Study In New Zealand

  • New Zealand is the youngest country on earth – the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings.
  • With vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, often spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, a temperate climate and fascinating animal and plant life, and it is no surprise that New Zealand’s pure natural environment is so attractive to visitors from other countries.
  • New Zealand has a unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Maori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific and their love of the outdoors, sport, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world.

Some facts

Capital : Wellington
Official language: English and Maori
Currency: New Zealand Dollars ($) (NZD)
Calling code: +64
Time Difference: 7 hours 30 minutes ahead IST
Climate: Summers 20-30 degree C and Winters 10-15 Degree C

Benefits of studying in New Zealand

The advantages of the education system in New Zealand to international students can not be over-emphasised; it is a system that offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment.

  • New Zealand is the youngest country on earth – the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings.
  • International students can expect a high standard of education and living conditions.
  • English is the everyday language of New Zealanders and there is strong English Language support for international students.
  • Living and tuition costs compare well with other countries.
  • Travel to New Zealand is easy with direct flights from most major cities.


New Zealand lies between 37 and 47 degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Both the North and South Islands of New Zealand enjoy moderate, maritime climate, weather and temperatures.

New Zealand weather and climate is of paramount importance to the people of New Zealand, as many New Zealander’s make their living from the land. New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. New Zealand’s climate is dominated by two main geographical features: the mountains and the sea.


New Zealand transport offers travellers a large selection of quality private and public transport options, suiting all budgets and travelling preferences.

New Zealand transportation includes rental cars, bus transport, air charters, car and motor home hire, train transport, limousine hire and more.

Major Regions/ Cities

The region is the top tier of local government in New Zealand. There are 16 regions of New Zealand. Twelve are governed by an elected regional council, while four are governed by territorial authorities (the second tier of local government) which also perform the functions of a regional council and thus are known as unitary authorities. The Chatham Islands Council is similar to a unitary authority, but is authorised under its own enabling legislation.

  • Main cities: Auckland ( the commercial and business Hub), Wellington (the capital), Dunedin, Christchurch
  • The climate is temperate with pleasant seasonal changes and is conducive to study and recreation

Major Economy

The Economy of New Zealand is a market economy which is greatly dependent on international trade, mainly with Australia, the European Union, the United States, China and Japan. It has only small manufacturing and high-tech sectors, being strongly focused on tourism and primary industries like agriculture (though both sectors are highly profitable). Economic free-market reforms of the last decades have removed many barriers to foreign investment, and the World Bank in 2005 praised New Zealand as being the most business-friendly country in the world, before Singapore.

Established Industries:

Main Industries:

Manufacturing, Rental, hiring, real estate services, Health care and social assistance. Other services: Construction, Education and training Agriculture, forestry and fishing Accommodation and food services, Transport, postal and warehousing, Retail trade, Professional, scientific and technical services, Wholesale trade, Administrative and support services Financial and insurance services, Public administration and safety Information media and telecommunications Arts and recreation services Electricity, gas, water and waste services Mining.

Education System

  • Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics and private training establishments.
  • Twenty five institutions in New Zealand are part of the polytechnic system and provide education and training in a broad range of industry and occupation based vocational studies. Many polytechnics offer undergraduate degree programs as well.
  • New Zealand has Eight universities offering degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in academic and professional studies.
  • All universities offer a broad range of subjects for degrees in commerce, science and the arts. Each university has also developed its own specialist subjects, such as engineering, computer studies, medicine and agriculture.
  • There are also a number of private tertiary institutes and private training providers.

Admission Timings:


The academic year extends from February to November with many programs having a mid year intake in July. The major holiday period is December to February.


There is no official ranking of Universities.

Part time work during studies

Students are allowed to work part time 20 hours per week and full time during holidays while studying the course.

Work opportunities after studies

After the completion of studies if student gets permanent job offer (an offer that qualifies the visa requirement) in the related filed of study, he/she may apply for PR. Else, a student can stay in New Zealand there and search for a job on work permit.

Visa Requirement

  • Good academics
  • IELTS Score
  • Finance to support education
  • Genuine intentions to study

Student prepares Visa file as per Embassy guideline:

  • TT Services collect visa applications on behalf of Immigration New Zealand, New Delhi Branch
  • Visa Officer accesses the application
  • Applications Approved in Principle (AIP):
    • Evidence of payment of course fees for 1 year
    • Any other requirement which needs to be fulfilled at that stage for the visa to be issued
    • Only, fee receipts
  • Interviews
  • Validity of Student Visa:
  • if the course duration in New Zealand is more than 1 year, the student visas will only be issued for 1st year of study/ duration for which the tuition fees is paid.

Visa processing time:

  • 7-14 days to issue a Visa for a positive profile applications
  • 2-3 months for other applications

Total Visa Fees: Rs 9,000 /-

Change in Fund Transfer Scheme (FTS) account opening process for New Zealand Visa.

Effective from 1 October 2011.

The new changes in opening a FTS account include the following:
1. The students will be given a FTS ‘REFERENCE NUMBER’ for their account number.
2. As a student you will have to file this letter with the given reference number.
3. When you receive Approval in Principal (AIP), you need to submit a copy of AIP along with the reference number.
4. Your account will be opened and details will be sent to you only after a copy of your AIP is received by the bank.
5. Once you receive the account detail, then you can ask for fund transfer from India to your new account.
6. The bank will issue proof of funds letter to you once funds are received into the account.

English Requirement

IELTS &/or TOEFL are not mandatory requirements however its highly recommended for clear and timely processing of admission and visa application. Students cannot go to NZ to study an English course.

Student must have required language capability from India before enrolling in a NZ institute.

TOEFL is not acceptable by New Zealand High Commission. Please confirm acceptable test status at the time of making application.

Fee Structure

For each 1 year period:

  • Living costs
    • Primary Applicant- NZ$10,000
    • Spouse – NZ$5,000
    • Children – NZ$5,000

Academic Requirement:

Percentage Entry Requirement

Qualification MINIMUM % required
Certificate 50 – 60 % in class XII
Diploma 60 – 75 % in class XII
Bachelor 70- 75 % and above in class XII
Graduate Diploma 50 – 55 % in B. degree
Post Graduate Diploma 55 – 60 % in B. degree + a PG Diploma/Masters from a recognized University or relevant work experience
Masters degree 60% and above in Bachelor degree + a PG Diploma/Masters from a recognized University/ or relevant work experience


IELTS 5.5-6.0 6.0- 6.5 6.0
6.5 -7.0
TOEFL (PAPER BASED) 550 550-575 550
575- 600 (TWE-5.0)
TOEFL (COMPUTER BASED) 213-233 233-247 233 250

No band should be less than 5.0/5.5
For most of the MBA’s/Teaching programs an IELTS of 7.0 band is required
This is just a guideline. English requirements may change as per course/University.

  • Please note that the above %s are general requirements and you must refer to the brochure/website for exact entry requirements before sending the applications.
  • A student getting below 50% would in Bachelors degree will either have to go for an Undergraduate Diploma or a Graduate Diploma offered by institutes.

Useful Links
this link is helpful for finding courses offered by universities. its a quick course search website.
the map on this website can give correct information about the travel distance between cities.
This website gives information about the courses and levels of the programs
This is a quick search website for institutes and the level of programs they offer.

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