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Study in New Zealand

Are you planning to study in New Zealand? If so, we understand why! This country really seems to have it all: well-reputed universities, high quality of life, diverse communities, vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery and an unbeatable range of outdoor pursuits, all within a relatively compact area. Cities such as Auckland and Wellington offer no shortage of cultural activities, while those with a passion for the great outdoors will encounter a mind-blowing range of terrains – including glaciers, mountains, rainforest and of course plenty of coastline.

Click on the tabs below to find out about the top universities in New Zealand, popular student cities, and practical information on applications, costs and visas.

Fast Facts

  • Capital city: Wellington
  • Largest city: Auckland (a third of citizens live in and around Auckland)
  • Made up of islands; the main two are simply called ‘North Island’ and ‘South Island’
  • Population of around 4.5 million (compared to 64 million in the similarly sized UK)
  • Amount needed for living costs per year: at least NZ$15,000 (~US$10,100) for a student visa, but you’ll likely need more than this
  • Average international undergraduate tuition fees: NZ$22,000-32,000 (~US$14,800-21,540) per year
  • People from New Zealand are commonly known as ‘Kiwis’.
  • More than a third of people living in Auckland were born outside of New Zealand.
  • Main languages: English and Maori
  • Major exports include: wool, dairy products, wood, paper, fish, meat and chemicals.
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar
  • Located to the south-east of Australia
  • Known for national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks’, who perform the traditional haka dance before matches
  • Indigenous ethnic group, the Maori, today make up about 15 percent of the population.
  • More than 20 percent of New Zealand's land territory is categorized as national parks, forest areas and reserves; there are also 34 marine reserves.
  • The place with the longest name in the world is in New Zealand: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, usually shortened to Taumata.
  • Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, as in the UK.
  • New Zealand is the home country of Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, much of which was filmed here