New Zealand may only be known as “Australia’s younger sibling”, with their almost identical flags and adorable accents. But it still is a place you should seriously consider for your international degree.
New Zealand isn’t famous only for its Lord of the Rings-landscapes. It also gave us great people like Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man who reached the peak of Mount Everest; Sir Ernest Rutherford, the first scientist who split the atom; and, last but not least, pop-singer Lorde.
Yes, there are other people between great scientists and pop singers. But before we get there, we should cover all you need to know about New Zealand’s universities and student lifestyle.
Who wouldn’t wish to study in New Zealand - the origin place of elves, dwarves, and hobbits?
Besides this awesome location, you can always count on their educational system: despite having only 8 universities, one of them is ranked in top 100 by QS World University Rankings.
Also, being the less-deadly version of Australia, New Zealand offers students a great nightlife, combined with great landscapes and polite people - all without the danger of being bitten by spiders bigger than your fist.
New Zealand offers some of the most diverse degrees in the world. Still, if the market is too vast, you should know that some of the most popular study options in New Zealand are:
New Zealand has some of the top-rated “liveable” cities in the world, so there’s no wonder that, besides the capital (Wellington), there are other popular destinations, like:
For such a tiny place, New Zealand sure has a lot of universities and institutions to choose from. It's hard to decide but many of them are schools specific to different types of career and job training.Here is a small list of universities to think of:
You should know that a New Zealand school year starts in February and ends in November, with a month-long break in June / July.
When you apply online (or on paper, if you hate trees), you should know that the documents you will need to provide are:
You can always have your questions answered at the admission office at the university, so write down your questions and go wild with their e-mail address.
Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;
Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in New Zealand, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures, seeing how some schools will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
The minimum grades and scores international students are required to have vary wildly from university to university, and sometimes from programme to programme.
Still, the English proficiency tests usually accepted are:
The education system in New Zealand is very application-based. Memorising course material is not the standard way of learning at New Zealand universities.
Also, the teaching staff, the other students, and the other extracurricular clubs, when combined, create a memorable and amazing study atmosphere.
Besides this, some universities offer a ton of support services, especially for international students. They can offer pastoral care and workshops on managing stress, mindfulness, meditation techniques, how to overcome procrastination, how to maintain a study-life balance, and more, making your studying years as relaxed and as pleasant as possible.
New Zealand has some of the highest tuition fees, but the trade is fair, seeing how good the universities are and how nice the country is.
But, in the spirit of fair play, tuition fees can range:
Of course, you can always search for a scholarship in New Zealand, so you have that going for you, which is nice.
I think we already established that New Zealand can be on the expensive side of the world, with living costs ranging from 800 to 1,300 EUR/month. But it’s still good to prepare you emotionally for the prices you’ll find in the markets and in restaurants. For instance:
New Zealand seems like a type of country created by students, for students.
With almost no regard for rules and traditions, New Zealand seems like the country where the phrase “There are no bad ideas” was taken to heart, and where they started doing things just because they can. For instance:
Now, looking on the other side of the argument “we can create our own laws and do whatever we want in New Zealand”, we can find some of the best and most progressive things to ever happen in the world right in here. That’s why:
And, because the internet is full of amazing facts about New Zealand, here are three I couldn’t figure out how to connect, but which you should definitively know and that will make you smile instantly. These are:
If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in New Zealand, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.
To apply to a university in New Zealand you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:
Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.
The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in New Zealand so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.
Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.
The deadlines for applying to a Master's in New Zealand are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.