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Study engineering and help build the future

Discover how things work and use your creativity to design solutions to real-world problems.

Why choose New Zealand

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Why study engineering in New Zealand

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.

Watch New Zealand’s practical, hands-on learning style in action as civil engineering students compete in an annual bridge-building competition

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.

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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.

Nur Adila Alias, from Malaysia, is a third year Chemical and Process Engineering student at the University of Canterbury. She says there are huge opportunities for employment in her field after she finishes her studies.

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.

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“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.”

Charles Thaxter, 
from the United States,

a Master of Building Science student at Victoria University.

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“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.”

Zihao Pan, from China

a Bachelor of Engineering Technology 
student at WelTec

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Argentinian student named Project Manager of the Year

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.”

See what real students have to say

warolyn anthony

"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
ganesh bajgain

"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
dennis chen

"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.
pragash balakrishnan

"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.

Study pathway

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.


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National Certificate
A National Certificate in Engineering qualifies you to work as an electrician or fabrication engineer, or in other engineering trades.
A New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is a two-year diploma qualifying you to work as an engineering technician.
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
A Bachelor of Engineering Technology is a three-year degree that has a strong focus on practical projects, and is offered in a range of specialisations.
Bachelor of Engineering
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a four-year degree that combines theoretical knowledge with project work. You can specialise in a wide range of areas.
Graduate certificate or diploma
A flexible way to study extra undergraduate-level courses after completing a degree
Postgraduate certificate or diploma
A postgraduate certificate in engineering is for professional engineers seeking advanced technical or management training. It usually takes one semester of full-time study to complete.
Masters' degree
A Master of Engineering is a research-based postgraduate qualification offered in a range of specialisations.
A Master of Engineering is a research-based postgraduate qualification offered in a range of specialisations.

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

Key engineering areas

  • Civil engineers design and help build structures such as dams, bridges, gas and water supply systems, sewerage systems and roads.
  • Chemical engineers design, develop and operate the processes and equipment used to change raw materials into useful products such as petrol and pharmaceuticals.
  • Computer systems engineers design complex computer-based systems used in areas ranging from robotics to avionic systems to multimedia applications.
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  • Electrical engineers are involved in designing, making and operating systems and equipment that produce, distribute or use electricity.
  • Mechanical engineers design and advise on building and repairing machines and tools. They also study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production.

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