Study in New Zealand
In New Zealand, we are fortunate to have a high standard of living, clean air, and a healthy lifestyle and we like sharing all this with others. We’re easy going and embrace different lifestyles and opinions.
Studying and living in New Zealand offers you the perfect blend of quality education, the beauty of nature, and urban adventure. Urban living is on your doorstep with ethnic restaurants, modern shopping and entertainment suitable for students and families alike, all within easy reach of New Zealand’s stunning landscape and wide open spaces. No city in New Zealand is more than 120kms from the sea.
There’s always plenty to discover and learn – come and see for yourself.
World rankings – A great place to live and study
- 4th safest country – 2015 Global Peace Index
- 3rd most creative – Global Creativity Index 2015
- Best country in the world – Telegraph Travel Awards 2016
- All New Zealand universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world (QS World University Rankings)
- Legatum Prosperity Index has ranked New Zealand number one in the world for the past six years
An innovation nation
Our geographic location has developed the need for New Zealanders to innovative and creative. Famous for our ability to think creatively and overcome challenges, we have always contributed on the world innovation stage.
The Global Innovation Index 2015 ranked New Zealand 15th out of 141 countries for ‘innovation output’. This report ranks world economies’ innovation capabilities results.
- Did you know Ernest Rutherford, known as the father of nuclear physics, was a New Zealander?
- New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote
- Peter Jackson, renowned film maker and screen writer, (The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy) led the way with Weta Workshop to develop some of the most innovative movie scenes of its time
- AJ Hackett, developed organised commercial bungy jumping which is now a popular tourist attraction in New Zealand, and has put New Zealand on the world tourism map.
In recent years, New Zealand has developed a growing reputation for interesting start-up technology companies that attract Silicon Valley investment from companies like Microsoft.
Study and working in New Zealand
New Zealand supports students to work as they study. Opportunities also exist for graduates to gain permanent residency in New Zealand through study to work visas.
Working while you study
Working part-time can be a good way to gain work experience and help fund your time in New Zealand. International students have the same minimum work rights as anyone else in New Zealand when they study at a tertiary institution. Find out more about working while you study.
Work upon graduating
If you have completed a qualification in New Zealand, but you do not have a job offer, you may be eligible for a Post Study Work Visa (Open) for a maximum of 12 months. When you have found a job, you can apply for a further visa for up to two or three years under the Study to Work category. You can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Open). To learn more about the study to work options and the Skilled Migrant Category, visit Immigration New Zealand.
Make New Zealand your home – Permanent Residency
After you complete your study you will also have the opportunity to apply for New Zealand Permanent Residency (PR) if your job is relevant to your degree.
If you are successful in obtaining permanent residency in New Zealand you will be eligible for student loans from the New Zealand Government to help you further your education at postgraduate level.