New Zealand is a small island nation at the bottom of the South Pacific, and a country with so much to offer. The islands stretch from north to south providing magnificent and fast-changing natural scenery, from golden sand beaches to volcanoes, snow capped mountains and glaciers to bubbling mud pools. Crazy adventure activities abound (commercial bungy jumps and zorbing were invented here), and hiking is a must with nearly a third of New Zealand’s land being dedicated to national parks and reserves.

New Zealand’s relaxed and much-loved sporting culture is something that anyone can get involved in. Rugby, skiing, surfing, cricket... there is an activity out there for everyone.

New Zealand is a fantastic place to study. It is a safe, English-speaking country with course options that cater to most majors. Environmental science, marine science and geology students choose NZ for the experiential opportunities but there is also a wide variety of excellent courses available across all disciplines. New Zealand is also a proudly bicultural country and many students opt to take courses in Māori language or culture.

More than anything, the best part about studying in New Zealand is the friendly, open, relaxed attitude of the people and the unique Kiwi sense of humor.

Being able to leave my comfort zone at home and school to travel and study in New Zealand was an invaluable experience. ”

Kelly Donmoyer

Villanova University Student, University of Auckland

  • Arcadia established our New Zealand programs in 2001. We cater to a wide range of academic and personal student goals with direct enroll programs in four New Zealand universities. We also offer our own Arcadia activities, including volunteer work and multi-day trips in the outdoors. Students are housed where possible with Kiwi students and are soon ordering ‘fush n chups’ at the local takeaway.


  • As a student with Arcadia, you will be supported by our trained staff who will show you aspects of this surprising country on excursions and through a variety of activities. You will be challenged to think differently about yourself and your studies, and to fully engage with the land’s spectacular environment and intriguing people.

Programs Available in New Zealand

Getting Ready To Apply

You’ve found your program… now it’s time to apply. Our Student Services team will answer any questions you may have throughout the application process.

How to Apply


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