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Study in a world leading agricultural country

Studying agriculture in New Zealand gives you the in-demand skills to help produce food, fuel and fibre for the world’s population while preserving the environment for the future.

Why choose New Zealand

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Why study agriculture in New Zealand?

Study agriculture, horticulture, forestry, viticulture and related industries in a country that leads the world in agriculture and is a hub of agribusiness innovation.

Agriculture in the backbone of New Zealand's economy, and two of our universities are ranked in the top 100 for agriculture and forestry in the QS World University Rankings. Students have unbeatable opportunities to gain hands-on experience on farms and research centres as well as through case studies, field trips and tours.

Spend time outdoors, in close contact with nature, and further your studies with educational options right through to in-depth research at Masters' level.

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You can work and play in the great outdoors when you study agriculture and related subjects in New Zealand. Our vibrant, modern cities are never far from from the countryside, the bush, the mountains or the beaches, and Kiwis' relaxed pace of life gives you time to travel and explore.

One of the most peaceful and least corrupt nations on Earth, New Zealand is a multicultural society with friendly, welcoming people. You'll enjoy the outstanding-quality food, including the exceptional meat, fish, fruit and vegetables - most of it grown here.

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Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you're studying abroad.

Student visa holders may be able to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies.

You can study up to three consecutive programmes over five years on a single Pathway Student Visa.

Find out more about working while studying on Immigration New Zealand’s Study + Work website.

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Study agriculture in New Zealand and gain globally-recognised qualifications that are relevant, highly-mobile and based on the real-world experiences you've had on our farms, stations and research centres.

You will also build capability skills such as English language proficiency, critical and creative thinking, flexibility, communications and teamwork.

You'll develop networks into the agricultural workforce, which includes farms, corporations, research institutions and government departments. Your qualifications will be in high demand internationally and in New Zealand, with many agricultural sciences jobs on our skills shortage list.

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Case study

Taking knowledge home to benefit Bostwana

Agribusiness student Kgolagano Mpejane aims to take the skills and knowledge he learns in New Zealand back home to Botswana.

Kgolagano came to New Zealand on a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) scholarship after working as an intern on land tenure and farm workers’ rights projects in South Africa for the Foundation for Human Rights.

He had previously been in charge of agricultural intensification projects for Botswana’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Now studying at the University of Waikato, Kgolagano says he enjoys the practical style of New Zealand’s education system.

“We have the privilege of visiting agribusinesses and key industrial players to understand how they operate, and we attend public lectures and conferences to learn about other aspects of business,” says Kgolagano.

“We’re even offered the chance to become members of different professional bodies, so we can use their resources, networks and training opportunities.”

Kgolagano has made many friends in New Zealand, and finds Kiwis friendly, welcoming and always willing to help. “This is a place of comfort,” he says.

After graduating, Kgolagano plans to return to Botswana to contribute to its social and economic development, and to help alleviate poverty.

His ultimate goal is to become Botswana’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Kgolagano Mpejane,
Botswana

Master of Management Studies, mastering in Agribusiness, University of Waikato

Case study

Making memories in New Zealand

When Anna Underhill took breaks from staying up late to study for her high school exams in the United States, she’d imagine what it would be like to explore New Zealand.

“I used to scroll through pictures of places I’d rather be, and New Zealand was always the most beautiful. I think all paths would eventually have taken me there.”

In 2015, Anna made her dream a reality when she spent a semester studying abroad at Massey University in Palmerston North.

Anna took four papers while studying in New Zealand, including one on horticultural crop development and yield.

“Studying horticulture in New Zealand was very hands-on. We worked in an apple orchard each week, which gave me a new interest in fruit production,” says Anna.

Other highlights of Anna’s time in New Zealand included learning to speak some Māori and backpacking around the country. She went on a cruise on Milford Sound, hiked in the Southern Alps, visited glaciers and camped near penguins and seals.

“I look back on my five months in New Zealand and I can hardly believe I was lucky enough to travel there and make such fantastic memories.”

Anna Underhill,
United States

Study Abroad student, Massey University

Case study

Farm visits a highlight of agriculture degree

Field trips to farms have been a highlight of Jun Meng Cheng’s agricultural studies in New Zealand.

Jun Meng, from Malaysia, chose to study for a Bachelor of Agriculture in New Zealand because of the important role agriculture plays in the country’s economy. New Zealand is a world leader in agribusiness innovation, and Jun was keen to learn more about its production methods.

Lincoln’s Bachelor of Agriculture Degree involves 28 weeks of practical work. Jun Meng spent a summer working on a 200 hectare dairy farm with 600 milking cows, and hoped to find work in a herbage seed company for the following summer.

“We’ve had lots of field trip around the South Island to learn about different types of farm management,” he says.

“The lecturers are very helpful, and the environment here is good for our studies as there are farms all around the school.”

Jun Meng enjoys New Zealand’s temperate climate, friendly people and safe, natural environment.

He wants to be a farmer after completing his degree, and hopes to stay in New Zealand to work for a year or two before returning home to Malaysia.

Jun Meng Cheng,
Malaysia

Bachelor of Agriculture, Lincoln University

Case study

Creating a future in forestry

Three Indian students are building their future in the global forestry industry by studying for a Diploma in Forest Management at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Rotorua.

The course’s practical, hands-on style of learning was one of its highlights for students Navneet Singh, Sursaman Singh and Arun Gadwal.

Navneet found the diploma’s fieldwork component interesting and enjoyable.

“It’s good to be able to get out of the classroom and see how forestry works onsite. We get regular field trips - we go to the ports, the forests and the different regions to study the different types of forestry management,” he says.

Arun found it easy to get used to living in a new environment. “Waiariki and its staff are very friendly, so I felt very relaxed, especially with the tutors being so helpful.”

Sursaman has found Rotorua a safe place to live, with helpful, co-operative people.

“I advise international students to come over here and study forestry,” says Sursaman.

“It has many job opportunities in many different areas like logging, line management and scaling, and is a good industry to choose for the future.”

Navneet Singh, Sursaman Singh and Arun Bhatta,
India

Diploma in Forest Management, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Study pathway

New Zealand has a wide variety of courses in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, viticulture and related industries, ranging from certificates and diplomas through to degree courses with opportunities to add further qualifications and skills.

Undergraduate

Post graduate

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
Diploma in Horticulture
A Diploma in Horticulture gives you the technical and supervisory skills required to work in the horticulture industry.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
A Bachelor of Agricultural Science gives you an understanding of the overlapping areas of agriculture, management and technology.
Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking
A Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking gives you the skills required to grow grapes and make wine.
Bachelor of Forestry Science
A Bachelor of Forestry Science prepares students for managing forestry resources.
Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Science - 1 Semester
A Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Science allows you to further your skills in areas ranging from environmental management to soil science.
Master of Water Resource Management
A Master of Water Resource Management prepares students to develop innovative ways to sustainably manage water resources internationally.
PhD
A PhD is the highest tertiary honour. It involves writing a thesis - a major piece of research - over three to five years.

This is a generic pathway. Length of study may vary depending on how students choose to structure their degrees.

Jobs involving agriculture and related subjects include:

  • Farm managers are responsible for the maintenance and day-to-day running of a farm.
    Farm manager
  • Viticulturalists are experts in the scientific production of grapes to make wine and other food and drink products.
    Viticulturalist
  • Horticulturalists work directly with plants in areas such as landscape design and crop management.
    Horticulturalist
  • An agricultural or horticultural scientist studies animals, soils, pastures or crops to improve their quality and prevent pests and disease.
    Agricultural/horticultural scientist
  • Forestry managers plan the planting, growth and harvesting of forests meant for wood production.
    Forestry manager

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