Where in New Zealand Can You Study? | Study With New Zealand
Find out more about study options and lifestyles in different cities and towns around New Zealand.
Whether you’d like to live in a big city, a vibrant regional centre or a close-knit rural community, New Zealand has a study destination to suit you.
Each region has its own distinctive character, with many institutions and courses to choose from.
You’ll also find institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), private training establishments (PTEs) and English language schools throughout New Zealand.
Our network of high quality primary, intermediate and secondary schools covers the whole country, so you can have your choice of lifestyle.
Not sure where to start? Think about what kind of lifestyle you want, and hear what other international students have to say about the study destinations they chose.
Learning doesn’t always take place in the classroom – especially when you’re studying in regions that specialise in the subjects you’re studying.
“Studying horticulture in New Zealand was very hands-on. We worked in an apple orchard each week, which gave me a new interest in fruit production,” says Anna.
Deepak’s polytechnic arranged for him to have a part-time job at a four-star hotel during his studies. After graduating, he went on to work for the same hotel group.
“I was able to interact with students who represent different countries, cultures and customs, make good friends and interact with staff as I grew skills for my career,” says Deepak.
“You can enjoy something a little bit marvellous every weekend in this city.”
“There’s the night market, festivals and galleries that change exhibitions often and that are mostly free of charge. Everybody treats us like locals, which is really great,” says Yuko, an English language student from Japan.
“Dunedin is a beautiful city filled with some of the quirkiest and most lovely coffee shops, “ she says.
“Coffee shops are a social place to gather, take a break from studying and catch up with your good mates.”
City + nature
Even New Zealand’s bigger cities often have easy access to nature.
“You get such a great balance between study and life. No way I could get this back home,” he says.
“Kiwis love getting outside because there’s so much to do. I can go to the beach, the mountains or skiing – all in one day.”
“Apart from following my rugby dream, I have been able to compete at CrossFit, get back into judo training, pick up surfing, travel the city on my bicycle with my mates, swim in the ocean and join a dance crew, all whilst being able to study and pass my courses,” she says.
She found her experience of studying in Invercargill so valuable that she convinced her parents to send her younger sister, Bam, to live with the same host family and attend the same school.
“I recommended New Zealand to Bam because it is safe and because I knew she would do well here,” says Chonlada, who went on to study in Wellington, Boston, Shanghai and London before launching her own business.
Working after study?
Did you know that choosing to study outside Auckland might enable you to work in New Zealand for longer after you graduate?
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About the contributors
Linley Boniface is a contract writer for Education New Zealand. She is based in Wellington, her favourite city in New Zealand. A former journalist, Linley spent a year in Montreal, Canada, as a secondary school student.