The oldest established city in New Zealand, Christchurch is also the largest in the South Island and the second largest in the country after Auckland. It’s also a modern and thriving city with three world class universities, a high profile tech sector and a very affordable lifestyle with lower renting costs (around a third lower) than either Wellington or Auckland.
It’s also a very international city with 20% of its population born overseas while it makes for a great base to explore the best of the local area, with over 700 parks, 14 ski areas, plus mountains, beaches, rivers and lakes all accessible on a day trip. No wonder 35,000 students including international students from more than 80 countries come to Christchurch to take their education to the next level.
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.