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Study in New Zealand : New Zealand Universities overview

Reasons to study in New Zealand

Thinking about studying in New Zealand? There are a number of reasons to do so :

  • Globally recognised qualifications – There are a total of 8 New Zealand universities and all of them are featured in international rankings (individual rankings given below)
  • Assured quality of education – All 8 New Zealand universities are public institutions that are partly funded by the Government of New Zealand
  • Safe and friendly learning environment
  • Affordable tuition and living expenses compared to many other countries in the world
  • Post study work rights

Work and study in New Zealand

Students can work for 20 hours a week while they study in New Zealand. On completion of a 1 year graduate course in New Zealand, students are eligible for a 1 year job search work visa to look for a job related to their field of study followed by a 2 year work visa once they get a job in their field of study.

List of New Zealand Universities

As stated earlier, there are a total of 8 universities in New Zealand and all them are partly funded by the New Zealand government. Given below is a brief overview of all eight universities for students who are looking to study in New Zealand.

UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

Establishment: The University of Auckland was established in 1883 as a college of the University of New Zealand and it became completely independent in 1962.

Student strength: The University of Auckland is the largest New Zealand university and there were 40,784 students studying there in 2012 out of which 5,301 were international students from 93 countries.

Ranking: The University of Auckland was the highest ranked New Zealand University being ranked 83 in the QS World rankings (2012) and 161 in Times Higher Education World rankings (2012). It also ranked highly in the individual subject areas of the QS World Rankings and was placed at 59 in Arts and Humanities, 50 in Life Sciences and Medicine, 85 in Natural Science, 44 in Social Sciences and Management, and 68 in Engineering and Technology.


UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

Establishment: The University of Otago was founded in 1869 and it is New Zealand’s oldest University.

Student strength: There were 22,00 students enrolled to study at Otago in 2012 and it had 2,800 international students from more than 90 countries worldwide.

Ranking: Otago is one of the leading New Zealand universities for research and was top ranked for research in the PBRF Quality Evaluation, 2006. (The PBRF or Performance-Based Research Fund is the Government of New Zealand’s formal assessment of the research performance of tertiary institutions.) In the QS World rankings (2012), it was ranked the second highest in New Zealand with a rank of 133 overall and it was also rated in the top 100 in the world in the areas of Life Sciences and Bio Medicine.


UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY

Establishment: The University of Canterbury was founded in 1873 by scholars of Cambridge and Oxford universities.

Student strength: The university has 16,000 students and more than 1,200 international students from over 80 countries.

Ranking: Canterbury is one of the top 3 universities in New Zealand. In the QS World rankings (2012), it was ranked 221 overall and in the top 100 in the world in Accounting and Civil Engineering and in the top 200 in the world in Engineering (Chemical, Electrical and Electronic), Earth and Marine Sciences, Education, Environmental Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Psychology, Geography, Linguistics, Modern Languages, and Economics.


AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (AUT)

Establishment: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) was established as a polytechnic in 1895 and granted university status in the year 2000.

Student strength: AUT is New Zealand’s second largest and fastest growing university with a total of 26,243 students enrolled to study there in 2011, and 2,369 out of those were international students.

Ranking: AUT is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world in QS World rankings (2012) and the AUT Business School is ranked by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business) as being within the top 6% of business schools worldwide.


VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON

Establishment: Victoria University of Wellington was established in 1899 and is one of the oldest universities in New Zealand.

Student strength: There were over 22,00 students enrolled to study at Victoria in 2012 and 2,919 of these were international students from over 75 countries.

Ranking: Victoria is New Zealand’s top ranked university for overall research quality according to the 2012 PBRF Quality Evaluation. (The PBRF or Performance-Based Research Fund is the Government of New Zealand’s formal assessment of the research performance of tertiary institutions.) It was ranked first or second in 24 out of 36 the subject areas that were offered and its Faculty of Law was ranked as New Zealand’s number 1 law school for research quality. It is also ranked at 23 for Law and Legal Studies in the QS World rankings (2012) where it had an overall rank of 237. Also, it was rated as 12 in Oceania in the Times Higher Education ratings.


MASSEY UNIVERSITY

Establishment: Massey was established in 1927 and was granted university status in 1964.

Student strength: There were 31,200 students studying at Massey and 3,290 of these were international students.

Ranking: Massey has been ranked at 77 in the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings (2012) (The Times 100 under 50 ranks the top 100 universities in the world that are under 50 years old) In the QS system (2012) it was ranked 308 overall, 50th equal in the world in education, in the top 100 in the world in earth sciences, and communication and media studies, in the top 150 in the world in operations research and accounting and finance and in the top 200 in the world in biological sciences, sociology, and economics and econometrics.


UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO

Establishment: University of Waikato was established in 1964.

Student strength: There were 12,521 students enrolled to study at Waikato in 2012 out of which 1,940 were international students.

Ranking: Waikato has been ranked at 58 in the world in the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings (2012). (The Times 100 under 50 ranks the top 100 universities in the world that are under 50 years old.) It was also placed at 374 in the 2012 QS World ranking and was highly placed in the subject areas of accounting (top 100 in the world), economics and education (top 150 in the world) and geography (top 200 in the world).


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY

Establishment: Lincoln University is the third oldest university in New Zealand and was founded in 1878 as a School of Agriculture and in 1990 it formally separated from the University of Canterbury and became a university in its own right.

Student strength: There were over 3000 students enrolled to study at Lincoln in 2012 and around 1000 of these were international students from over 60 countries.

Ranking: Lincoln is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university. It was ranked in the top 500 universities in the world in the 2013 QS rankings.