Studies & research opportunities at NZ Universities
In recent years, the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly. New Zealand is now recognised as a world-class provider of international courses for students, offering impressive institutions and a progressive education system
“New Zealand universities offer international students a host of study and research opportunities,” says Megan Watson of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, “in a country with a welcoming society and stunning landscape.”
The eight institutions which constitute the New Zealand university system are located in cities in the country’s two main islands and this geographic spread gives students the chance to pursue an enviable range of lifestyle choices around study, work, recreation and culture.
The University of Auckland and AUT University are located in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city where a quarter of the population live.
Victoria University of Wellington’s location in New Zealand’s capital city gives it proximity to government and its agencies in a harbourside setting, while the other North Island universities – Waikato and Massey – are situated in the provincial cities of Hamilton and Palmerston North, ideal for international courses in the agriculture and horticulture industries. Massey also has campuses in Auckland and Wellington.
The University of Canterbury’s roots lie in the heart of Christchurch and it is now located on an expansive, leafy campus which is still close to the city centre.
The proximity of all eight universities to New Zealand’s superb natural environment affords students the scope to research anything from endangered marine mammals to earthquake engineering.
While every university offers core degrees in arts (the humanities and social sciences, including teacher education), business and the sciences, each also has its own distinctive profile.
At any one time, more than 120 countries are represented in the New Zealand university international student body, attracted by the quality of the education (three of the eight universities feature in the Times Higher list of the top 200 universities in the world and five appear in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Top 500 World University rankings), the moderate cost of both tuition and living expenses and New Zealand’s wonderful natural environment. The cosmopolitan feel of the campuses is enhanced by the vibrant culture of the indigenous Maori people and the high proportion of New Zealand permanent residents, from Polynesian migrants of the Pacific Islands to new immigrants from Europe and Asia.
A high quality learning experience
A warm welcome
New Zealand has a well-developed system of pastoral care for international students, backed by a government-monitored Code of Practice. The country has a comparatively low cost of living, abundant fresh food at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options.
Here you can find more information about New Zealand life and education, together with a searchable list of study programmes and institutions that will suit you.
You could also explore the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee website at: www.nzvcc.ac.nz
The links below will take you direct to the International Office of each of the eight universities
There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research standards:
The University of Auckland
Telephone 64 9 373 7513 Fax 64 9 373 7405
International Marketing Manager
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Telephone 64 9 9219637 Fax 64 9 9219925
The University of Waikato
Manager, International Office
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand
Telephone 64 7 838 4439 Fax 64 7 838 4269
Telephone 64 6 350 6148 Fax 64 6 350 5698
Victoria University of Wellington
Telephone 64 4 472 1000 Fax 64 4 495 5056
University of Canterbury
Telephone 64 3 364 2459 Fax 64 3 364 2171
University of Otago
Telephone 64 3 479 8344 Fax 64 3 479 8367