New Zealand lying in the south-west Pacific consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. Stewart Island and many smaller islands lie offshore. The North Island has mountain ranges running through the middle, with farmland on both sides. Massive Southern Alps form the backbone of the South Island. The Far north region has subtropical weather during summer. Most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average temperature decreases as you travel south. There are some reasons that you should consider studying in New Zealand.
1. Friendly People
New Zealand’s friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit. They often called ‘Kiwi’, named after birds reside there. The people are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming that you will ever meet. If you are a stranger, a native New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. New Zealand has a diverse population but with some uniting features that make it unique in the world. There are just over 4 million people who reside on the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world.
2. Country Stability
New Zealand’s political system is based on the British model and is stable. The economy is actually incredibly stable and the cost of living is low. This is probably the reason that immigration is embraced. Life expentancy is good in New Zealand, for men 80 years and women 83 years. New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the unconditional right to vote in 1893.
3. New Zealand Weather
Since the Maori people named New Zealand “Land of the Long White Cloud”, climate has been of vital importance to the people. Nothing can get better than the weather here. New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. Its climate is dominated by two main geographical features – the mountains and the sea. 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 (77ºF). As you would expect in the southern hemisphere, the summer lasts from December to February; winter lasts from June to August. Spring and fall are similar, with cooler temperatures and little rain. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
4. The educational system
New Zealand is amazing for their educational system. The tuition is some of the lowest in the world. Students get a British-based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. Further education includes higher and vocational education. Courses range from programmes to help students into work, to certificates and diplomas, to postgraduate study and research.
Students will get a high quality and hands on education. 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. New Zealand has 8 state-funded universities. They each offer degrees in a large choice of subjects and have strengths in specialised professional degrees. All are well recognised internationally. The support services for international students are among the best in the world. They are expert and experienced in helping international students to succeed in their programs.
5. Work opportunities
Getting a part-time job while you study can help you pay your living expenses, meet new people and learn about the New Zealand workplace. It’s also a great way to practice your English. There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. According to student visa regulations, students are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester. During vacations you can work up to 40 hours. Masters and PhD students can work 40 hours a week all year round. You will be paid at least the minimum wage of NZ$15.25 an hour, though you may earn more than this. You will also be paid for annual and public holidays, and for rest breaks.
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. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.
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