2. Make friends through your course of study
I found that a great way to meet people of different nationalities was through lectures and tutorials. I'd simply start a conversation based on some common ground, such as an assignment’s topic, or we would eat lunch together and exchange different opinions on topics from lectures and/or tutorials. The conversation often continued until we found interests in common and became friends.
3. Meet people through extra-curricular activities
Extra programmes such as the Victoria International Leadership Programe (VILP) and Victoria Plus Programme provided me with a great platform to make new friends. These programmes require the participants to go to different seminars and workshops where you meet different kinds of people and thus, friendships develop. It also encourages the participants to do lots of voluntary and community work. For example, it gave me the chance to socialise with more Kiwis and the local community. Likewise, being part of the executive members for several organisations also gave me the opportunity to develop friendships.
There were so many ways of making friends in New Zealand but these are a few that worked for me. No matter where you are from, everyone has a different story to tell. These stories are even more meaningful when they are shared and will help in getting to know people. We bump into different people every day and there is always a chance to make a move and start making more friends. With mutual goals and common interests, the friendship can grow further.
So don't wait, start to make more friends now!