Study in New Zealand

Detailed Guide About Studying and Living in New Zealand

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  • Friendly
  • Welcoming towards visitors
  • Relaxed, informal
  • English speaking


  • Temperate – not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry
  • Moderated by the oceans
  • North Island – winterless sometimes
  • South Island – 4 definite seasons


Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston, North Wellington, Christ Church, Wanganui Dunedin, Rotorua are some popular ones.


  • Almost every type can be found
  • Snow capped mountain ranges
  • Fiords, Glaciers, Lakes
  • Wild rivers, Native forests,
  • Sandy beaches, broad plains
  • Active Volcanoes

Sports & Recreations

Bungee Jumping, Jet Boating, White Water Rafting, Heli Skiing Snow Boarding, Trail Bike Riding. Rugby, Cricket, Yachting, Gardening, Rock/Mountain Climbing, Golf etc.


  • 79.6% are from European Ethnic groups
  • 14.5% are Maori
  • 5% pacific Island Polynesian
  • 2.2% Chinese
  • 1.2% Indian
  • Total Population 4 Million

Qualifications Globally Recognized

Students who have studied are earning a reputation of being called innovative thinkers and are being addressed as “The New World Class”. It has a progressive education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. There are wide range of study opportunities, including state administered primary, secondary schools, universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and private training establishments. The NZQA assures the quality of programme offered by state institutions and a private establishment, which in turn ensures that programmes offered in New Zealand, maintain international recognition.

Equally Strong Focus on Academics and Welfare

Most of the universities have been taking International students for the last 50 – 60 years and hence have gained a multicultural / national perspective offering a balanced curriculum which finds relevance in work places around the world. The same perspective enables it to offer excellent welfare services to students from around the world. The polytechnics in NZ are known for the programs which are “Read to Enter the Job Markets”.

“Best of Both World” Qualifications

The best thing about studying in NZ is that the expenses involved are comparatively less than the other major destinations viz. USA, UK, Canada or Australia. In fact it is almost 50% less than that of USA and UK. Coupled with the lesser costs and International recognition of its qualification, NZ essentially offers “Best of Both Worlds” qualifications. Kiwi Life : Even though the country might be small the people think big. The people popularly known as Kiwi’s are renowned for their hospitality and their love for sports and the outdoors.

English Widely Spoken

As English is the day-to-day language in NZ, Indian students find it very easy to study, live and interact in NZ. Moreover the NZ accent is easy to understand.

Excellent Climatic Conditions

New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the seas surrounding it. This-results in mild summers and cool winters. This excellent climate encourages all sports of outdoor sports and activities. One can indulge in sports as varied from Football, cricket to White water rafting and Bungee jumping. In fact it is widely accepted fact that NZ enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. It enjoys the four distinct seasons, viz, Summer (Nov. to March), Autumn (March to June), Winter (June to Sept.) & Spring (Sept. to Nov.) & hence people enjoy high quality living conditions.

Clean, Green and Safe Country

New Zealand offers a safe learning environment. It is the first country in the world to declare itself as a nuclear free zone. The environment is green, clean and uncrowned with a small populations and wide open spaces.

Code of Practice

A code of practice that ensures protection of international student’s welfare by all education providers come into force in 2002. Only signatories to the code will be allowed to enroll international students. Ensuring that New Zealand education providers act fairly and reasonably when recruiting students, the Code gives prospective students that they can trust the institution in which they choose to enroll.

Academic Year

The academic year is from mid / late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters with a holiday of 4 weeks in June. Each University operates slightly different dates and some also offer summer school in the main holiday period in November to February. Intakes are in February, July and sometimes in September.

Application Procedure

New Zealand generally has 2 intakes. i.e. Feb. & July. It is suggested that you should start making applications in the month of August for the Feb intake. Universities generally take around 6 weeks to process an application and immigration services again take around 6 weeks for the Visas. Documents needed for making an application are resume, statement of purpose, marksheets & certificates of X, XII, till Graduation or relevant degree transcripts in specific cases, Certificates of extra curricular activities and passport copy & 2 reference letters from colleges & employers.

English Language Requirements

All students must be fluent in English language if they are to succeed at university in New Zealand. There are many courses available at public and private institutions in New Zealand and elsewhere to assist international students reach the required level of English language competence. All students should take up IELTS or TOFEL since it is required by the Immigration Services. A band of 6.0/6.5 for undergraduate & 6.5 / 7.5 for postgraduate courses is desirable.

Tuition Fees

New Zealand provides high quality courses with high standard of living at lower cost than Australia, UK and USA. The costs below will give you an idea of how much spending money you will need in New Zealand as it can vary from city to city. Tuition fees vary from programme to programme.

Under Graduate Programmes Tuition Fees (Per Year)
Arts/ Humanities/ Social Science/ Commerce/ Administration Management: 10,000 - 12,500 NZ$
Computing / Mathematical Science: 13,000 - 17,500 NZ$
Engineering & Technology: 14,000 - 18,000 NZ$
Post Graduate Programmes Tuition Fees (Per Year)
Arts / Humanities / Social Science: 14,000 - 16,000 NZ$
MBA & other Management Programs: 16,000 - 33,000 NZ$
Engineering: 18,000 - 24,500 NZ$

Scholarships and funding sources are available

Scholarships offered by the New Zealand Government for Students from developing countries. These Overseas Development Assistance (NZODA) Postgraduate Scholarships cover airfares, accommodation and living expenses, as well as tuition fees. Please note that the number of scholarships awarded are very limited, and only students with exceptional grades will be considered. Application forms are available from the University International Centre or your New Zealand Diplomatic post.

NZAID (New Zealand’s International Aid and Development Agency) is New Zealand’s agency responsible for international assistance to developing countries. NZAID support for basic, post basic and tertiary education includes financial & technical assistance to strengthen existing higher education institutes and system and the provision of scholarship for study in home country, regional and New Zealand institutions. NZDAS, the programe under NZAID are for full time multi year courses in New Zealand for tertiary level studies through the public and open category. NZDS scheme covers tuition, orientation fees, economy fare, travel, a basic living allowance with the provision for accommodation expenses (paid through study institutes). Students from India can apply for NZDS open (via universities) categories.

Financial Assistance

Funds are required for living (rent, food, transport, etc.) and course costs (books and research expenses inducting international literature searches and data collection) in addition to tuition fees. If you need additional financial support to your own or family resources, there are a number of possibilities worth exploring. Note that application for funding is a separate operation to applying. You may receive admission to study but not be successful in your application for funds. You will not be granted a scholarship without admission

Bank Loan

Bank loans are easily available for higher studies. You need to have a collateral security. Interest varies from Bank to Bank.

Student Visa

NZIS is the sole agency of the NZ government responsible for migration and entry to NZ. Student visa is required to enter the country to study a course more than 3 months duration, also the course opted should be offered by education institutions approved & registered with NZQA. Student is issued a visa for One year duration could be & easily extended being in New Zealand as per the further duration of course. Visit our Visa counselor for personal guidance & documentation requirement for student visa. You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the NZQA. Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. You must pay your tuition fees have been paid. You must pay your tuition fees in advance for the University to send you an official receipt and the Offer of Place Certificate, which also guarantees that accommodation will be available, which are required with your visa application. Acceptance by the University does not Guarantee that a student will be issued a student visa by the immigration authorities. Student visa and permit information and application forms can be obtained from any New Zealand Immigration Service branch office within New Zealand or overseas (contact the nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy in Delhi). You can also obtain all relevant information and forms from the New Zealand Immigration Service website, However visit your Edwise counselor for personal guidance and the latest checklist.


Most educational institutions in New Zealand will assist you in finding accommodation while studying in New Zealand. There are various types of accommodation which are available to international students. These are like Halls of residence / Students Hostel, Homestay, Apartments / Flats. All students on finalising institution, should refer to its website for Accommodation arrangements.

Living Expenses

Students can choose from Halls of Residence, Students Hostels, Dormitories, Homestay private apartments and flats. NZ$ 10,000 – 12,000 per annum. This includes food, clothing, transport, entertainment & accommodation.

How much are the fees and what is the refund policy?

Fees are determined by the individual institution concerned. One year’s fees (or the total fee for courses of less than one year) must be paid before a visa will be issued or a permit extended if a further course is to be undertaken for students studying at tertiary level. Fees must be paid in internationally acceptable, convertible currency. An institution may refund fees to a student who withdraws from a course. The refund must not exceed the difference between the total amount paid and the cost of the course up to the time of withdrawal. Private training establishments must provided every prospective student with a written statement of the total course cost and other financial commitments associated with each course of study or training before accepting that student’s enrolment. Students enrolled for courses of study or training before accepting that student’s enrolment. Students enrolled for courses of study or training at a private training establishment may withdraw from the course at any time within seven days after the first day of the course and receive a partial fee refund.

What are the Accommodation Arrangements?

A written guarantee of accommodation is required before a student visa can be granted. Some institutions may be able to arrange residential accommodation for students who are not staying with relatives or friends. However, you may wish to arrange accommodation for yourself. You should indicate whether or not you want assistance in finding accommodation when you apply to the institution.

Are dependents allowed to come along?

Your dependants, who may include a spouse, de facto spouse, fiance(e), and children, may accompany you to New Zealand or join you later. They must apply for and meet the normal requirements for the type of visa requested (visitor, work, or student). School aged dependants will be required to pay full fees for enrolment in primary and secondary courses of study.

I have got a student visa and my spouse wants to accompany me to New Zealand. Can he/she apply for a work visa?

Your spouse can apply for a work visa only if you are doing a post graduate course in NZ or you are studying a course towards qualifications in Long term Skill Shortage List.

Can I transfer to another institution?

If you wish to transfer to another course or institution, you must apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service to obtain a variation to your student permit, specifying the course and institution and, if appropriate, the extended validity of the permit.

Note : The New Zealand Immigration Service will revoke a student permit if an international student withdraws from a course of study at an institution.

Can I change course of study in New Zealand after few weeks of my arrival?

You may jeopardise your immigration status in New Zealand as you were originally granted a student visa to study a particular course. Any request for a change of course of study would mean a re-assessment of your application.

Can I work while studying?

Some formal courses of study include a requirement to complete up to three years course-related work experience. The training provider will try to help you find suitable employment. There is some flexibility on how this employment may be obtained, e.g. suitable post-education work or the possibility of doing the work experience in your home country (under qualified supervision). Students undertaking a full time diploma or degree course that takes at least two academic years to complete, and students undertaking a full-time course of study that would attract points under the General Skills category of Residence policy, may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. To do this you must request a ‘Variation of Conditions’ to your study permit after beginning the course of study. No application form or fee is required for this Variation of Conditions. If your student permit is for more than 12 months you may apply for a Variation of Conditions to work over the Christmas and New Year Holidays. No offer of employment is required. You will need to pay a Variation of Conditions fee. If you have completed a polytechnic or university qualification that has a minimum completion time of three years, you may apply for a work permit that allows you to work up to a maximum of two years. An offer of employment relevant to your qualifications is required. Further information on student visa applications can be obtained from the New Zealand Immigration website:

When will I get my 6 month job search work permit?

You are eligible to apply for 6 month job search work permit within 3 months of the date of completion of your course in NZ that gets points under Skilled Migrant Category.

When would be my next visa status after job search visa?

If you get job offer in your relevant area of study then your visa status could be converted to Work Permit or Permanent Residency on your Eligibility based on the Skilled Migrant Category at that time.