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Study in New Zealand

New Zealand is a land of diverse cultures and great contrasts. Its mesmerizing natural landscapes, volcanoes, spectacular valleys and glaciers contribute to the scenic beauty. It has a vast variety of flora and fauna and is also a member of the Commonwealth. New Zealand comprises an indigenous mixture of communities that communicates mainly in English but, there various non-English speaking people are also residing there like—Samoan, Hindi, and Mandarin Chinese. The official language is English, Maori, and New Zealand are also frequently used for sign languages. An array of religious practices are following by a significant amount of population such as; Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. 

Due to its broad friendly environment, outstanding education system, globally accredited universities, best research-oriented courses, and much more; Indian students are quite inclined towards New Zealand to grab grand learning and skill-developing opportunities. New Zealand emerging as a highly preferred destination among the young aspirants because of its innovative, creative, and leadership approach. 

New Zealand study visa requirements & eligibility criteria

Studying abroad and especially in New Zealand is a dream of every aspirant. All the potential candidates who are willing to pursue their higher studies and looking to enroll themselves in an university for more than 3-months, needs a study visa. A study visa has certain requirements which are necessary to be fulfilled. 

  • If an Indian student is applying for a particular course in the New Zealand university, they have meet a required English language eligibility. 
  • A minimum eligibility to enroll in a course is to score 75% in 12th grade. For the diploma courses, a candidate needs to be 18-years old. 
  • An SOP, updated resume, IELTS/TOEFL score reports, and other certificates (if necessary). 
  • Scanned academic documents and completed student visa application form (INZ 1012).
  • An offer letter or a letter acceptance from an educational institute approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
  • A document proof mentioning sufficient funds to study in NZ or a scholarship proof as a financial assistance (if any).
  • Another proof of enough funds (around $15,000) for living, accommodation, and traveling expenses while studying in NZ.
  • A valid guarantee showing that the NZ university/college is providing accommodation to a student, if under 18-years. 
  • A valid passport with passport size photograph(s) and visa application, paid. 
  • Medical certificate, health insurance receipt, and a police certificate. 


It takes minimum eight weeks to process a visa application but, can take longer, if requires more or additional information by authority. If a candidate is studying for less than three months can apply for a visitor visa only. According to new guidelines, NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is also available for the travelers. But if a candidate has already gained a study or visitor visa there is no need of NZeTA. 

Study in New Zealand cost

Expenditure completely depends on the preferred course a candidate is applying for and tuition fee mostly revolves around the qualification, course, and university. A wide variety of higher study options are available in NZ universities to refine and develop industry-based quality skills. From bachelors, diplomas/certificates, postgraduate degrees, doctoral degrees, and English language courses one have to pay their tuition fee as per the preferred courses. 

Each university/college has their own fee structure and normally one will be need between NA $22,000 and NZ$35,000 a year, approximately. 

Bachelor’s degrees: three-year (minimum) with cost from NZ$22,000 to NZ$32,000 approx.
Master’s degrees: a tuition fee range from NZ$26,000 to NZ$37,000 approx. and can vary for the medical and other higher courses. 
Doctoral degrees (PhDs): from NZ$6,500 to NZ$9,000 can cost per year, mostly for all the subjects.
Diplomas/certificates: it depends or varies on the courses, like—a two-year NZ Diploma in Engineering can cost NZ$18,000. 


On-campus accommodation is available for the international students by most of the New Zealnd universities. It is a most affordable option for the students and generally it cost around NZ$215-555 a week. One need to apply early and secure their slot separately. 

One can also go with the off-campus residency options by sharing an apartment with the other Indian students. The rental amount for sharing apartments may vary from one city to other and normally cost NZ$120. 

An approximate amount of NZ$ 270 can cost to a candidate while applying for a New Zealand study visa. 

Second most important expense other than accommodation and tuition fee is other living expenses. A candidate needs to prove that they a supportive amount of NZ$ 15,000 for their first-year. Hence, one needs to carefully calculate their expenses including, health support, transport, clothing, communication, etc. 

Study in New Zealand for Indian students: Pedagogy, research, phd scholars, quality of life, safe peaceful,

 There are eight major universities that provide extensive education to all the international students including, the University of Otago, the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland, and so on. There are various other universities, polytechnics, and private institutions that marked their impression on the global higher education ecosystem. 

The scholarship programs are also available for the Indian students on merit and need-based as per their eligibility. One needs to submit the required documents (academic or extracurricular activities) while applying for any financial aid. 

Apart from this, a student can take loan as per their eligibility according to the banks’ criteria like:

  • One must have a strong academic record and be an Indian national. 
  • Must be looking for technical, professional or skill-based or job-oriented courses for studies in NZ. 
  • One must have enrolled in an international education institution.
  • Above 18-years or in case of minor, parents can avail the loan scheme. 

New Zealand firmly believes into the excellent education system for international students with a quality life. In the contemporary era of advanced techno-industrial arena, an international aspirant seeking a global opportunity and NZ is transforming the global scenario with wide spectrum of ethnicity. 

It facilitating and fostering the excellency in tertiary education system with outstanding pedagogy, excellent research-oriented courses, building global leaders, doctoral scholars, and best entrepreneurs with a safe and friendly environment. 

Is study in New Zealand without IELTS is Possible?

Though, IELTS/TOEFL escalates the chances of admission in an international university as per the basic requirement. However, some of the universities have exempted this English proficiency requirement for the non-English speaking aspirants. 

Primarily, the official or academic medium of instruction is English only in NZ. For the non-English speaking students the basic requirement is—one must have completed their studies in English medium only. From 8th to 12th grade one needs to submit the academic documents as a proof or qualify the interview conducted by NZ authorities applying without IELTS. Moreover, New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has granted a few exceptions to these kinds of international or Indian students and different categories of universities. 

Furthermore, if one is applying for post-study work permit or visa, IELTS might be a necessary requirement for the students as per visa guidelines. Hence, it is important to check the criteria with a particular college and visa authority before applying. 

Study and work in New Zealand

There are plenty of working programs available for the international students to work in NZ. To work after studies is the best way to gain a practical experience with academic qualification. 

As per the guidelines, one can work part-time for up to 20 hours per week according specific criteria with program of study:

  • A candidate must be enrolled in a full-time course in NZ with at least of 2-years course. 
  • Under the Skilled Migrant Category, an international student needs to be pursuing the program in a NZ university to earn a New Zealand qualification points. 
  • An international student can work part-time as mentioned earlier but only during the Summer/Winter breaks or Christmas and New-Year holiday. 
  • For the research-based studies or doctoral/PhD or postgraduate students there are no restrictions regarding the working hours. 
  • An English language study program or to develop English speaking skills—one must qualify IELTS with overall band scores of 5.0 or above. 

Benefits of study in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand has multiple benefits for international or Indian students with highly acclaimed and globally recognized universities and courses. The Times Higher Education Rankings and QS World Rankings have ranked eight renowned NZ universities for their innovative, leadership, and creative research-oriented study programs. 

New Zealand offers a quality life with indigenous and cross-cultural ethnic communities to enhance their cultural aspects globally. 

To support the studies one can work simultaneously during their semester and full-time breaks. In case, for the research or PhD students they can even work for full-time. 

A low-cost of living with global innovative and leadership practical skills one can apply in the diverse sectors. 

Best courses to study in New Zealand

An ample amount of popular courses caters in-hand working experience for the international or Indian students while pursuing a course in NZ. Among these, Business &Management, Engineering, Mathematics, Digital Designing, Fashion & Design, Technology, Agriculture, Medicine, Healthcare, and many more with a multidisciplinary environment. 

How much study gap acceptable in New Zealand

A candidate can apply for a study visa to NZ even after a 10-years gap with an explained information or reason behind this gap. In matter of work experience, studies, and required skill-set one can elaborate about it to New Zealand High Commission while on a telephonic interview call. 

Beyond Immigration, among India’s most trusted and renowned immigration consultation services catering the needs of their clients, globally. Their excellent and well-qualified teams of immigration counsellors are facilitating the requirements of the clients with technical support. New Zealand is most attractive and popular destination between Indian students to gain practical working and professional skills.