Study in New Zealand
Study in New Zealand has become one of the world’s most preferred destinations in attracting & fascinating
international Students because of its beautiful Culture, Supportive Learning Environment and for being
Practical, Modern and Desirable. New Zealand’s education system is based on the prestigious British system.
Which offers world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff, and the qualification is valued and transferable
throughout the world.
There are around 4,000 Indian students in New Zealand &issued about 3,800 visas in this academic year. The
job market in New Zealand is still hot. It is a good place to find work with good salary levels. New Zealand is
the only country that provides a one-year job search visa, regardless of the course pursued by a student. Once
you get a job, you can apply for two years of work permit, following which you can apply for permanent
residency. New Zealand offers a safe and stable democratic political environment. Living and tuition costs
compare well with other countries. New Zealand has two official languages – English and Māori.
Auckland is the largest and most culturally diverse city of New Zealand. About one million people live in
Auckland. The other major cities are Wellington, which is the capital city, followed by Christchurch and
Academic Colleges Group
Auckland Institute of Studies At St Helens
Auckland University of Technology
Avonmore Tertiary Institute
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Cornell Institute of Bus & Tech
CTC Aviation Training
Design & Arts College
Eastern Institute of Technology
International College of Auckland
International College of Linguistics
International Pacific College
International Aviation Academy of New Zealand
Institute of Applied Learning
Le Corden Bleu
Manukau Institute of Technology
Media Design School
MFH International Institute
Nelson Malbourgh Institute of Technology
New Zealand Career College
Newzealand Institute of Business and Technology
New Zealand Management Academies
New Zealand School of Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Tertiary College
Newton College of Business & Technology
Northshore International Academy
Pacific International Hotel Management School
Quantum Education Group
Queenstown Resort College
Southern Institute of Technology
Seymour National College of Tourism & Travel
SAE Institute (Auckland)
Travel Careers & Trainning Ltd & The Sir George
Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
University of Auckland
University of Canterbury
University of Otago
University of Waikato
UUNZ Institute of Business
Victoria University of Wellington
Waiariki Institute of Technology
Waikato Inst of Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
Western Inst of Technology at Taranaki
Whitecliff College of Arts and Design
Yobee School of Design
There are 10 levels of study in New Zealand schools and universities. The lowest level is a certificate and the
highest is a doctoral degree. Each level is more complex than the one below it. These are the names of our
qualifications and their levels:
1. Certificates are levels 1 to 4
2. Diplomas are levels 5 and 6
3. Bachelor's degrees and graduate diplomas are level 7
4. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas, and bachelor's degrees with honours are level 8
5. Master's degrees are level 9
6. Doctoral degrees are level 10.
All of our major education providers have qualifications with these names. This means that you can
easily understand the level of the qualification and compare qualifications between education providers.
New Zealand has 8 Universities, 25 Polytechnics and/or Institutes of Technology and about 440 secondary
New Zealand’s eight national universities offer the best degree programmes in academic and professional
studies. All universities offer a broad range of subjects for degrees in Computing & IT, Engineering, Commerce,
Science and the Arts. Most degrees in New Zealand are for 3 years but there are also a number of degrees which
take 4 years.
High Quality Education
All major education providers are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), so you
can be sure that you are studying for an approved qualification that has been assessed to ensure that it is of high
quality. Some private training establishments don’t use NZQA qualifications – you should check and make sure
their courses are suitable for you.
Universities prefer applicants with very good academic background and decent score in TOEFL or IELTS for
admission Postgraduate and Masters Programmes may vary between Faculties, Applicants may also be required
to provide evidence of relevant work/research experience. For postgraduate applications where the student will
be undertaking a thesis, a research proposal will be required.
Main intake every year commences in Jun-July, Dec-Jan.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics have two semesters – February to June and July to November – with
holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses start in July.
Each university has its own timetable but generally the year is split into 2 semesters of about 12 weeks each,
with a 2-week break during the semester and a 6-week break in the middle of the year. The breaks are not
necessarily holidays – you may need the time for research and study.
Some universities offer ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, which reduces the number of
years it takes to complete a degree.
New Zealand colleges and universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency.
Pre-Degree- Diploma & Undergraduate Degree
IELTS (Academic) score – Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or overall 5.5 with no band less than
Paper-based – total score of 550 with minimum of 4.0 in Test of Written English (TWE)or
Computer-based – total score of 213 with minimum Essay rating of 4.0 or
Internet-based – total score of 80
IELTS (Academic) score – Overall band score of 6.5 & band score of 6.0 in all bands
Paper-based – total score of 575 with minimum of 4.5 in Test of Written English (TWE)or
Computer-based – total score of 233 with minimum Essay rating of 4.5 or
Internet-based – total score of 90
Cost of Education & Duration of programs
The fees at the universities are calculated on a per course/paper or per point basis and may vary according to
Polytechnic Courses these range from NZ$10,000 – NZ$15,000 per year depending on the course or degree
University Degrees from NZ$18,000 – NZ$25,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees
Post-graduate Degrees NZ$ 40,000
Courses in Medicine & Engineering may be more depending on the university & City.
Duration of programs:
Masters 2 Years except for programs
Postgraduate Diploma 1 Year
Graduate Diploma 1 Year
Bachelors – 3 Years/ 4 Years
Diplomas 1 Year /2 Years
MBA 18 months but can be completed in 1 year as well.
Programs for 4 Years: BHSc. (Physiotherapy), Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science and Bachelor of
Conjoint degrees are an estimate. Students will be charged on the basis of their paper enrolment rather than by
Accommodation and living expenses
The total cost depends on each students 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.
For Graduation Courses:
NewZealand have rolling intakes that is every month they have admissions.Admission to a University or college
in NewZealand requires a completion of twelve years of elementary and secondary education.
All students must have the required English Language proficiency with regards to the course. IELTS of 5.5 for
5+7 levels (2 years program) and 6.0 for level 7 (1 year program) and 6.5 for PG Diploma(1 year course) and
Masters( 2 years course), TOEFL score of 79 and above, PTE score of 52 and above for graduate and
In the Indian context, this implies qualifying in class 12th examination or junior college as applicable. The
acceptable degrees include : Indian School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Higher School Certificate,
Higher Secondary Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate.
Most universities ask for a minimum of 75% aggregate marks and a minimum of 60% in English.
In case the criteria is not met, you may be required to complete one year of education in any university in India
or do a foundation course in some university in New Zealand. Any further details can be discussed with the
For Post Graduation Courses:
Most NewZealand universities accept the Indian graduation system of three years for entry into most
postgraduate courses. An Indian bachelor degree like B. A., B. Com. or B. Sc. is equivalent to a New Zealand
Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree
However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to New Zealand Bachelor
(Honours) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after
graduation or a four year degree course like B. E., B.Tech or other such courses.
For most Universities, a good first degree from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.
Qualification Per Annum in NZD
Level 8 Post-
New Zealand is the most popular study destinations for diploma, graduation and masters degrees in the world.
The highest occupational groups are professionals including physicians, mathematicians, financial managers,
computer engineers, hospitality, telecoms, medicine, health care and Business.
International students can take up on campus jobs, they are allowed to work 20 hrs during their study. On
campus jobs may include teaching assistantships, research assistantship where a student is paid an average of
10-15 NZD per hour thus student earns approximately 800-1200$ NZD per month. With this, student can do
internship in the related field which may be paid.
During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is
allowed to work for 1 year popularly known as PSW(Post Study Work). On obtaining work the student can later
apply for work permit visa or Permanent Residency.