New Zealand – same same but different – five reasons you didn’t know you need to be here


1. 2017 has been a tumultuous year in world politics. You’re wondering why we can’t all be friends. Well, Jacinda and Justin are besties. They had a ‘ground-breaking skype’ session and we’re hoping to welcome Justin down here soon. Want to follow in their footsteps? Come and study Government in New Zealand at Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital of cool. You could also explore your creative mind in Communications, IT, Media, Art  or Design. And there’s plenty of cool festivals and gigs to check out.

2. After a busy year, time at the lake is sounding pretty tempting right now. We don’t just have stunning lakes we’re also home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. And if you love the beach, you won’t find anywhere more beautiful than Tauranga to study.

3. Thinking beaches sound nice but you’d miss the snow? We’ve got you covered. Take an Antarctic research course at the University of Canterbury, learn to be a snow sports instructor in Otago or head to the deep, deep South via the Gateway Antarctica centre at the University of Canterbury.

4. Speaking of the cold – you thought you’d have to leave your ice hockey sticks in Canada? #fakenews. The Dunedin Ice Hockey Association is highly regarded, not only for its successful social leagues, well-run training sessions and impressive trophy cabinet, but also for its mindful approach to player, coach and referee development.

When you’re not on the ice, you could be gaining a sporting qualification from an institution like the University of Otago. In the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Otago was judged to be among the world’s top ten universities for the study of sport and sport-related disciplines, placing seventh internationally.

But we’re not just good at sports! There might only be 4.7 million of us but New Zealand’s only vet school, at Massey University, is ranked fourth in the world by employers and number 25 for veterinary science in the QS rankings. If you successfully complete the BVSc you will be qualified in only five years, the fastest pathway to becoming a fully-qualified veterinarian from an AVMA accredited programme. Need more convincing? Take a virtual tour and see for yourself.

5. After all that action and all that learning, you might need some time to chill (and grill?!) We like BBQs too!
And we even have the Maori equivalent – the hangi. Māori culture is integral to New Zealand culture. You can learn te reo (the language) and study culture and customs at any New Zealand University and many Independent Tertiary Providers. Or for a full immersion experience you could enrol at a Wānanga. Canada is currently looking to New Zealand as a best practice model for indigenous relations.

So if you’ve never experienced Christmas on the beach, grab your sunnies (sunglasses) and jandals (flip flops) and head on over…

Contributed by:
Education New Zealand

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