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Auckland - The City of Sails

Do you remember the enchanting landscape from ‘The Lord of the Rings trilogy’?

Mahesh Ramani

Auckland is a food-lover’s delight with restaurants serving different cuisines from all over the world. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant will cost between NZ$ 80 to NZ$100.

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New Zealand an introduction:

Do you remember the enchanting landscape from ‘The Lord of the Rings trilogy’? The wide expansive plains, crystal clear streams of water, the tall mountains - welcome to New Zealand - one of the most beautiful countries in the world. New Zealand is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy; a fun-loving country where the people are friendly and the standard of living is extremely high. The native Maoris, people of European origin and Asians make up the New Zealand population. The country is known for its hard-working and honest citizens. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city but Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city.

Awesome Auckland:

Auckland has a scenic location with the ocean on two sides and small hill ranges, the Hunua and the Waitakere, on two other sides.  Auckland has pleasant weather throughout the year though the winter months can be a bit on the colder side with temperatures dropping down to seven degrees celsius. Auckland is consistently ranked among the ‘Top-10 most liveable cities’ in the world. Auckland is a very safe city and the legal system is very robust with strict legal action against law-breakers.

Education in Auckland:

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand. Established in 1883, with close to about 38,000 students, the University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research-oriented courses in subjects as varied as engineering, the arts and humanities, law, medicine, science and business.
Auckland University of Technology or AUT traces its origins to the Auckland Technical School that was started in 1895. From such humble beginnings, the School evolved into a Polytechnic College and then into a full fledged University in the year 2000. AUT offers a range of pre-degree, undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in business, education, health sciences, languages, law, sports and much more.
Massey University - Albany Campus, Auckland offers undergraduate certificate, diploma and bachelor programmes, and postgraduate diploma, master and doctorate programmes in more than 70 subjects. Specialized programmes are also offered in food technology, nutrition, jazz, social sciences, etc.

Salient features of a New Zealand education:

• New Zealand is also “a top-performing country for the quality of its educational system”, says the OECD’s 2011 Better Life report
• All degrees are internationally recognised
• State-of-the-art training facilities across the universities
• Fees lesser than charged in the US or UK
• Small class-sizes to ensure retention of learning
• Opportunities to stay back in New Zealand after studies and find a good job!

Part-time work options in Auckland:

Many international students are eligible to work part time in NZ for up to 20 hours a week depending on their programme of study. Students are not permitted to work full time during the academic year including mid or inter-semester breaks. They are not allowed to work 10 hours one week and 30 the next in order to average out to 20 hours per week. They are only permitted to work 20 hours per week part time (maximum). Wages vary and students may earn anywhere between NZ$ 80 and NZ$ 200 a week based on the job that they do.
Click here for more information on work opportunities in New Zealand.
English language requirements:
Every course and institution has a specific set of English language requirements; so students should verify all details from the institution to which they are applying and ensure that they meet the prescribed English language requirements.
Usually for undergraduate courses - an overall IELTS score of 6.0 and for postgraduate courses -an overall IELTS score of 6.5 should suffice.
Applying for a student visa in New Zealand:
Students who wish to study for a course in New Zealand that exceeds three months will have to apply for a student visa. 
To apply for a student visa the following documents are required:
• An offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
• A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you're under 18 years)
• Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
• A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one. 
Click here for more information on applying for a student visa for studying in New Zealand.

Living in Auckland:

Accommodation forms an important part of a student’s living expenses; it is advisable to apply for on-campus university accommodation as it saves the student the bother of travelling. Plus university-accommodation also comes with meal-passes that let students eat food in the university dining area itself. For students choosing to live off-campus; monthly apartment rents range from NZ$ 1000 to NZ$1400. 
Auckland is a food-lover’s delight with restaurants serving different cuisines from all over the world. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant will cost between NZ$ 80 to NZ$100. Meals at small home-style cafes will cost about NZ$15 a meal. It is best to invest in a microwave and buy fresh vegetables and fruits and cook on your own.  

Leisure Activities:

Auckland is known as the ‘city of sails’ as one is never far away from the sea. The harbours abound with yachts and private boats with their sails fluttering in the wind. One can go on marine safaris organised by Auckland’s Dolphin Explorer, visit Devenport, go shopping, have a nice simple lunch and then visit the World War Two tunnels.
New Zealanders are extremely passionate about sport and cricket and rugby are extremely popular sports.
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi. The island is home to many endangered birds, including the extremely rare Takahe.  The Great Barrier Island allows you to visit secluded natural hot springs and the historic ‘kauri dams’.
The Sky Tower is an architectural marvel, which allows tourists to travel up 328 metres up in a glass capsule lift and offers a marvellous view of the whole city and its surroundings. The adventurous can take a Sky jump!
The Auckland Zoo is amongst the most famous zoos in the world and houses over 117 species of different animals and birds. The Rainbow End Adventure Park in Manukau City is a top-class amusement park and one will never feel dull for a single moment.   
Is not Auckland a beautiful and amazing city to study and live? Come search for a course of your choice and study in Auckland today! 
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