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Why study in New Zealand

New Zealand, although it is the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a lot of reasons that you should consider going there for your studies abroad. Many people will call natives of the country “Kiwis,” after the bird that only resides there and nowhere else in the entire world. There are a number of reasons that you should consider studying in New Zealand instead of considering other countries; that’s what we’re going to look at in this section of our website.

Education in New Zealand

Excellent Reputation of Universities

Educational System

This is the number one reason to go anywhere for school, but New Zealand is amazing for their educational system. First, the tuition is some of the lowest in the world. You get a British based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up to date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high quality education. Not only that, but the support services for international students are among the best in the world. They have a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs.

University Intakes

The academic year is from mid / late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters with a holiday of 4 weeks in June. Each University operates slightly different dates and some also offer summer school in the main holiday period in November to February. Intakes are in February, July and sometimes in September.

Average University Fees in New Zealand

Tuition fees in New Zealand vary depending both on the institution and the subject. As an example, in 2014, international students taking an undergraduate law degree could expect to be charged between NZ$25,000 (US$19,408) and NZ$30,000 (US$23,290) per year. A full list of fees for each subject and at each university is provided by Universities New Zealand, the organisation which represents New Zealand’s universities.

Approximate Costs of important Student Services

Working as Student

On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.

Academic Intakes

The academic year is from mid / late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters with a holiday of 4 weeks in June. Each University operates slightly different dates and some also offer summer school in the main holiday period in November to February. Intakes are in February, July and sometimes in September.

Admission Requirements

If you are thinking to study in New Zealand

To study at the Universities in New Zealand you must have a university entrance qualification and be selected into a programme. The information below explains the different university entrance qualifications and what you need for selection into the programme you wish to study.

Minimum Overseas Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted as a student to the University, applicants must meet both:

If you completed your secondary schooling, or have started/completed tertiary study, outside New Zealand and wish to study an undergraduate level programme at the University, you must have your overseas qualification(s) approved for University admission.

It is important to note that these are the minimum acceptable equivalents of the University Entrance standard based on specific overseas qualifications and are not guaranteed minimum programme entry requirements. All applications are assessed on a case by case basis and a score higher than the one listed below may be required for programme entry.

Undergraduate Requirements

In addition to the minimum University admission requirements, international applicants must fulfil additional entry requirements to gain entry to some degree programmes at the Universities. These additional requirements vary, depending on the programme you are applying for.

Postgraduate Requirements

If you are an international student interested in postgraduate study at the University of Auckland, acceptance into a postgraduate programme is normally based on academic merit and is at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the relevant faculty.

General English language Requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. You can submit your application without an English result and provide this at a later date.

The most commonly used English language tests recognise are as follows:

How To Apply Visa

One of the most important things that you need to know before you go into New Zealand is how you can get your visa. Of course, you have to make sure that you are accepted to the university that you choose before you can even start applying for a student visa. But, here are some of the things that you need to know.

Student Visa Requirements

Find out about the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requirements you need to meet when you apply for a visa, including an offer of place on an approved programme of study.

As well as completing an application form by applying online or using the paper form you need to meet the following requirements.

To check up to date visa fees follow the link www.immigration.govt.nz

Offer of a Place

If you are enrolling in a programme of study for the first time, you need to have an offer of place from a New Zealand education provider. An offer must include:

Approved Education Providers

Your programme of study must be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and be offered by an education provider that has been approved by NZQA or the Ministry of Education.

How to Apply

Most applicants for a student visa, except for dependent children coming with a parent, can use Immigration ONLINE to apply. To apply online, you need to apply on your own behalf.

Maintenance Funds

To gain a Student Visa we want to see that a student from overseas is able to meet their living costs during their stay.

If the student is taking a course lasting less than Nine months

they’ll need to show us they have:

If the student is taking a course that’s longer than Nine months

Evidence of funds can be:

Evidence of Maintenance Funds

You must submit evidence of sufficient funds for maintenance during your stay in New Zealand. The evidence you provide should also include:

Note: If the duration of your course is longer than two academic years, you should provide a plan of payment to show that you have access to funds and have the ability to meet the rest of the course cost and living expenses.

Property Valuation, Agricultural Income Certificate, Sales deeds etc are not acceptable forms of evidence for demonstrating availability of funds and payment plan.

Evidence of Employment

If you are working, and/or have worked in the past, please provide all work references from your employers on official company letterhead, along with any other documentary evidence that demonstrates that you have been employed. The company address and phone number must be included on the letter.

Health and Character Requirements

Bringing your Dependents

In most cases the spouse and dependent children of a student can be granted a visitor visa for the same duration as their partner or parents’ stay.

For more information please visit the Immigration New Zealand Website:

Work rights for Dependents

Spouses of student on Work Visa can work full time in NZ. However, the dependents of students on visitor visa have no work rights.

Complete your Online Application

You need to create an account and fill in an online form. To find out more, visit Apply Online page.

To complete your application online using Immigration ONLINE:

*Do not use special characters such as ‘&’ or ‘/’ in the title of PDF documents as this prevents them from being uploaded.

Making a Paper Application

If you are unable to apply online, you can make a paper based application.

Gather your Documents

Lodge your application

Find out where to send your application if you are applying from outside New Zealand. Please note your application must be approved before you are able to travel to New Zealand.

If you are in New Zealand, please send your student application directly to:

Student Processing Unit

Immigration New Zealand

PO Box 1049

Palmerston North 4440

If you are in Auckland, you can place your application in the branch student drop box at our Auckland offices. Staff there will send them to the Student Visa Processing Unit in Palmerston North.

If your education provider is certified with Students Online, they can apply on your behalf.