Studying abroad not only opens the door to a vast number of opportunities but also allows you to witness different cultural backgrounds, ethics, and continents. When you meet new people from different countries there is an exchange of culture, relationships and most importantly affection. This is what makes you miss very little of your home and appreciate more of this host country. Yes, it may seem a little difficult to start off now but four years from now you would thank the present decision you made to experience all the fun and life lessons.

While there are so many countries offering different courses for different domains, New Zealand with its unique biodiversity and beautiful landscape provides an ideal experience because the country’s hospitality is unmatched yet. It may be weird to leave your home country, but this country would definitely welcome you with open arms, warm smiles, and great opportunities.

Before planning what you would like to pursue in this friendly country, read below the do’s and don’ts for international students in New Zealand. Let’s begin with the good parts.


1. Experience more than just academics

It is fascinating to see the world through the eyes of somebody else. Be socially active, interact with your professors and take up outdoor activities. Experience the best of what this country can offer you. Volunteer at some social organizations and you might just earn some extra credit that could benefit your academics as well. Some universities offer programs like “buddy systems” that inculcate a sense of unity among students from different cultural backgrounds.

2. Always work part-time

Take things easy, you do not need to look for a job as soon as you land. When you’ve comfortably settled in, apply for some part-time jobs and give interviews. Look for jobs that support you financially but also are somewhat linked to what you are studying. Do short-term internships and freelancing to add more to your experience.

3. Look for a safe neighborhood

It's better to choose accommodation within your campus if your university offers it because it makes things easier. If it doesn't, look for safe neighborhoods and not necessarily expensive or large ones.Plan your accommodation in such a way that you won’t have trouble in your everyday travel.

4. Plan monthly budgets

Living abroad can be expensive for a student. Always plan your monthly budgets even before landing, you can plan out for the coming months or more. Save up for travel because you do not want to skip out on exploring this beautiful land.


1. Don't Negotiate too much

When you’re around a bunch of new people you need to be cautious but not scared. Always be kind to the people around you and avoid negotiating unless it is for the right thing. It’s better to always say “thank you” and show gratitude when you ask somebody for something.

2. Maintain distance in crowded places

New Zealanders are generally very friendly but they also like to have things in a particular order that makes everything easy for everyone. Maintain distance when you are around a lot of people. An arm’s distance is generally considered good to avoid invading someone's personal space.

3. Take good care of your documents

Well, it's always good to take important care of your documents regardless of the country you’re studying in. Take proper care of important documents both physically and digitally. Maintain a calendar to keep notes of the important deadlines and always carry the necessary documents whenever required.

4. Don't be late to important places

It's always considered a disregard for time and effort. Try being on time for your lectures and important meetings. If you’re working part-time, manage your schedule well to adjust to everything. Leave for your job early and always try to make a good expression.

Just keep these points in mind and live a fulfilling life in your dream country - New Zealand

Rishika Jain 1 year ago
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