Study In New Zealand

Study In New Zealand
New Zealand is an Island Country in the South-western Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. New Zealand has a Unique & Dynamic Culture. The Climatic conditions of New Zealand are generally cold. Mostly summers are 20-30 degrees and winter is 10-15 degrees C. The Capital of New Zealand is Wellington. Other important cities include Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin. 

New Zealand has a market economy that depends on International Trade. The main sector of income in New Zealand is Tourism & the next is Agriculture. New Zealand ranked 4th most prosperous country in the Asia Pacific Region. It has a main focus on small manufacturing and high tech sectors.

Education System
In New Zealand there are 8 universities and 19 institutions which are also known as ITP’s (Polytechnics).and also 50 + PTE (private training establishments)the difference between Universities and Polytechnics is that: The Universities offer the academic programs and ITP’s offer the specialized courses.

  • The Polytechnics are comparatively less expensive than the Universities.
  • Universities are more theoretical whereas Polytechnics are industry based.
  • Both have the same value for Job Placements.
  • The major intakes of New Zealand Universities & Institutions are Feb/July. However many programmes have a midyear intake in July. Also some institutes have rolling admissions throughout the year.
Academic Requirements
Good Academic Grades
For Bachelor degrees you need a minimum score of 75% in XII and for graduate diploma courses you need to score between 50-55% in Class XII. Those interested in Post graduate diploma programs need a minimum score of 55-60% in their bachelor’s degrees. To pursue masters you would need a minimum score of 60% with relevant work experience in the same field. 

English Requirement
IELTS/ TOEFL are not mandatory in New Zealand. If a student has good academic scores in English in class 12th then his/her IELTS/TOEFL can be Waived Off.
Visa Requirements
  • Good Academic Grades
  • Good IELTS Score
·        Proof of proper finances: You need show enough documented evidence to prove that you or your sponsors have the finances to support your education and life in New Zealand.
Students can apply under the FTS scheme wherein 1 day old funds can be shown.
 Why study in New Zealand? 
New Zealand’s education system is based on the British system, which makes it recognised in a number of countries so students can either progress to further education in New Zealand or other English speaking nations, or move to further study or employment back in their home countries easily.
Studying in New Zealand is about more than getting a good education. The school system is well-respected around the world, and very consistent between schools. But a student who comes to New Zealand goes home with more than just a qualification. Most will tell you that their experience of the culture, landscape and lifestyle in New Zealand was as important to them as their schooling there. It’s that complete experience that makes the long trip to the bottom of the world worthwhile.
New Zealand is around the same size as Japan or the Britain, but with a population of just over 4 million. That leaves a lot of open space, and a chance for every single person to make their mark. Smaller cities, smaller classes, and a more relaxed approach to life influence the student experience all around the country.
New Zealand Qualifications
Education in New Zealand focuses on equipping students with skills and knowledge essential for both career and life on a global scale.
The New Zealand Government works with officials worldwide to ensure our qualifications are recognised. This provides you with an assurance that whether you continue studying in New Zealand or move to another country’s education system, you will be able to credit your New Zealand qualification towards your future study.
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement programme (NCEA) is New Zealand’s main national qualification for secondary students. Entrance to degree study at New Zealand tertiary education institutions is achieved by gaining a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA level 3 or higher, and fulfilling specific subject and level requirements, and literacy and numeracy requirements.
However, international qualifications considered equivalent are accepted.
 New Zealand’s university degrees and other tertiary qualifications are recognised around the world. Students who gain tertiary qualifications in New Zealand can use them as a step towards further education in other countries, or as final qualifications to put to work in the international job market.
Quality Assurance
New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system. All institutions enrolling international students must be registered and maintain very high standards of course quality and pastoral care.

This system means students can move between sectors of education easily. A student can begin their New Zealand education in a secondary school and move through to tertiary study by only providing evidence of identity and a single sheet of paper outlining their NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) approved qualifications. Similarly, a student can move between tertiary educations providers easily as the system ensures papers or qualifications completed can be credited to their new institution. Where needed, English courses can be arranged to bring a student’s ability up to the required standard for entrance. 

All New Zealand institutions who enrol international students must be a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

This system creates a depth of quality right across the system. A student contemplating study within New Zealand does not have to worry about which institution to study at so much as which course and part of New Zealand they want to be in.
The New Zealand Difference 
In New Zealand, we pride ourselves on being inventive and thinking outside the box. This is seen in our educational system, as we encourage students to think for themselves and solve problems. We find this more practical than memorisation or rote learning. Lively discussion and debate are part of the normal classroom experience here.
With a New Zealand education, students are able to enter the competitive working world prepared to face difficult decisions and complex problems.
 Also, New Zealand’s smaller population means that students have more personal experience here. Class sizes are smaller, cities are compact and easy to get around, and nobody gets lost in the crowd. International students here are often surprised by the amount of personal attention they receive from their teachers and tutors, giving them a chance to make the most of their education.

Advantages of studying in New Zealand
The main reason for many Indian students to choose New Zealand is the fantastic rules for Immigration after students complete this course:
  • International students who have graduated from a course of study 9in New Zealand will be eligible for a six month work permit and gain additional points towards their residence application under general skills category
  • Any student who is taking a full time course for more than one year will be eligible to work full time during vacation. In addition to this students will be allowed to worked part-time for 20 hours per week during the term
  • Partners (spouses) of students studying in areas of absolute skill shortage like IT and partners of all postgraduate students will be able to apply for an open work permit valid for the duration of the student’s course of study
No other country offers these benefits for International Students

Benefits of Studying in New Zealand
Top Institutions
The quality of degree earned from any university in New Zealand is recognized internationally. Moreover, all universities are directly controlled by the New Zealand government, thus ensuring a high level of credibility. University of Auckland is one of the top rated institutes in the world. 

State of art facilities
New Zealand degrees are also highly valued by global enterprises for being modern, practical and desirable. Within some highly technical niches likes forensic sciences, marine engineering, bio-technology the degrees offered by New Zealand colleges are hailed as being at par with the best universities in the world. 

Facilities offered by New Zealand colleges for training, research and even class room guidance are truly state of the art. You can expect world-class laboratories, outstanding cloud hosted libraries, superlative research and development facilities offered by most New Zealand universities. 

Affordable Courses and Living
International students would find it extremely advantageous to study in New Zealand due it its affordable educational fees. For example, a one year certificate course ranges between NZ$ 6,750 – NZ$15,500 (approx 3-5 lakhs). Under graduate degrees are also priced very reasonably between NZ$13,000 – NZ$20,000 (Rs 5-8lakhs). Despite offering a very high standard of life, cost of living in New Zealand is lower than any other country in the world 

Very Safe country
New Zealand offers a very safe, multi cultural family oriented environment, both on campus and off campus. It provides a very conducive, stimulating environment for studies. This environment leads to better understanding and interaction across cultures and can build lifelong friendships. 

Job Opportunities during and after education
As students you would allowed working part time for up to 20 hours a week to manage to your expenses and full time during summer and winter holidays.

Student is eligible for a 1 year of Post Study Work Rights after the completion of every UG and Master courses (which is level 7 or above). After completing the Level 5 and 6 of 2 years then only student will be eligible for the 1 year of Post Study Work Visa.

Once you have received a desirable offer, the length of your permit would be extended to the length of your job. 

Possibility of Immigration
Most International students especially from Asia (China, India, Korea etc.) after completing their education in New Zealand apply for permanent residency in New Zealand. Any student who has completed a three year diploma, degree or a PG course can gain points for the skilled migrant category or for permanent residency, which they can apply for, after getting a job offer. 

Spousal Work Permits
Students going for education in New Zealand, their spouses are eligible to apply for a full time work permit while they study.

Facts about New Zealand

  • New Zealand- one of the least corrupt country in the world
  • The city of Auckland is the chosen location for 70% of all overseas migrants with a diverse population that is made up of many different ethnic races and groups
  • New Zealand has the lowest unemployment rate in the world
  • New Zealander's are heavily involved in outdoor activities like sports and leisure.
  • New Zealand is the first country to allow women to vote
  • According to the Mercer Quality Life Survey 2008, Auckland is rated as the 5th choice of the world. The main points in the survey were important factors like safety, education, hygiene, recreation, political- economic stability and public transportation.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary- the first man to reach the peak of mount Everest was a New Zealander(born in Auckland)and his face is on the New Zealand $5 bill
  • New Zealand does not have poisonous snakes or dangerous wild animals
  • New Zealand is one of the safest travel destination in the world, with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a first class healthcare and accident compensation system
  • According to the United Nations Development Programme report 2007-2008, New Zealand has a 99% literacy rate

Education System

New Zealand education system is closer to the British System and is as follows:

There are 8 State Funded Universities in New Zealand offering Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees ranging from 3 to 4 years. All Universities offer a broad range of subjects in Arts,Commerce and Scienceand each University has its own fields of specialization.
Colleges of Education
There are 6 state funded colleges of education. They train teachers for primary and secondary schools, early childhood education centers and special education institutions and offer three years Diploma of Education and a three to four year Bachelor of Education degree.
Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology
There are 21 state funded polytechnics and institutes in New Zealand providing tertiary studies at all levels and offering courses in different disciplines.

Private education
The private tertiary institutes offer an alternative to state funded education in New Zealand with all of the benefits of private enterprise

Work Part time while you study
International students enrolled in a full time course can work for a limited number of hours up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time in vacations. Please note the fact that it is difficult for students to earn enough in these periods to support themselves. Students shouldhave sufficient funds from home to meet their requirements of tuition fee and average living expenses.

Work Permits for Partners of International Students
The partners of postgraduate students can apply for a work permit valid for the same period of time as their partner’s student permit.
Partners of some undergraduate students may also be eligible to apply for a work permit, if their partner has been granted a student visa or permit to study towards a qualification in an area of absolute skill shortage, as specified in the ‘Long Term Skill Shortage List’ available on the New Zealand Immigration.
Expenses and Tuition Fee
The tuition fee is different for different universities and colleges and varies with courses. We have listed a few courses with the approximate range of annual tuition fees.
For more specific details, please contact our office or the institute.
Tuition Fee (In NZD per year)
Courses Annual Tuition Fee (per year)
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences NZD  14,000 to NZD 18,000
Commerce/Administration/Management NZD 14,000 to NZD  18,500
Computing and Mathematical Sciences NZD 14,000 to NZD  19,000
Engineering NZD 16,000 to NZD  19,000
Science/Science Technology NZD 15,000 to NZD 19,000
Technology NZD 15,000 to NZD 19,000
Postgraduate Courses
Courses Annual Tuition Fee (per year)
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences NZD 16,000 -NZD 19,000 
Master of Business Administration (MBA) NZD  17,000 - NZD 24,000
Engineering NZD 18,000 to NZD  20,500
Living Expenses
The approximate annual living expenses are about NZD 12,000 - 14,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses
However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea.
Do note the fact that New Zealand has the lowest cost of living among most developed countries.

Visa Information

All students wishing to study in New Zealand for more than 3 months will need a New Zealand Student Visa. A student visa is only valid for the duration of the course and will expire soon after the course finishes.
To apply for a New Zealand Student Visa students will need to:
  • Have an offer of a place from a New Zealand education provider; the course should be NZQA approved.
  • Meet the health and character requirements;
  • Applicants should show funds and income that support these funds from any sponsor (usually parents) enough to cover course fee, airfares, living costs in New Zealand (living costs approximately NZD 15,000 per year). These funds should be held in a Nationalized Bank or Foreign Sector Bank in India. Education Loans are also accepted.
  • Provide proof that students plan to leave New Zealand when they have finished the course of study;
  • Have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the end of students intended stay in New Zealand
Interviews and/or further information
The visa office will conduct a detailed check on the documents submitted, students may also be required to attend a telephonic interview or in very rare cases students may be asked to attend an interview in person at New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi.
Processing time for visa is about 8 to 12 weeks.
Applications Approved in Principal
Once the visa office is satisfied with all the requirements then the student will be advised in writing that their application is “Approved in Principal”, the students then need to pay their tuition fee and submit the receipt to the office within 28 days.
Validity of Student Visa: Please note that the course duration in New Zealand is more than 1 year, and then the student visa will only be issued for the 1st year of study. Student will have to apply and meet the requirement for further permits in New Zealand. In cases where the duration of the course is less than one year or one year, then student will be issued for the duration of the course.
Positive Profile students can get the visa approved within 5 to 7 working days.
Applications Approved in Principal
Once the visa office is satisfied with all the requirements then the student will be advised in writing that their application is “Approved in Principal”, the students then need to pay their tuition fee and submit the receipt to the office within 28 days.
Validity of Student Visa: Please note that the course duration in New Zealand is more than 1 year, and then the student visa will only be issued for the 1st year of study. Student will have to apply and meet the requirement for further permits in New Zealand. In cases where the duration of the course is less than one year or one year, then student will be issued for the duration of the course
For more details and error free visa applications please visit our office and our friendly counsellor’s will guide you with all the necessary protocols.

Working after Studies and Settlement Options

NZ is always welcoming people with skills, qualification and experience. The Skilled Migration category is core to the New Zealand Immigration strategy. The Skilled Migration category offers individuals the opportunity to immigrate to New Zealand by helping boost the New Zealand skilled workforce. Under this category points are allocated for age, qualification, NZ qualifications, work experience, NZ offer of employment, spouse qualification, work experience under skill shortage list, sponsorship by blood relative who are citizens or permanent residence of New Zealand etc
In many cases studying in New Zealand can be a pathway to gaining permanent residence. In addition to this many students will also become eligible for a Graduate Job Search Visa / Work Visa after they complete the course.
More details can be found at
Our advise is that applicants always use the services of a “Licensed immigration Advisors” for all migration and work visa issues.





New Zealand
Various NZ institutes offer scholarships and bursaries for Indian students and again it’s all strictly merit based.The New Zealand government funds a limited number of scholarships for international students with high academic achievement. Education New Zealand administers these scholarships. At this time, only PhD study is available for scholarship consideration under these programmes
Our experienced Counsellors will guide and help you with the eligibility criteria and scholarship process

Pre Departure session-

Each year we organize a pre-departure event for those students going overseas for the first time for higher education. These sessions are personalized and cover most of the topics of travelling
These events or get-togethers provide students an opportunity to network with others who are about to embark on the same adventure and sometimes meet with alumni. Students can know details of what studying at the School is really like and can learn more about living abroad, careers and part-time employment abroad
All this will assist the students in better preparing and understanding educational, social & cultural life abroad.

A few topics we cover are

  • ThelastmonthinIndia/Shopping list
  • Porto entry
  • Geography,/climate/time-zones
  • Accommodation&localtravel
  • Firstweekatcampus
  • Cultural shock
  • Socio-cultural adjustments
  • Practicalandotherusefulinformationforlivingabroadandmore

Packing Advice for International Students

If you are planning to begin your college education in New Zealand, you may feel unsure as to what you should pack and what you will need. International shipping can be prohibitively expensive, so you will need to do some shopping once you arrive to replace items that are not worth paying to ship across the ocean. This is especially true of large or heavier items. Consider the essential items while packing your luggage and then determine what you can purchase or have shipped to you.
Send a Box Ahead of Yourself
After the bare minimum of clothing in your luggage, you may be looking around your room and wondering what else to include. First, do some unpacking and send a box to yourself before you leave. Whether you’re planning to study in New Zealand for one semester or four years, remember than no one calls home and asks their mother to send more socks and underwear. Most students make the mistake of packing far too many clothing items that are easily replaced once you arrive or they try to stuff absolutely everything into a suitcase and a carry-on. If you’re a fan of designer jeans or American branded t-shirts, include more of them and skimp on items you can purchase upon arrival or stuff into your shipping box.
Don’t stop at clothes, also remove the following:
Bed sheets, towels, blankets, and pillow cases
Family-size shampoo and conditioner bottles, other grooming items
Copies of mass-produced books
Most of your shoes, unless designer
Pillows and stuffed animals
School supplies such as notebooks, pencils, and pens
All of these items should be packed into a box and sent to your university ahead of time. Once you arrive, you will already have the means to make your bed, take a shower, and get ready for classes without tearing apart your over-stuffed luggage. You want to pack items that are expensive, difficult to replace, or absolutely essential in your luggage. If there’s more room in the box, then stuff in some extra socks, underwear, t-shirts, or favouritepyjamas.
Pack Your Electronics
Before you slide your laptop into its protective case and add it to your carry-on, purchase an external drive or several thumb drives and back up the most important information it contains. You will be leaving this copy at home. Copying your pictures and documents folders can save you plenty of heartbreak if your laptop is stolen or develops a fatal error. If you have a notebook or a hand-held ‘pad’ computer, do the same with it. Make sure your computer is charged, as you will be required by airport security to turn it on.
Then, consider your hand-held devices. While your cell phone will probably not be coming with you, you will need the numbers it contains. Download them, if your carrier allows it, and print out the list. Pack one copy in your luggage and fold another copy into your wallet or purse. If you have an MP3 player, you will need the USB cable, the charger, and headphones or ear-buds for it. If you have hand-held gaming devices, pack them and their accessories in padded cases. If you don’t have specialized cases, you can also pack hand-held electronics in several plastic grocery bags and the wrap the excess plastic around it. This will act as a cushion and help prevent breakage. Take the batteries out of everything and pack them in their own separate bags.
Plan for a Shopping Trip
Almost as soon as you arrive in New Zealand, you will want to go to your room, unpack your box, and take a long look around. You can then hire a taxi or jump on a bus to a store to purchase items such as a small waste basket, a bath mat, or other small furnishings to make your dorm room comfortable. You will also want to buy snacks for yourself. Make sure you have the cash or credit necessary to cover these expenditures.
Being a student for the first time and living far from your family can be a challenge. By sending a box ahead of yourself, packing your luggage wisely, and planning for a small shopping trip, you can make the transition from your parents’ house to the dorms with a minimum of fuss.

Our TEAM would be really happy to help you in choosing New Zealand as your dream destination for study, work and live.