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Study in New Zealand


New Zealand may not be the most well known of destinations, but it is highly regarded among international students for its high class education and desirable lifestyle.

Currently, New Zealand attracts as many as 90,000 international students every year. By 2025, the nation’s government intends to double this intake to 180,000.

What type of visa do I need?

If you need to stay for longer than three months in New Zealand for your educational program, you’ll need a Student Visa. International full-time (more than 20 hours a week of classes) students should apply to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) for a student visa.

It is worth noting that that certain criteria must be met before anybody can study in the country. To see if you qualify, check the INZ website.

How long will it take to process?

In August 2011 New Zealand restructured its visa application process, making it more efficient and student friendly. As well as improved standards of service, authorities now aim to deliver 80% of student visa applications within 30 days.

They aim to improve this to 90% within 25 days by August 2012.

How much does it cost?

A student visa will cost you US$185 (INR 8,463.29). The INZ, New Delhi, does not accept cash or credit cards – you will have to pay through a bank cheque or a draft.

Can I work while I study?

Full-time international students are permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours in a week while they are studying. They can also work full time during holidays. New Zealand's adult minimum wage is NZ$13 (£6.30) per hour.

Foreign students who wish to work while they study must apply for a variation of the conditions of their student visa. This can be done either while filling out the initial application or later - as long as their student visa is valid.

Can I work after graduation?

To encourage international students to stay after completing their courses, the New Zealand government, allows those with no job offers in hand to get a visa for up to 12 months, and work at a temporary job while they search for job in their chosen field. The set of rules under which this is allowed is known as the Graduate Job Search Work Instructions.

Students who secure a job offer upon the successful completion of their degree need to apply for a Graduate Work Experience visa under the Study to Work Instructions. This allows them to work for two years in New Zealand, in order to gain some practical work experience relevant to their qualifications.

The Graduate Work Experience visa can be granted for three years in the case of eligible overseas students who intend to gain a membership or register with a New Zealand professional association which requires more than two years of relevant work experience to join. For more information, you can visit www.immigration.govt.nz.

What about immigration opportunities?

Candidates who meet all the requirements are eligible for a Work to Residence visa. The category of visa you will get will depend on whether your occupation is on the Long Term Skills Shortage List or not.

Fee Structure in New Zealand

From postgraduate degrees to short-term English language courses, there’s a qualification to suit you. Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the type of course, where you study and how long you study for.

School fees

Annual fees for state schools start at about $11,000 for primary schools and $13,000 for secondary schools. Annual fees for private primary and secondary schools start at about $25,000.

Diplomas/Certificates

Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study for a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering for $18,500 or a one-term Certificate in Computing for $12,425.

Bachelor’s degree

Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years.

Postgraduate degree

Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.

PhDs

International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects.

English language courses

Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study a general English course for $300 per week, or a Cambridge English exam course for $5,100 for 12 weeks.

Top University In New Zealand
1. University of Auckland - Consistently ranked in the global top 100, the University of Auckland is the highest ranked of these top universities in New Zealand, up one place this year at 81st . It also achieves 5+ stars in the QS stars opt-in rating system, attaining five stars in every category.
2. University of Otago - Ranked 169th this year , the University of Otago is the oldest of these top universities in New Zealand, having been founded in 1869. It's located on the South Island in the city of Dunedin & has around 21,000 students enrolled.
3. Victoria University of Wellington - Ranked placed 228th this year, established in 1897 has around 25,000 students , including over 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries.
4. University of Canterbury - is ranked 2014th in the world this year, sharing this spot with the US's Georgetown University. Originally founded in 1873 as Canterbury College.
5. University of Waikato - Ranked 324th in the world in 2016, the University of Waikato is located mainly in the city of Hamilton on the North Island, with another campus in Tauranga. it was founded in 1964 as first university in New Zealand to be designed from a blank canvas.
6. Massey University - is ranked 340th this year & has campuses in Palmerston North, Wellington and Auckland. It's the highest- ranked university in New Zealand for agriculture and forestry, as well as the only university in the country to offer degrees in aviation, dispute resolution, veterinary medicine & nanoscience.