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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the application process for NZ?

Admissions are granted purely on students academics. Students need to provide: CV, academic documents, any professional certifications, work experience if applicable, English language evidence, reference letters, SOP & Passport copy.

What are the visa application requirements?

Student visa is issued to a full time enrolled student with good character, health & financial background. Student visa for New Zealand is much easier & quicker than many other countries.

What are the Housing options available?

  • On Campus: College hostel’s (self catered or fully catered)
  • Off Campus: Rent a Flat/ Apartment, Private Hostels, lodge or Motels
  • Home stay: with families as per students preference

How much does NZ education cost?

Tuition Fees Approx. 12000 NZ$ – 28000 NZ$ p.a; depending on the area and level of studies.

What are the living expenses?

On an average, an international student spends about 800 – 1000 NZ$ per month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport & other costs. It is important to note that individual’s cost may vary as per their location, course & lifestyle.

What are the advantages of study in NZ?

  • Globally recognized quality education.
  • Affordable Tuition & Living, NZ$ rate in INR is much lower than AUD & other dollars.
  • Friendly environment & an English speaking country.
  • New Zealand is a growing economy offering increasing job opportunities.
  • Low unemployment ratio compared to most countries.
  • Quick Applications & visa processing.
  • 20 Hours part time work allowed during studies & full time during summer holidays helping students to cover living cost.
  • Students on completion of most courses including 1 year Diploma course are eligible for 1 year job search visa when they can work full time.
  • Students with full time job offers in relevant area of study may extend their visa by converting it to Work Permit / Permanent Residency depending on their eligibility.
  • Student partners can accompany on Work Permit or Visitors category.

Can I work whilst am studying?

All international students are allowed to work part time upto 20 hours per week & full time during summer holidays. NZ follows minimum wage system; current minimum wage for an employee is 12 NZ$ per hour.

Can my spouse accompany me during my studies in NZ?

Spouse of students going for PG course or courses in Long term skilled shortage area can get Full time work permit. Spouse of students going to UG courses if willing, to accompany their partners can apply for a visitor visa.

Are Scholarships available?

Most international students study in New Zealand on a full fee payment basis. New Zealand doctoral research scholarships are a significant educational opportunity as here international student only pays domestic fees & many times also support students with Living & travel allowance.

What is the cost to live in New Zealand?

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$10,000 and NZ$15,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment.

What is GST Tax?

GST stands for Goods & Services Tax. All goods and services in New Zealand including tuition fees have GST Tax of 15% included in the fee. There are some items that do not have GST and these include bank fees and residential rental payments

Is there an age limit to study in New Zealand?

There is no limit on the age of a person wishing to study in New Zealand however the New Zealand Immigration Service needs to be satisfied that the applicant is a genuine student when they process the student visa application.

How many education institutions are there in New Zealand?

New Zealand has 8 Universities, 25 Polytechnics and/or Institutes of Technology and about 440 secondary schools.

What is the difference between Universities and Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology?

Historically the main difference had been that Universities focussed on academic programmes and the Polytechnics focussed on practical training. Over recent years both types of institutions have expanded their range of programmes and now there is significant overlap between Universities and Polytechnics. Over recent years the Polytechnic programmes have been expanded to include a wide range and number of degree programmes. A number of Polytechnics have also merged together and have changed their names from Polytechnics to Institutes of Technology to better reflect their focus. Cross-credits for courses completed at the Polytechnic can be credited to ongoing University study in most instances.

What is a tertiary institution?

This is the collective name given to all institutions like Universities and Polytechnics who offer course for students to continue their studies after secondary school.

How long does it take to get a Degree in New Zealand?

Most degrees in New Zealand are for 3 years but there are also a number of degrees which take 4 years.

Are New Zealand degrees recognised internationally?

New Zealand degrees are recognised internationally and will be accepted when applying for post-graduate study in most countries.

What are the options available after completing my studies in NZ?

Students finishing courses of Level 5 or higher level are eligible for 1 year job search visa when they can work full time & look for a job in a relevant area of study. Once a student gets offered full time job offer in the relevant area of study they can apply for PR or Work Permit depending on their eligibility. Long term skilled shortage list of popular fields in demand with good job prospects can be viewed on immigration website
www.immigration.govt.nz