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Study in New Zealand

  • "New-Zealand is a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its educational system" according to the 2013 Better Life index.
  • First in world for education and fifth most prosperous country according to London-based think tank, The Legatum Institute.
  • First for Best Country for Business by Forbes.
  • Ranked least corrupt nation in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
  • Third most at peace country according to the Global Peace Index.
  • Confirmed as one of the world's most innovative nations in the 2013 "Global Innovation Index" ranking 17 out of 142 countries.
New Zealand Education at a Glance 2013

Education at a Glance which compares education in 34 OECD and eight other countries, reports that New Zealand is:

  • Investing 7.3 Per Cent Of Its GDP In Education – The Seventh Highest In The OECD, And 20 Per Cent Of All Public Expenditure In Education – The Second Highest Percentage In The OECD
  • In The Top Third Of Countries For Participation In Early Childhood Education (95 Per Cent Of Four Year Olds Enrolled In 2011)
  • In The Top 10 Of The OECD For The Highest Proportion Of Tertiary Qualified Adults, With 39 Per Cent Of 25 To 64 Year-Olds And 47 Per Cent Of 25 To 34 Year-Olds In New Zealand Having A Diploma Or Higher Qualification
  • A Key Player In The International Education Market With The 11th Largest Share Of International Students, And With 16 Per Cent Of Tertiary Students Coming From Overseas, The Fourth Highest Proportion In The OECD.
University Rankings
  • In The QS World University Rankings, All Eight Of Our Universities Are Ranked In The Top 500.
  • Five Of Our Universities Are In The 2012/2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500.
  • Universities 21 (U21) Ranks New Zealand 14 Out Of 50 Countries For The Quality Of Its Tertiary Education System.

IPP New Zealand is an industry partnership program started with some selected education providers in New Zealand. This program is very much like SVP (Streamline Visa Processing) running in Australia.

Like SVP, Education partners registered in IPP have the responsibility for ensuring that the student:

  • Has Chosen The Right Course.
  • Has Got Sufficient Funds To Support His Fee And Other Living Expenses In New Zealand.
  • Has Genuine Intention Of Studies In New Zealand.
  • Is Meeting All Entry Requirement.
If an IPP education provider is willing to support a student's application for streamlined visa processing it has to provide the Letter of Nomination. The student has to submit Letter of Nomination at the INZ Visa Application Centre along with the completed application form and other required documents.

Till December 2013, there are 25 education providers who are authorized to provide Letter of Nomination to the International Students to support streamline visa processing. The list is as under:

  • Academic Colleges Group
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Burnside high School
  • CCEL (Christchurch College of English Language)
  • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  • Kaplan International College
  • Languages International
  • Lincoln University
  • Macleans College
  • Massy University
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS)
  • Rangitoto College
  • Taylors College
  • Unitech
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterburry
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Wellington Institute of Technology
  • Whiteria Community Polytechnica

The country's focus on work-ready graduates is drawing students from India

India is New Zealand's second-largest and fastest-growing market for international students. New Zealand's focus on work-ready graduates and employment pathways is making it a popular study abroad destination for Indian students.

"We hear time and again from Indian students that the big draw-card is the hands-on, practical approach New Zealand's education system has to offer. One student referred to it as a 'living curriculum.' Internships and industry placements are a common feature in the courses. So students graduate equipped with internationally recognised skills, qualifications and experience to either start their own ventures or enter the workforce, in India, New Zealand or anywhere in the world," says Grant McPherson, chief executive, Education New Zealand, Wellington.

Some of the areas that New Zealand is known for include business, engineering, law, marine science, food technology, agriculture, communications and media studies, digital technology, IT, design and sports sciences.

All education providers with international students in New Zealand has to sign up to the Code of Practice of Pastoral Care for International Students that sets out what standards of care education providers must provide to these students living and studying in New Zealand. The framework covers minimum standards, good practice and student complaint procedures and the Code is administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Therefore, the code helps to safeguard the interests of international students.

An international student is allowed to work part-time, up to 20 hours per week, and full-time during scheduled holidays. Students of a Masters by research or doctoral degree at a New Zealand institution can work full-time while they are studying. International PhD students pay domestic fees. Given the rising cost to study abroad, students are looking for higher returns on their investment. Countries that allow students to gain work experience and earn as well, would likely be the desired destinations in the future.

Work Rules

To work for up to 20 hours per week, international students must meet one of seven requirements. The most common requirements are:

  • Study programme is for at least two years
  • The study leads to a New Zealand qualification that gains points under the Skilled Migrant Category
  • Students of a Masters by research or doctoral degree at a New Zealand institution can work full-time while they are studying
  • International students who have achieved a New Zealand qualification are allowed to gain experience in work related to their studies
  • Depending on what international students study, they may be able to work in New Zealand and possibly even gain residence
  • Post-study work visa (open) gives international students up to 12 months to get a job in a field related to their studies. While looking for a job in their field students are allowed to work in any job to support themselves
  • Post-study work visa (employer assisted) lets international students stay in New Zealand to gain work experience for a further two years (or three years if work experience is required as part of a professional registration). This visa relates to a specific job with a specific employer
  • If one gains employment in one of the occupations, identified as a ‘sustained and on-going skill shortage’ in the Long-term Skill Shortage List one may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category.


Auckland is New Zealand's largest urban area with a population of just over 1.2 million people. It is not, however, the capital, although it was at one time, until the capital moved to Wellington. Auckland is the centre of commerce and industry, and is perhaps the most vibrant, bustling and multicultural city in New Zealand. Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world, and this cultural influence is reflected in many different aspects of city life.

The city's landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, the twin harbors, bays, beaches and islands. Its nickname 'the city of sails' is very apt. Auckland has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world.

It is a water lover's paradise, with some of the best beaches, swimming, diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and water sports in the country. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you're beginning to get the picture of Auckland


Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand with a population of just over 400,000. It is also the cultural, administrative and political centre of the country.

Two aspects of the city that will immediately strike any visitor are the sprawling harbour and the dramatic, hilly terrain. Everywhere you go, the sounds and smell of the ocean hang in the air, and green hills and valleys wrap you in a bear-hug embrace. At night, Wellington offers up a spectacular, himmering cityscape that is unlike almost anywhere else in the world. Even after seeing it for the hundredth time, it takes one's breath away.

Wellington is a vibrant, scenic, windy, cosmopolitan, diverse, eccentric, maddening and hilarious place. It has the some of the best museums, art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, and coffee houses in the country. Being the first place European settlers arrived, it also boasts lots of historic streets and buildings. Dominating the spectacular waterfront is Te Papa - the interactive, innovative and highly acclaimed national museum that's one of New Zealand's key cultural attractions. At night, the city stays up late to enjoy live theatre, music and dance performances.


Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, with a population of around 400,000. It is also, arguably, the most attractive city in New Zealand, with extensive inner city public and private gardens and parks, the shallow Avon river meandering though the city centre, and a pedestrian oriented downtown centred on Cathedral Square. From the silvery beaches of the coast to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury landscape is impossible to ignore. Big scenery is the order of the day - huge panoramas of ocean or mountains, great sweeps of pastureland and massive amounts of sky. The highest point of the region is the highest point of New Zealand.

The spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook stands at 3754 metres (Aoraki is Maori for Cloud Piercer). At the other end of the scale, the submarine trenches off the coast of Kaikoura are thousands of metres deep, providing an ideal environment for the whales, dolphins and seals that live there permanently.


Dunedin's physical vitality is reflected in the spirit of its people. The population of 120,000 has produced many of New Zealand's greatest writers, poets, artists and musicians. The city's strong cultural bias is seen in its modern public art gallery which houses one of New Zealand's best international art collections, its strongprofessional theatre, and its museums and libraries that rank among the country's finest.

Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best preservedVictorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. On the doorstep of the city, you can find incredible wildlife - the world's rarest penguins, a mainland albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions.

The resident student population keeps Dunedin lively. Nature endowed Dunedin with coastal colonies of the shy Yellow- eyed penguins, and the world's only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross. Dunedin's green belt and its many parks and gardens add to the breath and soul of the city.


Hamilton is situated alongside the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river. It is a vibrant, progressive, growing city, with a population of approximately 135,000.Hamilton is a short distance from many of New Zealand's major lifestyle attractions: beaches, lakes, hot pools, mountains and caves. With its wide range of recreational opportunities, the city offers an attractive relaxed way of life, great outdoors and a healthy environment.

A half-hour drive will take you to Raglan, New Zealand's premier and world famous surf spot. A 1.5 hour drive will get you to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Three hours driving will get you to Ruapehu, where the Whakapapa ski fields provide the best snowboarding in the North Island.

Hamilton is a student city with more than 25,000 people involved in tertiary study. The city caters for every student need and has a large range of activities for students. The city is clean and green with very little pollution, traffic congestion or other urban problems.

Students love the fact that Hamilton is so centrally located in the upper North Island, yet offering one of the lowest urban living costs in New Zealand.

Palmerston North

Situated on the banks of the Manawatu River nestled at the foot of the impressive Tararua Mountain Range, a growing city of 76,000, Palmerston North is unique. One of New Zealand's largest provincial cities, Palmerston North has an attractive historic heart. Many of the original stores (built in the 1920s and 1930s)have been restored and now function as boutiques, cafés and restaurants. For sports enthusiasts, the rugby museum is an essential stop. For exceptional scenery, walk the magnificent Manawatu Gorge.

The city has been able to maintain a complementary relationship between the modern conveniences and technology of big city life, and the quality and ease of small town lifestyle, offering visitors and residents alike 'the best of both worlds'. Palmerston North is a vibrant youthful city with the active student population. Since 1930 the City's economic base has been broadened by the establishment of Massey University and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, hence it bears the distinction of being New Zealand's `Knowledge City', all adding to a cosmopolitan atmosphere. By road, Palmerston North is only seven hours drive from Auckland and two hours from the capital, Wellington.

What is the admission criterion to study in NZ?

The criteria is different at various levels, most Indian qualifications are recognized by NZ institutions.

Which are the intakes available in New Zealand?

The Intakes are in February, July and sometimes in September

What is the scope of management education in New Zealand?

Management studies happens to be one of the most popular courses with Indian students. We have a range of institutions offering courses in this area at various levels right from certificate to postgraduate level. Our institutions offer high quality research in this area too.

What are the certifications in business analysis which are accredited to universities in New Zealand? If not certifications, do distance learning courses help? Would it be considered when I apply for a job in New Zealand?

Most Indian qualifications are recognized for admissions at NZ institutions. As for the work opportunity, certain categories of student visas entitle you to apply for a job search visa for one year after completion of your course and a two year permit if you secure a job related to your area of study in NZ.

I completed Bcom and wish to study in NZ. What are the PG courses I can consider?

NZ offers a plethora of opportunities, hence it would be important for you to first identify where your interest areas lie and then accordingly apply for a course in NZ. You can get detailed listing of all our courses on

What are the career opportunities for Indian students in New Zealand? I would like to work and study in New Zealand. Please advise.

NZ offers a range of courses, hence it would be important for you to identify what is the subject area of your interest and then accordingly identify a course and institution. The approx tuition fee for undergraduate level courses would range from NZ$10,000 - NZ$ 18,000 per annum and living costs are estimated at approx NZ$ 15000 per annum.

Could you please share details on the PG course in mass communication? Please suggest colleges that offer the same and the scholarship application process.

There are a range of institutions offering media related courses to name a few would be Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology based in Auckland. An extensive list would be available on our student portal

I scored 59% in BCom. Will it affect my admission process for PG in NZ?

The entry criteria would vary from institution to institution, however there would be a number of institutes of technology and private training providers which might have courses for you.

I wish to study and work alongside. What is the scope for Indian students to work part-time?

On the student visa, students will be entitled to work part-time and full-time during vacations. The average tuition fee for UG level would be NZ$ 12000 - NZ$ 18000 and pg NZ$ 18000 - NZ$ 25000 per year and living costs are approximately NZ$ 15000 per year

Will it make sense if I complete class XII and then pursue a bachelor's degree in NZ or would you advice to pursue UG in NZ?

Yes, we would recommend you complete class XII in India and then apply for an undergraduate level qualification in NZ. There would be range of courses from UG certificate to diplomas and degree level qualifications to choose from.

I am an engineer with six years of experience in IT. Is there any specific course related to project management in NZ?

There are a range of management courses available in NZ. Alternately, you could also consider applying for an MBA as you have six years of experience.

Has there been an increase in the number of students from India going to New Zealand for higher studies in the last two years?

India is the second largest contributor of international students in New Zealand with 11,349 Indian students studying in New Zealand in 2012.

While figures for the 2013 year are currently unavailable, we have witnessed a 14% increase in student visas issued for Indian students in 2013. The most significant increase was in the October – December period – where we had the highest increases on record! This has made India our fastest growing market.

The number of Indian students in New Zealand has increased 194% since 2007.

How many students from India are studying in UG and PG?

Most Indian students who go to New Zealand already possess an Indian undergraduate qualification. Many therefore choose to undertake postgraduate study in their existing field of study, or seek to do a specialist programme in a complementary field. More than 40% study at Bachelors or higher level.

We have also seen a sharp increase in PhD students from India. The number of Indian PhD students in New Zealand increased by 45% since 2008.

What are the popular courses among the students from India?

What is NZ's focus vis-à-vis India – student recruitment, research collaborations, faculty exchange, or co-developed curriculum?

The three key work streams for ENZ both in India and globally are student recruitment, business development and government to government relationships. As such, we support New Zealand education institutions across all these areas in India.

What makes NZ different from other overseas study destinations?

New Zealand is recognized internationally for the high quality of our education; for our safe and tolerant environment; and cost-effective education options. All New Zealand universities are ranked in the top 500 globally.

Another strong strength of the New Zealand education system is the nurturing of students to be independent and innovative thinkers. The high degree of applied learning that takes place in our institutions means our graduates are work ready for a career anywhere in the world. The New Zealand government has also recently announced changes to our work rights programme which will allow more international students to work while they study, enabling them to gain valuable first world business experience.

Our recent census revealed that Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in New Zealand. This is also useful to Indian students who get an international education, but can at the same time feel comfortable and confident in a country where celebrations such as Diwali are celebrated at most educational institutions.

Are there any scholarships on offer for students from India?

New Zealand institutions offer a range of merit-based scholarships to students. There are also a few Commonwealth Scholarships for Indian students which are managed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in India.

In addition, New Zealand welcomes high quality researchers from across the globe, and therefore, international students pay domestic tuition fees for PhD programmes in New Zealand.

What are the work rules for international students?

In New Zealand:

  • International PhD and Masters by research students have unlimited work rights.
  • All tertiary-level international students enrolled in a course of at least one academic year are able to work full-time during each scheduled semester break.

New Zealand also offers post-study work visa options subject to students meeting certain criteria.

Do students get an opportunity to intern/ work/etc while they study to be able to apply what they have been taught in the classroom?

In New Zealand, we pride ourselves on the fact that our education system fosters 21st century independent, innovative and creative thinkers. There is a high degree of applied learning that takes place in our institutions. Technology also plays a vital role.

Internships, work placements, real-life projects, guest lecturers from industry, and industry representatives on academic curriculum development and advisory boards are some of the many examples of how our institutions ensure that our graduates are work ready for a career anywhere in the world.

Step 1: Attend a counselling session
Attend a counseling session at our office to find out your options relating to study destination, courses available and recommended institutions.

Step 2: Register with Worldwide Studies
Register with us to start the admission and visa process. We can help you navigate through the various processes and make studying overseas easier.

Step 3: Apply for admission
Once you have decided what and where you want to study, we will help you complete the application to the institutions of your choice. At the time of application for admission you will be required to submit several documents including proof of previous academic qualifications and in most cases proof of your English language ability. We will also provide you with a checklist for the documents you will need to provide when the time comes to apply for your visa.

Step 4: Undertake Medicals and PCC
After receiving your offer letter from an institution, you will need to undertake a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by the New Zealand Government. A list of the approved panel doctors can be found by visiting: At the same time you need to arrange for your Police Clearance Certificate.

Step 5: Visa lodgment
To lodge your visa application you will need to provide the documents outlined in the checklist we provided you in step 3.

In relation to your financials, Worldwide Studies strong class="text"ly recommends that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank.
Benefits of using the FTS include:

  • The scheme allows students' parents to have control over the amount of money that their child has access to in New Zealand;
  • It ensures that the student will have access to sufficient money to meet cost of living in New Zealand
  • The scheme is a lot easier than the current alternatives available – where a range of documentation is required and/or a bank loan must be availed; and
  • Applications submitted under this scheme will not be subjected to in-depth fund assessments thereby reducing processing times

Step 6: Pay tuition fees
After lodgment of your visa applications, and once we have advised you that you have received "Approval in Principal" of your visa from the New Zealand Government, you will need to pay your 1st year's tuition fees.

At this point, those students using the FTS will also need to transfer their living expenses contribution into their ANZ bank account.

Step 7: Visa outcome
We will notify you as soon as we know the outcome of your visa application and you can collect your passport. Now is the time you can start planning your travel and accommodation for New Zealand!

Step 8: Travel Services
At Worldwide Studies we can help you organize your travel arrangements to begin your new student life in New Zealand. Air ticketing, insurance and foreign exchange can all be arranged through us to make studying overseas easier!

British Based Education System.
New Zealand has adopted the most historic education system – British Education System.  There courses are research based and are modeled on British structure, thus, the degree from New Zealand carries huge value globally. They have well qualified teachers and professors who are always ready to help the students at time of need. They have the best infrastructure as compared to other countries. Students should feel privileged to get admission in the Universities and Colleges of New Zealand.

Affordable Studies for Students from India
Education in New Zealand is much more affordable to the students as compared to other countries like US and UK. Fees and living cost here is much less than other countries. Students can get quick Education Loans from the leading banks in India at very reasonable rate of interest. The banks also have lessened burden on parents by making easy repayment of loans.

Easy Admissions to the Universities.
New Zealand has not been strict still with the rules regarding the admission process as compared to other countries like Canada and USA. Many students in India are afraid of giving English examination, IELTS, in fear of not getting good Band. In USA, Canada and UK, the demand for the IELTS band to get admission to a good course and in a good university is much higher than compared to New Zealand. The students with less IELTS score can also get admission to the course and university of their choice.

One-on-One attention.
New Zealand has less population and more space, thus, they have small classrooms. Students get individual attention and one-to-one access to the tutors. It is not possible with the students studying in other countries like Canada, USA or Canada as their class size is much more bigger and students have to do majority of work themselves.

Multicultural Environment.
New Zealand is welcoming students from all around the world and thus making it a multicultural rich country. Students meet people from different countries and get to know more about their culture, food, study methods etc. It also generates the sense of healthy competition among the students to perform well.

Excellent Part-time Work Opportunities.
Students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week while studying and 40 hours per week while off studying schedule. Students can, thus, meet their day-to-day expenses while studying, like paying monthly rent, food, clubbing etc. This also indirectly lessens the financial burden on parents.

High Quality Living Condition.
A student can enjoy high quality living while studying in New Zealand. New Zealand is very big country with less population and thus the economy of the country is very high. The access to public transport is very good and at affordable prices. Students can enjoy great discounts on their admission cards on various things like restaurants, shopping, doctors etc.

Job Opportunities After Completion of Course.
New Zealand education is recognized all around the globe among the employers. The students get great job opportunities after their completion of course. They fetch huge salary packages and fulfill are the desires of their family. Students studying in New Zealand have great career and they can live their life to the fullest.

Hospitality and Great Weather.
New Zealand is known for welcoming people across the world and, thus, they set up a high standard of hospitality among themselves. The weather is elegant and students love to stay here. Nice weather keeps people healthy and free from diseases.

Paradise on Earth.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its flora and fauna attracts the visitors from all around the world. It has dazzling beaches, gorgeous mountains and astonishing views. People who have visited New Zealand say it as ‘Paradise on Earth.

Student can work up to 20 hours each week during the academic year provided he/she is enrolled in a full time course of study that meets one of the criteria listed below.

  • The student is undertaking at least 2 years long course at a private training establishment or tertiary institutions.
  • The course leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand's Residence Instructions.
  • The course is at least one academic year long and student is taking part in an approved tertiary exchange scheme.
  • Student is studying in year 12 or year 13 and has written permission from his/her school and his parents.

Student can work full time during the Christmas and New Year holiday period at the end of each academic year provided student's course of study is full-time and more than 12 months long.

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.

Post study work rights

Students who complete either of the following qualifications by studying in New Zealand are eligible for a twelve month open work permit:

  • A qualification at level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualification Framework and studied that qualification in New Zealand for at least one academic year; OR
  • A two year qualification at level 4* to 6 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework and studied that qualification in New Zealand for at least two academic years OR
  • Two individual qualifications at level 4*to 6 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework, where each qualification is at least one academic year study in New Zealand, provided the second qualification is at a higher level than the first.
  • Only National Certificates Level 4 or the newly introduced NZQA owned “New Zealand Certificate” Level 4 qualify
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:Special Visitor Categories

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.

Colleges and Universities