New Zealand harbors some of the world’s most spectacular and ever- changing landscapes that range from sand, snow and hills- all within a few hours of each other!
This makes the country not only a very popular destination for holiday makers and travellers, but also those that wish to study and work abroad. By the way, you won’t be the only one exploring its thousands of miles of natural beauty - In 2006, over 94,000 international students came to New Zealand to further their education and to experience a lifestyle that is warm, welcoming and inspiring.
The country is host to some of the best Business Schools available. The University of Auckland Business School is regarded as one of the best schools not only in the country, but in the world, and is internationally recognised by employers. The Business School features in the top 29 in the 2013 Eduniversal Global Ranking of the best 1,000 business schools in the world, making it the top-ranked business school in New Zealand.
Furthermore, 75% of Auckland’s business graduates are employed at the time of their graduation while a further 16% go on to postgraduate study. It goes without saying that Auckland’s entry standards are the highest for those seeking to studying economics and business.
Victoria University, Wellington offers business postgrads the chance to expand their interpersonal skills, as you are able to choose when you study. The university offers flexible working hours, and the choice to select your particular level whilst study, whilst also being able to explore opportunities, both scholarly and professionally. Here you will be able to develop your strategic skills through specific workshops. More than 1000 people have graduated from Victoria's MBA programme since it was established in 1984 and many go onto careers in executive ranks in both the business and public sectors.
The University of Otago is a well- established business school that also holds a very strong academic reputation, and is amongst the top 65 business schools in the world. It is known for its high ratio of teachers to students, meaning that one-to-one tuition is readily available to all students in a condensed, focused and concentrated environment.
The working opportunities in New Zealand are numerous, particularly if you are an international student studying abroad. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester, and during holidays you can work up to 40 hours. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. There is a student employment service called the ‘Student Job Search’ that helps you find work. Popular part-time work includes waiting tables at restaurants, working in supermarkets, data entry positions, and translation assignments. There are also job opportunities on campuses, including library work and shop-keeping.
As for any other free time you may have while you’re there, the sights are endless and the amount of activities are a constant reminder why so many people travel across the globe to visit this colorful and vibrant country. New Zealand is host to many natural wonders, including the Coromandel Peninsula, famous for its gold- coloured sandy beaches. The Abel Tasman National Park, a mountainous region which can only be entered by boat, foot or a small- sized plane. If you’re looking for a slightly cooler National Park, the Franz Josef Glacier is accessible to everyone: you can walk right up to the foot of the towering glacier. For any Lord of the Rings fans (who isn’t?!), taking a magical trip to The Shire is a breath- taking and momentous occasion for anyone.
New Zealand is well known and loved for its scenic environments, so if you’re given the opportunity, take the plunge. You will not regret your decision.
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