New Zealand
Country Overview for International Students

A student’s journey at a New Zealand university will lead to professional as well as personal growth. There are an extraordinary range of unique opportunities available for students.

During their time at any New Zealand university, graduates will develop the self-belief to be whoever they want to be, and to feel confident and excited about their future.

Here we will talk about:

  • Important facts for international applicants
  • NZ interesting facts
  • Main NZ industries
  • Fun facts about NZ you probably didn’t know

Do you want to learn more about study and life in New Zealand from ex-international students and experts? Check out these pages

Important facts for international applicants

Population

With a population of 5 mln, the lowest corruption worldwide and a favourable business environment, NZ is a land of opportunity for local and international students.

Post-study work rights

International students pay higher fees than locals. However, upon graduation, international students get post-study work visas for 1-3 years, making it possible to stay and look for jobs in NZ

Unemployment rate

The current unemployment rate ranges between 3,4 and 5%, which indicates a healthy economy!

Scholarships

New Zealand offers some scholarships to international students, but not that many.

Work while studying

Both international and local students can work part-time while studying in a full-time higher ed programme. Partners of international students can
work full-time in certain cases. 20 NZD per hour is the min hourly wage!

How expensive is it?

You will need around 1,800 NZD per month to eat, rent a room, and have a social life in New Zealand!

Interesting facts about NZ

80%

of New Zealand’s electricity generation is from renewable sources

In 1893

New Zealand became the first country to give women voting rights

Home to Sheep

NZ is home to around 30 million sheep, meaning that there are approximately 6 sheep for every person

No Land Snakes

There are no land snakes , native or introduced, in New Zealand

Average Annual Income - Various Industries

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that offers you the opportunity to work while you study

According to Ministry of Education
research, higher qualifications usually lead to higher incomes, although the subjects you choose are also important. Employers often look for candidates with a broad range of skills, but there are a lot of opportunities for those with no prior skills.

  • Manufacturing & Technology

    NZ$120,300

  • Construction & Infrastructure

    NZ$60,685

  • Primary Industry

    NZ$67,400

  • Service Industry

    NZ$164,576

  • Social & Community

    NZ$70,296

Visit the Occupation Outlook website by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment for further information

Fun facts about NZ you probably didn’t know

  • Outdoor Lovers

    A relatively small, laid-back country with a lot of outdoor space, New Zealanders have a great love for the outdoors and making the most of its spectacular beauty.

  • Diverse Country

    New Zealand's population is a melting pot of cultures, where 15% of Kiwis are indigenous Maori, 12% are Asian, and 7.5% are Pacific Islanders (Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade website)

  • Maori Culture

    Maori culture is a core part of New Zealand’s identity. The Maori are the Tangata Whenua, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Today, 1 in 7 New Zealanders identify as Maori.

  • Official Languages

    New Zealand has 3 offficial languages. English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language.

  • Urban Population

    51.2% of the population live in the major urban areas of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Dunedin and Lower Hutt.

  • Most Freedom

    According to the Fraser Institute Human Freedom Index 2019, New Zealanders have the most freedom in the world.

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