Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand in population terms and has a vibrant multicultural - there are more than 200 different cultural groups from around the world living here - energy. It was also rated the most liveable city in the world in the 2021 Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual survey, while QS ranked it as the 27th Best Student City in the world, based on the quality of education, student mix and quality of living.
It’s a great student city, with five of New Zealand’s eight universities having campuses in Auckland with the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology, and Unitec Institute of Technology all based here and it’s a major draw for international students. As a gateway to the natural wonders and adventure to be found around New Zealand, Auckland can’t be beaten.
Why study in New Zealand?
New Zealand sits in the Pacific Ocean, comprising the North Island, the South Island, and over 700 smaller islands.
Studying in New Zealand as an international student is full of opportunities for unique experiences.
It is a popular choice for international students due to its welcoming and friendly population. It also has a high standard of living and was ranked the Happiest Country in the World in 2020.
In 2019, New Zealand was also named the world’s second most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.
The benefits of studying in New Zealand include its excellent work-life balance and opportunities post-graduation. These include work experience opportunities in technology, travel, and government.
You can also work alongside your studies in the country’s flourishing hospitality industry.
Students can explore live music, theatre, film, dance, free festivals and international sports fixtures.
Most cities and towns are relatively small and uncrowded and you’re never far from beaches, parks, and walking trails.
International student life in New Zealand is full of great experiences. Students benefit from large co-curricular programmes including sports, the arts, and additional learning. Explore forests, snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, lakes and fjords outside of class and learn more about the country.
There’s something for everyone in New Zealand, including experiencing Maori culture and seeing landscapes made famous in popular movies like Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. You can also explore Abel Tasman National Park and its wildlife, Franz Josef Glacier, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Fiordland National Park.
If you prefer cities, the capital city Wellington is home to the National Botanic Gardens, Wellington Harbour, and the Museum of New Zealand.