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Study in New Zealand: FAQs

April 2022

Right from providing excellent study opportunities in top-notch universities, to experiencing a multi-cultural scenario, to diving into the numerous adventurous activities, studying in New Zealand is the perfect place for international students. New Zealand offers the perfect amalgamation of high standards of living, quality education as well as global recognition.

New Zealand also comes across as highly modern, safe, and prosperous, with boundless opportunity for people of all nationalities. All 8 of New Zealand's universities rank in the Top 100 QS World University Rankings

If you have commenced your journey to study in New Zealand, it is very possible that you have a list of questions concerning you. As study in New Zealand consultants, here's a list of the most frequently asked questions about study in New Zealand

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Why should I study 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 intakes offered?

There are two intake periods 1. February 2. July. To seek admission into top-ranked universities in New Zealand, one should start making applications in August for the February intake. It takes approximately six weeks for universities to process an application.

What is the cost of education in New Zealand?

Tuition fees at public universities

  • 4,100–6,100 EUR/year for Bachelor's degrees
  • 7,300–10,500 EUR/year for Master's degrees
  • 3,700–5,100 EUR/year for PhD degrees

Tuition fees at private universities : 20,000 EUR to 25,000 EUR per academic year.

What are the accommodation facilities and costs in New Zealand?

You will need a budget of 750-1,300 EUR per month to live in New Zealand. The most important aspects influencing this budget are:

  • the type of accommodation
  • the area where you'll live
  • how much you'll need to commute or travel

how much you'll need to commute or travel

  1. Halls of Residence - Fully furnished and inclusive of amenities like meals, laundry, internet, electricity, and water. The rent ranges from NZD 300 to 400 per week.
  2. Homestays - Living with a host family in New Zealand, who will provide you with a fully furnished room and meals three times a day. This costs NZD 110-370 per week and is a great way to learn more about Kiwi culture.
  3. Flats - Rent a flat alone or with friends, with each person paying around NZD 215 per week.


Do NZ institutions require any additional exams?

Universities in New Zealand expect their students to possess fluency in English. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most preferred English language proficiency test accepted by almost all institutions in New Zealand. However, globally, Kiwi institutions are open to accepting other proficiency tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE).

What documents do I need to attach?

To apply for a course at an NZ University, you need to send: Resume, Statement of Purpose, Mark sheets, and Certificates along with relevant degree transcripts in specific cases. Certificates of extracurricular activities and passport copy, birth certificate, and 2 reference letters from colleges and employers.

How do I apply for a student visa?

You need a student visa for New Zealand if you want to study for more than three months. The application process will be cheaper, faster, and easier when applied online. Students should apply 4 weeks before commencement of the course and must include certain information. The student needs to have a valid unconditional letter of admission from an NZQA accredited Institution and provide support of required finances that would be needed towards tuition fees and living & accommodation costs for the duration of stay in New Zealand.

For more details regarding the same, you can get in touch with our counselors.

Am I eligible to work during term time?

International students holding a student visa are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students can work full time (40 hrs) during the summer holidays. The average wage for part-time jobs is between NZ$12 - NZ$15 per hour.

What are my future prospects post the completion of my program?

Once you complete your course in New Zealand, you can apply for a 12-month job-search visa to look for a job with ease. On gaining a job offer within the period of job search, students can either apply for a 2 year's Work Permit or Permanent Residency depending on their eligibility for SMC.

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