Did you know that New Zealand only has eight universities amid its size, which expands across the two islands?
There are a lot more things you need to know before studying in this scenic country. Below are some of them.
Pack for the cold weather
The weather in New Zealand can both be a blessing or a curse. Some days, you can experience all four seasons. If you plan to study in this country, you need to put your sunblock, sweater, raincoat, and winter gear on your luggage.
Known for its mountain ranges, you can expect weather that usually averages from the 50s to low 70s in the whole year. If you are living in the south, know that it is much cooler there than in the northern part. The months June up to August are the coldest months of the year. Pack warmer clothing if you want to do some hiking or trekking.
There are only 8 universities
When you see New Zealand’s topographical area, you might be surprised to know that there are only eight universities in the country, namely:
- The University of Auckland
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Waikato
- University of Canterbury
- Massey University
- Victoria University of Wellington
- University of Otago
- Lincoln University
These are the country’s state universities that have a student population of 17,000 to 33,000 students, excluding the University of Waikato, University of Canterbury, and Lincoln University which has a private university vibe, with only 3,000 to 12,000 students.
The cities are big and busy
New Zealand has bustling cities with Wellington as its capital. In Wellington, you can find the government’s Parliament and Supreme Court, and also business and cultural hubs.
Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, is located on the North Island. It is surrounded by rainforests and two harbors. This city is considered one of the most livable cities in the world. There are a lot more cities that offer exceptional living in the country.
Kiwis are serious about rugby
Equivalent to American’s fascination over football, the Kiwis, people in New Zealand, are stoked regarding rugby. Not to mention that rugby union is the country’s national sport. Rugby union has long been a part of the Kiwi life and gave a lot of influence and identity to one another.
You can enjoy the country inexpensively
If you are lucky with your choice of accommodation, you can have a meal with your host family for free. In New Zealand, you can enjoy attractions and perks for free. A day hike and camping are free at most national parks.
In Wellington and Auckland, you can go to free cultural events and festivals. Student discounts are offered in museums.
New Zealand offers a lot of amazing programs that might be perfect for you. Explore them as well as the country’s quality education and living.