Top 10 reasons to study in Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its universally recognized high quality education. It is also safe and welcoming to all international students, making it an ideal place to study.
1. Safe and Secure City
Wellington is ranked as the 9th best city for personal safety in the world according to Mercer 2014 Quality of Life Survey. It’s also the only capital city in the world accredited as a 'Safe Community’ according to the Safe Communities model, and endorsed by the World Health Organisation.
2. Amazing Education Systems
New Zealand has the best education system in the world according to the Legatum Prosperity Index Institute. This index is based on household income, economic growth and quality of life.
3. Exceptional Quality of Life
89% of Wellingtonians report a "good" or "better" quality of life, compared to the national average of 82%, According to The Nielsen Quality of Life Survey, released in 2014.
4. Compact and Walkable City
Le Cordon Bleu is situated right in the heart of the city, while other tertiary providers and schools are an easy 15 minutes’ walk away. Traveling around Wellington is very efficient, due to its well-structured public transportation system. Which is why Wellington has the highest public transport use per capita in New Zealand!
5. Breathtaking Views and Outdoor Spaces
Wellington enjoys over 2100 sunshine hour per year so you can take advantage of the stunning regional parks and 497km of coastline near you. 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.
6. We are in the 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.
7. Vibrant and Diverse
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.
8. Wellington is the Culinary Capital
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.
9. 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.
10. Opportunity to Settle Permanently in New Zealand
The breathtaking landscapes and relaxed lifestyle may make you want to stay…forever.
If you complete a level 5 qualification in New Zealand, you automatically get a 12 months 'Work Permit' under the student visa policy. This means that if you successfully find a job, you can apply for residency.
We love Wellington and we know you will too. For more information about the visa application process and how to apply to study at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand contact us now.