1. Affordable price
When you’re first thinking about studying abroad you’re worried about the price of tuition and the cost of living. The good news is that I’ve found New Zealand to be very reasonable. It’s much cheaper than other countries such as the USA, England and Canada.
2. Breathtaking scenery
New Zealand is a miniature paradise with wonderful nature. My first thought when I saw the scenery was that it is so beautiful and charming like a painting that I wondered if I was imagining it and it wasn’t real.
3. Friendly people
It’s true what they say, New Zealanders are really friendly. They always listen to your questions and I have found them to be welcoming and kind.
4. Plenty of outdoor activities
New Zealand is a country of outdoor sports. The beautiful mountains and hills offer numerous tracks for hiking and mountain biking. As it’s also surrounded by the sea, it’s a great place to try out new water sports including diving and surfing. Popular sports include rugby, cricket, squash, hockey, netball and winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. New Zealand’s rugby team, the All Blacks, won the last two Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.
5. Quality of the education
The education qualifications – NCEA system at schools level – are recognised in many countries around the world. I’ve found that students are allowed to express themselves and come up with their own ideas, feelings and thoughts in the classroom. Teachers want us to feel free to ask questions about lessons or even other things. We are given more chances to practice the lessons in real life rather than learning them from books and notes and, best of all, teachers and friends are always ready to help.