Want to study in New Zealand?
New Zealand, has pushed the boundaries in education to become one of the most sought-after countries for Indian students going to study abroad. In fact, presently Indians are the fastest-growing source of international students in the country. New Zealand is recognized internationally for the high quality of education, safe and tolerant environment, and cost-effective education options that it offers. All universities in New Zealand are ranked in the top 500 global list.
New Zealand Universities offer a hands-on, practical approach to the education system which is often referred to as a ‘living curriculum’ where internships and industry placements are the unique features. “Our education system encourages inventive thinking and teaching techniques that reach far beyond traditional rote learning,” says Ziena Jalil, Regional Director South, and South East Asia, Education NZ.
New Zealand institutions offer a range of courses with a variety of disciplines. Some of the programs that are most popular with Indian students are Engineering, Business, IT, and Health. Besides 8 public universities, the country also has 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). ITPs have a specialist role to deliver technical, vocational, and professional education to meet the needs of industry and business.
Campus life in New Zealand
Campus life at New Zealand Universities is safe and comfortable. There are facilities provided to students to stay in campus after college hours to work on projects and group discussions such as cafés within the campus.
When to apply?
The admission procedure in all the major universities and institutes start one year before the commencement of the classes. The aspirants who wish to get into the best universities in New Zealand must apply at least four months before the starting of the classes. So, the application process in New Zealand starts in September and most applications close in October. However, some might be open until November or December.
Why Study in New Zealand?
We all know New Zealand is a beautiful country, but there’s a lot beyond its picturesque landscapes. It is emerging as one of the topmost preferences among Indian students wanting to study abroad. With an excellent education system, internationally accredited qualifications, ample research opportunities, and matchless quality of life, New Zealand has a lot to offer. While studying here, you can be assured of a welcoming and friendly society with an excellent support system for international students. Here are some of the top reasons why you should New Zealand for your further education.
Globally Recognised Qualifications
All eight universities of New Zealand consistently rank high in QS World Rankings* and Times Higher Education Rankings and qualifications from any of these are accredited across the globe, opening doors to prospects everywhere. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also ensures that institutions are registered to enroll international students and comply with qualifications standards.
Influenced by the UK education system, New Zealand focuses on research-based teaching, which means you will learn to deal with situations in a systematic and organized manner. You’ll be taught how to work independently as well as in a team at various levels. Studying here will encourage you to think critically, question, and benefit from student-teacher interaction. You’ll also be implementing the concepts learned in the classroom and develop different approaches towards solving a problem.
Innovation and Research
New Zealand provides abundant opportunities for research for students. The country boasts of highly experienced faculty, well-equipped laboratories, access to the latest technology, equipment, and opportunities. Its innovative spirit has made it a hub of new technologies, research, and development in various fields such as healthcare, physics, geology, engineering, astronomy, computer science, agriculture, etc. Add to it, the Nobel prizes that the country has in its kitty simply reinstate the significance and vast
scope of research in New Zealand.
Great scope for Ph.D. scholars: Along with the vast research opportunities, as a Ph.D. student, you would enjoy additional privileges. You’ll be eligible to pay the same tuition fee as locals and unlike other degree students, you can work full-time during your studies. Need we say more?
Safe and Peaceful
New Zealand ranks second on the Global Peace Index 2018*, which speaks about the social tolerance and political stability of the Kiwi democracy. As an international student, you’ll have the same rights as your Kiwi counterparts.
Quality of life:
New Zealand offers a wonderful multi-cultural environment that exists in perfect harmony with the country’s outdoorsy lifestyle. Replete with all kinds of natural landscapes ranging from snowcapped mountains and steaming volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches, and lush rainforests, New Zealand screams wanderlust. Living here provides every student a chance to grow with its diverse culture and natural beauty all at once.
You can work to support your studies
As an international student in New Zealand, you can work for up to 20 hours every week during your semesters and full-time during breaks. In fact, if you’re pursuing research master’s or a doctoral degree, you will be allowed to work full-time.
New Zealand’s Education Cost
While New Zealand is a great place to study as an international student, it does have one downside – tuition costs.
- Fees for arts or social sciences range from NZ$20,000 (£9,680) a year.
- Courses in science and engineering can cost from NZ$25,000 (£12,000) per year.
- Dentistry and medicine tend to be the most expensive degrees – NZ$75,000 (£36,300) per year.
- Unfortunately, there are few scholarships available for international students studying in New Zealand, and those that are on offer are for Ph.D. students.
Here are some approximate costs of those all-important student services in New Zealand (GBP, March 2018) :
- Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £449 – £624 per month
- Meal, Inexpensive restaurant: £8.95
- Meal at McDonald’s: £4.97
- Domestic beer (0.5-liter draught): £3.48
- Imported beer (0.33-liter bottle): £3.98
- Cappuccino: £2.15
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £1.48
- Water (0.33-liter bottle): £1.40
- A loaf of bread: £1.26
- Cigarettes: £9.40
- One-way ticket local transport: £1.74
- Cinema ticket: £7.96
Qualifying Exams & Coaching
- TOEFL: TOEFL is an English proficiency for students from non- native English speaking country students. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year at 4500 test centers in 165 countries worldwide.
- IELTS: IELTS is also an English proficiency test for students from non- native English speaking countries. IELTS test measures a candidate’s English language command on 4 different parameters- Listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
- PTE: Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an English language test for non-native English speakers who want to study abroad. It examines reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities. PTE is an approved test by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland.
- GMAT: GMAT is taken for admission to management studies. Business schools use this test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of management programs like Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs.
- GRE: GRE is not mandatory for Masters programs in New Zealand though some universities might accept it. While universities require GRE general test score some also ask the student to take GRE subject tests.