Studying abroad is probably one of the many things atop every millennial's bucket list. After all, who wouldn't want to go on an adventure of a lifetime? Aside from the opportunity to learn a lot of new things and immerse in a whole new culture, seeing a different part of the world rejuvenates the mind like no other and enables it to develop a fresh new perspective in life.
If you're thinking of studying abroad and looking for prospective schools that will equip you with the right skills and knowledge, you might want to take into consideration these world-class universities in New Zealand (all of which have secured positions in the top 100 in the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by subject) that'll help you make the right decision based on your preferences and inclinations!
1. University of Auckland
If you're a social advocate seeking wider horizons and depth of experience, this top-ranking university is for you. It is the only one that ranked in the country in the 2016 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking for producing work-ready graduates. It is located in the largest and most populous city of New Zealand, which is home to world-class shopping centers, restaurants, bars, and galleries.
Key Courses Archaeology (ranked 20th globally), Education (ranked 23rd globally), and Development Studies (ranked 26th globally)
2. Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Considering that it has the largest population of international students, AUT has got to be the most culturally diverse campus in NZ. If you're artistically inclined, you should definitely consider applying! Its arts and design programme is top-notch, complemented by unique facilities such as the St. Paul St. Gallery and the state-of-the-art Motion Capture facility. Aside from its modern architecture, students love its friendly and cooperative atmosphere, too.
Key Courses Art and Design Courses (ranked in the Top 100 globally)
3. Victoria University of Wellington
If you're an aspiring lawyer who wants to live in a colorful, cosmopolitan city, consider your search over! Its law program has a highly esteemed and published faculty from internationally recognized universities. The campus is located in the heart of Wellington’s legal and political district where laws in New Zealand are created. Aside from its vibrant night life and glorious culinary diversity, Wellington is also the only capital in the world accredited as a Safe Community by the Safe Communities Model and endorsed by the World Health Organization making it perfect for unica hijas who are leaving the safety of home for the first time!
Key Courses Social Policy, Administration (ranked in the Top 50 globally), Law, and Legal Studies (ranked in the Top 100 globally)
4. University of Canterbury
Known for its excellent Engineering program as well as its Earthquake Research Facility, this institution is for the builder of cities who seek adrenaline-pumping action. Its key aspects of learning include employability, innovation, and enterprise. It also encourages start-up culture by providing extra-curricular programs that allow students to test their knowledge through state-of-the-art labs, scholarships, and mentoring, guiding its graduates to become great leaders in their respective fields.
Key courses: Civil and Structural Engineering (ranked 49th lobally) and Geography (ranked in the Top 100 globally)
5. University of Waikato
If you're an aspiring educator or someone who finds inspiration from nature and the arts, University of Waikato—known as one of New Zealand’s leading research universities—can be the perfect school for you! The region's thriving artistic community and breathtaking scenery is well-known for being one of the four key locations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, including the Hobbiton movie set. It is also recognized for its contribution to various fields, including environmental sustainability, Antarctic research, early childhood education, open software, and gaming.
Key Course: Education (ranked in the Top 100 globally)
6. University of Otago in Dunedin
This university is perfect for health and science buffs who enjoy the laid-back vibe of a suburban environment. If you want to be successful in the field of medical sciences, you will absolutely benefit from the global recognition that this university has established in the health sciences. Its dentistry program ranks among the world's best, too! Dunedin is considered New Zealand’s best kept secret and this magnificent 150-year-old university has beautiful Victorian structures that have become tourist landmarks. It is perfect for chill guys and gals who want the peaceful vibe of a university town.
Key Course: Dentistry (ranked 12 th globally) and Psychology (ranked 37th globally)
7. Massey University
Massey takes prides in its excellent Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Science program, as well as in its Agriculture, Food Science, and Applied Biological Science courses. Meanwhile, the Massey Business School is the largest in the country and ranks in the top 2% globally. Aside from the fact that it is located in an urban environment of beautiful homes, short commutes, and affordable living, it has inviting scenic landscapes perfect for the nature-loving Pinoy!
Key courses: Veterinary Science (ranked 25th globally), Agriculture and Forestry (ranked 30th globally)
8. Lincoln University
Known globally for its expertise in Agriculture and Forestry, its school mission is “Study with us if you want to feed the world, live well, and protect the future." Lincoln also boasts of low student-to-lecturer ratio and hands-on learning programs, ensuring its students are well-equipped and easily employed in a wide range of industries when they graduate. It is located in a blissful township 22km from Christchurch City with a number of food joints that cater to student budget.
Key courses: Agriculture and Forestry (ranked in the Top 100 globally)
If you're planning on pursuing your college education in New Zealand, these are the top eight universities that you should totally check out! With its highly competent faculty, programs, and facilities, you will absolutely be in good hands as you see your skills ushered to greater heights! We wish you all the best in your learning journey!
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Photographs from Academic Colleges Group (University of Auckland), Auckland University of Technology', Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato, Institute for Study Abroad, Massey University, and Lincoln University.