New Zealand

International education enriches lives. Most directly, the international students who come to New Zealand each year overwhelmingly enjoy quality education and experiences that will be with them for life.


But the benefits of international education reach far wider. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealand students learn alongside international counterparts. The cultural and social benefits of that are incalculable.


Many institutions, from pre-schools and schools through to universities, know the value of having an international element to their curriculum and their student population. Diversity and international connections become real when they touch lives. Experiences as diverse as students enjoying a shared meal reflecting the backgrounds of their international counterparts, through to language advice from native speakers, add so much to New Zealanders’ sense of global connectedness.

Reasons to study in New Zealand

1. A world class education

Every single university in New Zealand is included in the QS World Rankings. Every. Single. One of them. As a country, New Zealand has spent the recent past pouring resources into their education system,  using a similar but equally accredited system to the British one, and it’s already begun to pay off.

2. Lower tuition fees and lots of scholarships

While New Zealand’s education system is based heavily on the British one, it comes at a lower cost. Tuition fees for a year tend to cost around NZ$20,000, or just under £10,000.

3. Work while you study (and after)

This is a huge advantage! While a lot of countries don’t allow you to take up part time work while on a student visa, New Zealand does. As well as being allowed to work while at university, you can also stay and work for a full year after graduating. On top of this, if the job you’re doing is relevant to your degree, you’ll be allowed to stay for two years after graduating, after which you’ll be able to apply for permanent residency.

4. A warm welcome and a safe experience

New Zealanders, or Kiwis, are known as some of the coolest, most laid-back and friendly people on the planet. In fact, a 2015 survey by New Zealand’s immigration department revealed that a huge 90% of foreigners in the country considered the  people to be very friendly, and highlighted this as a major reason for settling in easily.

5. A fantastic culture

New Zealand has a rich cultural heritage, a meeting point of British influenced Western ways and traditional culture of the indigenous Māori people, who have their own language and mythology.

6. Natural beauty

New Zealand is simply one of the world’s most celebrated countries in terms of natural beauty. It was famously used as the shooting location for the Lord of The Rings films series, so dramatic are its open spaces and rugged countryside. It’s got snow as well as sunshine, a beautiful coastline, epic mountain ranges and rolling vineyards