New Zealand

New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people it’s also gloriously uncrowned. No part of the country is more than 128km (79 miles) from the sea.

The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.

New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

Capital: Wellington,
Largest cities: Auckland
Climate and Weather:The general climate is mild and temperate however areas in the far north experience warm subtropical temperatures while the far south is much cooler. Alpine conditions ensue in mountainous areas.
Currency: New Zealand dollar

Study in New Zealand

New Zealand is an attractive destination for international students and the country’s educational institutions are well regarded throughout the world so it’s not surprising so many people wish to study in New Zealand.

One great advantage to studying in New Zealand is the unique approach to education the country has. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and find their own solutions, which is how many develop and perfect unique strengths and ideas whilst studying in the country.

New Zealand universities offer plenty of opportunities to study at all levels, from undergraduate to PhD, with a wide range of quality postgraduate programmes at the Masters and PhD levels. In New Zealand, Masters courses last for two years and PhD courses generally last 3 years.


Tuition fees in New Zealand vary depending both on the institution and the subject. As an example, international students taking an undergraduate law degree could expect to be charged between NZ$25,000 (US$19,408) and NZ$30,000 (US$23,290) per year

Undergraduate and Graduate

Earning a Bachelor's Degree in New Zealand is a great way to distinguish yourself from your peers. Not only will you be earning a degree from a world-recognized university, but you will be experiencing a new and enriching culture.
A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for admission at the graduate and 6.0 at Undergraduate level. An alternative is TOEFL (iBT): minimum score 90-100. Each university has its own set of requirements.


All international PhD students in New Zealand are eligible to pay the same fees as local PhD students. Students can apply to dedicated scholarship schemes run by their university, ask their supervisors for advice on funding schemes that are not widely publicized, or use one of the government-run scholarships such as the International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS). You may also apply through funding bodies such as the MacDiarmid Institute.

A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for admission at the graduate level. An alternative is TOEFL (iBT): minimum score 90-100.

University of Auckland

Univerity of Auckland is the largest and highest ranked university in New Zealand. The university is made up of eight faculties and six campuses, and currently has more than 40,000 students. It’s situated in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, which makes it an even more attractive choice for numerous students from around the globe.

University of Otago

The university of Otago is the oldest higher education institution, whose memorable motto is "Sapere aude" “Dare to be wise”, currently teaches more than 20,000 students in its four divisions (faculties), which cover humanities, sciences, health sciences and business. It is situated in Dunedin, which is the second largest city on the South Island.

University of Canterbury

It is located on the South Island, but in its largest city of Christchurch the third highest ranked university the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. About 15,000 students are enrolled here, with courses offered in subjects including arts, commerce, engineering, fine arts, forestry, health sciences, law, music, social work, speech and language pathology, science, sports coaching and teaching.

Massey University

One of the younger universities in New Zealand, but has rapidly grown to become one of the country’s largest. It has approximately 35,000 students enrolled, of which just under half are studying via distance learning. There are also some other notable universities in New Zealand.

  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Waikato
  • Lincoln University
  • Auckland University of Technology