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Universities and Colleges in New Zealand- Part 1

August 2019

New Zealand is increasingly becoming a popular study destination, with a large number of international students looking to attain quality education and undertake research activities. Universities and colleges in New Zealand provide students an ingenious learning environment. Huge strides are made by the educational institutions to provide students with quality education.

The university education in New Zealand was established in 1870 and is similar to that of the British university system. These institutions have global recognition out of which eight are funded by the state. To ensure that students are provided with quality education internal as well external checks are undertaken on a regular basis.

Universities and Colleges in New Zealand- Part 1

Benefits of studying in New Zealand:

• Globally Recognized Qualifications
• Balance between Academics and Welfare
• Job Search and Migration Opportunity
• Economical tuition fees and living costs
• Impeccable Climatic Conditions
• English is widely spoken
• Clean environment and safe country
• Code of Practice protects welfare of international students

Best New Zealand Universities:

University of Auckland

The University is ranked highest in New Zealand. The QS World University Rankings 2020 places the university 83rd. The QS Employability Rankings places the university 71st. The Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities ranks the university 39th. The University is New Zealand’s largest research organisation with more than 13,000 staff and postgraduate students involved.

Auckland University of Technology

The Auckland University of Technology has three campuses in Auckland. AUT enrolled over 29,000 students in 2018. The 2019 World University Rankings, ranks AUT as 301-350. Within nine months of graduating, data suggests that 86% of the graduates are employed.

Massey University

Massey University has three campuses in Auckland, Manawatu and Wellington respectively. It also provides opportunities for distance learning. It has colleges that cater to business, creative arts as well as humanities and science. It offers a diverse set of programs in areas such as aviation, dispute resolution, nanoscience and many more. The university is in the top 1.3% of universities worldwide.

University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is one of the oldest universities in New Zealand. The 2017/18 QS World Rankings ranks the university 214th in the world. The University was the first in New Zealand to receive five stars by QS Stars. Its rankings in areas of humanities, arts, natural science, engineering and information technology is also high.

University of Otago

Located in Dunedin, Otago, University of Otago is popular for the impetus it provides to research activities. It is also one of the oldest institutions in New Zealand. The Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post ranks it as one of the most beautiful university campuses. The university also has a student magazine named,Critic which is the country’s longest running student magazine. The Times Higher Education places the university 201-250 in the ranking, whilst the QS World University Rankings places it 175. Over 18,840 students are registered full-time students. Furthermore, the Academic Ranking of World Universities placed the university 301-400.


The institutions usually have two intakes, these are in February and July respectively. The institution usually takes six weeks to process the application.

Entrance Exams:

To study in New Zealand students need to display adequate English Language proficiency. Depending upon the university and program students can either give an IELTS or PTE. Some management programs require GMAT scores as well.

Time duration of programs:

Undergraduate programs are for three years, whilst Graduate Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma are one year courses. Postgraduate courses last for one to two years.

Popular courses:

• Business
• Design
• Engineering
• Health and Medical Science
• Hotel Management
• Human Resource
• Information Technology
• Medical Science
• Professional Cooking
• Sports Science and Management
• Travel/Tourism
• Visual/Performing Arts

Costs to study in New Zealand:

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Students from developing countries get scholarships from the government. Students with exceptional academic grades have chances of availing scholarships. Subject specific scholarships are also offered by the university. Certain independent agencies also offer assistance.

Work Opportunities:

Enrollment in tertiary program permits students to work 20 hours per week and 40 hours during course break. International students upon graduation gain points under the Skilled Migrant Category thus enabling them to apply for a grand job search visa.

Having looked at a few of the universities and colleges in New Zealand, the next part of the article will further explore more colleges that make up the world-class education system in New Zealand.

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Student Testimonials:

Edwise has helped in all nooks & corner, because of which dreams come true. Thanks to the visa officer and the counselor for their dedicated support and commitment.

Name - Harshal Mahadik
Country - New Zealand
University - Pacific International

It was great doing this process with Edwise. Good support from Edwise team in regards to given proper information and time to time guiding for all the procedure.

Name - Hiranya D Hate
Country - New Zealand
University - Auckland University of Technology

It was a wonderful experience and a smooth process. Thanks for all the help.

Name - Keerthana Suresh
Country - New Zealand
University - University of Waikato

Edwise Overseas Education Consultant

We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 725 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

Start your education overseas with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding the best suited program for you.

Also read: Top 4 Masters Courses in New Zealand

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