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Why study technology in New Zealand?

New Zealand prepares you for your future in the booming technology sector with expert teaching, cutting-edge facilities and equipment, and globally-recognised qualifications.

Your study abroad experience will give you practical, hands-on learning and real-world experience, from creating a robot to designing a software system. You’ll develop analytical and creative thinking skills, and work in teams with other students and with industry to solve challenging problems.

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New Zealand’s relaxed work/life balance will give you time to travel and explore our natural environment, which ranges from stunning beaches to spectacular mountains featured in the Lord of the Rings films. We have a high standard of living, and lots of open spaces.

You’ll be welcomed into a friendly, inclusive and multicultural society where you can study in safety - New Zealand is ranked the second most peaceful nation on Earth.

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

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International technology students who study abroad in New Zealand gain globally-recognised qualifications and highly transferable capability skills such as critical and creative thinking, flexibility, teamwork, time management and interpersonal skills.

Students also gain workplace-relevant English language abilities, learning to be effective in multicultural and Western work environments. The technology sector offers a diverse range of specialisations, and global demand for technology graduates continues to rise.

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Case study

Leading the way in cyber security

New Zealand’s educational ranking brought Mohammad Bany Taha from Jordan to the University of Waikato to study cyber security.

“If someone said they graduated from a university in the US or UK, you would have to know which one to know how good it is. But all New Zealand universities are high-ranking.”

He has already published a paper at a high-profile cyber security conference that even his professors back in Jordan have not had papers accepted for.

“When we go for job interviews, we will be able to say we have the degree and have also published in high-ranking conferences.”

Mohammad says the cyber security students work as a company, which prepares them to fit right into the workforce.

“The relationship between professor and student here is very easy and friendly. When I arrived in New Zealand I called Ryan ‘Dr’. He told me, ‘That is the last time you call me Dr - I am Ryan.’”

Mohammad Bany Taha, 

Masters’ by research degree in Computer Science, specialising in cyber security, University of Waikato

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PhD fees an advantage for Vanuatu student

For Jeffery Garae, a major attraction of studying abroad in New Zealand is that international PhD students pay the same fees as local students.

“I was looking at doing a Masters here and when I read about the PhD fees I thought, ‘Whoa – that’s an even better advantage,’” says Jeffery, who is from Vanuatu.

“No-one says no to studying in New Zealand. It’s a nice place, and the people are very friendly.”

Jeffery was the first student to study a Master of Cyber Security at the University of Waikato, and is now studying for a PhD.

Jeffery has had a paid internship with an Auckland tech company, and believes studying in New Zealand will be an advantage when he starts job-hunting.

“Even big companies like Google look at New Zealand when they are recruiting computer science graduates. We have good chances after studying in Waikato because we contribute to research in our field and have good industry connections.”

Jeffery Garae, 

PhD in Computer Science, specialising in cyber security, University of Waikato

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Making a difference in the world

Studying biotechnology in New Zealand is a way for Kenyan student Anish Shah to make a positive difference to society.

“I love working with plants and microbes and learning about the cool techniques used to study various aspects of plant physiology and molecular biology,” he says.

“In the future I would like to be involved in a leading research group, working with high-yielding GM plants which will eventually help solve world hunger.”

He believes biotechnology is an excellent subject to study. “Biotechnology is a very employable, fast-growing and lucrative scientific field.”

Anish decided to study at the University of Canterbury because it was “a different, faraway place that I didn’t know much about”.

He was also attracted to the research being carried out at the university.

Anish enjoys the multinational campus and the friendly, supportive lecturers. He urges other international students to open up and talk to others during their time studying abroad in New Zealand.

“The importance of personal relations cannot be stressed enough,” he says. “You can make contacts at university that will definitely come in handy when you’re looking for jobs.”

Anish Shah, 

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Biotechnology

Study pathway

The New Zealand technology curriculum is taught in many subjects, including design and visual communication, digital technologies, electronics, food technology, engineering and biotechnology.

Jobs involving technology include:

  • Software developers write, test, develop and maintain complex computer software programmes.
    Software developer
  • Electronics engineers and technicians design, develop and oversee production of electronic equipment and systems.
    Electronics engineer
  • Food technologists create innovative new food and drink products, and develop more efficient ways to manufacture them.
    Food technologist
  • Quantity surveyors figure out how much a building project will cost and then help ensure it is completed on time and on budget.
    Quantity surveyor
  • Web developers develop, improve and maintain websites and integrate them with software and databases.
    Web developer

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