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Why Study in New Zealand?

Apart from the mind-boggling landscape, culture and the rugby team, New Zealand has become one of the upcoming destinations for studying abroad. Students consider going to New Zealand because it is high in cost-effectiveness, numerous scholarships are offered, ease of visa acquisition, post study work rights and most importantly world-renowned universities.

The education system of New Zealand is world-renowned for its progressive and innovative characteristics. Universities of New Zealand boasts of state-of-the-art infrastructure, technological developments and a practical approach.

Higher Education System in New Zealand

The New Zealand education programs and degrees are based on the worlds most recognized and accredited education system- The British System

Universities in New Zealand offer a wide range of options for international students. These options are referred to as levels. A basic rundown of these levels are as follows:

Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 are for certificate courses

Level 5 and 6 are for diploma courses

Level 7 is for Bachelor’s Degree and graduate diploma

Level 8 is for Post graduate diploma

Level 9 is for Masters Degree

Level 10 is for Ph.D/Doctorate

The education system in New Zealand is focused on offering hands-on experience with internships and industrial placements after graduation. Moreover, New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requires that all institutions enrolling international students should be registered and ensures compliance with qualifications standards. Not only this, New Zealand provides the best support services for international students in the world. They hold a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs.

Top Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand is home to some of the top universities such as:

The University of Auckland

University of Otago

University of Canterbury

Victoria University of Wellington

University of Waikato

Popular Courses in New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its courses such as:




Business Studies/Management



IT and Computer Science


Art and design

Business Analytics

Sports management

Tuition Fee and Cost of Living

Universities in New Zealand offer very affordable tuition fee as compared to other countries. The cost of living in New Zealand is also low as compared to other countries, thereby, making New Zealand a best value country for studying abroad.

Education cost in New Zealand varies according to course to course and college to college. A Bachelor’s degree can cost between NZ$ 15,000 to NZ $ 25,000 per year (~INR 7,00,000 to INR 12,00,000 per year). Whereas, the annual cost of living in New Zealand amounts to approximate NZ $ 20,000 (~INR 9,00,000).

Application Procedure and Admission Process

Universities in New Zealand start their intakes in January and July. However some universities start their intakes in September and November.

If you are planning to study in New Zealand, it is always advisable to start sending queries at least 6–8 months before the proposed date of admission. Application for vocational courses are open in March, April, May, July, and October (varies from university to university).


The eligibility for applying to an undergraduate course requires you to have 12 years of elementary and secondary education (12th /Intermediate). At least 75% aggregate marks and a minimum of 60% in English, Mathematics in class XII as a requirement (for some sciences and technology courses) and Minimum mandatory IELTS/PTE Academic scores. For pursuing postgraduate courses, the eligibility for postgraduate courses requires you to have a bachelor’s degree, work experience for MBA/IT programs and IELTS/PTE Scores.

Career Prospects in New Zealand

International students can easily work in New Zealand while pursuing their higher education. Also, students have the permission to work 20 hours a week during the course and can take full time employment during vacations.

Moreover, you can get a permit at the end of the degree program and work for 1 year in the country under a special ‘Work Permit’. If the job that you are working at is directly related to the course that you have pursued, you will be immediately given a 2 years’ work permit along with some fringe benefits.

You can easily settle in New Zealand permanently as there are plenty of work opportunities in IT and mass communication field along with finance and banking.

Scholarships in New Zealand

A number of scholarship initiatives are targeted specifically at Indians. Some of them are:

The Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarship for India initiative targets postgraduate-level students studying courses in skills shortage areas, including engineering, ICT, science and construction.

Prime Minister Scholarship For Asia is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand

In May 2016, a new university scholarship initiative for India scholars’ are offered opportunity to study graduate and postgraduate programmes at all eight universities through the New Zealand Excellence Awards.


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