New Zealand

Masters in New Zealand

Considering New Zealand as your study destination?

There’s a lot to like about New Zealand. It offers a temperate climate all year round, high living standards, and some of the most stunning natural scenery you’re ever likely to encounter. You’ll find it near the top of global indicators for ease of doing business, peacefulness, lack of corruption, and quality of life, all of which combine to make it one of the most popular expat destinations in the world. The country is split into a North Island and a South Island. The majority of New Zealand’s urban areas – including capital Wellington and largest city Auckland – are located in the North Island, while the South Island is home to more rural and mountainous areas. It’s also where the famous Lord of the Rings movie franchise was filmed.

The country is home to a total of eight universities, all of which are in the QS World University Rankings Top 500. In fact, it is the only country in the world to have all of its universities in this prestigious ranking. Around one in five students enrolled here are foreign, one of the highest proportions of any nation, which means international students are very much part of the fabric in New Zealand. We said there’s a lot to like about New Zealand – but there’s even more to love. See you there?

Fun facts

  • New Zealand is thought to be the last landmass on Earth that was colonized by humans.
  • Around one-third of the country is made up of protected land and marine areas.
  • New Zealand is ranked as the world’s second most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.
  • According to the Quality of Life index, New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, has the third-best quality of life of any city in the world.
  • Workers’ rights in New Zealand are fiercely protected and considered to be some of the most far-reaching of any country.

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Plan to study abroad in New Zealand?

This is what you need to know if you plan to study in New Zealand

How much will it cost to live and study in New Zealand?

New Zealand can offer some of the highest standards of living in the world – but that comes at a cost. The prices here are comparable with the United States and parts of Europe. A one- or two-bedroom apartment in one of the major cities is likely to cost around €1,000 per month on average, a number which could be higher if you’re living in Auckland. 

The cost of studying in New Zealand can vary widely because tuition fees are set by the institution and not the central government like in some countries. As an international student, you can expect to pay somewhere between €15,000 – €25,000 per year in tuition, although there are many opportunities to pursue a scholarship in New Zealand that could absorb the cost of studying. One thing to note when estimating your study costs is that master’s degrees in New Zealand tend to be two-year courses.

Do I need to get a VISA to live and study in New Zealand?

If you’re planning on studying in New Zealand for more than three months, you’ll need to apply for a student visa. It covers the length of your course (up to four years) and depending on your home country it may also permit you to work part-time up to 20 hours a week. You can find out more on the New Zealand Immigration website.

How reputable are universities and schools in New Zealand?

New Zealand has eight universities across the country and all of them are ranked in the QS World University Rankings Top 500. The University of Auckland is the top-ranked institution in the country and sits amongst the global top 100 in the QS ranking. 

What is the job market like for graduates here?

Over the last decade, the unemployment rate in New Zealand has gradually decreased and now sits at just under 5% (March 2021). It has a dynamic and developed economy with plenty of job opportunities for graduates, particularly in the major cities of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The country is notable for topping the Ease of Doing Business ranking for 12 consecutive years.

Are there a lot of international students in New Zealand?

International students make up 20%  of the university student population in New Zealand, which is the fifth-highest ratio of any country in the world.