Welcome to New Zealand, a beautiful, unique and exciting place to live and study.
Manaakitanga, a Maori word that loosely translates as ‘hospitality’, sums up the welcoming spirit of New Zealanders who offer visitors this hospitality with generosity and respect.
As part of a Kiwi study experience, you will make social connections and business contacts you’ll treasure forever, forming lifelong friendships with new and interesting people from New Zealand and around the world.
Students who choose homestay accommodation get the chance to interact with a New Zealand host family and their friends, a great way to experience New Zealand life and practise English at the same time.
UP Education has well equipped campuses in both Auckland and Wellington.
At any level of study, students can gain an education in New Zealand that will help ensure future success. They will be encouraged to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and will be supported in all aspects of study.
If a student plans to go to university, New Zealand offers a great selection – our eight universities all feature in the QS World University Rankings 2018/19. That’s impressive considering New Zealand’s population is only around 4.5 million.
New Zealand is proudly multicultural, and we respect and welcome international students. The New Zealand Government’s Code of Practice requires education providers to keep students safe and well during their study, including during their recreational time.
New Zealand has it all – excellent universities, a great lifestyle, diverse communities, vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery and an unbeatable range of outdoor activities, all within a small area. Cities such as Auckland and Wellington offer plenty of cultural activities, while those who love the great outdoors have glaciers, mountains, rainforests and coastlines to explore.
International students may be able to work full-time or part-time while studying and after graduating. It is important that students and families understand the criteria for visas, so here is our simple guide to working in New Zealand.
New Zealand is an affordable study destination, with options to suit every budget
To get a New Zealand student visa, students must prove that they can cover their living costs. These can vary depending on which part of New Zealand students study in, what sort of lifestyle they want to live, and whether they can get a part-time job. Most student visas allow students to work up to 20 hours a week in term time, and full-time in the holidays.
|Cost of Living||Homestay estimated weekly cost in NZ$|
|Accommodation||$280 – $315|
|Electricity, water and gas||Included in fee|
|Internet||Included in homestay fee|
|Mobile phone plan||$5 – $15|
|Public Transport||$0 – $35|
|Food||Included in homestay fee + $10 per school day for lunch|
|Free time activities||$50 – $150|
Costs can vary depending on lifestyle, accommodation, and hobbies and interests. However, for a reasonable standard of living, we think students need about $20,000- $25,000 a year.
Studying in New Zealand gives international students the chance to explore beautiful sights and exciting destinations.
Students may be surprised by how much of our spectacular country they’ll be able to explore in their study breaks. See stunning scenery and unique wildlife, climb gorgeous mountains, and swim in sparkling lakes and beaches. For a change of pace, try some of New Zealand’s famous adventure sports and activities – from bungy jumping to white water rafting.
Our mild climate means tourism runs all year round. With a good network of domestic airlines, and affordable buses and trains, it’s easy to reach all the experiences, beauty and wide open spaces that New Zealand has to offer.
In Auckland, students can bungy jump from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, climb a volcano, and go whale watching. Hop on a ferry from the CBD and visit islands in and around the harbour, or head out to one of the wild West Coast surf beaches. The city is filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants, and on weekends students can visit food festivals, arts and crafts markets, and music shows. For some local wildlife, they can visit the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Butterfly Creek or the Reptile Park.
The city of Hamilton has stunning gardens, great shopping and a popular nightlife and restaurant scene, including award-winning eateries and exciting entertainment. In the centre of the North Island, students can easily visit iconic attractions such as the Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves, and the surf beaches of Raglan, as well as Waikato’s bush clad mountains, stunning waterfalls and hot mineral pools.
Along the waterfront, The Strand is modern and always buzzing, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Fishing, sailing, diving and dolphin tours are easy to arrange. The region offers exciting events all year round, including cultural festivals, sports events, concerts and theatre. A 15-minute drive takes you to popular Mount Maunganui, with ocean-beach swimming and surfing, cycling and walking, and plenty more cafes and nightclubs.
New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is known for its lively nightlife and world-class restaurants. The hub of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, Wellington has experimental breweries and specialist bars popping up all over the city. Home to national museums, galleries and theatres, Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture scene, and is the venue for the famed World of Wearable Arts (WOW).
Following the Government announcement, New Zealand has now moved to Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19. This means all UP Education campuses are closed for face to face delivery of education from Tuesday 24 March 2020 for four weeks minimum. While our campuses aren’t physically open, we will be continuing the education of our students via virtual/online modes of delivery. Our absolute priority is the safety of our students and staff during these challenging and unprecedented times. For further information head to our parent company, UP Education for further information