Studying in New Zealand is an attractive proposition for many students.
It offers top law schools based in a spectacular living environment boasting an abundance of extra-curricular activities, extreme sports and an envious outdoors lifestyle. In fact there is so much available to do in New Zealand when you have a chance to relax outside of your studies.
Here we take a look at six super reasons why you should study your LLM program in New Zealand.
Excellent International Reputation
New Zealand has an excellent international academic record with many of its law schools being ranked highly in international rankings. Six law schools in New Zealand future within the top 500 law schools globally, with the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago all placing within the top 100. This means that by studying your LLM program in New Zealand you will be getting an excellent legal education from a Common Law country, and if you wish to return home this will be particularly useful if your home is another Common Law country.
Attractive to International Students
Many international students come to New Zealand to study from other Pacific nations as well as from Australia. Students from India and China particularly find New Zealand an attractive place to study, as do students from English speaking countries. As an international student, you will be in good company and find plenty of other international students to explore New Zealand with while you settle in.
Percentage of International Students by Home Nation in 2017
The total number of international students in New Zealand in 2017 was 107,000 – here is a breakdown of where they came from.
New Zealand has a famously welcoming and open culture. Invitations for BBQs (or Hangis) or drinks after lectures will come thick and fast. Many people in New Zealand will have travelled, especially before and after university, so they may be familiar with your home country. People in New Zealand enjoy sports, especially cricket and rugby, and most social occasions will be accompanied by drinking beers or enjoying the local wine, but if you don't drink, you shouldn't worry as there is no pressure to drink if you don't want to!
English Language Tuition
Being taught your LLM program in the English language is one of the major reasons New Zealand is so popular with many international students. Most of the Pacific island nations will have English speaking legal systems, as do countries like India, and this makes studying an LLM in New Zealand particularly popular. Chinese and other international students are attracted by the chance to become fluent in English and gain an internationally recognised qualification from an English speaking institution.
Benefits of International Study
Of course, international study has benefits in itself. You will learn a great deal about yourself and the lifestyle you will want to have while you are working on your career. If you are a native English speaker, then you're not really going to get the chance to learn another international language in New Zealand as Maori is only spoken in New Zealand. But, you will learn how another culture functions and learn to question the customs of your own legal system.
Global Future Career
By mixing and meeting your fellow students in New Zealand, and networking with professionals you meet and the academic staff of your law school you will build an international network of colleagues and contacts. You will be able to use this to build a career with a global focus.