5 factors you might miss out when choosing to study abroad in New Zealand
The kiwi land is certainly a beautiful country and has stunning sceneries all over. It is a gorgeous country as documented by the various Hollywood, Bollywood and many other films that have been shot there. But, here are 5 factors you might miss out if you choose to study abroad in New Zealand.
Economy of New Zealand
The primary factor that comes to mind is the economy of this nation. Although gorgeous as a country, used for shooting films in several languages produced in various parts of the world, this country does not offer much in terms of a thriving economy. The nation’s economy mostly depends on tourism and does not offer other opportunities in pursuing skills in various fields of knowledge which might become challenging if you study abroad in New Zealand.
One of the factors you might miss out when choosing to study abroad in New Zealand is the diversity of its population.The majority of the population in this country is home grown white European based crowd or the few Maori locals who’ve been the original inhabitants of the land. One might occasionally come across Indians and Chinese when it comes to foreigners in the commercial capital of the country, Auckland. Apart from them, you rarely come across other foreign nationals. But the natives are welcoming, loving and this less diversity of population might not be a major problem.
The other factor to consider when you are planning to study abroad in New Zealand is food. The foriegn students would have to stick mostly to Kiwi cuisine due to the limited food options in New Zealand. The country is situated far away from every other major nation on the planet, making it difficut to acquire cooking ingredients for students who would like to explore their hands in culinary skills. Though the local food is delicious and yummy, you are bound to miss the tastes you have grown-up with. If studying in this country is your dream, then this should not be a major factor stopping you from living it.
Time and weather
Getting used to the time difference is a big challenge for most students who’d like to study here. This island nation is based in the southern hemisphere whereas most nations are up north which causes the weather to change completely from what they’re used to. Up north, summers are usually between the months of April and July and winters are between the months of October and February but here the weather cycle acts exactly the opposite way and interchanges seasonal timings. But the winters are mild around 10ºC and summers are warm around 25ºC making it a temperate climate and adaptable to the students.
New Zealand is a small island nation and the opportunity to travel around to other countries is very little, as it is far away from other countries. The only other country which you could fly to, is Australia, which isn’t a particularly exciting prospect, as few incidents of racism have been reported earlier. 23 incidents which involved “racial overtones” like “anti-Indian” remarks were reported by the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry in Australia in 2009. However, multiple surveys of international students in 2009-10 found that the majority of Indian students felt safe in Australia. Therefore, students usually travel within the country which is tiny, yet gorgeous and has plenty of mountains and beaches to explore.
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I hope this article gave you an idea on the factors to consider, if you are planning to study abroad in New Zealand. If you are interested in studying in New Zealand, you can find the scholarship details for Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., Post Doc Here.
Credits: Chaitanya Akula shares us his experiences on living and studying in New Zealand while pursuing his bachelor’s in Film studies in Wellington.
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