New Zealand one of the friendliest countries to move to!

There’s much more to studying overseas than simply the quality or availability of a university course – you will be living in the country as well.  If you are considering university overseas, you’ve probably also wondered how easy it will be to settle in and make friends in the new country.

Well, luckily if you’ve chosen New Zealand as your university destination you will be pleased to hear that according to InterNations’ Expat Insider survey for 2016, people currently living there would rate it the fifth easiest country in the World to settle in to.

The Expat Insider survey was carried out online with a total of 14,272 expatriates taking part and ranking their new home countries on a wide range of different factors: quality of life; ease of settling in; family life; relationships & gender; and more. 

New Zealand came fifth in the overall ranking of expat’s favourite destinations, as well as fifth in the table of Ease of Settling In.  Sub categories included: Feeling Welcome; Friendliness; Finding Friends; and Language. If you want to read more about the Expat Insider survey you can find it here.

NZ only made fifth place in the Language rankings table in this survey, but don't worry because future students can improve their Kiwi with this handy guide by the Lonely Planet.

Remember, it’s normal to feel a bit homesick sometimes, no matter how friendly the locals are.  Victoria is from Portland, Oregon and studying at Massey University, she recently wrote this blog post about how she dealt with homesickness while studying overseas.

Finally, if you're keen to get your application to university in New Zealand started, contact a Study Options student advisor.

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