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Best cities in New Zealand for international students

New Zealand is an amazing country with big cities. That means more variety in study abroad programs. Smaller cities are located centrally, so your weekends will be filled with tons of exciting adventures. All places have wonderful beaches and natural wonders, along with delicious food and incredible culture. From mountain peaks to traditional Maori dishes like hāngi, all destinations on our list will definitely give you an incredible study abroad experience.

Auckland

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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, home to over 1.6 million people and five major universities. The University of Auckland is the country’s largest university with almost 40,000 students. There are plenty of opportunities to study here for students. As the city is such a cultural hub, many programs center around studying the Maori culture, art, and history.

Studying abroad in Auckland brings you close to world-famous beaches like Takapuna. You can have an amazing time spending your afternoon out on the beach, sand between your toes, suntanning. Hanging out with your friends at one of the many fancy and delicious restaurants and bars nearby is a great idea too. You can take a late morning stroll through the Waitakere Ranges, with its rolling hills and lush rainforest. There’s no shortage of amazing outdoor activities and adventure for when you need to get out of the big city.

Wellington

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An amazing cultural city where the wildness of New Zealand meets hipster coffee shops and creative arts programs. You can encounter plenty of outdoor activities, such as the nearby Mount Victoria Lookout or the Zealandia sanctuary in Karori. The city is bursting with restaurants and bars; it’s reported to have more restaurants and bars per capita than even New York City.

Wellington has more than just creative arts programs, though. Victoria University is also known for its research on earthquakes, to which the city is prone. Wellington being the capital of New Zealand makes it a political hub. If creative arts don’t interest you, Wellington is a great place to study politics or diplomacy.

Christchurch

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Christchurch’s lush green landscape and abundance of public parks and gardens made the Nickname The Garden City for this destination. This city is known for its English history and has a more western culture feel. The Gothic Revival architecture will take you back in time with its steep, sloping roofs, and lace and latticework carvings. The largest city on the South Island gives you a small-town feel. 

New Zealand’s second-oldest university, The University of Canterbury is the main university in Christchurch, and many studies abroad programs will go through the school. Keeping with the theme of agriculture, the University of Canterbury prides itself on the natural sciences, plant and animal biology, ecology, and geology research program. The campus is beautiful, with plenty of green spaces allowing you to stretch out with a book or some homework.

Dunedin

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The city has a ton of literary heritage and there are a plethora of literary events, businesses, institutions, and organizations. There is also a current-day community of playwrights and writers. The literary scene is huge in Dunedin, so if literature is your interest, Dunedin is the place for you. Dunedin was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in 2014.

You have two choices of the university in Dunedin, the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic. Otago Polytechnic represents Dunedin’s other specialty: technology. Attending the University of Otago likely means living in their legendary student flattings, or residential college communities. There are 15 of them, some of which are especially for international students. Additionally, a ton of these communities is in awesome historic houses. This university also has six libraries, making them even more attractive for you bibliophiles out there.

Hamilton

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The fourth-largest city in New Zealand will give you the big city feel with less traffic and pollution. Also, just an hour away, you’ll find wonderful, relaxing, boiling mud pools in Rotorua. You can never be far from an amazing beach in New Zealand! 

Hamilton has three main universities: the University of Waikato, Waikato Institute of Technology, and Te Wananga o Aotearoa. The University of Waikato has the most international student programs. In fact, the university even supports a “buddy system,” assigning each foreigner a guide to help them adjust to life in Hamilton. The University of Waikato also offers scholarships for international students! 

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