New Zealand

New Zealand is unquestionably the safest country to study in, ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2019. It has the appropriate blend of chances, culture, economy, and climate for a student to succeed, with globally recognized universities and a responsive education system.

Discover New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country situated in the South Western Pacific Ocean. It comprises of two main landmasses- the North Island and the South Island and around 600 smaller islands too. Wellington is the capital city and Auckland is the largest city of New Zealand and both are located in North Island. New Zealand is the best country to study with affordable fees. It throws ample of opportunities to students making it an attractive country to study for international students.

Why Study in New Zealand

New Zealand's eight institutions typically rank well in QS World Rankings* and Times Higher Education Rankings and degrees from any of them are recognized worldwide, offering doors to opportunities everywhere. Innovation and research

For students, New Zealand offers a plethora of research options. The country has highly qualified faculty, well-equipped laboratories, and access to the most up-to-date technology, equipment, and opportunities.

New Zealand has a fantastic multi-cultural setting that blends seamlessly with the country's active outdoor lifestyle. New Zealand screams wanderlust with its diverse natural vistas, which range from snowcapped mountains and volcanic volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches, and lush rainforests.

You can work up to 20 hours per week as an international student in New Zealand during semesters and full-time during breaks. In fact, you will be able to work full-time if you are pursuing a research, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Student Life

New Zealand is a beautiful country with excellent education system. It offers all its students (National or International) with –

  • Research opportunities to enhance their personal growth and development
  • Superior quality of lifestyle at an affordable expense
  • In and out learning process to make student’s life more happening
  • Personalised teaching in small groups
  • Set Code of Practice for supporting International students.
  • Home stays, apartments and Halls of Residence for students accommodation

Cost of Living

Living expenditure in New Zealand generally depends on the lifestyle and which part of the country a person is staying in. Costs in New Zealand can vary with both regions and institutions.

The total expenditure mainly depends upon accommodation, food, transport and power. Cost of entertainment is less as many beaches, lakes are for free visits.


Unlike other countries, New Zealand universities have minimal entry requirements for most of the programs.

  • There is no age bar to study in New Zealand.
  • Less Competition for enrolment to bachelor’s or master’s degree program.
  • International Students can pay their tuition fees after the Visa approval.
  • For student visa, valid Passport, passport size photographs and Proof of funds is needed.
  • Visa procedure takes 15-35 days to complete.
  • Few more documents are required for the visa assurance and when all the documents are submitted, visa is issued in 5 to 6 working days.
  • Students can work up to 20 hours a week during the term and full-time over the holidays depending upon their visa conditions.

New Zealand Universities give many opportunities to overseas students in terms of studies and security. So, Let's check out the 10 best universities in New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Auckland University of Technology (AUT), which has risen six places this year to joint 437th in the world, was founded in 1895 as the Auckland

Technical School and has the highest percentage of international students indicator score among New Zealand universities (23rd in the world).

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, ranked 387th in the world in 2021, was originally part of the University of Canterbury before formally separating to become an independent institution in 1990.

University of Waikato

It is primarily located on a 64-hectare green campus in the city of Hamilton on the North Island, but it also has a campus in Tauranga.

Massey University

Massey University, located in Palmerton North on the North Island, is the country's only university that offers programs in aviation, dispute resolution, veterinary medicine, and nanoscience.

Generally, the admission session and semester begins in September and January for international students. But some of the universities give the leverage of the ‘’rolling admission’’ procedure, wherein the admission of the International Students are considered around the year.

As general guidelines, if you aspire to study in New Zealand, here is the timeline that you must follow for successful enrolment:

  • April to June: You must begin with the research for the universities and institutions where you are interested to study. At the same time, you should manage your financial requirements or consider applying for loans or financial assistance to avoid the last-minute hassle.
  • July to August: You should start contacting the universities and institutions to plan and undergo the standardized tests for Language proficiency such as IELTS, TOEFL, etc. At the same time, you must find out the academic requirements that are mandatory for taking admission.
  • August to October: This time around you can fill up the university application form along with the supporting documents. Along with this, you need to pay the application fee as required against the course and program you are planning to undertake in the New Zealand university or institution of your choice.
  • October to January: Now that you are done with the filling up of the application form as prescribed by the university and institution, you may submit the form and wait for the response from the university.
  • March to May: This is the period when you can expect a response from the university and institution where you have submitted the application form. Your application can be accepted or rejected.
  • May to July: When you have received the acceptance letter from the university and institution, the time is right to apply for the visa process. At the same time, assess the expenses that need to be incurred and arrange for the same.
  • July to August: Now is that time when everything is prepared and you will be all set to go to the destination you have been waiting for, that is your dream university or institution in New Zealand.

Popular Courses

  • Business & Management
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality Management

Top Universities

  • University of Waikato
  • Massey University
  • Lincoln University
  • University of Otago
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Auckland
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Auckland University of Technology

There are five English language tests accepted for student visa applications in New Zealand:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (paper-based test is accepted from limited countries)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

There are various scholarships available for studying in New Zealand that Indian students can avail. The highly popular scholarships that are funded by the government are the following:

  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA
  • NZ-GRADS New Zealand Global Research Alliance Doctoral Scholarship
  • SEG Scholarship

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