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New Zealand Universities

In recent years, the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly. New Zealand is now recognised as a world-class provider of international courses for students, offering impressive institutions and a progressive education system.

The eight institutions which constitute the New Zealand university system are located in cities in the country’s two main islands and this geographic spread gives students the chance to pursue an enviable range of lifestyle choices around study, work, recreation and culture. The proximity of all eight universities to New Zealand’s superb natural environment affords students the scope to research anything from endangered marine mammals to earthquake engineering.

At any one time, more than 120 countries are represented in the New Zealand university international student body, attracted by the quality of the education (three of the eight universities feature in the Times Higher list of the top 200 universities in the world and five appear in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Top 500 World University rankings), the moderate cost of both tuition and living expenses and New Zealand’s wonderful natural environment. The cosmopolitan feel of the campuses is enhanced by the vibrant culture of the indigenous Maori people and the high proportion of New Zealand permanent residents, from Polynesian migrants of the Pacific Islands to new immigrants from Europe and Asia.

A high quality learning experience
Historically based on the British model, the New Zealand university system is research-based. All academic staff are expected to be active researchers as well as teachers. This insistence on research-informed teaching ensures a high quality learning experience. The universities’ representative body, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, has statutory responsibility for university course approval and moderation procedures. That quality assurance mechanism is supported by the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit. These systems ensure that university education in New Zealand is of a consistently high standards.