New Zealand

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Currency : New Zealand dollar
  • Language : English and Maori
  • Major Cities : Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Nelson
  • Major Intakes: January, July, September and November

About New Zealand

New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in International comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education and economic freedom. New Zealand has a reputation as a provider of quality education offering excellent study opportunities and support services in a safe learning environment. It is quickly becoming a popular choice for international students seeking high quality education away from home. Academic, profession and vocation studies are offered at universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments. New Zealand's national education system is based on the British system. Research indicates New Zealand students are ranked amongst the top in the world academically.

Famous Places to Visit:

  • Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound,
  • Bay of Islands
  • Queenstown
  • Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park
  • Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park

Why study in New Zealand

  • The New Zealand Qualification Framework: The NZQF helps to give potential students and employees a certain level of confidence in the education that people obtain while they are in university in New Zealand.
  • Professional Certificates and Technical schools: There are over 600 tertiary training schools located throughout the country of New Zealand, each of which provides a different type of education depending on the field of work that you plan on going into.
  • Scholarships: Depending on the country that you come from, you may also be eligible for scholarships from your home country that will depend on number of factors.

Cost of Study for International Students:

  • Diploma Course - Level 5 - $15000 to $25000 per year
  • Graduate Diploma - Level 6 - $15000 to $25000 per year
  • PG Diploma - Level 7 - $15000 to $25000 per year
  • Bachelor’s Course - Level 5&6 - $20000 to $35000 per year
  • Master’s Course - Level 9 - $25000 to $40000 per year

Other Expenses for International Students

  • Average Living Expenses- NZ$ 15000 per year
  • Transportation Cost and Medical Insurance- NZ$ 450 to $550

Popular Courses in New Zealand:

  • Computing
  • Nursing
  • Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Accounting
  • Architecture and Landscape

Levels of Study:

  • Diploma program - 1 year
  • Graduate Diploma program - 1 year
  • PG Diploma program - 1 year
  • Bachelor’s program - 3 years
  • Master’s program - 2 years

List of Universities/College:

  • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), Christchurch
  • Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec), Wellington
  • University of Otago
  • Victoria University of Wellignton, Wellington
  • Lincoln University
  • Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland
  • UUNZ Institute of Business, Auckland
  • University of Waikato Hamilton
  • University of Auckland, Auckland

Job Opportunities

New Zealand is a land of relatively open immigration policy, which drives in a good influx of people from foreign origin. Asian students form an important group there, particularly Indians. With each passing year an increasing number of students from India travel to New Zealand to pursue higher studies, drawn to a large extent by the highly regarded universities of the country. But there is another, often downplayed, reason why students are heading to New Zealand in large numbers- it is the flexibility and scope of working part time in the country while also pursuing one’s study. International students in New Zealand are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to support their studies –the minimum wage is set at NZ $14.75. Apart from reducing their financial burden, these work opportunities in New Zealand are a great way for international students to get acclimatized to NZ’s way of life, culture and get a first-hand experience of the job market.

PR Opportunities

If you wish to stay in New Zealand and work after you have finished your studies, you will need the right visa.

International students who have achieved a New Zealand qualification may be allowed to gain experience in work related to their studies.

Depending on what you study, you may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years, and possibly even gain residence.

First you need to apply for a visa and have it approved. The study to work pathway has two steps:

  1. Post study work visa (open): This visa gives you up to 12 months to get a job in a field related to your studies. While you are looking for a job in your field you are allowed to work in any job to support yourself.
  2. Post study work visa (employer assisted): This visa lets you stay in New Zealand to gain work experience for a further two years (or three years if work experience is required as part of a professional registration). This visa relates to a specific job with a specific employer.

After your post-study work visa (employer assisted) you may be eligible to apply for a New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. If your work is in an occupation that has skill shortages, this improves your chances of being allowed to stay, either with work visas or residence. Whatever visa you apply for, you will need to pass health and character checks.