New Zealand is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two main Islands as well as a number of smaller ones. The principal Islands are the North and South Islands which are separated by the Cook Strait.
North Island has a mountainous center with many hot springs and volcanic peaks. South Island is much more mountainous with the Southern Alps, which has some 350 glaciers, running across the length of the Island. Much of the lowlands are broken and hilly while plains are not prominent on either Island.
New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so January and February are the warmest months, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August, and spring runs from September to November.
The climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The weather varies a lot between different regions – the far north is subtropical while the south gets icy wind straight from Antarctica. The far north of the country has an average temperature of about 15°C, while the Deep South has a cooler 9°C average.
New Zealand does not have a large temperature range, lacking the extremes that are found in most continental climates. However, the weather can change unexpectedly — as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in.
International students who wish to study in New Zealand must prove their English language aptitude. Students should contact the admissions office at each school to find out which tests are accepted. The following tests may be accepted:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
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