Study in New Zealand – Your Comprehensive Guide
New Zealand is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two main islands, the North Island and South Island which are separated by the Cook Strait. The capital of New Zealand is Wellington but the most popular and happening city is Auckland. The total population of New Zealand is approximately 4.5 Million while the population of Auckland is 1.4 Million. Hence, one-0third of New Zealand’s total population resides in Auckland. The official languages of New Zealand are English and Maori.
Reasons to Study in New Zealand
Diploma & Degree Courses
Colleges and universities in New Zealand offer a variety of courses at different levels like UG and PG Diploma, Bachelors degree and Master’s degree. UG and PG diploma courses are practical-oriented and much cheaper than degree programs. Therefore, diploma courses are a popular choice among students who go to New Zealand for higher studies.
Up to 3 years Post Study Work Visa
After you complete your studies, you can stay in New Zealand up to 3 years on post-study work visa. See below for more details.
You can work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time during holidays. New Zealand offers handsome wages ($17.70 per hour) to part-time workers so you can earn money while you study in New Zealand.
Opportunity for Permanent Resident after studies
This is the main reason that attracts international students to New Zealand. After completing your studies in New Zealand, it is easy to get a Permanent Residency (PR) and eventually citizenship.
Easy to show funds for Visa
Indian applicants can now show living cost under Fund Transfer Scheme. Read the section on “Visa Requirements” to find out more about it.
High Quality of Education
The education system of New Zealand is based on that of the British. The universities and colleges have a very good reputation. Still, the admission requirements are lenient and 15 years of education is accepted.
Easy to Find Job
It is quite easy to find a job in New Zealand after you finish your studies as you get a generous post-study work visa to stay back and look for jobs.
Types of Educational Institutions in New Zealand
Universities – There are 8 Government-funded Universities providing undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) – A popular option is to study at one of the 16 government-funded Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics. They offer a wide variety of programmes that are both academically and vocationally focused.
Private Tertiary and Training Establishments – There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering courses in a diverse range of subjects including arts, hospitality, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, ecotourism, and others.
Cost & Expense to Study in New Zealand
- Average Tuition Fees for undergraduate courses is about 13-16 lakhs/year
- Average Tuition Fees for postgraduate courses is about 15-20 lakhs/year
- Living cost approx 7 lakhs/year
There are generally two Intakes in New Zealand: February and July. However ITPs and Private Institutes have multiple Intakes for different courses.
Hence, practically there is an intake every month in some or the other institution resulting in recruitment throughout the year.
Deadlines: There is no deadline as such in New Zealand but it is recommended to make applications at least 6 months prior to the start date to avoid last moment hassles.
Rules for Part-time Work in New Zealand
Following restrictions apply on work when you study in New Zealand
Part-time work (tertiary students)
You can work up to 20 hours a week if you’re studying full-time for any of the following:
- for at least 2 years
- for a New Zealand qualification that gains points under the Skilled Migrant Category
- for a foundation programme for at least 1 academic year at level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualification Framework at an education provider in Canterbury.
Full-Time work – During scheduled breaks in study:
- If you’re studying full-time for at least 1 academic year and your course is worth more than 120 credits
- during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, if you’re studying full-time and your course is worth 120 credits or more.
PhD and Masters by research students
If you’re enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, there are no restrictions on the hours you can work.
Part-time work (English language students)
You can work for up to 20 hours a week while you have a valid Student Visa if your course meets certain conditions.
Courses 6 months and longer
You can work part-time if all of the following apply:
- your study is full-time
- your programme of study for 6 months or longer
- we believe the main purpose of your study is to improve your English
- you have an International English Language Testing System certificate with an overall band score of 5.0 that’s no more than 2 years old – you’ll need to provide this with your application.
Courses 14 weeks and longer
You can work part-time if all of the following apply:
- your study is full-time
- your study is for at least 14 consecutive weeks
- you’re studying English language
- your study is with a university, or a high quality education provider.
If you’re under 18, you must have written permission from your school and your parents or legal guardian to work. You don’t need written permission if you‘re over 18 and at secondary school, and want to work during the summer holiday period.
Can I Stay in New Zealand After Completing my Studies?
Before 08 August 2018,
- 3 year post study work visa
After 08 August 2018,
- 3 years for Master’s Degree (Level 9), Postgraduate Diploma (Level 8) & Bachelor’s Degree (Level 7) (all locations, level 7 and higher) [30 week study]
- 2 years for Graduate Diploma (Level 7) (Outside Auckland before 31 Dec 2021, else 1 year) [30 week study]
- 1 year for Graduate Diploma (Level 7) (Auckland) [30 week study]
- 2 years for Undergraduate Diplomas (Level 4-6) – (Outside Auckland before 31 Dec 2021, else 1 year) [60 week or more study]
- 1 year for Undergraduate Diplomas (Level 4-6) – (Auckland) [60 week or more study]
Can I get a PR in New Zealand?
If you complete your course successfully and satisfy the eligibility criteria listed above you automatically get a ‘Work Permit’.
In most instances, this permit will be done at your institution itself and it will allow you to work full time in any job of your choice. If you want to get a New Zealand Permanent Residency (PR), then you have to find a job that is relevant to the course that you have completed. If you have completed a course in IT, then you have to find a job in IT sector. This will immediately give you a 2 years work permit with all rights like free medical, etc. Upon receiving this 2 years work permit then you can apply for PR and normally will get it within 5-6 months.
Admission Requirements in New Zealand
The eligibility criteria for each course are different. Generally, to study in New Zealand, Indian students must meet a minimum English language requirement and minimum academic score in Class XII or UG degree depending on the situation. For admission to a UG degree, a minimum of 75% in class XII is required but some institutions accept students who have a score lower than 75%. Foundations and Diploma programmes are available for students who have secured below 60%. For enrolling in PG diploma and degree programs, academic eligibility is highly variable and depends on many factors. Some of the most important documents required to apply for studying in New Zealand are:
- Copies of mark sheets of Class X, XII, and Bachelors degree (if applicable)
- At least, two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently
- If you have work experience, then two letters of recommendation from the employer/manager
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
- Photocopied score reports of IELTS/TOEFL (English Language)
- Portfolio (in case of students applying for art and design courses and architecture programmes)
- Others (Scholarships/ Certificates / achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities)
New Zealand Study Visa Documents
Following documents will be required for the Visa application:
- Valid passport – Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay in New Zealand
- Completed Student Visa Application Form (INZ 1012)
- Application fee payment receipt
- An offer of place from a New Zealand institute/university. The forms are usually issued after the tuition fees have been received
- Health insurance receipt
- Police clearance certificate
- Two passport-sized photographs
- Transcripts, and certificates of your education
- English Language Test Scores IELTS/ TOEFL
- Financial statements to prove you have funds for the remaining tuition fee and living expenses. For 1 year courses – show 1-year tuition fee + living expenses of NZD 15,000. For courses longer than 1 year – show 1-year tuition fees and living expenses of NZD 15,000 and payment plan for subsequent years.
Living expenses can also be shown under the Fund Transfer Scheme (FTS), which is operated by the ANZ Bank of New Zealand (ANZ):
- is one way to show that you have genuine access to money to support yourself while you are studying in New Zealand, and
- helps you transfer your funds securely to New Zealand and then withdraw a set amount each month to maintain yourself comfortably while you are here.
- You need NZD $15,000 to pay your living costs for each year of study. This is the minimum amount you need to transfer to your FTS account. Living costs do not include your course or tuition fees.
Dependent Visa for New Zealand – Spouse and Children
While you’re a student, you can support your partner’s work visa if you’re studying a Level 9 or 10 qualification (PG degree not Diploma), or a Level 7 or 8 qualification (UG degree/ Graduate Diploma/ PG Diploma) on the Long Term Skill Shortage List. Your partner can then support a student visa for any dependent children, and they won’t have to pay international student fees to attend primary or secondary schools in New Zealand. Dependents will not have any work rights in this case.
If you’re not studying one of these qualifications, your partner will need to apply for a visa in their own right, generally visitor Visa.
Post-study work visa holders are also able to support their partners for work visas.
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