New Zealand is a popular destination for overseas education with students from the Philippines lured in part by the promise of a faster and easier path towards permanent residency after graduation.  In addition, people have also been considering immigrating to New Zealand due to its low population (no crowding in public areas!) and the famed, lush scenery and laidback lifestyle of its citizens.

It isn’t only that, however.  In 2016, New Zealand ranked 13th in the world based on the Human Development Index, a method to measure well-being within a country as HDI takes several factors into consideration including years of schooling and healthcare.  The country in fact, ranks higher than Sweden, United Kingdom and Japan.

For the more pragmatic among us, New Zealand is also an option to many would-be students for the following reasons:

  1. If "Global Citizenship" is the next big catch phrase, a degree from a New Zealand tertiary provider will help you in your career as many credentials are recognized in neighboring Australia and far-off Ireland;
  2. As of this writing, the exchange rate is lower than for Canada or Australia BUT the lower living cost of New Zealand will also lower the overall cost of education.  Education is generally less expensive than comparable studies in the United Kingdom as well, giving you good value for your money;
  3. English is spoken everywhere!  This is an added bonus for individuals who already conversant in English as you won't have to learn a new language to understand lessons and get by at the workplace;
  4. Who hasn’t seen pastoral and beautiful-beyond-description landscape images with rolling green hills, fjords, glaciers, beaches, and mountains?  Ask anyone who’s ever lived in New Zealand and they’ll tell you that New Zealand legislature dictates that industries and people keep the environment clean.
  5. If you can run, jump, swim, walk, sail then you’ll enjoy studying in New Zealand.  The country is home to many thrilling sports.  In fact, bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand.  You can also try hang gliding and jet boating even in Auckland Harbor.
  6. The prestigious Legatum Institute in London has again ranked New Zealand NUMBER ONE in its Prosperity Index: a spot the country has held six times of the last ten years. You get to enjoy not only an excellent education system but also fresh food in clean markets, art galleries, world-class study facilities and modern transport systems and affordable cars. Consider enrolling in niche programs such as biotechnology, forensic science, marine engineering, food science and technology as New Zealand universities have a reputation for being one of the best in the world.
  7. Even as an international student, you know that your rights are protected by the New Zealand government.  In fact, New Zealand developed a document just for that, aptly title "Code for the Pastoral Care of International Students" and woe to the college or institution that doesn't even explain this to their foreign students!
  8. We cannot say enough about the advantages of living in a multicultural society.  New Zealanders are proud to consider themselves as being some of the world's greatest travelers.  With their willingness to welcome visitors and international students, New Zealanders are easily accepting of other cultures so that Europeans, Asians, South Americans, Australians and even North Americans come together to study and socialize freely.
  9. Unlike Europe and Asia, New Zealand has never seen war on its own shores.  With a little over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is one of the safest places to live in with an extremely low crime rate. The government's stability makes for a safe political climate, ideal for families with young children.
  10. And finally, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while a semester is ongoing and full-time during regular school breaks or vacations. Take advantage of a British-based, research-oriented educational system at a much reduced cost!  

Are you eyeing New Zealand as your next study destination? Get to know a little bit more about New Zealand’s education system and how to apply for a New Zealand student visa before committing yourself to an application. Call us at +63 (2) 683 0617 for basic information on how you can study in New Zealand.

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Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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Maximino Soliman Aquino

Maximino Soliman Aquino

Maximino Soliman S. Aquino IVC's Human Resources officer and part of the AMSG.


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