Situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, the land known as the Long White Cloud for the local Maori people, is an island country. It comprises the landmasses of the North and South Islands along with many smaller islands. The New Zealand culture is a diverse and unique blend of Maori and European traditions, with influences from Asia, Polynesia, and many other countries.
New Zealand as a Study Destination
Not only is New Zealand an amazing location for shooting movies — you might remember that the Lord of the Rings was shot there; it is also a great student destination. Here are some reasons why New Zealand should be considered as a study destination.
- New Zealand's higher education programs are well known for their quality. New Zealand’s Universities and educational institutions are recognised internationally and are highly regarded by employers worldwide.
- Teaching standards in the country are excellent and students will immensely benefit from smaller class sizes that offer more individualized attention.
- The education system in New Zealand rewards students for both practical and academic achievements. Scholarships are offered for meritorious students.
- New Zealand is a young country where resourcefulness and independence are highly regarded. Students can look forward to a very supportive learning environment where they are encouraged to raise questions and perform creatively.
The New Zealand Government has constructed polytechnics, state owned Universities and colleges to promote higher education. The international University community of New Zealand comprises eight Universities.
All leading Universities recognise qualifications acquired in New Zealand Universities. There are over 20 polytechnics in New Zealand. There are around 860 private training establishments which are mostly privately funded. These institutes offer programs on various subjects ranging from hospitality to scuba diving.
Students can choose between diploma, degree, vocational and polytechnic courses. International students need to spend on an average NZD 1200 every month to manage their living expenses in New Zealand.
Top Five Unis
As per the QS World University Rankings 2015, here are the top five Universities of New Zealand:
- The University of Auckland - 82nd position internationally
- University of Otago - 173rd position internationally
- University of Canterbury - 211th position internationally
- Victoria University of Wellington - 229th position internationally
- Massey University - 337th position internationally
Besides academia, there is always room for activities outside the classroom, given such a fabulous location. New Zealand's North Island is well known for its island sanctuaries and active volcanoes — it has a line of mountain ranges running with farmland on both sides. The South Island houses some of the purest landscapes on earth— don’t miss out on seeing the massive Southern Alps, which is the backbone of the South Island.
You can enjoy picturesque fjords, spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, rolling hillsides, vast plains, subtropical forest, and miles of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches. Even big cities are surrounded by lush greenery and are located not far from the country's hills and coasts.
For an international student, New Zealand offers both spectacular sights and high quality education. In the recent years, New Zealand has become a popular study destination for many Indian students.