Study in New Zealand

The islands of New Zealand are famed for their natural beauty, with sprawling forests and turquoise fjords hemmed in by snow-capped mountains. They have provided the background for numerous films, most notably Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. New Zealanders have a reputation for sporting prowess. The All Blacks rugby team are feared not just for their skill, but as terrifying opponents with the ferocity of their pre-game chant, the haka, adopted from the war cries of the indigenous Maori people. New Zealand’s wine may have more of an international reputation than its cuisine, but it has an enviable wealth of seafood. Grilling fish over hot rocks is a traditional, and delicious, New Zealand cooking method. The capital, Auckland, is consistently ranked as one of the top three cities in the world for quality of life. The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology are both based in the city, within easy reach of beaches, rainforests and hot springs. To the south is the city known as New Zealand’s 'cultural capital”: Wellington. With its historic architecture, museums, cafés and theatres, Wellington has attracted a dedicated hipster population. Unsurprisingly, Wellington’s Victoria University is well known for its studies in humanities, but also for law.

New Zealand is famously one of the most picturesque countries in the world, and is also home to some of the most vibrant towns and cities on earth. This combination of beautiful scenery (with the country’s breath-taking South Island used as the backdrop to much of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films) and cosmopolitan urban living makes the country a hugely popular place to be a student.

Its biggest city, Auckland, consistently performs well in rankings of the best cities in which to live, and also hosts some of the country’s most well-known universities, including the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, and Massey University.

The second biggest city, Wellington, is known as the country’s cultural capital, making its universities (including Victoria University of Wellington) popular among those with a love of the arts. Sport lovers also won’t be disappointed, since the country has a passion for rugby, cricket and, more recently, football.

New Zealand also boasts an enviable reputation for producing fine wines. Many experts believe the country is home to the finest sauvignon blanc on the planet, while it also produces high quality red wines. Famous sons and daughters of New Zealand include actor Russell Crowe, physicist Ernest Rutherford and writers Janet Frame and Katherine Mansfield.

If you want to study in New Zealand, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

New Zealand has 8 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in New Zealand is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of New Zealand below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where New Zealand’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much New Zealand is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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Eleven universities in Australia and New Zealand are counted among the best 250 in the world.

Browse the top-ranked universities in New Zealand

Click a university to view more information and to browse its full World University Rankings profile

Top universities in New Zealand

Statistics about New Zealand

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 17.83%
  • Of which, on higher education 24.95%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 80.88%
  • Population 4,595,700
  • Unemployment 5.6%
  • Annual GDP 3.39%
Data source: The World Bank