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New Zealand

About New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean. The country mainly comprises of two islands, the North Island and South Island, although there are also numerous smaller islands. The closest countries to New Zealand are Australia and the Pacific island nations: Fiji, New Caledonia and Tonga.

Despite its isolated location, New Zealand is a developed nation with great connections with the rest of the world. There are frequent international flights as well as fast internet connections that connect New Zealand with the rest of the world.

New Zealand is a country of great beauty. Many people encountered New Zealand's great natural beauty for the first time through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which was filmed in New Zealand. As can be seen from the films, the country offers great geographic diversity: mountains, coasts, and lakes, along with unique plant life and animals, although you won't find any Hobbits. New Zealand offers a rich mix of various cultures, including Maori, Pakeha (people of European descent), Asian and Pacific peoples. It is a country made for those with adventurous spirit.

Climate

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

Seasons in New Zealand
Summer December - February
Autumn March - May
Winter June - August
Spring September - November

Food

New Zealand cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. Occupying an island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand yields produce from land and sea. Similar to the cuisine of Australia, the cuisine of New Zealand is a diverse British-based cuisine, with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences as the country becomes more cosmopolitan.

Why Study in New Zealand

  • Safe yet modern: This country of just over 4 million people is an easy going and one of the safest places on this earth with high quality living conditions and a modern lifestyle.
  • British based education system: The New Zealand education programs and degrees are based on the worlds most recognized and accredited education system- The British System- without the same expense.
  • International recognition of courses and degrees: New Zealand qualifications are of a high quality and have a reputation around the world for being practical, modern and desired. All courses, programs and qualifications offered by New Zealand institutions are quality assured by the New Zealand government.
  • Competitive Costs: New Zealand offers very affordable tuition fee compared with many other countries around the world. Competitive tuition fees coupled with a low cost of living represents a good value for your money.
  • Multiculturalism: New Zealand has a dynamic and harmonious multicultural society. Kiwis are friendly and pleasant and are opening their doors to offer you warm and welcoming environments.
  • Support Services: New Zealand has a long history of teaching international students and New Zealand institutions are sensitive to the needs of international students.
  • Recreational wonderland: From the rugged mountains to the sandy beaches New Zealand is a land of great variety. This is also true of educational and cultural programs on offer to international students.
  • Work while you study: All students on a student visa can work up to 20 hours per week during semester and full time during vacations i.e. 40 hours. Many New Zealand institutions offer a student employment service called 'Student Job Search' to help you find work.
  • Opportunity to settle permanently in New Zealand: If you complete your course successfully, you automatically get a 12 months 'Work Permit' under the student visa policy. In most instances this permit will be done at your institution itself. This allows you to work full time in any job of your choice.
  • Further education after acquiring Permanent Residency: Once you acquire your Permanent Residency and if you want to study further, then you become eligible for study loans from the Government of New Zealand. You can avail of these loans and pay after you complete the course. Your dependence on your parents can stop after you get your PR. You can also continue to work as much as you like while pursuing your further studies after PR. The 20 hours per week restriction goes away.

Popular Destination for Mauritian Students

  • Auckland

    The Auckland urban area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,413,700, which constitutes 31 percent of the country's population.

    It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area, plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,527,100 that is governed by the Auckland Council. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori, Auckland's name is Tāmaki Makaurau and the transliterated version of Auckland is Ākarana.

    Climate

    Auckland has a subtropical climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. Under Köppen's climate classification, the city has an oceanic climate (Cfb). It is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and is also one of the sunniest, with an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum.

  • Christchurch

    Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. It is home to 389,700 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous city.

    Christchurch is a distinctly English city, however it contains various European elements, with strong Gothic Revival architecture. As early settlers of New Zealand, Māori culture is also prevalent in the city. It features many public open spaces and parks, river beds and cafés and restaurants situated in the city centre and surrounding suburbs.

    Climate

    Christchurch has a temperate Oceanic climate with a mild summer, cool winter, and regular moderate rainfall. Under the Köppen climate classification, Christchurch has an oceanic climate (Cfb). Summer in the city is mostly warm but is often moderated by a sea breeze from the Northeast. Like many cities, Christchurch experiences an urban heat island effect; temperatures are slightly higher within the inner city regions compared to the surrounding countryside.

    Institutions

  • Napier

    Napier is a New Zealand city with a seaport, located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island. The population of Napier is about 61,100 as of the June 2014 estimate. About 18 kilometres south of Napier is the inland city of Hastings.

    These two neighbouring cities are often called "The Bay Cities" or "The Twin Cities" of New Zealand. The total population of the Napier-Hastings urban area is 128,800 people, which makes it the fifth-largest urban area in New Zealand, closely followed by Tauranga (127,700), and Dunedin (116,200), and trailing the Hamilton urban area (218,800).

    Climate

    Napier has an oceanic climate (Cfb). The climate is warm and relatively dry resulting from its location on the east coast of the North Island. Most of New Zealand's weather patterns cross the country from the west, and the city lies in the rain shadow of the North Island Volcanic Plateau and surrounding ranges such as the Kaweka Range.

10 Famous Néo-Zélandais

  1. Russell Crowe – Actor (Gladiator)
  2. Peter Jackson – Director (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Remake of King Kong)
  3. Ernest Rutherford – Father of modern nuclear physics
  4. Maurice Wilkins – Biophysicist known for his contributions to the discovery of DNA's molecular structure, for which he won the 1962 Nobel Prize
  5. Harold Williams – listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's greatest linguist, said to have spoken over 58 languages fluently
  6. Jean Batten – First solo flight from London to Auckland and then the fastest ever trans-Tasman flight. Jean Batten was the 'Garbo of the Skies'. She stood for adventure, daring, exploration and glamour. In her time, Jean Batten was one of the most famous people in the world
  7. Bruce McLaren – Inventor / Engineer of McLaren Race Cars & Founder of McLaren Team - most successful team in world motorsport since it appeared in 1966
  8. William Pickering – Rocket Scientist – Launch of Explorer 1 during World War 2 – first American Satellite to be launched into space
  9. Alexander Aitken – greatest mathematician of his era and possessed an astonishing computational brain. Aitken could recite Pi to 707 decimal places, multiply two nine digit numbers in his head in 30 seconds, and render fractions to 26 decimal places in under five seconds
  10. Joseph Nathan – founder Glaxo SmithKline, the largest pharmaceutical group in the world

10 Famous Néo-Zélandais Inventions

  1. The eggbeater
  2. World's first spiral hair pin
  3. Bunjy Jumping
  4. Electric Fence
  5. Jogging
  6. Sports Referee's whistle
  7. Refrigerated Shipping
  8. The Jet- boat
  9. Disposable syringes
  10. Tranquilliser gun

10 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

  1. New Zealand is one of only three countries that have two official (and of equal standing) national Anthems. The first is God Save the Queen (the English National Anthem) and the other is God Defend New Zealand
  2. NZ is the least corrupt nation in the world (tied with Denmark), according to the Corruptions Perception Index
  3. "Lord of the Rings" was filmed entirely in New Zealand. The filming of these movies pumped around $200 million into the country's economy. The New Zealand government even created a Minister for Lord of the Rings, to ensure the most money could be made from the films
  4. Auckland City Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328 meters
  5. Bungee jumping originated in New Zealand. The world's first commercial bungy (or bungee) jump took place in Queenstown, NZ in 1988
  6. The Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay are record breakers. They push out more fresh water than any other springs in the world, producing one to two billion litres of water a day. If required, the springs could provide enough drinking water to supply the entire population of New Zealand
  7. Hector's Dolphin is the smallest dolphin in the world, and it is found only in the waters around New Zealand
  8. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay
  9. The first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, was from New Zealand
  10. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote. Also, New Zealand is the only country in the world where all the highest positions have been simultaneously held by women

Can you work in New Zealand as a student?

International students have several opportunities to gain work experience and supplement their funds while studying.

Under certain circumstances, student visa holders may work part-time, and/or full-time (during scheduled vacations) or to meet course requirements for practical work experience.

Post Study Work Scheme

International students who have graduated with a NZ qualification are now eligible to apply for the Post-Study Work Visa. This one year visa allows International Graduates to work for any employer in New Zealand.

If during the one year period you find employment relevant to the qualification you studied, you may then apply to New Zealand Immigration to have your work /visa extended for up to 2 years.

Entrance Exam

None

Visa Requirements

Visa Application

Please get in touch with a PTC Advisor for further details.

Financial Requirement

With your application for a student visa, you must provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself throughout your stay in New Zealand.
For a list of documents required, please contact PTC Office.

* The information above may be subject to change. Please get in touch with the PTC team for most up to date information on Visa Terms & Conditions