Study In New Zealand

New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa, in its native language of Maori, is situated in the Pacific Ocean with Queenstown considered as the adventure capital of the world. With its breathtaking beauty and balanced city life it makes a wonderful destination for tourists and students alike. Being a part of the British colony, sports play a major role in the diversity of New Zealand with Rugby being the national sport. Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland are the most populated cities in New Zealand with the latter being the most popular among them.


                                 ‘There is a purity in New Zealand,Its actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore”

                                                                              –        Elijah Wood

Why New Zealand ?

New Zealand has several types of higher education institutions: universities, colleges, private institutions and polytechnics. There are 8 universities in New Zealand, which all offer high quality education. All 8 of these universities are ranked within the QS World University Ranking top 500. The highest ranked is the University of Auckland, which is in 82nd place, followed by the University of Otago in 151st place.

  • Students who’ve studied abroad in New Zealand often fall short of words to describe the beauty of this country. It is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty that extends to all its universities’ campuses too. Studying in New Zealand is nothing short of an extended vacation.
  • All the programs offered by the state-funded universities in New Zealand go through stringent quality checks. All non-university education programs need to be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), a New Zealand government organization responsible for quality control. In fact, you won’t get a student visa if the course you’re planning to pursue in New Zealand is not approved by a quality assurance body like NZQA.
  • According to Chris Whelan, the executive director of Universities New Zealand, after graduation 97% of the students get employed and 90% of them get into job profiles that are relevant to the course they’ve pursued.
  • The cost of studying in New Zealand is much less compared to countries offering same programs. The tuition fee + cost of living for New Zealand is cheaper than popular study abroad destinations like the US, UK, Australia, Singapore,Hong Kong, Switzerland (2015 research by FAIRFX currency exchange.)

One great advantage to studying in New Zealand is the unique approach to education. Students are encouraged to think as an individual and find their own solutions, which is how many develop unique strengths and ideas whilst studying in the country.

You are able to study in New Zealand at all of the traditional levels; undergraduate (bachelor’s), postgraduate (master’s) and doctoral (PhD). There are options to gain specific qualifications, such as Graduate Diplomas and Honours. These types of study generally last one year.

Cost of Studying & Cost of Living

The tuition fees to study in New Zealand range from NZ$ 20000 to NZ$ 75000 (INR 9,73,838 – 36,51,893).

 International students can expect to pay between $22,000 and $32,000 for a bachelor’s degree, and between $26,000 and $37,000 for a postgraduate course. However, if you choose a course such as medicine, engineering or veterinary science, your fees are likely to be higher. 

If you have a student visa, you are able to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time out of term time. Students completing Masters by Research or PhD are able to work full time throughout their studies, including term time. $100 to $200 a week for accommodation, which will depend on the place you are staying.

As in any country, some cities are more affordable than others. Auckland and Wellington are the most expensive cities to live in New Zealand, although they are both nonetheless ranked as more affordable than cities such as New York and London in Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey. You can expect to spend around NZ$200-350 (~US$135-235) on rent and NZ$100-150 (~US$67-100) on groceries per week in Auckland. The main accommodation options are the halls of residence at your university, private rental, and homestays, in which you’d live with a local family and have your meals included in the rent.

Exams Required

The IELTS academic and general training tests are used to assess reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in non-native English speakers. The IELTS, which takes about three hours to complete, is primarily taken by prospective university students and applicants for immigration visas. The IELTS is a paper-and-pencil examination in which answers are filled in by hand. Each section of the exam contains a variety of exercises and question types.

f you are a international student looking to study in a university in an English speaking country, then you may need to take a TOEFL test. TOEFL is an acronym of the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which is the official name for the test. It assesses your ability to both speak and understand English by analysing your English ability in terms of reading, speaking, listening and writing. These are all skills which will be needed to carry out your academic studies and the test is used by institutions to ensure students are able to proceed and succeed on their chosen course in a country where the curriculum is taught in English.

The requirements vary between study programs and levels. For each course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement (IELTS / TOEFL / PTE).

  • For Bachelors: minimum 6.0 in IELTS / 79 in TOEFL / 50 in PTE
  • For Postgraduate: minimum 6.5 in IELTS / 88 in TOEFL / 58 in PTE

For Bachelor programs, students need a minimum academic record of 65 – 80% and above in Class XII. For postgraduate programs, students a minimum of 55 – 70% in Bachelors.  2 – 3 years of work experience is required for MBA programs.

GRE / GMAT is not mandatory to study in New Zealand.

Best Courses to Study in New Zealand

  • Animation
  • Engineering (Chemical, Geotechnical, Mechanical, Electrical-Electronics, Civil)
  • Medicine
  • Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • IT and Computer Science
  • Agriculture
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Nursing
  • Health care
  • Business studies & management
  • Finance
  • Logistics
  • Sports management

Application Deadlines
Application deadlines for degree programs in New Zealand vary according to the semester in which a course begins:

  • For a Masters beginning in semester one (February-June) .
  • For a Masters beginning in semester two (July-November) .

 Visas to study in New Zealand

If you’re planning to study in New Zealand for more than three months, you need to apply for a student visa (for less than three months, a visitor visa is fine). New Zealand student visa requirements include:

  • Proof of an offer of a place at an approved institution
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living expenses (at least NZ$15,000 per year, which is around US$10,100) and a flight back to your home country
  • Passport and two recent passport-sized photos if you use a paper application form, or one photo if you apply online
  • Health insurance
  • For those under 18, a letter guaranteeing suitable accommodation has been arranged
  • For those over 17, a police certificate of good character
  • For courses over 12 months, medical certificates, which may include screening for tuberculosis
  • Once you have your visa, you can stay in the country for up to four years and have permission to work up to 20 hours per week. You must be enrolled with an approved institution and have the money to pay for your course.

Now that you’ve gotten the gist of what you need to know about studying abroad in New Zealand, explore the programs, apply, and start packing for your immersive Kiwi experience!


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