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15 best universities in New Zealand for international students: rankings, tuition fees, reviews

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Auckland University of Technology
Auckland University of Technology
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Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand
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University of Otago
University of Otago
New Zealand
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IPC Tertiary Institute
IPC Tertiary Institute
New Zealand
Palmerston North
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from 6340.00 $NZD / term
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Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS)
Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS)
New Zealand
New Plymouth
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from 7418.00 $NZD / 11 week
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Otago Polytechnic
Otago Polytechnic
New Zealand
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from 19000.00 $AUD / year
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Ara institute of Canterbury
Ara institute of Canterbury
New Zealand
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Manukau Institute of Technology
Manukau Institute of Technology
New Zealand
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Abacus Institute Of Studies
Abacus Institute Of Studies
New Zealand
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University of Waikato
University of Waikato
New Zealand
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from 12500.00 $NZD / year
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Education information

Today, more and more foreign students choose studying in New Zealand as it guarantees wide career opportunities in the future. SMAPSE offers more than 10 best universities in New Zealand where international students can get high-quality higher education. Higher education received in New Zealand allows to become in-demand expert that has great chances to get well paid job in the international labour market. Due to the list of TOP-10 prestigious universities in New Zealand, you will definitely find the most appropriate option. Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

Types of higher education institutions in New Zealand

The education system in New Zealand is under control of the Department of Education. Most universities of the country are under the state management. The government finances educational institutions, provides them with innovative equipment, implements modern curricula, and monitors the compliance of teachers with qualification standards. In addition, the state provides grants and loans to the best students - this motivates students to achieve excellent results. In such comfortable conditions of confident stability, the educational level in New Zealand is very high - it is not in vain that all 8 universities of the country do not disappear from the ranking lists of the best in the world.

There are several types of educational institutions in which you can get higher education at various levels:

  • Universities. The most prestigious and multi-stage academic education - here you can consistently get a Bachelor's degree, a Bachelor's degree with honors from a Master, Doctor. The final stage of each step is the defense of the thesis. New Zealand universities are famous for their own research, research laboratories. Among the graduates there are well-known politicians, writers, and economists of the country.
  • Institutes. It can serve as a start for continuing studies at the university - students receive only a Bachelor's degree. The resulting specialties are applied, so after graduation, graduates successfully find work in the specialty. Institutions have lower tuition fees than universities.
  • High schools. University-level curricula are a good base for continuing studies at the university. Upon completion, graduates receive diplomas or certificates.

Courses at the best universities in New Zealand

The best universities in New Zealand offer different forms of study depending on the needs and performance of the student. Full-time classes provide maximum involvement and immersion in a new language for foreign students, active communication with native speakers, graduates without stress and fear go to work here or in another European country. If it is not possible to permanently reside in New Zealand during studying, there is an opportunity to study remotely - such programs are offered to students in the second or subsequent courses.

Form of studying

Features, Benefits


The most popular type of studying with daily presence in the classroom. It is impossible to change the form of studying during the year, a certain number of passes is allowed. In case of frequent absence of a student, he will be  expelled

Correspondence (distance)

For undergraduates, final year students, graduate students

Not all specialties are available for studying

The opportunity to significantly save on study costs

Distance education involves online lectures, webinars, testing with the remote presence of a teacher (or offline), sometimes a student's personal presence on exams is required

The quality of teaching is as high as in full-time classes, but high self-organization is required for regular independent work

Evening studies

Convenient for part-time (or full-time) students - without interruption from full-time work

If a student even before admission had a place with good earnings, which he does not want to lose, you can choose the evening form of training

Not all institutions are available, you must make sure in advance that there is an evening form of the course



Additional courses at universities in New Zealand

Many of New Zealand's top universities and institutes offer Continuing Education courses in various disciplines. Courses are often copyrighted - the lecturer is the author of both university and university professors, as well as well-known businessmen, writers, screenwriters, lawyers, economists. They are called:

  • open the mind
  • unleash professional potential
  • get tips from the best specialists in the “knowledge box”
  • learn specific professional techniques
  • find out facts that are not included in the academic course of the subject.

Such courses can be either short-term (3-5 days) or longer (1-6 months). Programs include lecture courses with active practice: for example, if it is a course “Creative essay writing”, then every day includes written work with their subsequent analysis and joint editing, group discussion. The format of the classes is a laid-back story-conversation with many non-academic facts or personal experience. The subjects of the courses can be simply informative, not related to the specialty received: for example, “Manual typography” with the opportunity to personally try yourself as a printer and type a book right during classes.

How to choose a prestigious university in New Zealand?

One of the features of universities of the “kiwi country” is their geographical location. In most cases, it is not accidental - the main specialties that students receive in these institutions are directly related to work at the enterprises of the city-location of the educational institution: for example, oceanography, agriculture, rural medicine or teaching. It is worth considering this factor when choosing a university, institute or higher school.

In choosing a higher education institution, the living conditions play a role. Depending on financial capabilities and wishes, there are options to stay in a university dormitory, hostel or rent a house on your own (with recommendations and assistance from the university administration).

Top 15 best universities in Switzerland 2022

1 Glion Institute of Higher Education Switzerland
2 Les Roches International School Montana
3 César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
4 IHTTI School of Hotel Management
5 Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
6 Geneva Business School
7 EU Business School Montreux
8 HIM Hotel Institute Montreux
9 Swiss Hotel Management School
10 Webster University Geneva
11 Business and Hotel Management School
12 Luzern IMI
13 Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) Caux
14 International University in Geneva
15 Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

Top 35 best universities and colleges in Canada 2022

1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
4 University of Alberta
5 Simon Fraser University
6 Montreal University
7 University of Windsor
8 York University
9 University of Guelph
10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
12 University of Waterloo
13 Royal Roads University
14 Vancouver Film School
15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
16 University of Calgary
17 Dalhousie University
18 Fanshawe College
19 University of Ottawa
20 Laval University
21 Sheridan College
22 University of Regina
23 Brock University
24 Thompson Rivers University
25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27 Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2022

World University Rank US Rank University City State
2 1 Stanford University Stanford California
3 2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4 3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
5 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
7 5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
8 6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
9 7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
10 8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
12 9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
13 10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
15 11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
17 12 Columbia University New York City New York
19 13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
=20 14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
22 15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
24 16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
26 17 New York University New York City New York
28 18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
33 20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
38 21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
44 22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
48 23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
49 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
50 25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
53 26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
=54 27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
=56 28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
61 29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
=64 30 University of California, Davis Davis California
68 31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
=80 32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
=85 =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
=85 =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
90 35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
=94 36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
=98 37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
=101 38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
105 39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
=111 40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
=114 41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
117 42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
120 43 Georgetown University Washington D.C
=121 44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
=124 45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
=124 =45 Rice University Houston Texas
=131 47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
=133 48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
=140 49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
=147 50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Top 50 best universities in the UK 2022

1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 London School of Economics
5 Imperial College London
6 Loughborough
7 Durham
8 Lancaster
9 University of Bath
10 East Anglia (UEA)
11 University College London
12 Warwick
13 Exeter
14 Birmingham
15 Bristol
16 Edinburgh
17 Leeds
18 Manchester
19 Southampton
20 Glasgow
21 King's College London
22 Nottingham
23 York
24 Newcastle
25 Royal Holloway, University of London
26 East Anglia (UEA)
27 Aberdeen
28 Queen's University Belfast
29 Sheffield
30 Heriot-Watt
31 Cardiff
32 Dundee
33 Swansea
34 Liverpool
35 Surrey
36 Queen Mary, University of London
37 SOAS University of London
38 Leicester
39 Reading
40 Sussex
41 Essex
42 Harper Adams University
43 Aston
44 University for the Creative Arts
45 University of Stirling
46 Nottingham Trent
47 Kent
48 Arts University Bournemouth
49 Oxford Brookes
50 Lincoln
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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