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Study In New Zealand

New Zealand is an Island country that consists of two big masses, and 600 smaller islands. For most, New Zealand is a somewhat exotic destination due to its far-flung location. This distance from most of the other world has made New Zealand a fascinating and diverse culture. New Zealand, is a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific, where exciting things are happening in Education. It is becoming a first-choice destination for international students to come and study. 

Education In New Zealand


New Zealand is an Island country that consists of two big masses, and 600 smaller islands. For most, New Zealand is a somewhat exotic destination due to its far-flung location. This distance from most of the other world has made New Zealand a fascinating and diverse culture. New Zealand, is a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific, where exciting things are happening in Education. It is becoming a first-choice destination for international students to come and study. 

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar
  • Languages spoken: Maori, English, and New Zealand Sign Language
  • Area: 268,021km2
  • Students: 3.4 million
  • Academic year: February – November
  • Time zone: New Zealand (GMT +13)

Education System

The New Zealand education system is ranked 7th in the world, and with time has become a dreamland for International students. Education in New Zealand is firmly based on the European system with very few minor differences. The naming of these divisions may differ depending on what portions of the education system are offered at a particular school.

The education system can be categorized into three groups:

  1. Primary School: years one to six.
  2. Intermediate School: years seven to eight.
  3. Secondary School: years nine to thirteen.


New Zealand has eight state-funded Universities, and all of them are recognized globally. These universities offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in various streams to choose from and have strengths in specialized professional degrees. New Zealand’s education system brings out the best because it reflects their unique and diverse society, ability to be different, religious beliefs, and overall experience of this Island.


Major Cities

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Hamilton
  • Napier-Hastings
  • Tauranga


Major Industries

  •  Agriculture
  •  Construction
  •  Financial services
  •  Fishing
  •  Logs and wood articles
  •  Manufacturing
  •  Real estate services
  •  Tourism

Tuition Fees and Living Costs

All higher education in New Zealand requires students to pay a certain amount of fees. Although the tuition cost in New Zealand is far more reasonable than in other developed countries. As per official terms of the immigration department, a student must have at least NZD 10,200 in their account to prove the fact that they can afford their expenses.

  • An undergraduate degree costs about NZD 22,000 to NZD 32,000 for an academic year.
  • The master’s degree costs around NZD 26,000 to NZD 37,000 per academic year.
  • Ph.D. Students may have to pay NZD 6,000 to NZD 9,000 depending on how much funding they receive in New Zealand for their studies.


In addition to all the tuition fees, a student will also require finances for their daily expenses, and a good NZD 20,000 – NZD 30,000 can take care of all the basic needs of the student while they study in the very best institutes, and experience the culture the kiwis have to offer.

General expenses like the following need to be considered while planning to study in New Zealand.

  • Rent can range between NZD 800 – NZD 900 if the student chooses to settle outside the campus.
  • Basic groceries per week can cost about $100-$150.
  • Health check-ups or visiting a doctor can cost around $45-$85 in New Zealand.


Overall, New Zealand happens to be a pretty affordable place to study for students. If students enroll for a course that is less than 3 years or 36 months, they will have to incur $12,500 monthly each year to cover the expenses. The students in this case might have to open an FTS account which would have living expenses transferred to that account.

Visa Information

There are four types of visas a student can apply for to study in New Zealand

  1. Fee Paying Student Visa: Study full-time for up to four years and be able to work part-time.
  2. Exchange Student Visa: Study full-time for up to four years for an approved student exchange program
  3. Foreign Government-Supported Student Visa: Study full-time for up to four years on a foreign government loan or scholarship.
  4. Pathway Student Visa: Study for up to five years for three consecutive courses on a single student visa and be able to work part-time.


Documentations required for a student visa

  • A valid passport.
  • An LOA from a New Zealand education provider.
  • An offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand.
  • A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.


Additional documents which may be required

  • Academic preparation documents such as transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates.
  • Current application form – student visa application form.
  • Visa application fee.
  • Tuition fee receipt showing payment to date.
  • Passport-sized photographs.

Career Prospects

Getting the right job will require the students to have the necessary skills and experience. New Zealand in recent years has increased its requirement for manpower in many different industries. Medicine, IT, and engineering are prominent sectors in New Zealand and have a lot of job openings, however, there are plenty of opportunities to contribute more in generalistic skills.

Sectors like manufacturing, food products, machinery and equipment, and textile manufacturing have seen an increase in growth. Particularly strong growth is

Work Right

Students need to make sure they are allowed to work under the conditions of their student visa, working under any circumstances otherwise is considered to be illegal and can lead to the student being deported.

  • Your course is at least two years in duration.
  • Your course leads to a degree that qualifies for an application for a New Zealand Skilled Migrant visa.
  • Your course lasts for at least one academic year and you are taking part in an approved Tertiary Exchange Scheme.
  • Your course is taught at a private training institution or tertiary institution, and the main purpose is to develop English language skills.  You must have an IELTS overall band score of 5.0 or above.
  • Your course is full-time English language study lasting at least 14 weeks in duration at a university.


Dependants Visa & Right

Certain criteria need to be met while applying for a dependent visa for your partner.

  •  Your partnership needs to be genuine and stable.
  • You must be living with your partner.
  • You must meet health and character requirements.
  • You must have the support of your partner.
  • Your partner must be eligible to support your application.


  1. University of Auckland
  2. Massey University
  3. AUT University
  4. University of Otago
  5. University of Waikato
  6. Unitec Institute of Technology
  7. Victoria University of Wellington
  8. University of Canterbury
  9. Eastern Institute of Technology
  10. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
  11. Manukau Institute of Technology
  12. Ara Institute of Canterbury
  13. Otago Polytechnic
  14. Lincoln University
  15. Whitireia New Zealand
  16. Southern Institute of Technology
  17. Waikato Institute of Technology
  18. Universal College of Learning
  19. New Zealand Tertiary College
  20. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  21. Cornell Institute of Business and Technology
  22. NorthTec
  23. Le Cordon Bleu
  24. AGI Education
  25. Ardmore Flying School
  26. Media Design School
  27. UUNZ Institute of Business
  28. Pacific International Hotel Management School
  29. Vision College
  30.  ICL Graduate Business School
  31. International Academy of New Zealand
  32. Avonmore Tertiary institute
  33. Edenz College
  34. SAE Institute
  35. Royal Business College
  36. Queenstown Resort College
  37. North Shore International Academy
  38. Abacus Institute of Studies
  39. New Zealand School of Tourism
  40. Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
  41. Animation College
  42. Newton College of Business and Technology
  43. Air New Zealand Academy of Learning
  44. Tai Poutini Polytechnic
  45. New Zealand Management Academies
  46. New Zealand School of Education
  47. New Zealand Career College
  48. New Zealand Institute of Studies
  49. ATMC New Zealand
  50. Yoobee School of Design
  51. Crown Institute of Studies
  52. Regent International Education Group
  53. Linguis International Institute
  54. Lifeway College
  55. UC International College
  56. Information Technology Training Institute 
  57. KAAT Institute of New Zealand
  58. International Travel College of New Zealand
  59. Techtorium Computer Training Institute

Post-Study Work Visa & Work Permits

A post-study work visa lets international students extend their stay in New Zealand and be able to work in almost any industry. The post-study work visa can last up to one to three years depending on the level of studies and where the student has studied from. 

This is a great way to start a new career for students as it gives them the required experience, and lets them enjoy the beauty of this Island country.

The application cost can be about 700$ if done online or offline, and the process requires similar documentation to that of a student visa.

  • Work in any job you want to.
  • Extend your stay for up to three years.
  • Your partner or children can apply for dependent visas and this will make them eligible for tuition fees free education.


Permanent Residency

A Permanent residency in New Zealand allows the visa holder to stay in the country indefinitely. This makes the person a citizen of the country and comes with a lot of advantages. Students pursuing education in New Zealand dwell on the idea of getting a permanent visa residency.


The fee to apply for New Zealand citizenship is:

  • $470.20 for adults aged 16 and over
  • $235.10 for children aged 15 and under.


Apply Online

Make sure you have:

  • a login using RealMe. If you do not have one, you will be prompted to create a login before you begin your application
  • a device with internet access and a camera, such as a cellphone, tablet, or computer. You will need this to complete an identity check
  • an identity referee
  • digital copies of your photo and documents
  • a credit or debit card to pay the fee.


Apply in person

Make sure you have:

  • your completed application form
  • a witness
  • your original documents
  • 2 identical photos
  • a payment card to pay the fee.


Citizenship Benefits

You are entitled to:

  • live in New Zealand indefinitely
  • travel overseas on a New Zealand passport
  • vote
  • stand for parliament or local government
  • have full access to education
  • have full economic and social rights
  • represent New Zealand in sports.

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