New Zealand is a picturesque island country nestled in the South Pacific. The country comprises of two large islands – North Island and South Island, and a number of smaller islands. New Zealand is a nation that boasts multiple cultures such as Maori, Pacific, European and Asian.
New Zealand is a highly developed country with an economy that’s well dominated by its vibrant tourism and the export industry. The country holds its own among other more popular western nations with respect to economic freedom, quality of life, and its growth in the health and education sectors.
Why Study in New Zealand
More and more Indians are beginning to study in New Zealand, mostly due to the presence of a safe learning environment, exceptional support for overseas students and the excellent learning opportunities. Some other features that entice students to New Zealand for their higher education include:
- Affordable education when compared to other countries.
- Diversity in education through 8 universities, 18 polytechnics or technological institutes and 63 private training establishments.
- Globally recognized education system
- Industry specific hands-on training programs
- Existing skill shortage which translates to more job opportunities
- High student visa approval rate
- Pleasant climate with only mild seasonal changes
- Course fee needs to be paid only after visa approval
- Work permits given to spouses of students
New Zealand offers a wide variety of courses that cover a number of diverse subjects. The higher education courses offered in New Zealand include:
- Bachelors Degree (3 years)
- Graduate Diploma (1 year)
- Post Graduate Diploma (1 year)
- Masters Degree (1 – 2 years)
- Doctorate Degree (3 years)
Every university generally has its own admission criteria and specific academic qualifications for each course it offers. It’s also compulsory for international students to have a good grasp of the English language, evidenced by their IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score.
The minimum IELTS band score requirement for each course level is outlined below:
- Diploma Course: 5.5
- Bachelors Degree: 6.0/6.5
- Graduate Diploma: 6.0
- Post Graduate Diploma: 6.5
- Masters Degree: 6.5
Cost Of Education
Education in New Zealand is quite affordable and students get good value for their money. The education cost varies on the level of study, complexity of the subject and course duration.
The cost of education in New Zealand starts at 7.5 lakh rupees. This figure is only a rough approximation of the basic annual tuition fee. Some specialized business courses will, of course, be a bit on the higher side.
The major intake for most New Zealand universities happens in February. The interim intake occurs in July, September and November, but all universities might not participate in the interim intake.
The application procedure for Indian students who want to study in New Zealand is quite uncomplicated. Here’s a quick run through of what students need to do.
- Meet with our educational counsellor and finalize on the course and university.
- Verify that all academic requirements are met
- Send out the application form to the university
- On receiving the offer letter, prepare the visa documents.
- Provide evidence of sufficient funds to meet the course expenses and apply for the visa.
- Once the visa has been granted, organize travel plans and book the tickets.
New Zealand is quite lenient with the work rights of its international students. Students are allowed to work 20 hours per week for the duration of their study. This is extended to 40 hours per week when the college is on vacation. Some special student programs allow the spouses to apply for a full time work permit. All students get a 1 year post-study work visa after the successful completion of their study program.
Since many sectors across New Zealand are dealing a dire skill shortage, graduates and post graduates are usually in high demand. Students in domains related to health, information technology, engineering, cookery and communication systems are more likely to find ready work on completion of their courses.
More About New Zealand
New Zealand is also known as the Land of the Long White Cloud, and is about the same size as Japan or Great Britain. The main cities in New Zealand are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The country is home to about four million people who are more commonly referred to as ‘Kiwis’. The people are extremely friendly, warm, cooperative and welcoming.
English is the predominant language of communication, but Maori and the New Zealand Sign Language are also considered official languages. Over 99,000 international students currently study in New Zealand. Its picturesque beautify and mesmerizing landscapes makes it an all-time favourite destination for travellers, international students, and migrants alike.