New Zealand

Country Overview for International Students

A student’s journey at a New Zealand university will lead to professional as well as personal growth. There are an extraordinary range of unique opportunities available for students.
During their time at any New Zealand university, graduates will develop the self-belief to be whoever they want to be, and to feel confident and excited about their future.

Here we will talk about:
  • Important facts for international applicants
  • NZ interesting facts
  • Main NZ industries
  • Fun facts about NZ you probably didn’t know
Do you want to learn more about study and life in New Zealand from ex-international students and experts? Check out these pages

Important facts for international applicants


With a population of 5 mln, the lowest corruption worldwide and a favourable business environment, NZ is a land of opportunity for local and international students.

Post-study work rights

International students pay higher fees than locals. However, upon graduation, international students get post-study work visas for 1-3 years, making it possible to stay and look for jobs in NZ

Unemployment rate

The current unemployment rate ranges between 3,4 and 5%, which indicates a healthy economy!


New Zealand offers some scholarships to international students, but not that many.

Work while studying

Both international and local students can work part-time while studying in a full-time higher ed programme. Partners of international students can
work full-time in certain cases. 20 NZD per hour is the min hourly wage!

How expensive is it?

You will need around 1,800 NZD per month to eat, rent a room, and have a social life in New Zealand!

Interesting facts about NZ


of New Zealand’s electricity
generation is from
renewable sources

In 1893

New Zealand became
the first country to give
women voting rights

Home to Sheep

NZ is home to around
30 million sheep,
meaning that there are approximately
6 sheep for every person

No Land Snakes

There are no land snakes,
native or introduced,
in New Zealand

Average Annual Income - Various Industries

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that offers you the opportunity to work while you study
According to Ministry of Education
research, higher qualifications usually lead to higher incomes, although the subjects you choose are also important. Employers often look for candidates with a broad range of skills, but there are a lot of opportunities for those with no prior skills.

Manufacturing & Technology NZ$120,300

Construction & Infrastructure NZ$60,685

Primary Industry NZ$67,400

Service Industry NZ$164,576

Social & Community NZ$70,296

Visit the Occupation Outlook website by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment for further information

Fun facts about NZ you probably didn’t know

Designing Brand Identity
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Diverse Country

New Zealand's population is a melting pot of cultures, where 15% of Kiwis are indigenous Maori, 12% are Asian, and 7.5% are Pacific Islanders (Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade website)

Maori Culture

Maori culture is a core part of New Zealand’s identity. The Maori are the Tangata Whenua, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Today, 1 in 7 New Zealanders identify as Maori.

Official Languages

New Zealand has 3 offficial languages. English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language.

Urban Population

51.2% of the population live in the major urban areas of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Dunedin and Lower Hutt.

Most Freedom

According to the Fraser Institute Human Freedom Index 2019, New Zealanders have the most freedom in the world.

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