Why New Zealand?
New Zealanders have a world-wide reputation for being innovative and adaptable. They also have an outstanding quality
of life. Sitting approximately 2,000 kilometres east of Australia in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is about the same
size as Japan or the UK, and has a population of 4.4 million. There is plenty of room for everyone.
By global standards, New Zealand may seem small and a long way from major markets, but New Zealanders have turned that into an advantage – they are resourceful all-rounders, usually well-travelled, who love a challenge and strive to find creative solutions when obstacles or opportunities arise.
World leading in creative and agriculture industries
None more so than one of the world's leading creative industries, Weta Workshop. Best known for the design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, District 9, The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit, Weta Workshop is a leading example of the innovative and creative skills that permeate New Zealand.
New Zealand is also a world leader in agriculture and the agricultural sciences. The dairy industry is New Zealand's biggest export earner, and the country boasts a core of agricultural scientists and technicians who are constantly at the leading edge of scientific research in the bio sciences and life sciences. Their expertise is sought after around the world. At Waikato University, our scientists and educators are world leaders in the restoration of lakes, Antarctic research and influencing student learning in many different countries.
New Zealand is a multi-cultural nation with Pacific, Asian, African and European peoples all making up a diverse and vibrant culture.
New Zealand has a reputation for being a welcoming and safe destination. New Zealanders are renowned for their honesty, friendliness, and openness. While New Zealand is a relatively young country, it has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Māori and European heritage. Māori hold a special place and their culture provides a special experience for the international student.
Studying in New Zealand
When you study in New Zealand you experience education. Not only do you learn from leading academics but you live in an environment where the scenery is stunning – with an abundance of mountains and forests, rivers, lakes and sea. New Zealanders strive to keep their lands accessible to all and pollution-free. You can challenge yourself indoors as you learn, and then explore the outdoors by visiting the many and varied landscapes that are never far away. And you will take home memories that will last forever.