A study by student recruitment consultancy Hobsons found that almost one-third of international students were less likely to study in the UK after the vote because the country felt “less welcoming”.
While the full impact of Brexit is still unclear, there’s a possibility that EU students who want to study in the UK will end up:
- paying higher fees
- no longer being eligible for the same loans, grants and scholarships
- having to apply for a study visa
- having to apply for a visa to work in the UK after graduating.
Research quality is another factor that could change after Brexit. A report by QS TopUniversities said British researchers feared the loss of EU funding could affect university research quality, including research partnerships between institutions.
But what’s the alternative to studying in the UK?
If you’re a university student from Germany, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark or elsewhere in the EU, New Zealand is the ideal alternative study destination to Britain.
Check out these five reasons why studying in New Zealand could be the best decision you ever make.
- World-class education. All eight of our universities are in the top 3% in the world, according to the QS world university rankings. We’re the only country in the world to have all of our universities in the global top 500. Our universities are distributed around the country, so you’re sure to find one in a region that suits you.
- English language destination. New Zealand gives you the opportunity to study in an English-speaking environment and be taught by native English speakers. We have high-quality English language courses for all levels of ability.
- A new way of learning. New Zealand’s practical, hands-on way of learning gives graduates the skills that employers around the world value, including flexibility, creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and and decision-making. New Zealand universities have strong ties with industry, so there are opportunities to build connections through work experience and work placements.
- A warm welcome. New Zealand is safe, friendly, peaceful, politically stable and culturally diverse – you’re sure to feel at home here. We’re rated fourth in the world on the Global Peace Index and regularly top world quality-of-life surveys.
- Work before and after you study. While you’re studying, you may be able to work up to 20 hours a week. After graduating, you can apply for a 12-month post-study work visa to find a job. And if you find a job, you may be able to apply for a further two-year post-study work visa. We’ve also removed the hassle and paperwork from studying for more than one course by introducing a new pathway student visa.
As well as a high-quality study destination, New Zealand is an unbeatable place to live. Don’t miss out on these experiences while you’re studying in New Zealand:
- Go bungy jumping in the country where the sport began. You can jump from bridges, rail viaducts, cliffs and stadium roofs all over New Zealand.
- Explore our cool modern cities. You might choose to start with the multicultural hub of Auckland, or the cafe culture capital of Wellington, or vibrant, creative Christchurch.
- Experience our unique Māori language and culture. Watch a kapa haka performance, visit a marae (meeting grounds) or enjoy a hangi (feast cooked in an earth oven).
- Visit Middle-earth. Choose from the Hobbiton Movie Set and more than 150 other locations featured in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies.
- Eat fish and chips on a white sand beach while watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean – a classic Kiwi experience.