New Zealand Facts:
- Capital: Wellington
- Largest City: Auckland
- Official Language: English (95.9%), Maori (4.2%), NZ Sign Language (0.6%)
- Ethnic Groups: 78% European, 14.6% , 9.2% Asian, 6.9% Pacific People
- Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- Area: 268,021 km2
- Population: 4,475,436
- Per capita income: $27,668
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
- Calling code: +64
- Temperature: New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate with mean annual temperatures ranging from
10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north.
(Source: CIA Factbook, 2017; https://www.cia.gov/library/)
New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, just south of Australia. The country is not part of Australia and has never been, but it has been its own country since the late 19th century. Before then, the country was actually considered to be part of the United Kingdom, and was under the laws and jurisdiction of the crown. New Zealand is actually a number of smaller islands, with two main islands; North Island, and the South Island.
The reason that many people enjoy going to New Zealand is because of its biodiversity (Source: Wikipedia). There are a number of plants, animals, and fungi that reside throughout the country, mainly because of the fact that there were no humans on the island until 1250 AD. The Europeans did not even arrive until 1642, well after the Americas and other countries were discovered by them. This isolation allowed nature to thrive much longer than it did on other continents where there was more human influence.
The country is separated into 16 regions. 11 of those regions are run by the top tier of local government, called the regional council. 5 of them are run by territorial authorities.
Why New Zealand?
New Zealand people are called ‘Kiwi’. They are welcoming, warm hearted, loving, and relaxed with highest level of tolerance to international students. So you’re not going to feel tense like you would if you are away from home, as most of the international students feel New Zealand home away from home. Another cool thing about the people is that there are so many different kinds of people, and hence diversity is there. You will find the grocery of all 5 continents in New Zealand cities.
Secure and Stable Government
New Zealand has stable government that guarantees high level of freedom to international students. 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, as Queen of New Zealand. Democratic engagement is strong (Source: Education New Zealand). The crime rate is New Zealand is lowest among OECD countries. International students and their family can feel free to come and go in safety, making it easy to enjoy all the sights, adventures and experiences New Zealand has to offer.
Nepal like weather
Nothing can get better than the weather in New Zealand. The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. In higher altitudes, you will see snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC making it similar to weather in Nepal.
Quality of Education
The tuition fee for international students is lower in New Zealand in comparison to other English speaking countries such as USA, Canada, and Australia. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high-quality education. All of the courses are accredited by independent government body, New Zealand Qualification Authority; hence quality of the program is assured.
Tons of Outdoor activities
New Zealand offers tons of outdoor activities that you will never run of out it during your stay there. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who looks for adventure. There are literally thousands of things to do. Do you like to hike? There are plenty of mountains for you to explore. Do you enjoy being a beach bum? Then you get to enjoy the beaches throughout the year. Want some excitement? There are always new things to do. The scenery is different depending on where you go; you could drive an hour and have a completely different geography.
There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. If you are really good at class, the international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand.
Smooth visa Process and Settlement Opportunities
The visa acquisition process is incredibly simple, and unlike many other countries, you will not be rejected right away. The visa can be applied Online via Real Me account and decision is likely within a month. After you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 to 9 months.