New Zealand

   
   

General information 

New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting our unique mix of Māori and European culture. The country has a bit of everything: spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches. New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine.

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below.

New-Zealand

 
  Partner universities
 
Auckland, University of Auckland

University of Auckland website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 40,379
  • Number of campuses: 6
  • Academic year: March - November
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: July - November
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: March - June

Location

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest university. The main city campus comprises 16 hectares in the heart of Auckland City. On its western flank lies historic Albert Park. To the south-east is Auckland Domain.

Auckland is also in the top five cities worldwide for quality of living, according to the Mercer's 2011 Quality of Living survey.

Things to do

Auckland's waterside location has fostered the locals' love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname "City of Sails". It has a population of only 1.4 million- making it one of the world's least crowded countries.

Top attractions: Mt Eden volcano, Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, Auckland Art Gallery, Bay of Islands and Edge arts and entertainment centre.

Travel opportunities

Known by the Māori as Aotearoa "land of the long white cloud," New Zealand is celebrated for its breathtaking scenery, ranging from sparkling beaches and dormant volcanoes in the north, to majestic mountain ranges and fjords in the south. Considered by many to be the most magical part of the Auckland experience, Waiheke Island is easily accessed by ferry. Australia is relatively close by plane - you can fly to Sydney and Melbourne in 4 hours. Past students have also travelled to Fiji and other Pacific islands.

Climate

The north of New Zealand is subtropical, while the south is more temperate. The weather in Auckland is generally pleasant, however it can be unpredictable. You’ll need to be prepared for whatever the day may bring. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 and 30ºC; in winter between 10 and 15ºC.

Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at the University of Auckland:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 23 hours) £1000+
  • Visa costs £100-200
  • Health insurance (compulsory) £170
  • Accommodation £3200

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.

Living in Auckland is significantly cheaper than living in major cities in Australia such as Melbourne and Sydney.

More on cost of living

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in University accommodation is gauranteed as long as the accommodation application is submitted by the deadline
  • Halls of residence: “The residences are conveniently situated within easy walking distance of the City Campus and close to shopping, bus services, movie theatres and Auckland's many attractions.”
  • Self-catered University-managed apartments: “In the four self-catered residences, you are responsible for cooking your own meals and expected to share responsibility for cleaning the apartments. The cost of utilities (like electricity and water) is included in your accommodation fees. A Residential Assistant lives on each site.”
  • Private accommodation: Includes homestays and rental flats, houses and apartments. These are not university-managed and selected agencies are used to assist students with their requirements.

More about accommodation

Application success rate
Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2014/15 = 20%
2015/16 = 18%
2016/17 = 12%

Module catalogue

More about studying abroad at the University of Auckland

 
 
Christchurch, University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 12,000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Academic year: February – November
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: July - November
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: Feburary - June

Location

Christchurch, is an ethnically diverse city offering an exciting and easy lifestyle for students. With a population of around 350,000, it is the largest city in the South Island and the second largest in the country. It is currently undergoing a major rebuilding and is in the process of transforming itself into one of the world’s most modern and sustainable cities. The University’s main campus is situated at Ilam, a suburb of Christchurch, about 5 km from the city centre.

Things to do

Known by the Māori as Aotearoa "land of the long white cloud," New Zealand is celebrated for its breathtaking scenery, ranging from sparkling beaches and dormant volcanoes in the north, to majestic mountain ranges and fjords in the south.

South Island offers a huge range of exciting recreational options in nearby locations of incredible natural beauty including the rugged beauty of Banks Peninsula, the historic French town of Akaroa, thermal hot springs at Hanmer, snowboarding on the Southern Alps and whale watching near Kaikoura.

Top attractions: Botanic Gardens, International Antarctic Centre and Christchurch’s Shipping Container Mall.

Travel opportunities

North Island is easily accessible, where you can visit Auckland the ‘city of sails’ and the magical Waiheke Island. Australia is relatively close by plane - you can fly to Sydney and Melbourne in around 4 hours. You can also travel to Fiji and other Pacific islands.

Climate

The north of New Zealand is subtropical, while the south is more temperate. Christchurch has a dry climate. In January, the middle of summer, the average daily maximum temperature is 22.5°C. In July, the middle of winter, this average daily temperature is 11.3°C. 

 Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Canterbury:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 28 hours) £1000+
  • Visa costs £100-200
  • Health insurance (compulsory) £170
  • Accommodation £3400

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.

The University of Canterbury recommends that a single student should in general budget for between NZ$300 and $350 per week for general living expenses.

More about the cost of living

Accommodation

  • The University of Canterbury Accommodation Student Village offers a tailored package for exchange students. This is in self catered apartments of 3-6 people, just across the road from campus. Accommodation is guaranteed      provided you apply before the appropriate deadlines. There is internet access in every room, a common room with Sky TV, study rooms, and a bedding pack is provided.
  • Private accommodation There is a good selection of affordable rental housing close to the University and in the wider Christchurch area. Students who are planning to live off-campus are advised to allow 2 weeks to search for suitable accommodation. Rent usually costs from $100 per week.

 More about accommodation

Application success rate

 Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2014/15 = 63%
2015/16 = 67%
2016/17 = 31%

 

 

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