Safe, friendly and welcoming, New Zealand is a natural playground full of opportunities for unique experiences. New Zealand is a young country where independence, initiative and resourcefulness are more highly regarded than status or rules. As a student here you'll be encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek your own answers by thinking for yourself. World-famous for its friendly people, spectacular landscape and relaxed lifestyle, New Zealand is an unbeatable place to live and study.
Most of the cities and towns are relatively small and uncrowded, making daily commute easier and faster than back home in Bangladesh. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from beaches, parks, walking trails and cycle tracks. Each day is a new adventure in New Zealand. Explore native forests, snow-capped mountains, white sandy beaches, picture-perfect lakes and stunning fjords - all without the crowds and queues you’ll find in most parts of the world. There’s something for everyone in New Zealand, whether you enjoy high-adrenalin sports like bungy jumping, skydiving or jet boating, or prefer to get closer to nature by hiking or cycling. You’ll be able to experience unique Māori culture and see the landscapes made famous by the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies.
New Zealand is a beautiful country, but who goes to study just because the destination was beautiful? New Zealand education system is not famous, but its degrees are just as excellent as its neighbor, Australia. New Zealand has a booming engineering sector and to fuel the sector, it has some exceptional engineering schools. If you come home with a New Zealand degree in Engineering, you can be sure that instead of you chasing the employers to hire you, you will be getting chased by the employers who all will want to hire you instead. New Zealand curriculum is designed to make the studies challenging but interesting, teaching you more life skills then textbook knowledge. This is in vast contrast with the rote memorizing way of education in Bangladesh. The purpose of education in New Zealand is not just to give you a degree but to impart education that will stay with you for life. In the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, all eight of New Zealand’s universities were in the top 100 in at least one subject.
Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. For example, you may need to travel more in the main centres, and transport costs may be more expensive than in your Bangladesh.
As an example of how much to budget for, Victoria University recommends that students allow between $18,000-$27,000 each year, the University of Auckland recommends $20,000-$25,000, the University of Otago recommends $15,000-$17,000 and Massey University recommends $15,000-$18,000.
You may be able to offset some of your costs by working. Most student visas enable you to work up to 20 hours per week, or full-time in the holidays.
Accommodation costs vary widely by region: the national median weekly rent for a three to four-bedroom house in October 2016 was $440, or $510 in Auckland. A pre-paid plan that includes calling, texting and data starts at about $19. Free Wi-Fi is available in central Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua and Dunedin.
When you arrive in a new city, a homestay is a really good choice to help you understand the local culture in the country. The fees for homestays generally include all living costs such as the cost of food, power, water and the internet. Depending on the location, the price of the home stay will vary. The acceptable price range is between approximately $200* and $270 per week in Auckland. You can choose the one that suits you best based on your needs.
In Auckland, there are numerous restaurants. For breakfast, if you are not dining at home, a cup of coffee and a muffin might be enough. Generally speaking, it costs $4.60 for a regular size coffee and $4.50 for a muffin. If you are dining outside for lunch, $10 - $15 should be enough. For evening dining, if you eat at Asian style restaurants, it is about $15 per person generally. For some popular fast food, like McDonald’s and Burger King, the cost is around $13 for a meal. If you are choosing set menu in restaurants, a set of dinner might be around $70 per person.
In New Zealand, a full time student studying for a Bachelors degree can work for 20 hours a week. The minimum wage rate is different according to the type of skilled or unskilled job you are doing but the lowest minimum wage rate is NZD$ 25. At the end of a week you’ll be able to earn roughly NZD$ 450- NZD$ 500 which will be able to cover your daily expenses. Some educational institutions also offer students part-time work teaching, tutoring or carrying out administration duties.
Paid internships are a way of gaining industry experience and networking with people in your field of study. Carrying out voluntary work in New Zealand can also be a great addition to your CV, giving you useful experience of the New Zealand workplace. After your degree is over, you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa which is valid for 12 months, and during this time you can work for almost any employer in New Zealand. After you have found a job relevant to your qualification you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted).