Study Abroad in New Zealand

Education in New Zealand for International Students

New Zealand really seems to have it all: highly-reputed universities, great quality of life, multicultural communities, vibrant cities, amazingly beautiful natural scenery offering an unbeatable range of outdoor pursuits – all within a relatively compact area.

New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) which have been unified into the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST), and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools.

New Zealand government agencies monitor the quality of all areas of the education system. This ensures students gain the skills they need and obtain qualifications that are relevant and good value for money. 

The universities offer higher degree-level education. Programmes are research-led and generally academic rather than vocational. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings, seven of New Zealand’s universities were in the top 100 in at least one subject.

ITPs and a few larger PTEs offer vocational degree-level education.

Entry Requirements for New Zealand

To be able to enter New Zealand, you will have to meet entry requirements specific for international students.  To learn about admission requirements for the program you want to pursue, you may wish to use our Check Your Eligibility tool, which will help us assess your eligibility to study abroad in New Zealand.  Then we will commence the process by seeking further documents to determine your best matches options.  Contact us to guide through each one of these steps :

If you want to study a full-time course in New Zealand that’s longer than three months in total duration, you’ll need a student visa.  Depending on your visa conditions, you may be able to work up to 20 hours a week during the term and full-time over the holidays.

Student visas to New Zealand can take up eight weeks to process.  We will guide and assist you with the following steps of your student visa process :

  • An offer of place from an approved education provider
  • Evidence that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees
  • Your passport and acceptable passport-style photo(s)
  • Proof of funds – $15,000 per year, to cover your living expenses
  • A copy of your air ticket home, or proof that you have enough money to buy one
  • Your visa application fee
  • You may also be asked to provide a medical certificate and chest x-ray, and a police certificate

Our counsellors are ready to guide you through all the above requirements, to make the process easier and less stressful, and maximise your chance of success in meeting the entry requirements.

Living in New Zealand while you study

World-famous for its friendly people, spectacular landscape and relaxed lifestyle, New Zealand is an unbeatable place to live and study.  New Zealand’s relaxed pace of life gives you the time to enjoy everything its vibrant modern cities have to offer. Enjoy live music, theatre, film, dance, free festivals or international sports fixtures, or hang out with your new friends at a cafe, restaurant or bar.

Most of New Zealand’s cities and towns are relatively small and uncrowded, making your daily commute easier and faster than back home. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from beaches, parks, walking trails and cycle tracks.

The size of the UK or Japan but with a population of only 5 million people, New Zealand gives you room to breathe and the space to be be yourself.  It consistently leads world quality of life studies, and we have a great work-life balance. Kiwis believe in balancing a good day’s work or study with time after work and on the weekends to catch up with family and friends, enjoy hobbies and explore nature.

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