Quick Facts

  • Universities are at the forefront of health research in New Zealand

    Universities were awarded over 85% of the $83 million allocated in the latest round of Health Research Council funding and employ most of New Zealand’s researchers.

  • New Zealand has the 2nd highest degree completion rates in the OECD

    At 81%, New Zealand’s bachelor’s degree completion rates (three years out from the theoretical duration of a program) are equal with Denmark and second only to the UK. This is well above the completion rates seen in Australia (70%) and the OECD average (69%).

  • International education is New Zealand’s 4th largest export earner

    Last year international education overtook wood to become our 4th largest export earner behind tourism, dairy and meat. Universities alone generated at least $1,040 million per year for New Zealand, representing 1.7% of all New Zealand’s exports.

  • A university degree produces a lifetime benefit of $1.3 to 4 million

    New Zealand university graduates earn between $1.3-$4 million more over their careers than a non-graduate after their costs of study are taken into account.

  • New Zealand’s universities generate $500+ million each year through commercializing their research

    Universities develop and share their knowledge through teaching, publications and research collaborations. They also partner with starts up and established businesses to commercialize products, conduct research and provide consulting services.

  • Universities increase GDP

    New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 3 to 6% higher because of the impact that a university education has had on the productivity of the workforce (28% of the workforce had a university qualification in 2014).


  • You will gain a world-class education and better career prospects: All New Zealand universities are in the top 3% of universities worldwide by QS World University Rankings.
  • You will gain leadership skills and practical skills to share with your country: Your study program will relate to your country’s human resource and development needs. After your study, you will return home to make a positive difference in your home country.
  • You will feel welcome in New Zealand’s multi-cultural society that proudly celebrates its bicultural heritage. Around 15% of Kiwis are indigenous Māori, 12% are Asian and 7.5% are Pacific Islanders.
  • You will make friends and strong connections for life. New Zealanders are known for their friendly, honest and open nature. On scholarship, you will get to know lots of Kiwis, but also you will become part of our global community of talented scholars.
  • You will enjoy a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle in a country with high levels of government transparency and security. New Zealand is one of the most peaceful and least corrupt countries in the world.
  • You will study in English: Learning and living abroad in an English-speaking country will reinforce your English language skills. English is the most commonly spoken language and Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages of New Zealand.
  • You will enjoy a good work-life balance. New Zealand is small and uncrowded so getting around and getting things done is relatively easy. New Zealanders value work-life balance. You will have time for fun and relaxation, as well as conscientious study.
  • You can travel around our country with relative ease to experience New Zealand’s diverse landscapes from beautiful coastlines, snowy mountains, green native bush, quiet countryside to dynamic cosmopolitan cities.
  • You will experience a progressive and inclusive society, that actively promotes equal opportunities and gender equality: New Zealand is world-leading with its nuclear-free policy, granting female voting rights and the rights of the LGBTQI+ community.
  • You can learn from innovative experts in high demand subjects. New Zealand has experts in climate change and adaptation, environmental management, renewable energy, disaster risk management, food security, agribusiness, public sector management, indigenous development and innovative business.
  • You will study in modern high-tech, learning environments, supported by approachable lecturers and expert educators, who focus on critical and innovative thinking.
  • You will get good pastoral care: New Zealand educators have a duty of care to international students under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This Code sets minimum standards to ensure international students are well-informed, safe and properly cared for by their education institution.

Representing Universities

  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Aspire2 International
  • Eastern Institute Of Technology
  • ICL Business School
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  • New Zealand Tertiary College
  • NorthTec
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Southern Institute of Technology
  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
  • Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Victoria University of Wellington 
  • Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
  • Whitireia New Zealand