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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


25 Aug 2015 1K Book icon 3 mins Share

FAQs on Studying in New Zealand

Did you know that New Zealand has over 400 recognised institutions? Read this article on commonly asked questions on studying in New Zealand.

25 Aug 2015 1K Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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FAQs on Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. It's amazing landscape has been put to full use in blockbusters like “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and “The Hobbit”. The country is a mix of lakes, mountains, forests, dormant volcanoes and a beautiful coastline with pristine beaches. New Zealand has a strong educational system and offers internationally recognised degrees through its Universities and Institutes of Technology. 

Kiwi-land Ahoy!

Here are some reasons why you should consider studying in New Zealand:

  • Strong community of Indians
  • Technology programmes are amongst the best in the world
  • Fees is lesser when compared to the USA and the UK
  • The people are friendly and racism is non-existent
  • Cities like Auckland and Christchurch are extremely student-friendly
  • Lots of job opportunities available after graduation in areas as diverse as healthcare and engineering

What are the top-ranked institutions in New Zealand?

New Zealand offers a variety of programmes to international students. These include short courses, English language courses, technical diplomas, full-time degrees and doctoral programmes. The top-ranked universities in New Zealand are University of Auckland, University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University.

How do I apply to study in New Zealand?

All New Zealand universities have a robust online admissions system and students are advised to ascertain the entry requirements before they apply to an institution. Once the application forms are verified, eligible applicants will be contacted by the institution with more information on applying.

What are the basic English language requirements?

Applicants to undergraduate programmes should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL. Applicants to postgraduate programmes should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or 90 on the internet-based TOEFL. Specific programmes offered by various institutions may have slightly different English language requirements. Applicants to postgraduate programmes should have completed a relevant undergraduate degree with a good academic score.

How much will I spend on fees and living costs?

The cost factor will be determined by the university and city where you will be studying. Rents in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington will be different. The tuition fees will be based on the programme and the duration of the course. Fees will vary from NZ$ 18,000 to NZ$ 45,000. Additionally, students are advised to earmark around NZ$ 20,000 to NZ$ 25,000 for food and living costs. All international students are required to apply for student medical insurance. This formality along with opening a local bank account is usually completed within the first week of joining university as part of the “Student Orientation Programme.”

What are my accommodation options in New Zealand?

Most leading universities offer on-campus accommodation facilities for international students with guaranteed accommodation if they apply on time.  Students can also to rent an apartment or a separate house and share the costs. Home-stay options where students can stay with a local family are also quite popular.

Am I eligible for scholarships?

Most universities offer limited scholarships for international students, especially at the postgraduate level. Funding opportunities for research projects and doctoral studies especially in areas like medicine, pharmaceuticals and product design are available. Prospective students are advised to verify with the university, if they are eligible for scholarships when submitting the application.  

Can I work part-time when I am studying in New Zealand?

Yes, you can take up a part-time job when studying. This is usually restricted to about 20 hours a week during classes and 40 hours a week (full-time) during vacations. International students who graduate from a course in New Zealand that would help them gain points under the Skilled Migrant Category can apply for a one-year open work visa.        

What are my chances of finding a job in New Zealand once I graduate?

New Zealand offers a wide variety of opportunities for competent graduates and skilled workers. A huge chunk of the economy is based on agriculture and international tourism. There is a major boom in the construction sector as more hotels are being built across the country to cater to the growing number of visitors. Engineers, tourism and hospitality graduates, medical professionals and care-givers are in huge demand and there definitely is a good chance of international students finding a job in New Zealand once they graduate.

Once you complete your degree in New Zealand, you are advised to apply for a 12-month job-search visa. This lets you hunt for a job with ease. On completion of about five to six years of service in New Zealand, students can apply for residency permits.

If you have further queries on studying in New Zealand, you can call us and speak to our helpful study abroad counselors for free. Contact us on toll-free number - 1-800-103-2581 and receive expert advice. 

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