New Zealand is empty, peaceful, green, tolerant. Mother Nature took the best she had and put in in New Zealand. Beautiful forests, golden beaches, snowy mountain peaks, fjords, volcano’s. When you like sports, you’re in the right place in New Zealand. You can hike, go paragliding, climb, ride a horse, ski. Everybody falls in love with New Zealand.
A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, and economic freedom. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
It's not an exaggeration to say that New Zealanders (Kiwis) might be the nicest population of people in the world. You’ll experience this from the moment you land in New Zealand for your summer or semester abroad. Be prepared to be wow’d by the generous, laidback, adventure-hungry Kiwis while studying abroad in New Zealand!
You'll want to bring a camera. As you must know, New Zealand is known for housing some of the world's most breathtaking natural scenery. This is what really sells a lot of students on studying in New Zealand. If you're looking for adventure like never-before, this is the place for you!
Whether you're drawn to the abundance of National Parks and Great Walks that cover both islands, or have finally built up the courage to try skydiving or bungee jumping for the first time, or honestly just want to feel as though you’re part of the Lord of the Rings movie set, New Zealand’s variety of landscapes, hiking trails, and adrenaline-rush activities are sure to provide. Even the animals are cute and harmless (unlike the wildlife in Australia…).
A major benefit to selecting New Zealand as your study abroad destination is not only that you will have endless things to explore, but more importantly, you will likely be studying in New Zealand at a world-renowned university. What’s really great is that all of the courses are taught in English—there are an abundance of course options made available to you for most any major. In addition to this, you have several options when it comes to choosing a university that works best for you. Whether you’re looking to study in a large, bustling city versus a smaller, more student-run community, the university choices in New Zealand are diverse.
In New Zealand, there really is something for everyone. Whether you want to be in a big bustling city, a small college town surrounded by nature, or somewhere in the middle, you’re guaranteed to find an amazing university that fits the bill.