite the low cost, you still need to prepare enough financial resources to serve the study abroad process. On the other hand, the New Zealand Visa process also requires you to prove financially with the consulate. In addition, you need to have sufficient documents to prove your financial status with the consulate.

Select school/university to study: 

Choosing a school or university to attend is also quite important. The institutions have different quality, different tuition fees, different locations. If you are not confident in your decision, you can go to to find a reputable study abroad agency to help you find the right courses

Apply for Student Visa

This is the decisive factor in your study abroad. To study in New Zealand, you need to have a student Visa. You can find an agent to help you apply for the New Zealand student visa.

Final words

It is clear that New Zealand is an absolutely ideal place of life and education for international students. That doesn’t mean everything will come easily, though; It all depends on the attitude and will of each person. Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”, which means that it is a positive, proactive attitude that helps you achieve great changes. That plus the ideal living and studying environment in New Zealand will give you momentum to advance and quickly achieve future successes.