New Zealand has so much to offer students – it’s a fantastic place to learn English. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Explore the country and experience something new while you study.
New Zealanders are friendly and welcoming towards international students. English is our first language so students can practise outside the classroom in everyday situations.
There are so many activities – adventure and cultural – to experience while making friends from all around the world.
We have world class high schools, colleges, institutes of technology and universities if students want to continue studying in New Zealand. You can meet students from all over the world, enjoy fantastic scenery, and experience just about any activity you’ve ever dreamed of doing.
Advantages of studying in New Zealand
The main reason for many Indian students to choose New Zealand is the fantastic rules for Immigration after students complete this course:
- International students who have graduated form a course of study 9in New Zealand will be eligible for a six month work permit and gain additional points towards their residence application under general skills category
- Any student who is taking a full time course for more than one year will be eligible to work full time during vacation. In addition to this students will be allowed to worked part-time for 20 hours per week during the term
- Partners (spouses) of students studying in areas of absolute skill shortage like IT and partners of all postgraduate students will be able to apply for an open work permit valid for the duration of the sudent’s course of study
- No other country offers these benefits for International Students
The New Zealand education system
New Zealand’s respected universities offer a variety of postgraduate degrees. Many courses are familiar – Masters and PhDs – others are less so, such as Graduate Diplomas and Honours.
The eight institutions in the country are:
- Auckland University of Technology
- Lincoln University
- Massey University
- University of Auckland
- University of Canterbury
- University of Otago
- University of Waikato
- Victoria University of Wellington
There are also a number of institutes of technology and polytechnics offering postgraduate programmes. To find out more about these establishments and the courses they offer, visit New Zealand Educated .
Individual universities in New Zealand set their own entry requirements so these will vary depending on what course you choose, and of course, the institution itself.
In general, applicants are expected to hold a 2:1 or a solid 2:2, but to make sure you meet all the admissions criteria, contact the international office at the relevant institution.
If it’s a PhD you’re looking to undertake, you will need a relevant Masters degree. It is also possible to be accepted with a first class honours undergraduate degree, although this is uncommon. A considerable amount of research experience within your field will hold you in better stead in this instance.
You should apply directly to your chosen university, either by post or via an online application.
To complete your enrolment, you’re also required to provide supporting documents, including copies of your previous official academic transcripts and proof of your identity. (A certified copy of the personal details page of your passport or a birth certificate is most common.)
Specific courses may require additional information, and you should check with the particular programme for further details.
The least expensive programmes are lecture-based such as a Master of Arts, and the most costly are specialist and professional degrees including medicine.
Postgraduate courses in New Zealand can cost up to $40,000 (£26,047) a year and this includes: the Goods and Services Tax (GST); registration and enrolment; student health and counselling; language support; and use of most campus facilities.
Each university sets its own tuition fees so to get a more exact price, check with your chosen institution.
Funding to study in New Zealand
The New Zealand government funds the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) for international students to complete a PhD at a university in the country.
Details of scholarships available to overseas students can be found at the New Zealand Educated website.
Universities offer scholarships directly, so it’s always best to visit their websites for the latest information on what financing options are available.
New Zealand exchanges and placements
Exchanges and placements are a great short-term option for those wishing to get a taste of studying in a foreign country.
You should ask your own university’s international study office about exchange agreements with New Zealand universities. You will continue to pay domestic (UK) tuition fees for your overseas study.
The Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC) functions as a network to facilitate the formation of partnerships to provide student exchange and study abroad opportunities.
International students undertaking postgraduate study in New Zealand are required to have a student visa for the duration of their studies.
You must have an offer of a place from a New Zealand institution before applying. Immigration New Zealand states that the requirements of an offer must include:
- the education provider’s name and contact details:
- the name of the course and the minimum time required for completing it;
- proof that the course and course provider meet New Zealand’s requirements for international students;
- the amount of the fee for the complete course, or if the course is longer than one year, the annual fee;
- whether you have to pay course fees;
- whether the fees are domestic or foreign fees;
- whether you the study is full time or part time;
- confirmation all requirements under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students are met (including accommodation for under 18 year olds and course prerequisites).