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Ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2019, New Zealand is undoubtedly the safest country to study in. With globally ranked universities and a responsive education system, it has the right mix of opportunities, culture, economy and climate to thrive for an Indian student. Not to miss, its unspoiled scenery will make your experience worth every penny.
Why study in New Zealand?
New Zealand is an emerging top destination for studying abroad. Here’s why! 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 a 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 recognized 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 dealing with situations in a systematic and an 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 learnt in the classroom and develop different approaches towards solving a problem.
Innovation and research.
New Zealand provides abundant opportunities in research for students. The country boasts of highly experienced faculty, well-equipped laboratories, access to latest technology, equipments, 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 PhD scholars.
Along with the vast research opportunities, as a PhD 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 masters or a doctoral degree, you will be allowed to work full-time.
Scholarships to study in New Zealand.
Looking for scholarships in New Zealand for Indian students? We’ve got the list.
Studying in New Zealand can be affordable if you plan well in advance so you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the Kiwi universities and colleges before deadlines. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these financial aids can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the New Zealand government and various private and public establishments as well. When applying to any of these scholarships, make sure you check the criteria carefully, along with the application closing date.
What are the criteria for applying to scholarships to study in New Zealand for Indian students?
The most important criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score; however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. Keep in mind that every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, while for others you may have to fulfill several other conditions. For instance, in research-centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. Do not hesitate to contact your ONLINEADMISSION(OA) international education expert if you have any doubts.
What amount of money is available through scholarships?
The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures. You may experience higher competition when you apply for government scholarships in comparison to the university scholarships. So, we suggest you start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins.
Student visa requirements for New Zealand.
Applying for a NZ student visa? Here’s help!
The New Zealand Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you need will depend on the type of study you want to pursue, and how long you intend to stay in New Zealand.
If you are over 18 years and plan to study in New Zealand for more than six months, here’s an overview of the types of student visa available for you:
Types of student visa
Fee Paying Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years and be able to work part-time
Exchange Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years for an approved student exchange program
Foreign Government Supported Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years on a foreign government loan or scholarship
Pathway Student Visa
Study up to five years for 3 consecutive courses on a single student visa and be able to work part-time
As an Indian student, you would most commonly require a Fee Paying Student visa.
While studying in New Zealand, it’s important to maintain your Fee Paying student status. This status relates to the purpose, or reason why you came to New Zealand.
Documentation required for New Zealand’s fee paying student visa.
To apply for a visa to New Zealand, you will generally need:
- Your passport, which must be valid for at least three months after your period of stay in New Zealand
- A letter of acceptance from a New Zealand education provider, which states the minimum course duration, total tuition fee and whether the tuition fee is in domestic and foreign currency. The course must be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- An offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you’re under 18 years)
- A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one
Some additional documentation may include:
- Academic preparation documents such as transcripts, diplomas, degrees or certificates
- Current application form – student visa application form
- Visa application fee
- Tuition fee receipt showing payment to date
- Passport-sized photographs
You may also have to show evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses throughout the period of your stay. You will need to show you have NZ$ 15,000 for a full year of study or NZ$1,250 per month*. This may include:
- A scholarship program
- Bank statements
- Financial undertaking by a sponsor to cover accommodation and living costs
- Evidence that you are leaving New Zealand after the completion of your course. This can be in the form of flight tickets, however, it is optional
- A police certificate if you are aged 17 years or over and plan to study for more than 24 months. A police certificate is a document which is used as evidence of good character
- An X-ray certificate – you will need to have a chest x-ray if you are staying in New Zealand for more than six months, or if you’re a citizen of a country with a relatively high incidence of tuberculosis, or if you’ve spent more than three months in the last five years in a country with a relatively high incidence of tuberculosis
- Full medical examination
You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the New Zealand embassy or consulate.
*Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your ONLINEADMISSION(OA) counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing
Applying for your visa online.
You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the New Zealand Immigration website. You can apply up to 120 days before your intended date of program’s start date. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.
As an applicant from India, your immigration cost and receiving centre fee will depend on the kind of submission you make – online or paper.
Type of submission
Receiving centre fee
NZD 530 (approx. INR 23,330)
English language requirements.
To gain your New Zealand student visa, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognized by more than 10,000 organizations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.
The minimum IELTS score required for your New Zealand student visa is 5.5 band in each module.
What are the upcoming intakes in New Zealand?
Know all about the intakes available in New Zealand. Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, New Zealand universities and institutions offer two major intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The two intakes available in New Zealand are:
- Semester 1: February to June
- Semester 2: July to November
Admissions for vocational courses may also be available in the months of March, April and May.
Which intake to opt for?
It can get a bit confusing to choose the intake that’s best for you. Consider factors like the availability of your preferred program, your academic records, entrance test scores, acceptance rates, job opportunities and your readiness to join the program whilst making a decision.
While most Indian students prefer the July intake, February intake is equally good for certain programs. We suggest, if you do not have your score cards ready, it’s better to skip the haste and apply for the next intake.
Here’s an overview of the intakes available for different programs in universities and colleges:
Undergraduate and postgraduate in a University
Vocational courses in institutes/colleges
How can onlineadmission help you?
If you’re an ONLINEADMISSION(OA) student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in New Zealand, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.
Our team of experts will direct you to the official websites and to authorized immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest applications forms and guidance. To reduce the hassle, we can also help to certify, translate and courier your documents.