Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales – first hand immigrant stories about life in New Zealand, taken from locations around the net.
Many international students are attracted to New Zealand by relatively low fees and the prospect of gaining residency at the end of their studies. This story was taken from Expatexposed.com and in it an American student tells us what it’s really like to study in New Zealand:
I am a US student doing a graduate program here in NZ so listen to me when I say think long and hard about coming here. I have decided not to finish my program and go for a lesser degree because what I get for what I pay for just does not add up.
I have experienced constant internet outages on campus that interrupt my research, hostility from others because I am American, lack of concern by university staff when trying to find help for what may have been culture shock (they wanted me to wait 1 month to speak with a counselor), extremely cold, damp and dilapidated student flats that cost twice as much to rent as they do in most of the states, insane food prices etc etc.
As far as crime goes I feel that there is less violent crime then in the US(less guns) but I sure have wanted to pop a few folks in the lip for the way I have been treated. My first week here I was physically assaulted at a bar. I walked away and then 4 guys I did not know proceeded to beat the hell out of 3 other guys, one of whom was they guy who assaulted me. It seems like fighting is contagious here, but this is the only time I witnessed anything like this.
Overall I feel like my quality of life has been greatly reduced. I cannot afford to buy new cloths and other than fast food can not afford to go out to eat. Such is the life of a student in New Zealand.
If you have about $20,000 USD a year just to cover your living expenses you may have a better experience but if you on planning on taking out student loans, as I did, you will struggle and your studies may be effected. Think about trying to study when it is 40 degrees F in your room, it does not work.
I have met some nice people here but most of them have not been Kiwi, and the ones that are have lived overseas at some point. If you really want to study overseas I would try Europe.
Students Raise Concerns Over Halls – Students worried about appalling living conditions at hall of residence.
International Students “Only Seen as Cash Cows“ – ““International students are worth $2 billion annually to the economy. “If you want to put it crudely, they are seen only as cash cows,” said Professor Manying Ip, a professor of Asian studies at Auckland University”