How good is New Zealand for psychology

Study in New Zealand

There is hardly a more suitable travel destination for the wanderlust than New Zealand: around 18,400 kilometers as the crow flies lie between Germany and the small island nation in the South Pacific. No country is further away from Germany than New Zealand. Anyone who undertakes the 23-hour flight will notice that on the other side of the world a lot looks familiar and yet is different.

The coastal landscapes of the two main New Zealand islands are reminiscent of Scandinavia in many places. However, the ocean shines turquoise blue here and the waves lap on sandy beaches with a Caribbean feel. The mountain lakes and spruce forests of the New Zealand Alps are also reminiscent of their European counterparts. However, there are also green rainforests, smoking volcanoes and hot springs in these mountains. All landforms in the world appear mixed together in New Zealand and come together on just 270 square kilometers to create something spectacularly new.

In fact, the isolated location of the New Zealand islands and the prevailing temperate to subtropical climate have one unique flora and fauna spawned. Examples of this are the flightless kiwi bird or the gigantic kauri trees that can grow up to fifty meters high.

The mentality of around 4.4 million people is just as unique as nature Kiwi fruitas the people of New Zealand call themselves. They are known for their helpfulness, friendliness and always appear relaxed. This can also be felt in the cities of the country: Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton and even the Capital Wellington are characterized by their relaxed attitude towards life and a multicultural, young atmosphere that is second to none. Studying in New Zealand makes it possible to experience this unique atmosphere up close.

University landscape in New Zealand

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Always at the forefront in international rankings: studying in New Zealand offers pure nature and top universities.

According to various surveys and studies, New Zealand is one of the most livable countries on earth. It regularly lands at the top of the global wealth indices. The decisive factor for this is not only the scenic beauty and the relaxed mentality of the Kiwi fruit: New Zealand is known for having one of the best education systems in the world to dispose of.

In fact, all eight universities in the country are in the prestigious QS World Top 500 University Rankings listed. Reasons for this are the internationally recognized research work, the great practical relevance of the study programs and the close supervision of the students.

The There is a wide range of subjects to study in New Zealand. Study programs in the fields of biotechnology, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences and engineering enjoy a high international reputation. Unlike in Germany, New Zealand universities do not offer all degree programs nationwide. They each have their own research and teaching focus, for example on medicine, law or engineering.

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Figure: German students abroad 2012 (New Zealand), source: Federal Statistical Office

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

In addition to the classic universities, there is in New Zealand 18 state Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). These colleges offer both professional and academic study programs at. The focus is on technical courses, like engineering or computer science.

At many Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics however, other degrees can also be obtained, for example in the fields of design, nursing or social sciences. The study programs are strongly geared towards later professional practice and often include Internships or practical phases. The lecturers usually also have experience in the private sector.


The three are also unique Wānanga in New Zealand. These are universities whose study programs focus on language, culture and the Knowledge of Māori are based. The courses on offer range from courses in Business administration via bachelor programs in Environmental Studies. Of Māori Performing Arts through to master’s and Ph.D. programs in the areas Indigenous Studies or Māori Studies.

Private universities in New Zealand

If you want to study in New Zealand, you can do so at approximately 700 private institutions that offer a large number of study programs. In addition to certificates and diplomas, students can also acquire academic degrees here during their studies abroad. When choosing one private college it is important to make sure that the Internationally recognized degrees and the study programs are officially accredited.

Study system in New Zealand

The Studied in New Zealand or New Zealand's study system is strongly based on the Anglo-Saxon model. It is mainly characterized by its high flexibility and permeability and is similar in some respects to studying in Australia.

Undergraduate Studies in New Zealand

In the undergraduate area, students in New Zealand initially acquire one within three years professional bachelor's degree. Afterwards there is the possibility to do one within a further year Honors Degree to acquire. Requirements for admission to Bachelor of Honors are good to very good academic achievements. It lasts one year and serves to specialize in the bachelor's degree.

(Post-) Graduate Studies in New Zealand

To the Bachelor of Honors a one-year master’s degree in New Zealand can be added. The focus there is usually on research.

On the other hand, it is possible to start a one to two-year master’s program with a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the subject, these programs are structured differently:

Master by Coursework

It mainly consists of attending courses and seminars. The students graduate in eighteen, and sometimes even twelve, months.

Master by ResearchAdvanced Master

The master’s degree usually takes two years. It prepares students for doctoral studies. Accordingly, the focus is on writing a largely independently carried out research work.

In addition, New Zealand also offers Masters courses that take one year Coursework and a year Research are divided.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The highest degree awarded by universities in New Zealand is the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). It takes at least three years, during which the students work on a comprehensive research project and then write a doctoral thesis.

Other New Zealand degrees

In addition to the internationally recognized Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees, New Zealand universities offer other specific degrees.

in the Undergraduate area there is, for example, the possibility of completing a New Zealand study within one to two academic years Certificate or a New Zealand one Diploma to acquire. Although these degrees are considered professional qualifications in New Zealand, they are not an internationally recognized university degree.

in the Graduate area there is the option of one within a year Graduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Diploma to acquire. Here the students deepen their knowledge from the undergraduate area and specialize. These diplomas are also not recognized as recognized degrees in Germany. However, they definitely represent an additional qualification on the labor market.

Study requirements in New Zealand

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A tour through the "Windy City": Anyone studying in New Zealand's capital should not miss a ride in the Wellington Cable Car.

The New Zealand universities decide autonomously which applicants they accept for studies. Get all the information you need from the university to which you want to apply. This is the only way you can be sure that nothing goes wrong with your application. Generally they are Requirements for studying abroad in New Zealand similar to other anglophone countries.

Bachelor in New Zealand

For a bachelor's degree in New Zealand, universities usually expect that High School and one Proof of sufficient knowledge of English. Incidentally, this applies to international applicants for all courses. Proof is provided by standardized tests such as the TOEFL or the IELTS.

Master and PH.D. in New Zealand

Who one Master's degree would like to study in New Zealand, must have a bachelor's degree or, alternatively, a master's degree or diploma degree. To begin doctoral studies in New Zealand, applicants must have a master’s degree. In some cases, the old master’s or diploma degrees are sufficient; However, this is decided by the respective New Zealand university in individual cases.

Transfer Bachelor

The so-called Transfer Bachelor This allows study achievements already made in Germany to be credited towards the Bachelor's degree in New Zealand and to acquire the Bachelor's degree there.


  • The German course content corresponds to that at the New Zealand university
  • Foreign students spend at least half of their time in New Zealand

Study Abroad New Zealand

A Study Abroad-Program in New Zealand is ideal for those who only want to spend a semester or two abroad in New Zealand. Here, the students can freely choose their course, regardless of subject and semester, from the entire range of the New Zealand university. Since it is only about one or two semesters without a degree, the Application is much easier than for a full degree. Applicants must have the Abitur or advanced technical college entrance qualification and sufficient knowledge of English. In addition, some universities are already betting one year of study experience at a university in your home country.

Costs and financing of studying in New Zealand

The New Zealand universities generally levy Tuition fee. These are significantly higher for international students during their studies in New Zealand than for their local fellow students, as the study places for New Zealand students are subsidized through taxpayers' money. A The Ph.D. programs are an exception. Here New Zealand students have the same expenses as their international fellow students. Depending on the university and subject, the bachelor's and master's programs can be expected to cost NZ $ 24,000 to NZ $ 36,000 per academic year for most degree programs. Some Masters programs are even more expensive.

The cost of living in New Zealand varies from region to region. Basically, you should plan to spend between NZ $ 1,200 and NZ $ 1,700 per month.

There are several options for international students to finance their studies in New Zealand. The easiest way to finance Study Abroad-Students. Under certain conditions, you are entitled to benefits under the BAföG abroad. This grants the students up to EUR 4,600 Grant towards tuition fees for a maximum of one year and more Airfare and living expenses subsidies.

There is also the possibility of applying for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or from various organizations and foundations. New Zealand universities and the New Zealand government also award Scholarships to international students. There are particularly many offers for doctoral students. Those who cannot get hold of a scholarship can fulfill their dream of studying in New Zealand by taking out a student or education loan with low interest rates.

New Zealand visa and entry requirements

International students who are studying in New Zealand for more than three months need a student visa. The application should be at least five weeks before departure online or at Visa Application Center (VAC) in Hamburg. For the visa you need

  • a "Confirmation of Enrollment / Offer of Place"New Zealand University
  • proof of sufficient financial means for the time in New Zealand
  • a valid passport
  • a return ticket
  • a transcript from your home university
  • 163 euros for the processing fee

The student visa includes a Work permit, with which international students can work up to 20 hours per week during the semester. Full-time employment is also possible during the semester break.

In addition to the visa, you need one Travel and Health insurance. Both insurance companies are in New Zealand required by law. The New Zealand government's guidelines for insurance benefits are relatively strict. It is therefore the easiest way to get an insurance recommended by the New Zealand university. The cost of this is around NZ $ 600 a year.

It may be cheaper to get insurance in Germany. Make sure that insurance is in line with New Zealand government guidelines. No specific vaccinations are required for New Zealand. Nevertheless, it is advisable to have one in good time before departure Travel medic to seek out at least the most important vaccinations to be refreshed.