STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND

 
 

COUNTRY FACTS

Capital:

Wellington

Population:

2016 estimate 4,723,610 (123rd)

Area:

268,021 km2
(75th) 103,483 sq mi

Language:

96.1% English
3.7% Māori
0.5% NZ Sign Language

Religion:

Christianity
Hinduism
Buddhism
Islam

Continent:

Oceania

 

1. WHY STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND?

New Zealand, famous for its amazing scenery, is a great country - a fun place to visit and a superb study destination.

New Zealand is around the same size as Japan or Great Britain. The countryside is unique and quite spectacular, from rolling green hills to golden sand beaches then lush rainforests, all within a few hours drive. New Zealand has just over four million people, know affectionately as ‘Kiwis’, who are easy going, warm and welcoming to their neighbours and to those who travel to experience all that is New Zealand. New Zealanders travel overseas a lot and this means they are well used to a range of cultures. New Zealand itself is a multi-cultural nation, with a fusion of Maori (the indigenous people), Pacific Island, European and Asian people combining to make a vibrant and colourful society.

The climate in New Zealand is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters, with temperature between 10 and 15ºC, and warm, dry summers where temperatures range from 20 to 30ºC. The summer months are December, January, February, and the winter months are June, July and August.

2. ADMISSION IN NEW ZEALAND

International students can gain admission to New Zealand universities in the following ways:

For admission to study at the first-year level

  1. By completing in their home country a qualification which is recognised in New Zealand as equivalent to the New Zealand university entrance standard. (See this list for examples.)
  2. By attending secondary school in New Zealand and achieving the university entrance standard.
  3. By completing a foundation programme at a university in New Zealand.
  4. By completing a recognised* university foundation programme offered by a non-university provider in New Zealand.

English language requirements

A minimum score of 6.0 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.

For admission to complete a New Zealand degree after starting university study elsewhere

Applications should be made direct to the universities.

For admission to postgraduate study

Applications should be made direct to the universities.

English language requirements

A minimum score of 6.5 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.

3. STUDENT VISA PROCESS

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.
Student visa process

Get an internationally recognised education and have the time of your life!

If you’re spending six months or more here in New Zealand you may need to be screened for tuberculosis.

If you’re over 17 and intending to be in New Zealand for over two years, a police certificate will be required to show that you are of good character.

If your course is three months or less, you don’t need a student visa: just a visitor visa.

If you have been offered a place in an approved exchange scheme you can apply for a student visa for the duration of your exchange, provided you meet our health and character requirements and are a genuine exchange participant. If you’re coming on a working holiday scheme you can do one or more courses of study as long as their total duration doesn’t exceed six months.

This is just a summary. You should make sure you get the full details at Immigration New Zealand. You may also be able to apply for your student visa online. 

Student visa options | Immigration New Zealand

You'll need a student visa if you study in NZ for more than three months.

Working after study

If your long-term plan is to work here and become a New Zealand resident, then you'll need to know about our requirements to work after study. It's good to have these in mind when deciding what course to enrol in so you gain a qualification that's needed and valued by New Zealand employers.

Staying to work after you graduate | Immigration New Zealand

Visas for school children

Dependent children of temporary work visa holders also need a student visa. This entitles them to attend New Zealand primary and secondary schools as domestic students. To avoid delays it is strongly recommended that you apply for this visa from your home country. Without a student visa, they can only attend school for two weeks as a domestic student or for three months as a fee-paying international student.

 

6. LIST OF OUR PARTNER UNIVERSITIES IN NEW ZEALAND

  1. University of Portsmouth

 

5. FINANCIAL AIDS

  • New Zealand Scholarships are prestigious scholarships for international students from developing countries to study in New Zealand and the Pacific. Our scholarships foster and build potential leaders, as well as equipping individuals with skills and knowledge to benefit their home country.

    Studying with a New Zealand Scholarship is a great opportunity for personal and academic growth, unique experiences and career development. Our network of scholars go on to make a difference in government, business, NGOs and local community.

    You’ll study with students and lecturers from around the world, and build life-long connections to New Zealand and a global network of leaders and high achievers.

6. LIVING COST IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is an affordable option for international students, providing excellent quality of life for a lower cost than many countries around the world. In the Mercer ‘Cost of Living Survey’ (2014), New Zealand’s major cities Auckland and Wellington were shown to provide a lower cost of living than cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, New York, Paris, London, Dublin, Moscow, Sydney and Melbourne.

How much you pay for daily expenses in New Zealand will depend on where you choose to live, as well as your personal spending habits. The following prices provide a guide to what you might expect to spend on living expenses in New Zealand.

  •  Accommodation: NZ$100 to $350 per week
  •  Food: NZ$60 to $100 per week
  •  Transport: NZ$10 to $70 per week  
  •  Entertainment: NZ$40 to $100 per week
  •  Utilities: NZ$20 to $60 per week

    New Zealand is an affordable option for international students, providing excellent quality of life for a lower cost than many countries around the world. In the Mercer ‘Cost of Living Survey’ (2014), New Zealand’s major cities Auckland and Wellington were shown to provide a lower cost of living than cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, New York, Paris, London, Dublin, Moscow, Sydney and Melbourne.

    How much you pay for daily expenses in New Zealand will depend on where you choose to live, as well as your personal spending habits. The following prices provide a guide to what you might expect to spend on living expenses in New Zealand.

    •  Accommodation: NZ$100 to $350 per week
    •  Food: NZ$60 to $100 per week
    •  Transport: NZ$10 to $70 per week  
    •  Entertainment: NZ$40 to $100 per week
    •  Utilities: NZ$20 to $60 per week

    Source: Institution websites,

    The New Zealand Government’s Statistics Department has provided a summary of the average price of common purchases:

    •  Bread (white sliced loaf): NZ$1.94
    •  Milk (2 litres): NZ$3.19
    •  Fish and chips: NZ$5.77
    •  Apples (1 kilogram): NZ$2.32
    •  Lamb chops (1 kilogram): NZ$12.29
    •  Beer (one glass, 400 millilitres): NZ$5.78
    •  Cup of coffee: NZ$4.00
    •  Petrol (91 octane, 1 litre): NZ$2.02

The New Zealand Government’s Statistics Department has provided a summary of the average price of common purchases:

  •  Bread (white sliced loaf): NZ$1.94
  •  Milk (2 litres): NZ$3.19
  •  Fish and chips: NZ$5.77
  •  Apples (1 kilogram): NZ$2.32
  •  Lamb chops (1 kilogram): NZ$12.29
  •  Beer (one glass, 400 millilitres): NZ$5.78
  •  Cup of coffee: NZ$4.00
  •  Petrol (91 octane, 1 litre): NZ$2.02

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