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Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand welcomes students from all over the world and the city’s capital city is a great place to live and study.


  1. Wellington is the number one city in the world to live according to LivCom 2012.
  2. First - New Zealand has the best education system in the world according to the Legatum Prosperity Index Institute. This prestigious ThinkTank analyses wealth, economic growth and quality of life across 142 countries.
  3. Faster - Wellington is the fastest growing region in New Zealand for high-tech companies. Wellington’s high tech centre is home to more companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index than anywhere else in New Zealand.
  4. Smart capital - The No. 1 University in New Zealand for research quality - Victoria University / Seven Government research centres are located in Wellington / 30% of Wellington residents hold tertiary qualifications, compared to the national average of 20% / Wellington is firmly establishing itself as the Smart Capital with 44% of the workforce working in knowledge intensive industries, compared to around 30% nationally / A Nobel Prize winner in Nanotechnology - Alan MacDiarmid
  5. We are middle of Middle Earth - We are the home of New Zealand film, as well as to one of the most significant post production houses in the world – Park Road Post Production. The Hobbit, Avatar, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Man of Steel, X-Men: Last Stand, The Wolverine, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, District 9, Prometheus, Tin Tin plus many more were filmed in Wellington or had visual effects created here.
  6. Jam free - Wellington is ranked one of the easiest places in the world to commute - you don’t even need a car. All three universities are within 15 minutes’ walk of downtown Wellington and so are many other tertiary providers and schools. Wellington is also well connected by an efficient and clean train and bus network - Wellington has the highest public transport use per capita in New Zealand.
  7. Beautiful open spaces - Have breakfast in one of our city's amazing cafes, shop on Lambton Quay or Cuba St, kayak in the harbour, walk in the bush or swim in the ocean.
  8. Safe city - Wellington is the 9th safest city in the world and the only capital city in the world to have been designated 'Safe City' status by the World Health Organisation.
  9. 1 in 4 - People from all over the world choose to live in Wellington, making it a diverse and exciting place to be. 25% of people that call Wellington ‘home’ were born in another country. We’re a melting pot of different cultures.
  10. 3 the magic number - 3 world ranked universities / 3 government institutes of technology.....................And we couldn’t stop at 10...
  11. Eat, play, love - We love food! Wellington, reputably, has more restaurants, cafes and bars per capita than New York City. Missing food from your home country – don’t panic – we will have it. Want to try something else? We will have that too! And if you really like food, Visa Wellington on a Plate, the premier food event in Wellington and New Zealand brings together over 100 food events in August each year.
  12. Festival mecca of New Zealand - Check out the New Zealand Festival, The World of Wearable Art Show, the International Film Festival, Dragon Boat Racing, International Sevens Rugby, Toast Martinborough and The Summer City Festival Wellington just to name a few of the yearly events that make Wellington an exciting place to live.



Moving to a new country to study is an exciting adventure. Immigration New Zealand has information on everything you need to know about moving to New Zealand and applying to study here. Details of immigration requirements, advice on your rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand.

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For information on Student Visas please check the Immigration page.


Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health.

Accident Insurance
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information is available from ACC.

Medical and Travel Insurance
International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

Last Updated 20 May 2013