New Zealand attracts many Japanese visitors and students who are interested in its vast expanse of natural beauty, adventurous environment, welcoming city centres, and cultural activities. New Zealand is a country where you can enjoy both everyday life and the country’s natural beauty.
The climate is mild – with averages ranging from 8°C in July to 17°C in January – but summer temperatures occasionally reach the 30s in many inland and eastern regions.
New Zealand has been ethnically and culturally connected to Polynesia for at least 1,000 years. Now, about four-fifths of New Zealanders are of European origin, predominantly from the British Isles, but it also has many from the Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Germany and other nations. A country that has a long history of migration, New Zealand is very open to hosting international students.
Many international visitors take part in adventure and tourism activities such as mountain biking, bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and jet boating, as well as more traditional activities like walking and fishing in natural areas. New Zealand also offers a diverse range of cultural attractions including farm visits, home-stays, museums, art and craft galleries, wineries and historic buildings.
The cost of living is (when compared to Japan) considerably less expensive. Recent surveys conducted by N.Z. government found that average housing costs are $512/month (approx. 32,000 yen: as of January 2003). Lower living costs and a higher standard of living may appeal to those who are considering studying in New Zealand.
Why Study in New Zealand?
- Beautiful natural surroundings
- Lower tuition costs and cost of living
- Wide selection of programs
- Safe environment
Special Features of Study in New Zealand
Located in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand features a year-round temperate climate and a beautiful natural environment. New Zealand has about 3.8 million people in a nation that has about 70% of the land mass of Japan. Known for its friendly and honest people, New Zealand provides overseas students with a very safe and easy-to-study-in environment.
Compared with Japan and many other countries, New Zealand has an inexpensive cost of living level and low tuition rates so the economic factor makes New Zealand a particularly appealing study abroad destination. It has also become popular with Working Holiday visitors.
High Standards at National Universities
All eight of New Zealand’s universities are national, public universities. As the specialization areas of each institution are very clear, it makes institution selection relatively easy.
A Wide Range of Courses
New Zealand’s beautiful nature provides incoming students with an excellent opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor sports and to enjoy the great outdoors. Short-term programs might combine English language study with travel and tourism, kayaking, or the ever-popular skiing and snowboarding. Students can also learn about the Travel Industry and about the unique culture of the Maori people of New Zealand.
The New Zealand Education System
The New Zealand education system is thirteen years in duration from primary to secondary school. At the end of grade 11 there is a general examination and graduates are awarded a School Certificate, marking the end of compulsory education. Students who wish to go on to university must then complete preparatory program work for the following two years. Majors are selected in grade 12 and students continue on to specialized course work in the 13th year. Bursaries are also awarded, based on examination results.
New Zealand has eight public universities. As students have covered basic education requirements before entering university, they proceed directly into specialized studies at university.
New Zealand also has publicly-supported Polytechnic institutions. These institutions specialize in the teaching of very practical programs that lead to employment in related industries.