Other than being among the most beautiful countries in the world, New Zealand is quickly emerging as one as one of the world's preferred destination for international students. The country's education system is popular for its exemplary quality. Other than that, there are thousands of higher learning institutions that offer excellent opportunities for international students making them established graduates by the time they are through with their education. Some technological developments in the world are spearheaded by New Zealand institutions, and this is made possible by the easy access to cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities.
New Zealand offers the international student a fair mix of both worlds. It has some of the most sophisticated and economically advanced cities in the world coupled up with the excitement that is common to a diversified culture. Students who are keen to enhance their employability on the global scale are choosing New Zealand as their destination to expand knowledge and further enhance their skills. Statistics show that averagely, 100,000 students apply and receive admission in New Zealand higher learning institutions. They are attracted by the safety of the country, the low cost plus high quality of life and the low population of slightly above 4 million friendly persons.
New Zealand has a student visa policy that allows international students who have completed their curriculums to obtain a 12months work permit. This makes it easy for students to remain productive as they seek for permanent jobs which equal permanent residency. By working immediately you are through with your course, you also get the chance to recover the amount that you spend in your tuition fees. Visa application processes in New Zealand are the most outright you will find for any country admitting international students. For every denied visa application, applicants are presented with a chance to explain their situation. There are also no personal interviews held during visa application.
If you are an avid fan of sports, New Zealand is the place to pursue your course at. In this multicultural community, there are fun activities for everyone. The climate is mild, with warm and dry summers and cool, wet winters. You can enjoy skiing in the mountainous terrain during winter or bike riding on summer holidays. There are lots of water sports activities that will provide you a lifetime of memories even as you advance further your education.
New Zealand is becoming one of the world’s most preferred destinations in attracting & fascinating international Students because of its beautiful Culture, Supportive Learning Environment and for being Practical, Modern and Desirable. New Zealand’s education system is based on the prestigious British system. Which offers world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff, and the qualification is valued and transferable throughout the world.
There are around 4,000 Indian students in New Zealand &issued about 3,800 visas in this academic year. The job market in New Zealand is still hot. It is a good place to find work with good salary levels. New Zealand is the only country that provides a one-year job search visa, regardless of the course pursued by a student. Once you get a job, you can apply for two years of work permit, following which you can apply for permanent residency. New Zealand offers a safe and stable democratic political environment. Living and tuition costs compare well with other countries. New Zealand has two official languages - English and Māori.
Auckland is the largest and most culturally diverse city of New Zealand. About one million people live in Auckland. The other major cities are Wellington, which is the capital city, followed by Christchurch and Dunedin.
There are 10 levels of study in New Zealand schools and universities. The lowest level is a certificate and the highest is a doctoral degree. Each level is more complex than the one below it. These are the names of our qualifications and their levels:
All of our major education providers have qualifications with these names. This means that you can easily understand the level of the qualification and compare qualifications between education providers.
New Zealand has 8 Universities, 25 Polytechnics and/or Institutes of Technology and about 440 secondary schools.
New Zealand’s eight national universities offer the best degree programmes in academic and professional studies. All universities offer a broad range of subjects for degrees in Computing & IT, Engineering, Commerce, Science and the Arts. Most degrees in New Zealand are for 3 years but there are also a number of degrees which take 4 years.
All major education providers are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), so you can be sure that you are studying for an approved qualification that has been assessed to ensure that it is of high quality. Some private training establishments don’t use NZQA qualifications - you should check and make sure their courses are suitable for you.
Universities prefer applicants with very good academic background and decent score in TOEFL or IELTS for admission Postgraduate and Masters Programmes may vary between Faculties, Applicants may also be required to provide evidence of relevant work/research experience. For postgraduate applications where the student will be undertaking a thesis, a research proposal will be required.
Main intake every year commences in Jun-July, Dec-Jan.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics have two semesters - February to June and July to November - with holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses start in July.
Each university has its own timetable but generally the year is split into 2 semesters of about 12 weeks each, with a 2-week break during the semester and a 6-week break in the middle of the year. The breaks are not necessarily holidays - you may need the time for research and study.
Some universities offer ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, which reduces the number of years it takes to complete a degree.
New Zealand colleges and universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency.
Pre-Degree-Diploma & Undergraduate Degree
IELTS (Academic) score - Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or overall 5.5 with no band less than 5.0
Paper-based - total score of 550 with minimum of 4.0 in Test of Written English (TWE)or
Computer-based - total score of 213 with minimum Essay rating of 4.0 or
Internet-based - total score of 80
IELTS (Academic) score - Overall band score of 6.5 & band score of 6.0 in all bands
Paper-based - total score of 575 with minimum of 4.5 in Test of Written English (TWE)or
Computer-based - total score of 233 with minimum Essay rating of 4.5 or
Internet-based - total score of 90
Cost of Education & Duration of programs
The fees at the universities are calculated on a per course/paper or per point basis and may vary according to selection.
Polytechnic Courses these range from NZ$10,000 - NZ$15,000 per year depending on the course or degree
University Degrees from NZ$18,000 - NZ$25,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees
Post-graduate Degrees NZ$ 40,000
Courses in Medicine & Engineering may be more depending on the university & City.
Duration of programs:
Masters 2 Years except for programs
Postgraduate Diploma 1 Year
Graduate Diploma 1 Year
Bachelors - 3 Years/ 4 Years
Diplomas 1 Year /2 Years
MBA 18 months but can be completed in 1 year as well.
Programs for 4 Years: BHSc. (Physiotherapy), Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science and Bachelor of Engineering Honours.
Conjoint degrees are an estimate. Students will be charged on the basis of their paper enrolment rather than by programme
The total cost depends on each students spending habits. However a student should be able to live in New Zealand for a total cost of living of between NZ$8,000 and NZ$10,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment.
For Graduation Courses:
NewZealand have rolling intakes that is every month they have admissions.Admission to a University or college in NewZealand requires a completion of twelve years of elementary and secondary education.
All students must have the required English Language proficiency with regards to the course. IELTS of 5.5 for 5+7 levels (2 years program) and 6.0 for level 7 (1 year program) and 6.5 for PG Diploma(1 year course) and Masters( 2 years course), TOEFL score of 79 and above, PTE score of 52 and above for graduate and postgraduate degrees.
In the Indian context, this implies qualifying in class 12th examination or junior college as applicable. The acceptable degrees include : Indian School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Higher School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate.
Most universities ask for a minimum of 75% aggregate marks and a minimum of 60% in English.
In case the criteria is not met, you may be required to complete one year of education in any university in India or do a foundation course in some university in New Zealand. Any further details can be discussed with the respective universities.
For Post Graduation Courses:
Most NewZealand universities accept the Indian graduation system of three years for entry into most postgraduate courses. An Indian bachelor degree like B. A., B. Com. or B. Sc. is equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree
However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to New Zealand Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like B. E., B.Tech or other such courses.
For most Universities, a good first degree from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.
|Level of Qualification||Per Annum in NZD|
|Level 5 Diploma||10000-12000NZD|
|Level 6 Advanced Diploma||12000-16000NZD|
|Level 7 Graduation Diploma||14000-18000NZD|
|Level 8 Post-Graduate Diploma||16000-20000NZD|
|Level 9 Masters||20000-24000NZD|
New Zealand is the most popular study destinations for diploma, graduation and masters degrees in the world. The highest occupational groups are professionals including physicians, mathematicians, financial managers, computer engineers, hospitality, telecoms, medicine, health care and Business.
International students can take up on campus jobs, they are allowed to work 20 hrs during their study. On campus jobs may include teaching assistantships, research assistantship where a student is paid an average of 10-15 NZD per hour thus student earns approximately 800-1200$ NZD per month. With this, student can do internship in the related field which may be paid.
During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is allowed to work for 1 year popularly known as PSW(Post Study Work). On obtaining work the student can later apply for work permit visa or Permanent Residency.
What is the time frame for the admission & visa process?
Undergraduate applications are generally assessed quickly in 3-5 weeks time wherein PG applications could take 4-8 weeks for processing. Visa procedures for New Zealand are quick, where New Zealand Information Service supports decision of positive profile students in 15-20 working days.
What are the part time work opportunities for students & how much can they earn?
Students are allowed to work part time up to 20 hrs per week. Most students work in Restaurants, Farms, Mall's, Marketing Executive's etc. Wages will range from NZ$ 9-12 approx.
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 dependants 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 required (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.
When will I get my 12 month job search visa?
You are eligible to apply for 12 month job search Visa within 3 months of the date of completion of your course in NZ.
What 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.
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