New Zealand offers a world-class education in a postcard-perfect environment. New Zealand has an excellent, centrally managed quality assurance system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requires that institutions are registered to enrol international students and ensures compliance with qualifications standards.

Five New Zealand universities were ranked in the top 400 universities in the world by the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

New Zealand has always been internationally recognized for its excellent education standards and for training high quality teachers, which makes it rather a given fact that the institutions in New Zealand provide one of the best world class teaching faculties. Apart from this, New Zealand also has a high quality of amenities and research facilities for its students.

But that is not all the country has to offer. It also provides a perfect mix of a modern cosmopolitan society that exists in perfect harmony with the country’s outdoorsy lifestyle. Replete with all kinds of natural landscaped ranging from snowcapped mountains and steaming volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches and lush rainforests. Living in New Zealand provides every student a chance to grow with its multi-cultural society and natural wonders all at once. Education in New Zealand is truly an all-encompassing experience.

One of the advantages of studying in New Zealand is value for your money. Living expenses and tuition costs are comparatively affordable.

Tuition fees vary depending on the type of course (arts or science; undergraduate/bachelor or postgraduate) and the duration of the course.

As compared to most study destination, New Zealand provides one with value for money as the living expenses and tuition costs in New Zealand are very affordable. The tuition fee, of course, varies from course to course and university to university, and of course with the duration of the course.

To study for diplomas and degrees at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, students coming through New Zealand’s secondary school system generally need NCEA Level 3 qualifications.

Students from overseas need to be able to show they’ve achieved a similar University entrance level of education - that can include GCSE A levels for students from the UK, Hong Kong ‘A’ Levels, STPM /Malaysian Higher School Certificate Australian Matriculation Year 12 Certificate. They also need to be able to prove their English skills.

The Universities New Zealand website has more information about the admission requirements for students with overseas qualifications.

Domestic students over 20 don’t need formal qualifications to apply for entry.

Students can also do short-term foundation studies or pre-university orientation studies at PTEs or universities to prepare for university-level study. You need to check with the tertiary education provider you’re considering.

Apart from the internships that the students can join while pursuing their educational courses in New Zealand, owing to the skill shortages across the various sectors in the New Zealand market, students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long term can apply for a Skilled Migrant visa, which will allow them to work and live in the country permanently. Graduates are in high demand in New Zealand, in particular in the health, information and communications technology, agriculture and farming, as well as the engineering industries.

Earn while you learn

An international education can be a strain on a student’s budget. In New Zealand, most students enrolled in a course of 12 months' duration or longer can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during the semester and during holiday periods.

This not only helps top up the bank balance but also provides an excellent opportunity to integrate into the community and meet new people.

After graduation

With skill shortages across various sectors in the New Zealand labor market, graduates are in high demand in New Zealand. In particular, there is a strong demand for skilled workers in the health, information and communications technology, agriculture and farming, and engineering industries.

Students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long-term may apply for a Skilled Migrant visa, which will allow them to live and work in New Zealand permanently.

To receive a student visa, you have to prove that you have enough money to pay for living expenses, education costs and travel for your entire stay in New Zealand. 

For your student visa you may also require:

  • Offer letter: The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) offer letter to international students, which lists minimum course duration, course fees and whether the fees are applicable at domestic or foreign rates.
  • Guarantee of Stay (for students aged under 18 years): A written document from an institution or person that states that the student has suitable accommodation arranged in New Zealand.
  • Health and medical requirements: If you are staying in New Zealand an e-medical certificate need to be provided.
  • Proof of English: An IELTS score to demonstrate competency in English is necessary to apply for a student visa to study in New Zealand. You will need to meet IELTS score prerequisites to gain admission to the top universities in New Zealand.

More information on New Zealand study visas is available here.

The cost of rental accommodation also depends on a number of factors like where you study and the style of accommodation.

Like other parts of the world, the cost of rental accommodation varies greatly depending on where you study and the style of accommodation. The living cost in New Zealand is at an average NZ$ 15000 per year as per Immigration New Zealand guidelines.

More information on the cost of living in New Zealand is available here.

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