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Expat Teachers and Academics have it good

“Enjoy the professional challenges of world ranked education system, combined with a lifestyle you won’t find elsewhere,” so says New Zealand’s immigration portal New Zealand Now.

Expat Teachers And Academics Have It Good

Professional satisfaction

New Zealand offers an excellent education system. For example, in what the UK’s BBC called the “biggest ever global school rankings”, the OECD in 2015 put us comfortably in the top 20 nations for the quality of our schools.

New Zealand Now also claims that their teenagers perform above the OECD average for reading literacy, maths and sciences, and all eight of our universities come in among the top 500 QS World University Rankings for 2015/16.


To top it off over 90% of expat parents in the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey said the quality of New Zealand education is the same or even better (50%) than at home. Nearly 70% of them say their children are more well-rounded and confident from their time spent living in New Zealand.

Teaching in an education sector that is admired internationally - and in fact attracts over 93,000 students annually from overseas countries, making education our fifth biggest export earner.

New Zealand ranks well in the BBC Global School Rankings

Internationally High School students from New Zealand performed exceptionally well when tested against their peers – placing New Zealand High School Graduates as the 17th academically strongest country in the world.

The OCED Better Life Index: New Zealand also offer a great lifestyle

New Zealand performs well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. New Zealand ranks at the top in health status. It ranks above the average in environmental quality, civic engagement, personal security, housing, subjective well-being, education and skills, and jobs and earnings, but below average in income and wealth.

In New-Zealand, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD 23 815 a year, less than the OECD average of USD 25 908 a year.

Good education and skills are important requisites for finding a job and are also considered in this OECD survey. In New-Zealand, 74% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, close to the OECD average of 75%.

The quality of the country’s educational system is top with the average student scoring 509 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This score is higher than the OECD average of 497.

Visa options

There are various types of visas that you may be eligible to apply for. Work visas are for a temporary stay in New Zealand, but some can lead to residence. Resident visas, such as the Skilled Migrant Category, allow you to stay indefinitely and enjoy more of our state-funded public services. Speak to a trained and experienced immigration consultant about your New Zealand Visa options.


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