New Zealand is emerging as one of the topmost preferences among students wanting to study abroad. From broad opportunities for study and research and the quality learning experience to the positive living conditions, New Zealand has many offerings for international students. Outlined below are some of the main reasons why international student population in New Zealand has grown tremendously in recent years.
World recognized qualifications
New Zealand offers a high-quality education system. All tertiary education institutions have strong quality assurance mechanisms, which is a key reason why their education system is world-renowned with every university being in the top 3% worldwide, to the 2016 QS World University Rankings.
New Zealand’s teaching style and practical, hands-on way of learning gives graduates strong employability skills. Purpose-built training facilities such as student radio stations, art galleries, practicing nursing wards, urban hair and spas and science teaching laboratories are on campus premises. Several programmes offer Internships (that are 120 hour placements of students), offering a structured form of work experience that students receive course credit for.
Quality of life
New Zealand has the work-life balance just right. It’s why the country consistently lead international quality-of-life surveys. New Zealand continues to offer the world’s highest quality of living, not far behind the US in GDP/capita and far ahead of it in a number of quality metrics. In addition, New Zealand has been ranked second most peaceful and safest country in the world.
Positive environmental and cultural factors
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with stunning landscapes which are diverse from snow covered mountains, wide open green spaces and pristine beaches. Hikers, mountaineers and nature lovers have many areas to unravel. New Zealanders share a strong sense of guardianship for their environment, thereby the environment is sustained.
Furthermore, a welcoming and relaxed attitude is present towards foreigners, whether it is visitors or students. One of the best things about New Zealand is its warm and friendly people.
Post-study work opportunities
When you graduate you can get a post-study work visa up to 3 years, which allows you to work for any employer and possibly even gain residence.
Lower tuition fees and costs of living
The tuition fee is comparatively lower to that of studying in another western country of similar setting. On average, an international student can expect to pay per year NZD 20,000 for a business, arts and social sciences degrees and NZD 25,000 – 35,000 for science and engineering related degrees.
The cost of living of New Zealand’s cities compare favourably with other major cities around the world. The cost of living can be cut down depending on where you study, your lifestyle and work patterns.