Study in New Zealand


New Zealand is also fast emerging as a preferred education destination.  It has seen a surge in students preferring to study there.  Getting admissions to the best Universities in New Zealand is easy as compared to the top destinations.  The New Zealand government is rolling out a red carpet for global students to study there.  Some of the programs offered their Educational Institutions rank on par with the best.

Why study in New Zealand

New Zealand is an extremely beautiful and scenic country with all types of terrains – mountains, jungles, vast open lands, volcanoes, lakes and surrounded by pacific sea all around.  It is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on the earth.  It also has a unique eco-system with coral sea-reefs, flora and fauna as well as plant and animal life.  It has some of the best tourist places and attracts lots of tourists annually.

A few major places of tourist interest are:

  •  Abel Tasman National Park
  • Bay of Islands
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Milford Sound
  • Sky Tower (Auckland)
  • Tongariro National Park

About New Zealand

New Zealand is basically two large islands, i.e. the North Islands and South Islands, and the neighbouring countries are Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia and Tonga, all of them being tiny islands, except Australia which is very large in terms of land mass.

New Zealand is counted amongst the list of developed nations and has a great economy despite its relatively small population.  The economy is largely dependent upon its exports comprising of agricultural produce, dairy products, horticulture and forestry, with the major contributor being the mining industry.  In-bound tourism is also a major contributor to the country’s GDP since it is known for its adventure sports which has become quite a rage with the young population seeking to do something different in their life.

New Zealand is technologically advanced and promotes research and development in various fields like agriculture, horticulture, dairy, medicine, pharmacy, life sciences, marine and aquatic life, management, life-style related disorders, tele-communication, transportation, automobile engineering, and solar  & renewable energy.  Its major cities are well connected by air with major destinations in the world and has good urban transportation systems.  It offers advanced and high-speed internet connectivity helping its citizens and students to keep in touch with the rest of the world.

Despite its isolated location, New Zealand is a developed nation with great connections with the rest of the world. There are frequent international flights as well as fast internet connections that connect New Zealand with the rest of the world.

The weather between its two islands may vary greatly which seas temperatures which may range from hot and humid on the coastal regions to dry, wet, windy and icy cold climatic conditions.

Students aspiring to study in New Zealand have plenty of options in higher education and research which gives them good exposure to build their future career.  The education system has been adopted from the British Education System and large number of similarities can be found with the education system in Singapore.

The Education hierarchy in New Zealand

The education system has been structured in such a manner that it caters to all types of professional needs of students.  At the lowest level there are public and private schools which allows students to pursue their higher education in Colleges, again, both private and state-owned.  There are also polytechnics which offer vocation and skill based education enabling students not willing to pursue academic education.  This allows people to become economic contributors and keeps a healthy balance between of blue and white collar workforce.

At the higher level, there are 8 Universities which are known for offering quality education.  This can be substantiated by the fact seven of its eight Universities [University of Auckland (rank 83) and University of Otago (rank 133). Other listed universities include University of Canterbury (rank 221), Victoria University of Wellington (rank 237), Massey University (rank 308) and the University of Waikato (rank 374)] feature in the 2012-13 QS World University rankings.

A unique feature of their education system is that students who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree in a subject they are not qualified with a Bachelor’s degree can undergo a one year Graduate Diploma courses, enabling them to transition to a Master’s course.  It is generally seen that students who come as far as a Bachelor’s Degree lose interest in the education they have just completed and feel that they have lost interest and get drawn to a subject or career they find it necessary to change course to be successful.

Another unique feature offered by the education system is that students with good academic performance record can take a one year long Honours degree course.  If the student wishes to pursue still higher education, that one year degree course is considered as the first year of the two year Master’s Degree program.  Alternatively, a student with a one year Honours Degree can straight away seek admission to a Ph.D. programme

Cost of Education in New Zealand

The components of study in New Zealand can be broadly categorised into three types:

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Cost of Living (lodging and boarding)
  3. Health care cost

The cost of pursuing an undergraduate degree would range between NZ$16500 to NS$25,000 per year whereas the tuition fees for a post-graduate degree, depending upon the course would be upwards of NS$9,000 to NS$30,000.  Tuition fees for Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Engineering and Management are on the lower side whereas cost of courses like special sciences and technology based courses are expensive.  Students pursuing Ph.D. are classified as domestic students and are entitled to exemption from paying tuition fees.  In addition, you may also receive fellow-ship to cover your other expenses, be allowed to teach also.  You will need to find out the details from your University student facilitation centre.

You can also reduce your cost of education by applying for various scholarships offered by the Government of New Zealand, private institutions, NGOs and educational institutions including those offered by international agencies and governments.

There are various options for accommodation for students and the cost will vary as per choice.  Student can avail accommodation facility in hostels, private accommodation (shared or complete rented).  A shared accommodation can cost you approx. NZ$100 to NZ$120 per month whereas a rented apartment can cost between NZ$150 to NZ$200 per month.  University or Private Hostel can charge you NZ$150 per month upwards.

A rather small and the third component of your expenses is the Student Health Cover to take care of your treatment and hospitalisation if such an eventuality occurs.

As a full time student, you are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year.  However, during your vacations, if you are not returning back to your country for various reasons, you will be able to take up full time employment.  Not all students are allowed to work though.  Study intensive courses exempt student from working because they require you to put in more number of study hours.  The University and the government closely monitors your movement and any unregulated behaviour can result in cancellation of your enrolment and cancellation of visa.