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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 74th

Ranked 74th in this year’s QS Best Student Cities index, Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-highest entry (behind Auckland). The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is known as ‘the Garden City’ – a testament to its beautiful, award-winning parks and gardens. Located on the east coast, close to the Southern Alps, it’s also traditionally known as the most English of New Zealand’s cities. There’s no shortage of things to do in Christchurch and the surrounding area, including skiing, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching and more.

Though a number of earthquakes have hit the city in recent years, Christchurch has been experiencing rapid growth, with the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan aiming to ensure it is a safe, enjoyable and accessible city.

The two top universities in Christchurch are both within the top 400 in the world – University of Canterbury, ranked joint 214th in the world (third in New Zealand), and Lincoln University, ranked joint 343rd in the world. There are also a high percentage of international students in Christchurch (21% of students at the two ranked universities), making it a diverse place to study.

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I'm Aparna from Bangladesh.I'm really very interested studying in New Zealand.I completed BBA in Management last year from National University and gained CGPA 3.06 out of 4.I belong to a poor family but dream to shine in life through hard can i get a chance to study in New Zealand getting a scholarship?

Hi Aparna, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in New Zealand. I'd also suggest having a look on the official websites of the universities you're interested in, for information on funding opportunities you may be eligible for. You can find more advice on studying in New Zealand in our complete guide. Hope this helps!