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New Zealand is a value for money study destination.
New Zealand's practical, hands-on teaching style encourages you to think independently, critically and creatively while you’re studying abroad.
Learning in small classes with a high teacher/student ratio, you'll gain real-world experience for your future engineering career. You’ll be supported by friendly, approachable teachers who are leaders in their field and have close ties to industry.
Choose New Zealand for your overseas engineering studies and you'll benefit from a lifestyle that gives you more time to do the things you love.
Our exceptional work/life balance lets you see friends, follow your interests and explore nature - without the crowds. We consistently lead global quality of life surveys, and are ranked the fourth most peaceful nation on Earth.
Studying engineering in New Zealand is great value for money, and you can offset the costs of living overseas by working while you study.
You may be able to work up to 20 hours during the term and full-time during the holidays - or with no restrictions if you're a PhD or Masters by research student. You'll also improve your English and gain workplace experience while you're studying abroad.
Studying engineering here gives you an edge in the global jobs market and prepares you to succeed anywhere in the world.
You'll gain internationally-recognised qualifications, vocational experience and generic skills such as teamwork and leadership. You may also be able to work in New Zealand after graduating - we need more engineers.
“Universities in New Zealand have good links with industry, and everything I study is very practical - it's all about how your skills will be used in the workforce. I really like the practical element and it makes me think there's a good chance of getting a job here.”
“People’s lives are so much more relaxing in New Zealand. My life is not only work – I have time to follow my interests, like going to the beach. There are so many things to enjoy here.”
Mercedes Santos, from Argentina, gained a Masters of Engineering Management (Hons) at the University of Auckland.
She now manages a section of the Waikato Expressway, one of the country’s biggest roading projects, for the New Zealand Transport Agency, and won the prestigious Project Manager of the Year title in 2014.
“Degrees in New Zealand are shorter than in Argentina because they have less theory; studying here is more about practical experience than memorising facts from a book. Everything you learn at university in New Zealand is knowledge you’ll use when you’re at work,” says Mercedes.
“I’d recommend New Zealand to other international students, regardless of where they’re from. It is a friendly and safe country with many opportunities.”
from Papua New Guinea, a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) student at WelTec
from Nepal, a National Diploma in Engineering (Civil) student at WelTec
from Taiwan, a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science major) student at Victoria University.
from India, a Master of Engineering (Mechanical) student at the University of Canterbury.
"It has always been my dream to come to New Zealand. I like studying here because it's safe, and because in New Zealand engineering isn't seen as a job that's just for guys. I want to prove that ladies can do the same things as men."Warolyn Anthony | from Papua New Guinea, a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) student at WelTec
"A friend recently asked me about studying in New Zealand and I said it was the best country to come to. The education quality is very high here and it’s a peaceful place to study, with friendly people and no overcrowding."Ganesh Bajgain | from Nepal, a National Diploma in Engineering (Civil) student at WelTec
"Studying in New Zealand has been a unique experience and a highlight of my education. Experience builds character, and makes you think differently."Dennis Chen | from Taiwan, a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science major) student at Victoria University.
"New Zealand has one of the best landscapes in the world, and the work/life balance is better here - it’s less competitive. Elsewhere, it’s survival of the fittest, but here the system design is so great that it provides opportunity for everybody to lead a better life."Pragash Balakrishnan | from India, a Master of Engineering (Mechanical) student at the University of Canterbury.
Engineering pathways range from certificates and diplomas to a three-year Bachelor of Engineering Technology or a four-year Bachelor of Engineering. You'll also have many opportunities for postgraduate study.
This is a generic pathway. Length of study may vary depending on how students choose to structure their degrees.
Scholarships can help pay for your studies and help your CV stand out from the rest.