Life of a Migrant Professor in New Zealand

This post is created by our writers to portray the summation of experience of our clients who have joined the New Zealand work force as professors.

There are many migrant professors in New Zealand who have come from all over the world. This is a blog post about my experiences as a migrant professor in New Zealand. I hope that by sharing my experiences, I can provide some insight into the life of a migrant professor in New Zealand.

What made you decide to leave your home country and come to New Zealand?

I grew up in a small village in my home country, and for most of my life I was content with living there. But as soon as I opened up to the idea of seeing the world beyond my childhood bubble, something inside me stirred, and I knew I had to leave. 

After doing a bit of research into what sort of places were available for me to live and work, New Zealand seemed like a perfect fit. The beautiful environment coupled with the amazing job opportunities excited me more than anything else; surely this island nation would be the perfect new home. And so I made arrangements to relocate, ready to make the biggest change of my life thus far. Leaving behind all that was familiar came with overwhelming moments of emotion yet also exhilarating ones, as I set forth on an adventure of a lifetime in this place called New Zealand.

How has the experience been so far, teaching at a university here in NZ?

Teaching at a university in New Zealand has been an experience that I'll always treasure. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the variety of students that I've had the privilege of teaching – it's been great to get to know so many bright, diverse minds. 

On top of that, I've been able to get hands-on with developing curriculum and researching material for courses, making each class unique and engaging. What's also wonderful is the readily available access to other brilliant professors who specialize in different fields, which has enabled me to learn as much as I'm teaching.

As far as New Zealand itself, I'm thankful that Auckland has provided such a welcoming vibe; this city makes it easy to foster relationships with colleagues and students alike. In short, my experience here so far has been extraordinary and rewarding in more ways than one!

What are the biggest differences between life in NZ and your home country?

I currently live in New Zealand, but my home country is the United States. The biggest difference I have noticed between the two cultures is that things seem to move much slower here. 

People don't always rush from place to place, and it isn't uncommon to stop for a chat with your neighbor or strangers in the street. In contrast, people in the US are more focused on getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible. 

Time management is also quite different here. Even though NZ is much smaller and companies don't often have strict protocols, people are just as productive-if not more so-thanks to a greater emphasis on efficiency and higher quality of output rather than quantity of hours worked. 

Lastly, people take better care of their environment compared to the US by engaging in eco-friendly practices like carpooling, recycling, and sustainable building techniques such as straw bale construction. While life may be different here than what I'm used to back home, it's definitely something I've grown accustomed to after some time spent living here in New Zealand!

Have you had any challenges adjusting to life in a new country, and if so, how did you overcome them?

Moving to a new country can be one of the most daunting experiences for anybody-but when I moved from Australia to New Zealand, I realized that this new challenge could also bring new opportunities.

I was excited to explore new places and meet new people, but at the same time I was anxious about not knowing anyone and struggling with a new culture and language.

Fortunately, these fears quickly subsided as I made new friends and embraced my new home. Despite some initial difficulties in navigating the new system of schooling and public transportation, I eventually settled into my routine. 

Over time, what had once been intimidating became familiar-words which sounded like gibberish were now being spoken naturally by me; walking around my new neighborhood no longer felt like being lost! Before long, New Zealand began to feel as if it had always been home. 

By keeping an open-minded attitude in the face of perplexing situations, I managed to find my way around in this new place and slowly carved out a life that felt comfortable and safe.  Overall, the experience taught me valuable lessons about flexibility, adaptability, and courage-all of which have proved invaluable in other areas of my life.

What advice would you give other migrant professors who are thinking of making the move to NZ?

Moving to New Zealand as a professor can be an exciting, yet daunting experience. The prospect of living and working in a new country can be intimidating, but it also brings the potential for fulfillment and growth. If you’re considering making the move, my advice is to do your research on the area you’re looking at. 

Make sure that you are confident that there’s enough employment opportunities in your field of expertise and make sure that there is an active research community within the university or college where you plan to work or study. 

Gather as much information as you can about visas and regulations-in most cases they will be quite different from what you were accustomed to previously. Network with other migrant professors before your arrival-these connections will help make the transition smoother. 

Above all, keep an open mind and make sure you are equipped with all the resources necessary to make the transition successful. With careful preparation and support, moving to New Zealand could be one of the best decisions of your life!


Teaching at a university in New Zealand has been an amazing experience. The people are friendly and welcoming, the scenery is beautiful, and the culture is fascinating.

I have had some challenges adjusting to life in a new country, but I was able to overcome them with the help of my friends and family here. If you are thinking of making the move to NZ, I would advise you to do your research beforehand and be prepared for some adjustments along the way. But ultimately, it will be worth it!

Seeking assistance from a licensed immigration adviser like Professional Visa Solutions will certainly give you peace of mind and help to ensure your application has the best chance of success. 

Check out the Professional Visa Solutions website for more information about their services, or contact a consultant today for tailored advice on how to make this life-changing move. Good luck!

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