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New Zealand International Student Stati…

New Zealand International Student Statistics

Since New Zealand is an English-speaking country, it attracts international students from all over the world to study abroad for a semester, a year, or longer. There was a decline of 23.3% in international student enrollment due to COVID-19 from 2020 to 2021. The number of international students continued to decrease by 13.7% from 2021 to 2022.

Quick Summary

  • The latest data provided by the Ministry of Education on international student enrollment shows that there are 33,705 international students in higher education institutions in New Zealand.
  • With a total of 8,470 students, the University of Auckland is the university with the highest number of international students in New Zealand.
  • According to the latest statistics, more female than male international students are enrolled in higher education institutions, with 17,210 female students and 16,425 male students.
  • The most popular field of study among international students in New Zealand is Management and Commerce, with a total of 10,325 students.
  • There are 24,600 international students enrolled in Universities, 5,055 in Te Pūkenga (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics), 4,185 in Private Training Establishments, and only 15 in Wānanga institutions.
  • Wānanga is a public tertiary institution in New Zealand for those who wish to study in the Māori culture, hence the small number of international students enrolled.

Historical International Student Statistics in New Zealand

  • According to the latest statistics, there are 33,705 international students in New Zealand.
  • The peak of international student enrollment in New Zealand occurred in 2016, with 62,805 students in higher education institutions.
  • From 2015 to 2020, the number of international students in New Zealand decreased by 17.3% and continued to drop by 33.8% in 2022.
  • From 2000 to 2005, the number of international students increased by 185.3%.
  • Whereas from 2005 to 2010, there was a slight decrease of 3.5% in international student enrollment.
  • An increase of 11.6% in international student enrollment occurred between 2010 and 2020, from 45,630 to 50,965 students.

*The data below includes international students enrolled in these institutions: Universities, Te Pūkenga (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics), Private Training establishments, and Wānanga.

Year International Students
2022 33,705
2021 39,075
2020 50,965
2019 60,705
2018 61,110
2017 61,450
2016 62,805
2015 61,680
2014 54,040
2013 48,065
2012 47,460
2011 48,055
2010 45,630
2009 43,415
2008 39,810
2007 40,120
2006 42,775
2005 47,305
2004 50,425
2003 47,135
2002 38,360
2001 26,230
2000 16,580

Top Universities For International Students in New Zealand

The table below shows the number of international students enrolled in public universities in New Zealand in 2022.

  • The majority of international students in New Zealand are enrolled in the University of Auckland, a total of 8,470 students.
  • On the other hand, according to the most recent data, Te Wānanga O Aotearoa has not admitted any international students in 2022.
  • There are only 10 international students enrolled in Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiarangi and 5 international students enrolled in Te Wānanga O Raukawa.
Universities International Students
University of Auckland 8,470
Massey University 3,925
Auckland University of Technology 3,460
University of Waikato 2,665
Victoria University of Wellington 2,135
University of Canterbury 1,785
University of Otago 1,620
Eastern Institute of Technology 990
Lincoln University 625
Otago Polytechnic 595
Unitec New Zealand 540
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology 375
Unitec New Zealand 610
Manukau Institute of Technology 360
Waikato Institute of Technology 345
Southern Institute of Technology 330
Ara Institute of Canterbury 320
Western Institute of Technology Taranaki 255
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand 205
Nelson Marlborough Inst of Technology 200
Universal College of Learning 190
Whitireia Community Polytechnic 125
Wellington Institute of Technology 100
Northland Polytechnic 95
Tai Poutini Polytechnic 50
Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiarangi 10
Te Wānanga O Raukawa 5
Te Wānanga O Aotearoa No International Students

International Students in New Zealand by Gender and Age

  • There are 17,210 female international students enrolled in higher education institutions in New Zealand.
  • Whereas there are 16,425 male international students in universities of New Zealand.
  • 0.4% of female and male international student enrollment are under 18 years old.
  • Of the total female international students in New Zealand, 8.1% belong to the 18-19 age group, whereas 7.3% of male students belong to the same age group.
  • In the age group of 20-24, there are 8,015 female international students, which makes for 46.5% of the total female student enrollment.
  • Whereas there are 8,165 male international students in the same age group of 20-24 or 49.7% of the total male student enrollment.
  • 38.4% of the total female international students are 25-39, whereas 37.1% of male students belong to the same age group.
  • Of the total 2,000 international students that are aged 40+, 1,105 are female, and 890 are male international students.

International Students in New Zealand by Field of Study

  • The most popular field of study among international students in New Zealand is Management and Commerce, with a total of 10,325 students.
  • With 6,360 students, the field of Society and Culture comes second among the most popular study field for international students.
  • Information Technology is ranked third for the most popular study field among international students, with 4,500 students, followed by Natural and Physical Sciences, with 4,390 international students.
  • Another popular field of study for international students in New Zealand is Engineering and Related Technologies, with 3,240 students.
  • There are 2,540 international students enrolled in higher education institutions who are studying in the field of Health.
  • Creative Arts is also popular amongst international students in New Zealand, with a total of 2,000 students enrolled.
  • Other popular majors that international students choose in New Zealand are Education with 1,980 students, Architecture and Building (960), Food, hospitality, and personal services (415); and 300 international students are enrolled in other mixed-field programs.

International Students in New Zealand by Institution Type

  • There are 24,600 or 72.9% of international students enrolled in Universities in New Zealand.
  • On the other hand, 5,055, or 14.9% of the total international students enrolled in Te Pūkenga (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics).
  • 4,185 or 12.4% of international students are enrolled in Private Training Establishments, and only 15 or 0.04% of international students are enrolled in Wānanga institutions.

International Students in Management and Commerce by Institution Type

According to the latest statistics, the table below shows the number of international students in 2021 enrolled in Management and Commerce, divided by the institution type in New Zealand.

*Wānanga is a public tertiary institution in New Zealand for those who wish to study in the Māori culture.

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 1,350
Universities 8,290
Private Training Establishments 715
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Society and Culture by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 460
Universities 4,615
Private Training Establishments 1,285
Wānanga 15

International Students in Information Technology by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 915
Universities 3,265
Private Training Establishments 335
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Natural and Physical Sciences by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 225
Universities 4,165
Private Training Establishments No international students
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Engineering and Related Technologies by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 510
Universities 2,465
Private Training Establishments 265
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Health by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 755
Universities 1,370
Private Training Establishments 420
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Education by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 135
Universities 1,040
Private Training Establishments 810
Wānanga 5

International Students in Creative Arts by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 195
Universities 1,660
Private Training Establishments 145
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Architecture and Building by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 415
Universities 540
Private Training Establishments 5
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Food, Hospitality, and Personal Services by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 175
Universities 40
Private Training Establishments 200
Wānanga No international students

International Students in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga Establishmentsstitute of Skills and Technology) 70
Universities, 390
Private Training Establishments, 160
Wānanga, No international students

International Students in Other Mixed Field Programs by Institution Type

Institution Type International Students
Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) 90
Universities 195
Private Training Establishments 20
Wānanga No international students