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Frequently Asked Questions about studying in New Zealand

September 2020

A great number of students are drawn towards attaining their education in New Zealand, which offers the perfect amalgamation of high standards of living, quality education as well as global recognition. All of this offered at economical rates and employment opportunities. Through the years, New Zealand has grown in importance as a study destination and a significant number of students decide to pursue their education from there.

If you have embarked upon the journey to study in New Zealand it is likely that you have a range of questions in your mind. As study in New Zealand consultants, here's a list of the most frequently asked questions about study in New Zealand that we receive which may help solve some of your doubts.



Why should I study in New Zealand?

Universities in New Zealand are progressive and are armed with state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities. By studying in New Zealand, you ensure yourself the opportunity to become an innovative thinker as well as earn an internationally recognized qualification. The NZQA maintains a close eye on the educational establishments to ensure that they provide the students with quality education. Not just this, but the country also offers a range of study opportunities.

What are the intakes offered?

There are two intake periods one in February and July. To get into the top-ranked universities one should start making applications in August for February intake. Universities take six weeks to process an application.

What does education in New Zealand cost?

The approximate tuition fees for undergraduate programs per year can be understood as follows:

  • Humanities/ Commerce/ Administration Management: NZ$20000-NZ$24000
  • Computing/ Mathematical Science: NZ$20000-NZ$24000
  • Engineering and Technology: NZ$24000-NZ$28000

The approximate tuition fees for postgraduate programs per year can be understood as follows:

  • Humanities: NZ$24000-NZ$28000
  • Management: NZ$35000-NZ$45000
  • Engineering: NZ$28000-NZ$35000

How should I plan my budget for living expenditure in New Zealand?

Students are expected to make approximate provisions of NZ$15000-NZ$18000, for avenues such as food, clothing, entertainment, transportation and accommodation. Visa authorities also expect students to make provisions of NZ$15000 towards living expenses.

Do I need to give any exams to study in New Zealand?

Universities in New Zealand expect their students to possess fluency in English. And thus, to the same effect require the candidates to appear for the IELTS or TOEFL or PTE to highlight the same. A band of 6.0/6.5 for undergraduate & 6.5 / 7.5 for postgraduate courses in IELTS is desirable. However, it depends on the level of study, course and university under consideration.

What is the list of documents that I need to attach?

Documents that students need to attach include, 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 are also required.

Do New Zealand universities offer accommodation facilities?

Most institutions assist students in finding accommodation. There exist multiple avenues through which a student can avail accommodation which include residence halls, student hostels, homestay and apartments. The approximate cost for this ranges between NZ$15000-NZ$18000.

How do I apply for a student visa?

Students should apply 4 weeks before the course and must include certain information. Students are required to convince the authorities that they are genuine students. For more details regarding the same, you can get in touch with our counsellors.

What are the employment opportunities during the course?

International students 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 do my future prospects look like post the completion of my program?

Students can gain points for the Skilled Migrant category and can then apply for a Job Search Visa of one year where they can express their desire for Permanent Residency. 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.

The country offers a wide range of study opportunities in an affable and conducive environment that harnesses in its student's skills which makes them ready for the job market. A significant number of universities in New Zealand have been able to establish themselves at global university rankings presenting another major pull factor to its students.

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