An island country located to the south west of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. In terms of size it can be compared to UK or Japan. It has two main island North and South Island and a few smaller islands. Although it’s a not a very big country it is blessed with varied climates and geographical regions from tropical forest, snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and picturesque beaches. Thus blessed with beautiful landscapes with glaciers and volcanoes, New Zealand not only offers variety through its beautiful nature but also through its culture and people.
It has a rich cultural heritage stemming from the Maori Tribe and further enhanced by the migrating Europeans. Hence it offers a multicultural experience combining the culture, food, languages of Maori, Polynesian, Asian and European people. New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand Dollar and it has a stable and steady economy with various growing industries, agriculture and services being foremost. Tourism is also one of the major contributors to its economy. New Zealand’s Parliamentary system is based on the British system wherein it has 12 regions and 74 districts.
Living in New Zealand
Safe, Secure and a beautiful country, New Zealand provides a high standard of living and a peaceful environment to its people. The people are friendly, warm and welcoming which makes it an ideal place for the students to study, work and live. In 2017 it was named as the world’s second most peaceful country. Its vibrant and modern cities provide a relaxed lifestyle as they are less crowded and commuting is easier. You can enjoy international sports, music, dance, theatre, art festivals and many such leisure activities when free from studies. Owing to the ideal environment that allows you to strike a work and life balance, New Zealand leads many lifestyle surveys. The world-class education, developed public services and healthcare along with growing employment opportunities makes New Zealand an excellent place to study, work and live.
Broadly based on the British Education system, the New Zealand Education system ensures high standard of quality and offers education in varied fields from, business, arts, engineering to scuba diving. New Zealand has 8 State Funded Public Universities, around 20 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics(ITP) and few hundreds of Private Training Establishments(PTE). In 2016 according to the QS World University Rankings all 8 Public Universities from New Zealand were in the top 100. They provide tertiary education at a higher level and are committed to provide academic and research excellence. The ITP’s and the large PTE’s provide technical, vocational and professional diplomas and degrees. The PTES mostly provide vocational or specific training through certificates and diplomas. The post-secondary education is governed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The excellent teaching staff, wide range of courses, world class facilities and global quality standards make one of the best education system.
Even though the standard of living is high the cost of living is low compared to many Western and Asian countries. When studying the cost of living can be considered $1000 per month. As a part of the VISA process you will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support you living cost which can vary between NZD 15000 NZD 25,000 per year depending on the place and style of living. The living cost would include your rent, travel and food expenses. These expenses will depend on whether you choose private rented house, rented apartments, halls of residence(hostels) in the university or it could be a homestay in the countryside
The Tuition Fees will vary according to the type and duration of the course and the university.
Diplomas and Certificate Courses: Depending on the duration and subject of study they can cost between NZD 15000 o NZD 25000.
Bachelors: Most of the Bachelors are completed in 3 years. The Arts and Social Science courses can range between NZD 20000 to NZD 32000 a year with the medicine education and veterinary sciences being expensive.
Masters: Depending on the course and university the fees can vary between NZD 26000 to NZD 46000 per year.
PhD’s: The doctoral programs cost the same for the international and domestic student which is NZD 6500 to NZD 9000 per year.
Scholarships help to reduce the financial burden on the students eliminating the need to work part-time thus allowing them more time to focus on study. Various scholarship options are available to study in New Zealand especially to students from developing countries depending on their Merit, course, ethnicity, social contribution, extracurricular qualifications and so on. You can check the Education New Zealand website to search for the scholarships available to you according to your nationality, course of study and level.
For an instance the New Zealand Excellence Awards features scholarships available at all 8 public universities for the Indian Students.
You need a student VISA to study in New Zealand if your course duration is more than three months. For courses less than 3 months a visitors Visa can do.
For a student you would require
You can check the requirements and process on New Zealand Immigration website https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/visa-factsheet/full-fee-paying-student-visa#process
You need to apply at least 2-3 months prior to your commencement as it may take up to 5 weeks.
This VISA allows you to work for up to 20 hours a week part time while you are studying and work full time during holidays.