New Zealand is said to be a preferred study abroad destination in the world. Its picturesque locations are a treat to the eyes of students traveling to the country from different parts of the globe. However, the key aspect that attracts a lot of international students to New Zealand is its outstanding, modern and approachable educational system. New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) guarantees you a world-class academic experience in the country.
House to more than 25-state funded and NZQA approved institutes that offer students the best certificates/diploma programs, New Zealand is cost effective as far as education is concerned. students can opt for various streams such as Business and science, Sports & Recreation, Arts, Engineering, Graphic design, Culinary Arts,Communication studies,3D Animation, etc. However, NZ specialises in Information Technology, Hospitality &Tourism and Accounting related courses. The country is also popular for higher studies as students can easily avail a post study work permit. Also, married studentscan avail for a full time work permit while their spouses study in New Zealand.
So, here are top 5 study abroad cities within New Zealand for international students that are home to some of the most renowned institutions and universities worldwide:
Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is house to beautiful sandy beaches which are a great getaway on weekends for students studying here. Also, the sunny weather is pleasant and welcoming. students find the city peaceful and as a great option for higher studies due to universities like the Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University. While the former one is New Zealand’s fourth entrant in the QS World University Rankings, at 275th as of the 2014/15 edition,the latter one is ranked 346th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15. And, the Victoria University of Wellingtonis famous for its courses in law, science and humanity amongst several other courses.
University of Auckland, located in Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked university. As per the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, it ranks at 92nd in the world. The university comprises of eight faculties and six campuses.Auckland being the largest city in New Zealand and rated the third most liveable city in the world is house to many shopping zones, restaurants, lush green forests, waterfront areas and beaches. The city organizes numerous cultural festivals, concerts and sports events throughout the year which attracts more and more international students to be a part of it.Another addition to the city is the Auckland University of Technology. Ranked among the best 550 institutions worldwide, this university provides a large variety of undergraduate and postgraduatedegree courses in areas such as computer and information sciences, applied sciences, engineering, business, etc. Additional student expenses for living in Auckland may go up to $20,000 per year.
Dunedin is a historically, culturally and geographically rich city of New Zealand. While the summers here are mild, the winters are cool but mostly sunny. The frosty weather and snowfall during winters is what attracts most of the students to this city. Dunedin is house to the oldest higher education institution in New Zealand – the University of Otago. It is the second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, ranked 159th in the world.The university is EQUIS and AACSB accredited.The four faculties that include business, humanities, health sciences and sciences are taught in this university. Daily passenger bus services makes it easier for students to travel to the university and back home. The cost of living is also low in Dunedin as compared to the other cities in New Zealand.
The University of Canterbury in Christchurch is New Zealand’s third-highest ranked university at 211th in the world. It is the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. It offers courses in subjects such as health sciences, arts, engineering, commerce,fine arts, law, forestry, sports coaching and teaching, music, speech and language pathology, social work,science, etc.The city is also house to the Lincoln Universitywhich ranks among the world’s best500 educational centres, in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. Another renowned higher education institute in the city is Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.The education offered in Christchurch is outstanding and the cost of living is moderate. Students are allowed to work part time in Christchurch during their academic program under certain conditions.
Soothing climatic conditions all-round the year make New Plymouth a preferable study abroad city for international students in New Zealand. In addition, the city is a hub for entertainment and sports. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)being the only state tertiary institution in the area offers certificate as well as degree level courses in various fields comprising agriculture, business, media, engineering, nursing, Maori, electrical, hospitality, art, humanities, automotive, make-up artistry, computing, welding, fitness, architecture, carpentry, hairdressing, social sciences, beauty therapy and early childhood education. As we know that NZ specializes in hospitality related courses, New Plymouth’s Pacific International Hotel Management School is a great option for students willing to pursue hotel management and experience real life learning in the hotel school.
All the above listed cities in New Zealand are the top study abroad choices international students can make without regretting over them.