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New Zealand is in the limelight for all the right reasons
Roshna Mohan

Roshna Mohan is a Content Writer at Hotcourses India - an IDP company. A post-graduate in Biotechnology, she chose content writing as her career out of sheer interest. Reading and cooking are her stress-busters. Talk about these to take the introvert out of the ambivert. Her all-time favourite authors are Paulo Coelho, Yuval Noah Harari and Robin Cook.

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25 Jun 2020 61 Book icon 4 mins Share

New Zealand is in the limelight for all the right reasons

New Zealand is still the preferred study-abroad destination for many Indian students. Here's why.

25 Jun 2020 61 Book icon 4 mins Share
New Zealand is in the limelight for all the right reasons

New Zealand has been making headlines recently with their success story in controlling and almost eradicating the coronavirus. The government, under the efficient leadership of Jacinda Ardern and their ‘team of five million’ worked together to achieve this extraordinary feat. But what’s in it for Indian students?

Well, New Zealand remains a favourite destination for a lot of Indian students. There has been an increase in the number of first-time visas from India to New Zealand over the last few years. As per the country’s last census report, Indians make up 2.5 per cent of the total population and Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the country. According to data from UNESCO, India is only behind China in the number of students that travel to New Zealand every year. With all this data in mind, it is safe to assume that New Zealand will remain a popular destination for students.

What is appealing about New Zealand?

Let’s look beyond the breathtaking scenery, including the endless beaches, the forests, mountains, deserts and glaciers.

New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, as revealed by the Global Peace Index. In fact, it placed second on the list in 2020. This is one factor that would attract international students, and importantly convince their parents, to apply to universities in New Zealand. Education is New Zealand’s fourth-largest industry and so is taken very seriously in the country.

A research survey conducted in 2018 revealed that New Zealanders are recognising the benefits of international education. They believe that international education has boosted New Zealand’s tourism, improved the quality of education and resulted in economic growth among several other benefits. We can understand that the country shows great interest in the growth of this industry and in sustaining it.

The government has been driven to bring about new reforms and policies favouring international students. Let’s look at some of them.

Student work opportunities in New Zealand

Work opportunities matter a lot when a student decides his/her study destination. Rarely will they want to complete their studies and get the next flight back to their home country. Since November 2018, a job is no longer a mandate for getting a post-study work visa in New Zealand. If you are enrolled for undergraduate studies or higher, you will automatically be eligible for receiving an open work visa for three years.

The country developed the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students to ensure that international students in New Zealand have a positive experience in the country. It also mandates the signatories to take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of students.  As per the code, signatories must ensure that the students have appropriate insurance cover. This should include medical care with diagnosis, prescription, surgery, hospitalisation and more. Several universities have their own comprehensive insurance plans. Many institutions also have expert counsellors to support with academic or personal issues.

The code ensures that, during the orientation programme, signatories should give appropriate information regarding the health and safety of students, advising them on how to address and report health issues, as well as details on how to access health and counselling services. It also addresses accommodation issues. In short, the code covers all aspects of an international student’s life. What more is needed when you have a government valuing you and looking out for you? 

How can I find out more about studying in New Zealand?

Have you heard about NauMai NZ? It is a web page created for current and prospective international students to get relevant information and to learn more about the country. It is comprehensive with all the details in one place and direct links to government websites for additional information. NauMai stands for ‘invitation and welcome’.

Educational expenses are cheaper in New Zealand when compared to the USA and the U.K. Tuition fees will form the major part of your expenses and there are several scholarships that you can apply for.

Support for international students during their fight against COVID-19

New Zealand acted quickly in supporting international students. Here are a few ways they showed they care:

  • The provision of temporary accommodation service for those who need it.
  • COVID-19 wage subsidy: If you are eligible to work in NZ, you can access the wage subsidy on offer, provided your employer is also eligible.
  • International Student Hardship Fund: International students can access this fund ‘to address urgent, temporary needs’. Students can apply through their provider or any community organisation.
  • Accessible foodbanks for free food parcels and other essentials.
  • Extended work hours: International students working in the healthcare sector can work more than 20 hours per week for a short period. They can work full-time during the holidays. They just have to ensure that they meet the study requirements of their student visa.
  • Visa extensions: If your visa is set to expire between 2 April to 9 July, and you were in NZ on 2 April, you are eligible for an automatic extension to 25 September. If it expired before 2 April and you were not able to return to your home country, you can apply for a special temporary visa.
  • Free COVID-19 testing: If you suspect that you have contracted COVID-19, you can contact your doctor or the Healthline and they will suggest testing if required. This is free.
  • Counselling services: For students who are feeling anxious or lonely, several free counselling services are being provided.

Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand has several prestigious universities. Here is the list of universities where most Indian students study. Of these, the University of Auckland is ranked among the first 100 best universities by the QS World university rankings 2021. The University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, Massey University, University of Waikato, Lincoln University and Auckland University of Technology are the other universities from NZ that made into the first 500 in this list.

The world is watching and soon New Zealand will emerge as a major destination for international students from India. Do you know that you can contact our counsellors for free, for more updates from the institutions in New Zealand? Please also check out our international student news page for the latest updates from destinations around the world.

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