Study Abroad in New Zealand

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  • About

    Undergraduate students wishing to study abroad--look no further! The "Land of the Long White Cloud" provides more than gorgeous blue skies (and I don't just mean sheep).

    New Zealand may be the last country discovered and the youngest country on earth, but its culture certainly dates back hundreds of years. The first New Zealanders, the Maori, migrated there from Polynesian islands; about 800 years later, the first Europeans arrived and began extensive migration. Today, the population of New Zealand is an interesting combination of south-Pacific islanders, Europeans, and a growing population of Asians. New Zealand is situated on two neighboring islands, and is home to one of the most beautiful natural environments on the planet.

    New Zealand may be a long way from home, but study abroad'ers all regale that the time spent on the airplane is well worth it!

    Photo Credit: API Study Abroad
  • Costs & Funding
    Scholarships: New Zealand

    Studying abroad does not have to make your wallet whimper--counteract the costs by applying for (and hopefully receiving!) a range of scholarships to finance your study abroad experience. Research local organizations and groups interested in sponsoring overseas studies, find out if the program you would like provide scholarships, see if your university-sponsored aid can carry over--there are plenty of options, you just need to find them!

  • Popular Destinations

    So you like cities? Great. Or rather, you're more of the outdoorsy, nature-loving type? Not a problem. No matter where you study in New Zealand, you are bound to find exactly what you're looking for.

    Auckland

    Home to about a third of the country's population (around 1.4 million!), Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city, and an exciting location for any study abroad experience. Chock full of excellent cafes, entertainment, shopping centers, a beautiful harbor, and art galleries, despite NOT being the nation's capital, it is certainly its most international city. Auckland is infamous for the high quality of life enjoyed by its residents, and for the fact its built on a volcano!

    Students will find that many career opportunities are available within this city, and would be hard pressed to find a location more ideal for a study abroad experience in not only New Zealand, but around the world!

    Wellington

    On the flip side, Wellington serves as the cultural and political capital of the country. Also built on a harbor and atop a hilly terrain, Wellington was the first area where the Maori settled so many years ago. With that in mind, the city offers visitors a wealth of interesting historical landmarks to admire, in addition to this ample supply of excellent museums, restaurants, cafes, and the like. In addition, no visit to New Zealand is complete without a visit to Te Papa, the country's national museum. Wellington is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making earthquakes a regular happening around the city. Despite its location on a faultline, most earthquakes barely make a rumble at surface level!

  • Planning Your Trip
    Choosing a Program

    New Zealand is an ideal location for students interested in a variety of fields of study--from ecology, to business, and everyone in between, you will have no problem finding a program that best suits your academic goals and interests. Outside of the classroom, there are literally hundreds of different activities to keep you busy! New Zealand has a few excellent universities that repeatedly appear on top world rankings. Find a program that balances your interest in learning about New Zealand and truly experiencing New Zealand.

    Language

    English is the primary spoken language of the country, although some of the population does still speak the ancient Maori language (which would be very interesting to learn about; how many people can say they can speak a traditional, south-Pacific language?!). New Zealand is the perfect place for a students interested in a little bit of a wilder experience than English-speaking Europe or Australia, but still wanting to avoid many things getting "lost" in translation.

    Housing

    Different study abroad programs will provide students with different housing options. Depending on the type of overseas program you wish to have, you can find a program who's living arrangements contribute positively to your overall experience. For instance, if you need space to study, we would not recommend living in shared apartments. There are many options available to you, so be sure to research a program that provides exactly what you are looking for.

    Activities and Sight Seeing

    The best part of study abroad is that not all of your learning is in the classroom. Many programs will include different sightseeing and activities to help ensure you see all of the best places that a country has to offer.

    The Education Abroad Network plans a variety of sight seeing trips and activities for their students, including short trips to neighboring Fiji and the nearby South Island (where Lord of the Rings was filmed!). IFSA-Butler's program in New Zealand has so many amazing built in trips, I had a hard time choosing a couple to highlight in this guide!

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    University of Otago
    The University of Otago in Dunedin, is New Zealand's oldest university and is known for it's vibrant students life. Each...
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  • IFSA Butler
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    Kia ora! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of...
    2 reviews
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  • Lincoln University
    International students can study at Lincoln University and transfer your credit back to your degree at home. Lincoln...
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    IES Abroad
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    Our study abroad program in Auckland offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the University of Auckland, a...
    7 reviews
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  • Study at the University of Auckland
    ISA
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    Come to Auckland, New Zealand for an amazing study abroad semester or academic year with ISA. There are two excellent...
    7 reviews
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  • IFSA Students in New Zealand
    IFSA Butler
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    Top-notch academics meet exquisite natural beauty and Maori culture in New Zealand. Enjoy outdoor adventure by taking...
    4 reviews
  • Students studying Marine Science at the University of Auckland
    University of Auckland
    Combine an unforgettable travel experience with studying at a top-100 ranked university. We are New Zealand's leading...
    21 reviews
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    Institute of Global Engagement New Zealand
    If you cannot dedicate a full semester to study abroad join our short term study tours that take you on an unforgettable...
    2 reviews
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  • Study and intern abroad in New Zealand.
    HECUA
    New Zealand has long been at the forefront of innovative social, cultural and environmental practices. In this program...
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    AUT University
    AUT University is the second largest University in New Zealand and is among the fastest growing. 4,000 international...
    106 reviews
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  • Climb to the top of the world with BCA Study Abroad
    BCA Study Abroad
    As a city with a population that is mainly comprised of students, Dunedin is truly a University city -- 1 in 6 Dunedin...
    10 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Arcadia Study Abroad
    Students get the opportunity to explore and engage with the stunning landscapes while gaining an understanding of the...
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    University of Otago
    Come join us in beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand for the inaugural Otago International School! This 'slice of winter' program...
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  • Study Abroad in New Zealand with Globalinks
    ISA
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    Established in 1869 as New Zealand's first university, the University of Otago now has an international reputation for...
    8 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • South Island Southern Alps New Zealand
    University of Canterbury
    The University of Canterbury was established in 1873 and is New Zealand's second oldest university. Their globally...
    4 reviews
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