• Country name : New Zealand
  • Regions : Sixteen
  • Form of Government  : Unitary Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Capital : Wellington
  • Largest City : Auckland
  • Population : 4.794 Million (2017)
  • Language : English, Maori
  • Currency : New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Religion : Mostly Christians
  • Land Area: 268,021 Square kilometer
  • Popular sports : Rugby union, Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, Netball
  • Country code :  +64
  • National day: 6 February


Study Reason

New Zealand is almost the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a many reasons that International students should consider going there for your studies. Primary reason that many people enjoy going to New Zealand is because of its biodiversity, friendly “Kiwi” people and World class education system. There are a number of other reasons that you should consider studying in New Zealand

  • Safe, peaceful and beautiful country
  • Globally recognized qualification, quality programs and courses
  • British-based education system
  • Quality of life
  • Work Opportunities
  • International exposure
  • Affordable tuition fees
  • simple visa process and immigration opportunities

Education System

New Zealand’s education is based on the British education system and, hence, is recognized worldwide. New Zealand’s government directly controls and finances the country’s 20 polytechnics and eight universities therefore education standard is across the board.

New Zealand's education system has 3 levels:

  • Early childhood education — from birth to school entry age
  • Primary and secondary education — from 5 to 19 years of age 
  • Further education— higher and vocational education.

Courses and University

There are 8 Universities, 15 government funded polytechnics, and many private colleges in New Zealand. New Zealand offers courses in the following areas:

  1. Academic
  2. Vocational and Applied
  3. Research
  4. Short Course

Some of the musts popular courses offered by New Zealand education institutions to International students are as follows:


  • Science
  • Technology
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Agriculture
  • Digital design
  • Fashion and design
  • Food and hospitality
  • Health
  • Environment science
  • Economic
  • Social work
  • Leadership

Top five universities in New Zealand

  • University of Auckland - https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en.html
  • University of Otago - https://www.otago.ac.nz/
  • University of Canterbury - https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/
  • Victoria University of Wellington - https://www.victoria.ac.nz/
  • University of Waikato - https://www.waikato.ac.nz/

Eligibility Test

English is the primary language of instruction at New Zealand colleges & universities. IELTS or TOEFL or PTE is mandatory admission requirement where Bachelor’s degrees and Post Graduate degrees require overall 6.5 IELTS score (No less than 6 in each band). Overall 6 and individual band score of 5.5 is requires for diploma courses. For postgraduate programs, Top universities ask for a first class or high second class. In the undergraduate level most of the good universities look for a 70 % or higher. Although in private independent colleges, there are no such strict restrictions and any degree would be accepted. Some university also requires prior work experiences for higher degree.

Cost Of Living

New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar ($NZD) as their currency. Education Institutions in New Zealand are permitted to set their own tuition fees. This means that what students pay will be different depending on their institution of choice. International students can expect to pay between $22,000 and $32,000 for a bachelor’s degree and between $26,000 and $37,000 for a postgraduate course. However, if you choose a course such as medicine, engineering or veterinary science, your fees are likely to be higher. Also you might require additional approximately NZD 15,000 to 20,000 for accommodation, travel and other expenses.

Application And Visa Process


  • Select a program , course and institute ( School, Tafe, College, University)  in a place that suits you
  • See the option for funding your studies and living expense
  • Apply for your course
  • Apply for your student visa
  • Documents requires for visa applications
    • Valid passport
    • Completed student visa application form (INZ 1012)
    • Application fee payment receipt
    • An offer of a place from New Zealand institute / university
    • Letter from your current institute confirming status as a study abroad students
    • Health Insurance Receipt
    • Photographs
    • Medical certificate, police clearance certificate
  • During the personal interview, additional documents may be requested by the interviewer
    • Education transcripts
    • Scores from test such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE,  GRE, GMAT
    • Enough fund to support your expenses
  • Once visa granted, Get ready to fly


More info can be found in NZ immigration website:



Career Prospects

Work right is limited to 20 hours per week during study period and full-time over holidays. With a skill shortage across diverse sectors in the New Zealand labor market, Graduates are in high demand. Students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long-term may eligible to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa which would allow them to live and work in New Zealand permanently.

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