New Zealand as a Country
With a population over 4.4 million, New Zealand is probably the best place in the world map that provides an exciting lifestyle, youthful society, and vast opportunities. An island nation in the south-west Pacific comprising of two main landmasses, North and South islands and numerous smaller islands is a great place to live, study and work.
Throughout New Zealand, you will find beautiful sceneries, adrenaline activities, world-class skiing, geothermal attractions, towering alps, cascading waterfalls, vast glaciers, a strong culture, rich heritage and great lifestyle options.
“Aotearoa”, as it is popularly called by the Maoris, which means “Land of long white cloud” has people who are friendly and of a helpful nature.
Being a well-developed economy, New Zealand depends on international trade of agricultural products, fishing, horticulture, forestry and mining and tourism in the country’s growth.
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Wellington is the Capital City of New Zealand and is home to Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments.
The biggest city in the South Island and third biggest city in New Zealand is Christchurch. There are a number of other significant cities in New Zealand including Hamilton, Tauranga, Dunedin, New Plymouth, and Palmerston North.
While studying in New Zealand, you will enjoy quality education with tuition and living cost, which is quite reasonable. Thousands of international students choose to study here, exploring new study programmes, which can take their career to new heights. There are various reasons, that makes it a popular study destination among international students.
Peaceful, Friendly and Safe Country
New Zealand is a peace loving country where people are friendly with international community. The government is responsible for the safety and security of its people.
According to International surveys, New Zealand is rated as one of the world’s most peaceful countries. There are laws to prevent people from abusing anyone’s freedom of expression and speech, and New Zealand’s police is reliable and trustworthy, which solves a comparatively high number of crimes.
New Zealand Lifestyle is one of the main attractions for people when immigrating to New Zealand. Whether you spend your leisure time indoors or outdoors; walking the hills or playing on the beach; shopping or going to the Theatre, New Zealand has something for everyone.
The economy of New Zealand is a market economy that depends greatly on international trade, mainly with Australia , USA, China, South Korea and Japan.
Open Political Environment
New Zealand’s political system is based on the British model and is stable. There is a single house of Parliament, and the role of head of state is held by Queen Elizabeth II. On an average, 75-80% of the population turn out to vote in general elections.
Least Corrupt Nation
New Zealand is the highest-ranked i.e. least corrupt country on the Transparency International corruption perceptions index.
New Zealand’s education system is a three-tier model, which comprises of primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary education at universities and polytechnics.
The cost of an undergraduate program is anything between NZ$15,000–$25,000 a year depending on the course. The Postgraduate study generally cost between $ 30000- 40000 per year.
Reasonable Cost of Living
Numerous accommodation options are available to international students that include campus stay, home stay with a local family or off-campus accommodation in a rented flat usually shared by friends or acquaintances. Halls of Residence are generally located a short walk from campus where the rooms are single or twin-share, with communal laundry, lounge room, and dining hall.
Meals are usually provided, and all dietary needs can be catered for. Rental accommodation is generally clustered around colleges and universities, but flats can be found in most city suburbs.
Huge Skill Shortage
New Zealand has a significant shortage of skilled workers. It is listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL).
There are various job openings for skilled people in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more general skills.
If you find a job, which is on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to fulfill then it will be much easier for you to get absorbed and procuring residence visa.
The climate in New Zealand is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm and dry summers.
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