New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to that of Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people, it is also gloriously not crowded. New Zealand is widely renowned to be a diverse country which welcomes many cultures open heartedly. It is also ranked the 3rd most peaceful country according to the Global Peace Index.
While the New Zealand citizen is called as New Zealander, the informal “Kiwi” is commonly used by both internationally and by locals.
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean, situated some 1500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific Island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country geographically comprises of two main landmasses – that of the North Island and the South Island, and numerous smaller islands. Wellington is the capital city, while its most populous city is Auckland.
Due to its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to get settled by humans. The country is famous for its beautiful harbor, excellent cafes and nightlife, and many professional opportunities.
New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and long hours of sunshine. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel towards south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC (70-90°F) and in winter between 10-15ºC (50-60°F).
New Zealand is popularly known for having four seasons in one day since weather can change unexpectedly. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature if you are going for hiking or doing other outdoor activities.
English and Maori are the official languages of New Zealand. Maori became an official language in 1987. In April 2006, New Zealand became the first country to declare sign language as an official language, alongside Maori and English. New Zealand Sign Language, or NZSL, is the main language of the deaf community in New Zealand.
The currency is New Zealand dollar (NZ$), informally known as the “Kiwi dollar”; which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes and coins have values of 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and $2.
New Zealand has a modern, prosperous and developed market economy which works on free market principles with an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) at purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of roughly US $28,250. Over the last 25 years, the economy has gone from being one of the most regulated in the OECD to one of the least regulated.
Ethnicity and immigration:
In the 2013 census, 74.0% of New Zealand residents are identified ethnically as European, and 14.9% as Māori. Other major ethnic groups include Asian (11.8%) and Pacific peoples (7.4%). The population has become more diverse in recent decades: in 1961, the census reported that the population of New Zealand was 92 percent European and 7 percent Māori, with Asian and Pacific minorities sharing the remaining 1 percent.
Why Study in New Zealand?
- Higher Education System: Whatever higher educational qualification you’re looking for, you’ll find it in New Zealand. There are eight universities, 18 polytechnics and institutes of technology, around 600 private training institutions and around 20 industry training organisations. You can study for either academic or more practically focused qualifications, gaining everything from entry-level certificates, diplomas, degrees to doctorates. What’s more, these institutes are located nationwide, so you can study just about anywhere you like.
- International Recognition: New Zealand is internationally renowned and recognized for its high quality education. Its education system is forward looking and innovative and offers many exceptional quality, cutting edge facilities. All New Zealand universities are ranked amongst the world’s best by QS World University Rankings. This places them in the top 3 percent of universities worldwide.
- Safe: A safe environment that is conducive to learning is offered and attention to the needs and concerns of international students is emphasized by providing quality support services and offering diverse study opportunities.
- Accommodation: Students who wish for an excellent quality education and a fantastic lifestyle will find that New Zealand perfectly fits the bill on both accounts. An education and qualifications gained in New Zealand will be highly respected no matter where you are in the world and with so many educational resources and technologies available, New Zealand is an excellent destination for education and high quality living.
- The Place: New Zealand is one of the most spectacular and beautiful countries in the world. It is famous for its scenery, its success as a sporting nation and its friendly and accommodating people. Many international students have described New Zealand as a vibrant and exciting country that offers fun and new experiences as well as excellent opportunities for study.
After Study Options:
New Zealand’s educational system allows students with opportunities post education by providing for a Graduate Job Search Visa. The purpose is to upgrade their career effectively by applying for various job opportunities related to their studies and make the most of their education completed in New Zealand. There are further opportunities for the post education working individuals to further make New Zealand their permanent country of residence. According to local market research, subcontinent students are attracted to New Zealand as an education destination primarily due to the affordable cost, attractive post-education work rights, and the possibility of gaining permanent residency after completion.
There may be other temporary or permanent visas that you are eligible for when you have completed your studies. If you would like to research these options, we recommend you to visit the Immigration New Zealand website (www.immigration.govt.nz).
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We look forward to assisting you in the near future.
New Zealand Team