About New Zealand

New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in International comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education and economic freedom. New Zealand has a reputation as a provider of quality education offering excellent study opportunities and support services in a safe learning environment. It is quickly becoming a popular choice for international students seeking high quality education away from home. Academic, profession and vocation studies are offered at universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments. New Zealand’s national education system is based on the British system. Research indicates New Zealand students are ranked amongst the top in the world academically.

Why Study in New Zealand?

  • The New Zealand Qualification Framework: The NZQF helps to give potential students and employees a certain level of confidence in the education that people obtain while they are in university in New Zealand.
  • Professional Certificates and Technical schools: There are over 600 tertiary training schools located throughout the country of New Zealand, each of which provides a different type of education depending on the field of work that you plan on going into.
  • Scholarships: Depending on the country that you come from, you may also be eligible for scholarships from your home country that will depend on number of factors.
Cost of Study for International Students:
  • Diploma Course – Level 5 – $15000 to $25000 per year
  • Graduate Diploma – Level 6 – $15000 to $25000 per year
  • PG Diploma – Level 7 – $15000 to $25000 per year
  • Bachelor’s Course – Level 5&6 – $20000 to $35000 per year
  • Master’s Course – Level 9 – $25000 to $40000 per year
Other Expenses for International Students
  • Average Living Expenses- NZ$ 15000 per year
  • Transportation Cost and Medical Insurance- NZ$ 450 to $550
Popular Courses in New Zealand:
  • Computing
  • Nursing
  • Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Accounting
  • Architecture and Landscape
Levels of Study:
  • Diploma program – 1 year
  • Graduate Diploma program – 1 year
  • PG Diploma program – 1 year
  • Bachelor’s program – 3 years
  • Master’s program – 2 years
List of Universities/College:
  • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), Christchurch
  • Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec), Wellington
  • University of Otago
  • Victoria University of Wellignton, Wellington
  • Lincoln University
  • Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland
  • UUNZ Institute of Business, Auckland
  • University of Waikato Hamilton
  • University of Auckland, Auckland
Job Opportunities

New Zealand is a land of relatively open immigration policy, which drives in a good influx of people from foreign origin. Asian students form an important group there, particularly Indians. With each passing year an increasing number of students from India travel to New Zealand to pursue higher studies, drawn to a large extent by the highly regarded universities of the country. But there is another, often downplayed, reason why students are heading to New Zealand in large numbers- it is the flexibility and scope of working part time in the country while also pursuing one’s study. International students in New Zealand are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to support their studies –the minimum wage is set at NZ $14.75. Apart from reducing their financial burden, these work opportunities in New Zealand are a great way for international students to get acclimatized to NZ’s way of life, culture and get a first-hand experience of the job market.

PR Opportunities

If you wish to stay in New Zealand and work after you have finished your studies, you will need the right visa.

International students who have achieved a New Zealand qualification may be allowed to gain experience in work related to their studies.

Depending on what you study, you may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years, and possibly even gain residence.

First you need to apply for a visa and have it approved. The study to work pathway has two steps:

  1. Post study work visa (open): This visa gives you up to 12 months to get a job in a field related to your studies. While you are looking for a job in your field you are allowed to work in any job to support yourself.
  2. Post study work visa (employer assisted): This visa lets you stay in New Zealand to gain work experience for a further two years (or three years if work experience is required as part of a professional registration). This visa relates to a specific job with a specific employer.

After your post-study work visa (employer assisted) you may be eligible to apply for a New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. If your work is in an occupation that has skill shortages, this improves your chances of being allowed to stay, either with work visas or residence. Whatever visa you apply for, you will need to pass health and character checks.

Official Government sites:

Immigration – https://www.govt.nz/browse/immigration-and-visas/

VFS – https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/nzl

Job Opportunities:

International Students in Australia on student visa can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during their study period and there is no limit on the number of hours an overseas student can work during holiday periods from their study.

PR Opportunities

Many international students enjoy their time in Australia so much that they apply for permanent residency so that they can continue to live and work in Australia. There are many ways to improve the likelihood of gaining PR. This includes staying in Australia after completing your degree to gain work experience and language skills through the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485); completing a more advanced qualification; improving your English language skills; and completing a Professional Year Program (PYP). PYPs are structured professional development programs that combine formal learning with workplace experience, available in the fields of accounting, computer science and engineering.

For More information about Australia PR Click Here.  

Official Government sites:

Courses in Australia – http://cricos.education.gov.au/

Australia immigration – https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

VFS – https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/aus/


Most frequent questions and answers

To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.

The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Universities and schools can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their websites carefully.

The costs associated with studying at university or school overseas vary greatly. It depends on the nature of the program, the length of your stay, the distance you travel and the kind of lifestyle you want when you get there.

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  • When deciding what and where to study, start by thinking about your academic interests and your career goals.
  • Take some time to research specific courses, subjects and options for internships or work placements.
  • Look at the campus location, rankings, the amount of time you would like to spend away from home and the total cost of studying and living overseas.
  • Studying overseas is about more than just the course. Think about what kind of lifestyle you prefer – do you want to be in a cosmopolitan city, or a quiet country town? Would you prefer to choose a city where there are other students from your nationality? Do you want to be close to the beach? Do you want to live on campus?If you would like to explore the option of staying in the country to work after your studies you will need to find out about the migration policies in place and also be aware that these government policies can change at any time.

Your career prospects will benefit hugely from your experience of studying, living and socialising overseas. It’s your opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills, perspectives and stronger English language skills and seek work experience from the sort of employers you’d like to work for.

  • Working while you study can help complement your study and living experience. If you pursue a course at degree level or above you may be permitted to work while on an international student visa.

  • Before you undertake any paid work, you need to make sure that your visa allows it. The opportunity for students to work part-time during their studies varies from country to country.Many universities have a dedicated job centre on-campus for students that advertise job opportunities to help students develop skills. The university careers service is also a useful source of information.

We recommend you begin your application process at least a year in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas.