New Zealand

New Zealand’s scenic beauty is world renowned. But many visitors are surprised to discover an energetic, modern society among the mountains, rivers and coast.

As an international student in New Zealand you’ll enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle and high quality, affordable accommodation. You’ll probably live close to where you learn so classes, as well as social opportunities, are easy to get to.

New Zealand cities have their own special character, but they’re all a rich blend of nightlife, cafes, movies and shopping.

New Zealand has a rich arts heritage with professional theatre and orchestras, and a thriving live music scene. The film industry is known for its quirky hits loved in art house cinemas around the world, and major blockbusters like Lord of the Rings and King Kong.

Advantages of Studying in New Zealand

  • Cost of education is cheaper in New Zealand as compared to US/ Europe
  • New Zealand qualifications are widely recognized and respected internationally.
  • New Zealand English is very similar to British English and is easily understood by most outsiders.
  • The climate is temperate with pleasant seasonal changes and is conducive to study and recreation.
  • A number of Indians have migrated in the last 10 years and have been successful.
  • Student Visas generally get approved as compared to countries like the US where a lot of visas are rejected.
  • Migration to New Zealand is possible on finishing your course.

Important Policies

The two main reasons to choo0se New Zealand as your study destination are:


Some important New Zealand Government Policies that are beneficial to International students :

  • Pay full 1 year fees after PVA
  • 12 months work permit after successful completion of course
  • Work while study
  • No personal interview and No outright visa rejection
  • Married students – Work permit for Spouse
  • Land in New Zealand 2 weeks before the course start date
  • Level of Study does not matter
  • Further education after acquiring Permanent Residency (PR)

Required Tests

  • New Zealand colleges & universities accept only IELTS scores as a proof of English Proficiency.
  • Diploma programs: Overall band score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0
  • Bachelors Degree: Overall band score of 6.0
  • Graduate Diploma: Overall band score of 6.0
  • Master Programs: Overall band score of 6.5

Cost of Studying

  • Polytechnic Diploma Courses range from NZ$13,500 - NZ$16,000 per year depending on the course
  • Universities Degree range from NZ$15,000 - NZ$18,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees
  • Post-graduate Degrees begin from NZ$16,000 per year and MBA Degrees are about NZ$22,000

Cost of living

The cost of living depends on each student spending habits. However a student should be able to live in New Zealand for a total cost of living of between NZ$8,000 and NZ$10,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment.


NZ Student Visa Positive Profile

A “Positive profile” student according to Immigration New Zealand means the following :

  • Good academic history
  • Proven ability in English to be able to successfully attend a course of study in NZ
  • Verifiable evidence of funds to meet the educational expenses
  • Regular source of sufficient income of financial guarantors
  • Intended course relevant to educational background/work experience
  • Clear health & character requirements