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Study in New Zealand: A Guide for International Students

New Zealand attracts students from all over the world for a number of reasons. For most, New Zealand is an exotic destination due to its far flung location. It is also a country with a unique culture and a stunning natural environment with endless possibilities within adventure and sports. What's more, education in New Zealand is of a very high quality and internationally recognized throughout the world. For these reasons and more, we  ranked New Zealand the #1 study abroad destination in the world!

New Zealand at a glance




English, Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language



Area Size

268,021 km²


172,000 (26,000 international)

Academic Year

March - October


New Zealand Dollar ($)

Calling Code


Time Zone


More about New Zealand

New Zealand is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country is compose by two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island— and around 600 smaller islands. 

Studying in New Zealand is an adventurous experience in a country with magnificent landscapes and coastlines that encompass distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. Get ready to immerse yourself in the outdoors and delight in activities that make the most of the spectacular scenarios that will surround you. 

Education System

The New Zealand education system is currently ranked as number 7 in the world. It reflects their unique and diverse society, open to different abilities, religious beliefs, ethnic groups, income levels and ideas about teaching and learning.

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Student Visas

In most cases, if you are studying for longer than three months you will need a student visa in New Zealand. Learn more about the processes and documents you may need to enter the country.

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Housing & Living Costs

Most New Zealand institutions will be happy to help you to find accommodation before you arrive. Here you'll find information about the types of accommodation on offer in New Zealand.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

All higher education in New Zealand requires you to pay a certain fee per year of study. Although it is a substantial amount of money, compared to fees of many other developed countries, fees are relatively low.

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Language & Culture

New Zealand has three official languages. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

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Application Process

Applications for higher education in New Zealand are made directly to the school in questions. Here you'll find more information about what you need to apply to a New Zealand university.

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Last update: 31 Jul 2019

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