Study In New Zealand

Country’s currency: New Zealand Dollars

Country’s capital city: Wellington

Country’s population: New Zealand’s population is 4.6 million as per the Census in 2015.

Country’s Indian population: There are 186,100 Indian people in New Zealand as per the Census of 2015.

 Country’s higher education system

New Zealand’s education system focuses on teaching students to solve problems, absorb, analyze and apply information, to work with others to create and innovate. The system supports debate, free thinking and flexibility, and teachers encourage students to be confident, connected and actively involved, lifelong learners.

New Zealand’s national secondary school qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), is recognized by tertiary institutions in New Zealand and around the world. NCEA has three levels. The students study course modules at these levels in their last three years at school.

Whatever higher education you’re looking for, you’ll find it in New Zealand. NZ has eight universities, 18 polytechnics and institutes of technology, around 600 private training institutions and around 20 industry training organizations.

 New Zealand universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world

You can study for either academic or more practically focused qualifications, gaining everything from entry-level certificates to diplomas, degrees and doctorates. What’s more, these institutes are located nationwide, so you can study just about anywhere you like.

 International student population in country

About 302,400 international students are studying in New Zealand as on January 2015

 Rankings and position at global platform

  • As members of the Lisbon Qualification Recognition Convention New Zealand qualifications are more easily recognized in the 50 participating countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, United States of America, Canada and Australia.
  • All New Zealand universities are featured in the 2013/14 QS World Top 500 University Rankings. It is ranked in the World’s top 50 in 18 subjects including Accounting and Finance, Engineering – Civil and Structural, Education, Law and Psychology.
  • Two thirds of New Zealand universities are featured in the 2012/13 Shanghai Jiao Tong top 500.
  • The prestigious Legatum Institute in London has rated New Zealand No.1 in the world for education.

 Highlights of ranking universities

New Zealand institutions in the top 500 of QS World University Rankings
81st Rank – University of Auckland
169th Rank – University of Otago
214th Rank – University of Canterbury
228th Rank – Victoria University of Wellington
324th Rank- University of Waikato
340th Rank – Massey University
343rd Rank – Lincoln University
Between 441 – 450 ranks – Auckland University of Technology

 Programs and courses offered by country

  • Business Management
  • Arts
  • Hospitality Management
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • SPA Therapy
  • Hairdressing
  • Language Studies
  • Architecture
  • Life Science
  • Biomedical
  • Tourism and Travel Management
  • Animation
  • Hotel Management
  • Design
  • Beauty
  • Sports
  • Engineering
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Health care
  • Pharmacy/and many more…

 Entry criteria

International students can gain admission to New Zealand universities & colleges by fulfilling the below listed general English language requirements

  • A minimum score of 0 in IELTS is required for admission at the First-year Level. An alternative is TOEFL (iBT): minimum score 79-80. Each university can provide details of its own requirements.
  • A minimum score of 5 in IELTS is required for admission at the Graduate Level. An alternative is TOEFL (iBT): minimum score 90-100. Each university can provide details of its own requirements.

A minimum score of 50 in PTE (Peasons Test of English) for admission at the First Level.

Level5: Basic Diploma 10+2 with 50% IELTS         : 5.5 Overall
TOEFL iBT : 70
PTE             : 49
Level 6: Adv. Diploma 10+ 2 with 50% IELTS          : 6.0 Overall
TOEFL iBT : 80
PTE            : 58
Level 7: Grad. Diploma Bachelor course selection should be related IELTS          : 6.0 Overall
TOEFL iBT  : 80
PTE             : 58
Level 8: PG diploma Bachelors Degree in relevant field IELTS          : 6.5 Overall
TOEFL iBT : 90
PTE             : 64
Level 9:Masters Bachelors Degree in relevant field IELTS          : 6.5 Overall
TOEFL iBT : 90
PTE             : 64
Level 10: PhD or Degree High Level Masters degree+1 year research Experience IELTS          : 6.5 Overall
TOEFL iBT : 90
PTE             : 64

On approximation basis:

  • Undergraduate : NZ$ 17,000 – NZ$ 25,000
  • Diploma Level 5-7 : NZ$ 14,000 – NZ$ 18,000
  • Postgraduate : NZ$ 20,000 – NZ$ 30,000

 Funding for VISA

With your application for a student visa, you must provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself throughout your stay in New Zealand.

The funds you must have depends on the length of your program of study. If your program is shorter than 36 weeks (about nine months), you require NZ$1,250 per month of study. If your program of study is longer than 36 weeks, you require NZ$15,000 for each year of study. Apart from this, you need to show the living expenses of approximately 15,000NZ$ and travelling expenses of 2,000 NZ$.

FTS—Fund Transfer Scheme: Under this scheme the student has to transfer at least 12 months living expenses to a bank account in New Zealand, in addition to paying the tuition fee for one year. The amount deposited by the student in the bank will be for 4 months and the student will be allowed to withdraw $ 1250 on monthly basis for the period of 12 months. Fund Transfer Scheme is only an option and is not a mandatory requirement by NZ.

 Admission procedures

To study in New Zealand you’ll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the New Zealand Government. There are a number of steps you must go through including:

  • Deciding on your preferred course and institution.
  • Meeting the required English and Academic requirements.
  • Submitting your application to the institution.
  • Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer from an approved education provider
  • Health and Character approval
  • Applying for your student visa.
  • Tuition Fees Payment.

Submission of evidences of funds to support yourself


  • February/ July/ Nov for Polytechnics and Universities
  • Private Colleges: Many of the colleges have multiple intakes in a year.

Visa policies and procedures

If you’re planning to study here full time for more than three months you’ll need a student visa.

Student visa requirements include:

  • 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 (if you’re under 18 years)
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
  • A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.
  • If you’re spending six months or more here in New Zealand you may need to be screened for tuberculosis.

 Documents required to process visa application

  • Offer Letter from an approved education provider
  • Passport
  • Visa Application Form
  • Visa Fees
  • First Year Tuition Fees
  • Medical Certificate
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Academic documents
  • Fund of Finance Documents

Standard visa processing timing: 2-8 weeks

 Benefits and opportunities while studying and after studies

  • Part time working allowance of 20 hours a week during academic year.
  • Full time working allowance during vacations/summer and winter breaks.

Lists of Universities:
1.     Auckland University of Technology
2.     Lincoln University
3.     Massey University
4.     University of Auckland
5.     University of Canterbury
6.     University of Otego
7.     University of Waikato
8.     Victoria University of Wellington

List of Colleges/Polytechnics/Institutes
1.     Abacus Institute of Studies
2.     AGI Education
3.     Ara Institute of Canterbury
4.     Auckland Institute of Studies
5.     Avonmore Tertiary Institute
6.     Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
7.     Cornell Institute of Business & Technology
8.     Crown Institute of Studies
9.     Eastern Institute of Technology
10.   Manukau Institute of Technology
11.    Media Design School
12.    Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
13.     Northland Polytechnic
14.     Ntec Tertiary Group
15.     Otago Polytechnic
16.     Southern Institute of Technology
17.     Unitec Institute of Technology
18.     Waiariki Institute of Technology
19.     Waikato Institute of Technology
20.    Wellington Institute of Technology and many more

Life in New Zealand

New Zealand is located near the centre of thewater hemisphere and is made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands.The two main islands (the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu) are separated by the Cook Strait, 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point. New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate (Köppen: Cfb) with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north. Historical maxima and minima are 42.4 °C (108.32 °F) in Rangiora,Canterbury and −25.6 °C (−14.08 °F) in Ranfurly, Otago. Conditions vary sharply across regions from extremely wet on the West Coast of the South Island to almost semi-arid in Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin of inland Canterbury and subtropical in Northland.


New Zealand has a high-income advanced economy.New Zealand was ranked sixth in the 2013 Human Development Index, fourth in The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom and 13th in INSEAD’s 2012Global Innovation Index.

 Things to Do

New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first! Exploring New Zealand’s magnificent landscapes and coastline tops the list for many. Fantastic cycling and walking trails dot the country from north to south or try kayaking, sailing or diving.

If you’re after New Zealand’s famous adventure activities and extreme sports, there’s a myriad to choose from. For adrenaline lovers, going bungy jumping here is a must-do; rafting,jet boating,sky diving and zip lining all offer a similar rush.

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