10 TOP REASONS NEW ZEALAND IS TODAY’S HOTTEST HIGHER STUDY DESTINATION

In recent years, New Zealand is quickly gaining a reputation as the ideal destination to pursue a tertiary education or further one’s studies. But what is making “the country where they filmed Lord of the Rings” so increasingly popular among students compared to the usual choices like Australia, the United States and Europe?
As an online education platform that facilitates overseas education and career opportunities for students in New Zealand, we think it’s essential for students and parents to fully understand their options. We’re excited to witness this rising trend first hand and share with you the top 10 reasons more students are applying for New Zealand universities today:
 
1) THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD
According to Hamilton News, New Zealand universities are certified world-class, with eight (8) universities remaining in the top 3 per cent globally this year. Seeing as there are so many competitor universities around the world, this is an amazing achievement, and Chris Whelan, the executive director of Universities New Zealand, has said: “We are the only country in the world to have all our universities ranked within the top 500. If you are a young New Zealander thinking about where to do a degree, you can be confident of getting a world-class education at any of our universities.”
 
2) OBTAINING A VISA AND RESIDENCY ISN’T COMPLICATED
When it comes to the visa application process, it is much easier to obtain a student visa for New Zealand as opposed to say, the United States. Students applying for a visa should be able to explain why they are staying in the country for that period of time, or get a Statement of Purpose from their international studies program. Unlike other countries, if an applicant happens to be rejected regarding their visa application, they are allowed to appeal – the authorities are more than willing to listen to the applicant’s side of the story and help. Additionally, if a graduate student stays on to work, they can then apply for permanent residency, which is open to students of all nationalities under the skilled migrants program.
 
3) AFFORDABLE COST OF EDUCATION
Depending on the course selected, studying in New Zealand is often much cheaper than Australia, and arguably, the United States and Europe. With the Australian dollar almost equal to the US dollar and the costs of living on an island nation being higher due to the more imports, pursuing an education in the neighbouring island of New Zealand is a bargain.
Yes, the New Zealand dollar is also equivalent to the United States dollar, but according to the Mercer 2015 Cost of Living Survey, Auckland is ranked 61st in the world, while Wellington is 83rd, far lower than other major cities like Hong Kong (2), Singapore (4), London (12), New York (16), Sydney (31), and Melbourne (47). While the United States and Europe can be cheap if you’re thrifty, consider this:
 
4) MEET FRIENDLY LOCALS
Many former and current students of New Zealand universities will testify that New Zealanders are some of the most loving and welcoming people they ever had the fortune of meeting. This is because the locals are used to meeting people from different cultures; having travelled to other countries extensively and having foreigners visit their country frequently, so they tend to be more accepting and tolerant of other cultures.
 
5) GAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A BETTER CV
Students who complete their studies in New Zealand gain additional credibility to their CV. Thanks to their world-class reputation in education, New Zealand universities’ qualifications are recognised and respected globally, which gives graduates an edge in the jobs their seek. Alternatively, the ability to work part-time during study will prepare students for their transition into the workforce, as well as provide insight into the New Zealand’s workplace culture.
 
6) PLENTY OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATES
New Zealand welcomes immigration, so there are plenty of work opportunities available for international students and graduates. On a student visa, students can work up to 20 hours a week during a semester, and 40 hours during vacations, which provides them with an opportunity to finance their education or gain additional income. After they graduate, they can apply for a permit to work in the country for 12 months, and as mentioned above, if they pursue a career in their field of study, they can apply for a permanent residency.
 
7) STABILITY OF ECONOMY AND SAFETY
The country’s economy is deems relatively successful: According to the Social Progress Index for New Zealand, the country is ranked 10th in the world in regards Social Progression, which covers areas such as Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and the level of Opportunity available to its citizens. Furthermore, Bloomberg Markets have also described New Zealand’s economy as the fastest growing within two (2) years, thanks to surging immigration, record-low borrowing costs and a housing boom. It is also the fourth safest places to live in the world, behind Iceland, Denmark, and Austria, according to the 2015 Global Peace Index.
 
8) EXPERIENCE A NEW WAY OF LEARNING
The education system in New Zealand places priority on both academic and practical skills, with the teachers taking a more hands-on approach. In the classroom, students are encouraged to always ask questions, think critically, and keep an open mind. Outside, there are plenty of wide-open spaces and facilities for students to put what they’ve learnt in the classroom to use, such as farms for agricultural and life sciences research, as well as radio stations and film studios for those in the creative field.
 
9) NEW SIGHTS TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO EVERY DAY
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Entertainment, nightlife and sightseeing opportunities are integral factors in the popularity of the country, and there are always new sights to see and things to do every day in New Zealand. For example, students can visit the famed Hobbiton Movie Set, take road trips to various national parks, lakes, caves and glaciers, go for a weekend swim at one of the beaches, or just enjoy a well-brewed cup of Joe around the corner. According to CNN, Wellington is rated one of the world’s eight great coffee cities – it’s said the ubiquitous flat white is the nation’s unofficial national beverage!
 
10) COMPETITIVE FEES FOR PHD STUDENTS
International students looking to pursue PhD studies in New Zealand are offered the same tuition fees as New Zealand PhD students, thanks to a New Zealand government-funding scheme. There are also additional benefits for international PhD students, depending on the university – for instance, the University of Auckland gives you unlimited work rights under the terms of your student visa.

 

If you’re interested in pursuing your education in New Zealand, Edugat is an online education platform that helps you apply for the institutions of your choice and further career opportunities!