Top reasons to study in New Zealand- When aspirants are mulling over a study abroad programme, they have ample of things to think about. Is this the right step for me? Do I really want to study abroad stepping out of my comfort zone? And the toughest question of all- Where should I study abroad? Whenever there is a discussion on top study abroad destinations, we generally compare New Zealand with biggies like US, UK and Australia which is tad unfair. While countries like US and Australia in recent time are making it harder for international students by tightening their visa rules, New Zealand on the other hand has witnessed growth in international student’s population. According to the Immigration New Zealand, over 100,000 international students make their through universities in New Zealand. And why not with 8 of its universities in the QS  top ranking universities in the world.


If you are wondering whether the kiwi nation is the perfect place to study abroad, we bring you some of the top reasons to study in New Zealand. Here we outline some reasons why the international population is witnessing a growth in past few years.


Before we bring you the top reasons to study in New Zealand, let us take you through some interesting facts pertaining to New Zealand:

Interesting Facts

New Zealand is a plastic nation- majority of financial transactions are made with cards

It is one of the three countries to have two national anthems of equal importance

‘Kiwi’ is a slang for New Zealanders

NZ is the least corrupt nation with Denmark according to Corruptions Perception Index

Rugby is the most popular sports in New Zealand

Over one/third of the country is mae up of protected parklands and marine reserves

While top universities and its scenic beauty are its trade mark to lure in international students, the country offers many more top reasons to study in New Zealand. Below aspirants can find some more top reasons to consider New Zealand as their next study abroad destination:


1. Broad Range of studies at top universities


New Zealand offers a wide range of study opportunities including primary state administered schools, secondary schools, colleges, universities and private training establishments. The eight universities that make up the country’s education system include The University of Auckland, University of Otago, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato among others.  Also the top universities in New Zealand have the greatest impact on international students when deciding whether to study in New Zealand or not.


Top Universities in New Zealand



World Ranking 2017 (QS)


The University of Auckland



University of Otago



University of Canterbury



Victoria University of Wellington



University of Waikato



Massy University



Lincoln University



Auckland University of Technology (AUT)


In addition to that the country also boasts 20 institutes of technology and polytechnis where students hone their vocational skills. These institutes offer vocational courses across different fields at undergraduate and graduate level.


2. Popular programmes


The number of foreign students flying to New Zealand for higher studies has jumped in recent years. Thanks to the eight world ranking universities along with some top programme that the country has to offer. So what are the top courses responsible for attracting large number of international students to New Zealand? Masters of Business Administration (MBA) tops the chart of top courses to pursue in New Zealand. When it comes to giving an aspirants’ career an edge, there are not many programmes that can compete with MBA. Apart from MBA, the other degrees that has caught the attention of both domestic and international students: Master of Professional Accounting, Engineering, PG Diploma in Agricultural Science and Master of Tourism among others.


Top courses to study in New Zealand


Top Degree




Master of Professional Accounting




PG Diploma in Agricultural Science


Master of Tourism

3. Moderate Entry Requirements


US, UK and Australia are few countries that are known to have some of the highest entry score requirements in various standardised tests including GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL and SAT among others. For instance, in USA, top business schools like Stanford, University of Chicago, Harvard Business School would require a total GMAT score of 740, 720 and 730 respectively. While in New Zealand, the GMAT scores required in University of Otago is average i.e. a good GMAT score.


4. Student Friendly Cities


When selecting a study abroad destination, we tend to get engrossed in selecting universities, figuring out loan schemes and accommodation. However, we tend to neglect one of most common reasons to study in New Zealand- the student friendly cities a key element to consider when deciding a particular university. While searching and applying to various universities across New Zealand, it is crucial for aspirants to know about the environment of the country and about where they will be residing. Apart from world ranking universities, New Zealand boasts many cities which attract a large number of foreign students due to their affordable cost of living and easy accessibility.


For instance, in Auckland, rent can be anywhere between NZ$ 150 to NZ$ 300 per week and on average the rent could exceed up to NZ$ 8000. While, in a more affordable city like Hamilton, the weekly average accommodation could range anywhere between NZ$ 90- $ 110. Perhaps it is one of the reasons behind its growing popularity among international students.


Below we have shared the list of some popular student friendly cities in New Zealand:


Ranked student friendly cities

S No.










5. Low Cost of Studying


Cost of education– one of the crucial element to be considered when deciding on a study abroad destination. A majority of students who go abroad for higher studies either study MBA or Engineering. And many of international students choose USA, UK or Australia to give wings to their dream. However, on the other side there are aspirants who want to save some money. For those aspirants, New Zealand with its affordable tuition fee is the clear choice. The cost of studying in New Zealand varies from undergraduate degree to postgraduate degrees. Generally, an undergraduate degree may range anywhere between NZ$ 18,000 to NZ$ 25,000 each year while a PG course may cost between NZ$ 10,000 to NZ$ 30,000 annually.


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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, I predict that I have a career period of 30 years. I wish to practice half career in the countries of the US, Singapore, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia and I wish to practice last half of my career in India. Is my wish possible? Is my wish a good one?

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Is New Zealand a safe place for Indians to work and live in?

Shaurya Kapoor 22nd Mar, 2020

According to (a New Zealand Government affiliate), since 2011 18,000 Indians have migrated to New Zealand . In 2011, the Indian population in New Zealand was 155000, so there are 174,000 Indians in New Zealand (2014) due to the additional immigration of 18,000.

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What is the Working hours of Neurosurgeons in the New Zealand?

Shaurya Kapoor 22nd Mar, 2020

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What is the salary of Neurosurgeons in New Zealand?

Shaurya Kapoor 22nd Mar, 2020

Neurosurgeons in New Zealand are considered specialist consultants. Their base salary is anywhere from NZ $151,000 to NZ $600,000. When they are training the salary is NZ $70,000 to NZ $75,000.


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