Study in New Zealand: A Comprehensive guide on Studying in NZ

Based on the highly regarded educational system of the United Kingdom(UK), the New Zealand educational system is known for offering world-class facilities, resources, and expert faculties. It is ranked 8th among the World’s Happiest countries and has institutions which rank among top universities and colleges of the world. With an environment that encourages research and concentrates on harnessing individual strengths, New Zealand is also known for programs that facilitate easy movement of students between institutes in New Zealand and other English speaking countries.
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Some highlights

Relatively Lower Cost of Education

cost of education in New Zealand

As per a study, studying humanities, education and art programs are cheaper in New Zealand. On the other hand, studying courses like medicine and engineering can be comparatively expensive. As a whole, the cost of living in New Zealand is comparatively lesser than the majority of other foreign universities.

Too Many Choices, too little TimeMultiple courses at New Zealand universities

While most of the students go to New Zealand for either their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies, New Zealand is also a land of opportunities for Ph.D. students. With their attractive scholarship schemes for the students opting for Ph.D., which covers all expenses of the students, New Zealand is indeed the place to be if you are planning to pursue your Ph.D. abroad.

Scholarships to the RescueScholarship to study in New Zealand

The eligibility criteria and the amount covered vary as per the provisions of the individual scholarships. There are scholarships that provide up to 100% of the tuition fee apart from covering the other basic expenditures. 

Hone your English-language skills

IELTS PTE TOEFL to study in New Zealand

The eligibility criteria for New Zealand universities are similar to any other country. Your IELTS/PTE/TOEFL scores will play an important role in admissions. And the admissions are completely based on the merit of the applicants. English being the primary language, international students are expected to have a little command over English language.

But what about Visas?

visa for New Zealand

If you are planning to study in New Zealand for over 3 months, you must have a student visa. To obtain the visa you must provide a proof of your admission, that is, the offer letter and other vital documents.

All about the in New Zealand

student life in New Zealand

As an International student, New Zealand is one place which will provide you with all the necessary life-skills. It is one of the countries of the world which is still close to nature and modern at the same time. The New Zealanders’ are known for being warm to all people and being an international student is a chance to experience it firsthand.

Reasons to choose New Zealand for your higher studies

Confusions are not that bad. They encourage you to ask questions and in return, your doubts are clarified. If you have made up your mind about studying in New Zealand but are still a bit confused, here are a few of the top reasons to choose New Zealand for your higher studies.

Read: 10 Things to Know Before Studying in New Zealand

Course durations Matter

The first reason that tops our list is the availability of a 1-year Post-graduate Diploma and Masters. This not only means that you become part of a fast-paced education system but the study programs also prepare the students for real-life experience in shorter period of time than the others.

Work, work, work permit

Secondly, after completing Bachelor’s/Master’s/ Post Graduate Diploma studies, you can avail post-study work permit for up to 3-years. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to garner work experience in New Zealand, further opening new avenues for them.

The fact that students can support their education with paid part-time work is perhaps one of the prime reasons to choose New Zealand.

Pay like a New Zealander

For students pursuing Ph.D. in the country, International students pay what New Zealanders pay, which means the expenses are substantially lesser. This along with the option to work full time while completing studies is surely an added benefit.

Choose what to study

Choosing the right subject or stream is the key to a successful career. And unfortunately, many a times, we compromise with it and are forced to prioritize other factors. To make a better choice, we must know what are the options available to us and how can we choose what we really want. Read on as the facts below might be instrumental in helping you take a wiser decision.

Programmes and Courses

Since New Zealand has turned into an overseas education hotspot, it has made an all out effort to provide the best of what global education has to offer. From a wide-range of courses to highly real-life efficient study programs, these programmes and courses are the reason why the New Zealand education system is highly regarded by employers all around the world.

Popular study courses in New Zealand

  • Science: From world-class laboratories to true adventures, science programs in New Zealand are specially designed so that every student is left with the ability to formulate solutions to real-world problems.
  • Technology: Don’t just witness the change happening around; instead you can be a part of this dynamic world. Prepare yourself to shape the world with your innovative ideas, with 100% help from the technology courses of New Zealand education system.
  • Business & Management: Be the fuel that runs the modern world; take the leash to mark your role of a lynchpin in the corporate world, and to prepare for this journey, the Business and Management courses offered in new Zealand are your best friend.
  • Engineering: Learn the ways of the world and its functioning. Grow in New Zealand’s hands-on learning environment, build and create with ideas that resonate with creativity and excellence.
  • Mathematics: When it comes to Mathematics, New Zealand is the go-to destination. Not only it is highly regarded globally, it is also valued in a wide range of careers.
  • Agriculture: New Zealand is also called a hub of Agribusiness innovation. That being said, why not educate in the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the primary sector. Have a chance to contribute to a food efficient tomorrow. And education in Agriculture from New Zealand will prepare you for that and so much more.
  • Digital Design: The recent boom in Digital designing makes it utterly necessary for you to update and educate yourself in the nuances of the Digital industry. From Gaming to Animation, New Zealand institutions with their state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise from professionals who are veterans in the field, this is one subject of study you need to explore in the Kiwis.
  • Fashion & Design: With a good number of universities being recognised for their excellence in Art & Design courses by QS World University Rankings, New Zealand has the reputation of propagating some of the finest Fashion, Design and Art courses. This means with a degree from New Zealand, you can get an edge over the others in this, otherwise, highly competitive industry.
  • Food & Hospitality: With the booming of the tourism industry and the global travelling scene, Food and Hospitality courses have turned into one of the favourites among international students to pursue. And New Zealand universities and colleges, with their industry-ready programmes, are your best bet to excel in the field as you learn your way around the field.

Explore New Zealand with Us

Obviously there are hundreds of other exciting courses you can explore and pursue in New Zealand apart from the ones here. And we have all the resources to make sure you choose the one that best fits your passion and dreams.

Let us help you find your dream course and the perfect New Zealand University or college.

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Plan your budget

Studying abroad calls for immense planning. Be that choosing the destination, institution, course or accommodation, the key is to plan your finances well, in other words, budget what to spend on, how much to spend on and most importantly, where, what and how not to spend.

The primary expenses while studying abroad involves the tuition fee and the cost of living. Cost of living, once again, involves accommodation, fooding and other miscellaneous expenses.

Tuition fee in New Zealand

Pursuing an undergraduate degree program in New Zealand can cost something from $20,500 to $25, 000 approximately. Similarly, Postgraduate diploma and degree can cost something around $19,000 to $29,000 annually.

For MBA and also Ph.D. coursework, the scholarship offered ranges from $3,000 to $29,000 (approx).

Also, it is mandatory for all Indian students to get medical insurance before traveling to New Zealand.

Cost of living

We understand how the cost of living varies from individual to individual and that makes the difference in what you spend and what you save. But as students, living a life of luxury is a luxury. And because there is no negotiation when it comes to the tuition and other education fees, it is the cost of living that can make a huge difference.

Communication Fee

As an international student, you would surely love to stay connected with your loved ones back home. And it is a smart decision to set apart a certain portion of your budget for phone and data expenses. This means you will have to look for a feasible call and data plan which can fulfil all your needs and is easy on your pocket as well.

Books and supplies

Although many of our students opt to buy new books, some of these can be quite expensive. But there is no reason to worry as second-hand books are available easily and buying them is an effective way to save your money without compromising on anything important.

Personal expenses and incidentals

Needless to say, apart from the ones listed above, you will have miscellaneous expenses. From dining out to doing laundry, expenses on your clothing to taking a short trip, it is always helpful if you maintain a separate amount for that. As a whole, the cost of living in New Zealand is moderate.

Work while you study

If we talk about the ways to keep the expenses and the budget in order, studying abroad has a few advantages. Firstly, part-time work during studies is  one of the most popular way of earning a little, hence taking the load off of your actual financial reserve. Like every country, New Zealand has certain policies in place to make sure students are contributing as much time to studies as working and earning as a student. There are options, within the campus itself, to work part-time, hence, helping the students to earn some extra cash to adhere to their economical needs.
It is always advisable to stay in touch with college or university authorities regarding notifications and updates of work permits to stay clear off any legal issues. You can also contact our counsellors right now to know more about working while studying in New Zealand universities or colleges.

Part-time work (tertiary students)

According to the official immigration website of the New Zealand government, you can work up to 20 hours a week if you’re studying full-time for at least 2 years. Apart from that studying full-time for  a New Zealand qualification that gains points under the Skilled Migrant Category or a foundation programme for at least 1 academic year at level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualification Framework at an education provider in Canterbury also opens up part-time work opportunities for you.

Full-time work (tertiary students)

You might be able to work full-time during scheduled breaks in study, if you’re studying full-time for at least 1 academic year and your course is worth more than 120 credits. Often, if you’re studying full-time and your course is worth 120 credits or more, the best time to work full time is during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

PhD and Masters by Research students

There are no restrictions on the hours you can work, if you’re enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution.



Grabbing a highly-rewarding scholarship is like finding a hidden treasure in deep sea. let us put that in simpler ways. If you get an opportunity to win a scholarship, no matter where from, at least some amount of your financial woes can be taken care of.

Scholarships are rays of hope and most of the universities and colleges and other institutions keep offering scholarships and bursaries to students which bring down the tuition and other education costs down. There are instances when students have been awarded 100% scholarships. That means, the scholarship took care of the tuition fee. Sometimes, scholarships also extend beyond the tuition fees and also cover many aspects of cost of living expenses, like accommodation and stationery-book costs. But like true treasures, these are rare and the competition is very high.

While several scholarships, ranging from those covering 10% to 50% of tuition fee, are offered directly to students who are eligible according to merit or similar parameters, there are also scholarships for which applicants have to sit for a test and availability is subject to cracking these tests.

Read: The Truth about Full Scholarships

Here are two of the major Scholarships you need to know:

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

NZIDRS is funded by the New Zealand government and is available to Indian students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in New Zealand. This scholarship covers university tuition fee and all associated student levies along with a living stipend of up to NZ$25,000, which completely tax-free and a health insurance coverage of up to NZ$600 annually for three years.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

This scholarship is applicable for Indian students applying to Masters or Ph.D. programs. This covers the students’ tuition fee, living, travel, and establishment allowance along with health insurance.

Apart from these, there are several other ones offered by the Universities and the institutions which are also great opportunities for students.


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Apply for your course

Once done with selecting the course and institution you wish to study in New Zealand, it’s time to apply. Submitting your application is not a rocket science, but most of the time, students are confused about when, where and how to go ahead with the plans. So, this section is especially created to guide you through the application process.


Enrolment Guide

  1. Have all your documents in place. This includes your passport, previous examination mark sheets, medical certificate and any other document that your counsellor might ask for.
  2. Submit the application and get it assessed. Most of the time, your application is required to be supported by a Statement of Purpose (SoP). The SOP must be written by the applicant and should state certain basic facts about them. Think of it as a letter of introduction that portrays your personality to the authorities. These should be crisp, clear, creative and most importantly, honest.

2a. As our counsellors regularly deal with student applications, it is advisable to let them go through the documents before sending to the concerned university or college to avoid errors or rejection.

  1. To study in New Zealand universities, you need to appear for any of the English-proficiency tests like, IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. High score in the English proficiency test can help you get into the best of the universities which usually set the score-bar high.

3a. We also train our students for IELTS, PTE, GRE, GMAT and SAT.

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Apply for your visa

Once you have acquired an official offer letter from the university or school you have applied in, the next big step is to apply for the visa. Consider this the point where you get the permission from the authorities of the country to reside, study and work in New Zealand. Normally acquiring a visa takes a couple of days to get their visa, but sometimes due to complexity, it might stretch to weeks. For that reason, we recommend you to stay in touch with our counsellors on regular basis and prior to submitting the visa application, prepare with them, as they deal with visa cases regularly and are best equipped with all the updates and changes in regulations, if any.

Getting a student visa

If you are planning to study in New Zealand for over 3 months, you must have a student visa.

To obtain the visa you must provide:

  1. A proof of your admission, that is, the offer letter from the university/college/school
  2. A guarantee that you have arranged for accommodation (if you are under 18)
  3. Evidence of the availability of funds for living expenses (at least $15,000 per year), and
  4. Police verification that you have a moral character
  5. Passport and passport-styled photograph
  6. You might also require to provide a medical certificate

Important: Always make sure that the information provided by you while applying for the visa is true and correct. Any attempt to provide false or misleading information is a punishable offence which might attract penalties and legal actions against you along with either temporary or permanent ban on entering the country.  

Immigration New Zealand

Before moving to New Zealand or applying for a visa to study over there, there are a few things you need to consider. This includes what and where you are planning to study and what are your plans during and after studying. We have already stated that students can work part-time for up to 20 hours per week while pursuing any regular course. But there are other technicalities involved and we will shed light on those in this section.

The official website of the New Zealand government, has a detailed system to help guide students determine which visa shall work for them the best. To determine this, students are required to input certain basic information. The nationality, the duration of the course, age of the applicant, whether the applicant has any financial support from foreign government, if the student is heading to New Zealand in any approved student exchange scheme, all these factors matter when choosing the correct visa for you.

Similarly, students are required to get an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number for tax purposes before starting to work, even, part-time in New Zealand.

If you wish to stay in New Zealand post your studies to work, you can apply for a visa to which is valid for up to 3 years and look for or join any work, if you have an acceptable qualification.

For details, feel free to reach us and clear all your doubts related to immigrating to New Zealand.

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Get ready to go

It is a known fact that the New Zealand's universities are known for their world-class education with all of the eight universities being in the top 3% in the world. The qualifications acquired at NZ are globally recognized and respected which consequently opens up the world to all students.

As per the Global Peace Index 2017, New Zealand is the world’s second most peaceful country with high political stability and lowest rates of corruption.

When it comes to scenic beauty, NZ tops the list which is sure to offer students an experience of a lifetime.

The universities of New Zealand and other institutions are known for the excellent teaching methods which include practical, hands-on learning techniques.

And what is best of all? New Zealanders are known for being very welcoming, friendly and respectful of all cultures and people making it easier for students to adapt in the new country.


Once you are done taking care of the other aspects of studying in New Zealand, you will have to take into consideration your options of accommodation in the country. From Hostels to Homestay, the options are many and varied depending on your choice and budget.

Hostels (Halls of Residence)

These are accommodations usually provided by the institutions. Maintained most of the time by the universities or schools, these are one of the affordable options. From furnished rooms, which can be shared with other occupants or single rooms, students are also provided meals and other basic amenities.
According to the New Zealand immigration website, several larger institutions provide private hostels with similar facilities apart from apartments.

Homestay (Paying Guest)

Quite similar to the system of paying guests, in the Homestay system, a New Zealand family hosts you, providing fully furnished independent rooms. You are also provided meals and most of the time it leads to lifelong friendship with the hosts, who are basically your new family. It is also a very effective way to understand and embrace the culture of the country.

Flat/Independent Accommodation

These are basically apartments on rent, which can be either furnished or unfurnished. These can be found almost everywhere across New Zealand. These are independent accommodation systems and most of our students choose this and share the rent, power and other bills with roommates. The cost of living in this system is comparatively higher and is dependent on the location and amenities provided.

Cost of Accommodation in New Zealand

As per the New Zealand Immigration, although this cost varies according to your choices including the location and quality of accommodation, but the national median rent in 2018 for a three bedroom house was NZ $555 per week, which is NZ$215 a room per week.

We encourage our students to connect with our students who are already in New Zealand for support and help in settling down

Living in NZ

As an International student, New Zealand is one place which will provide you with all the necessary life-skills. It is one of the countries of the world which is still close to nature and modern at the same time. The New Zealanders’ are known for being warm to all people and being an international student is a chance to experience it firsthand. Apart from these, due to its ever-rising popularity as a study and travel destination, it has turned into a hub of multiple cultures. And this will not just help students get exposure in a multi-cultural hub but also bring them face to face with the world’s dynamic cultural reach.