New Zealand is a heaven for wildlife and adventure lovers, and also offers plenty for fun-loving city dwellers. This highly developed country remains rooted in the natural world, mixing cosmopolitanism with conservationism, and in an active yet easy-going society.

Recent years have seen New Zealand attract a growing number of students from around the world. There are now more than 110,000 international students in the country, and national agency Education New Zealand aims to increase this by more than 40,000 by 2025.

Those with a taste for outdoor adventure will certainly find plenty to explore. New Zealand is famed for its natural beauty and diverse landscapes, from lush green forests and lakes, to rocky roads, expensive beaches and awe-inspiring mountains. And what it lacks in human population, it more than makes up for in terms of varied and interesting wildlife.

The nation’s culture is equally distinctive, strongly influenced both by its native Maori population and by its modern-day multicultural make-up. As well as having remarkably low crime rates, New Zealand ranks among the world’s most peaceful nations, coming fourth in the Global Peace Index 2015.

With a strong emphasis on research and personal development, New Zealand offers a prospering higher education system. Tertiary qualifications run from certificate to doctorate level, progressing through diploma, bachelor’s and master’s programs along the way. Typically, a bachelors’s degree will take three or four years to complete and a master’s degree one or two years, while a PhD program can take upto two to four years. The option of a fast-track master’s degree, which takes less than one calendar year to complete, is growing in availability and popularity.

As well as a selection of public and private universities, New Zealand also offers around 600 private training schools, for specialized foundation and diploma qualifications. Other options include studying at a ‘ Wananga’ – Maori-led tertiary institutions unique to New Zealand- or at one of the 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), which offer vocational degrees and diplomas.


The process of applying to Study in New Zealand varies, with specific guidelines provided by each university. In most cases, you can submit your application online, but some institutions require hard copies of documents to be sent by post. Generally, you will be asked to submit relevant academic documentation, providing proof of qualifications completed. While qualifications and credit transfers are widely accepted form New Zealand, Australian and UK institutions, some international qualifications must be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). If you are not a native English speaker, you will be asked to provide proof of proficiency in English, by either submitting language test results (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS),or demonstrating that you've studied in English previously. Student visas are required for all full-time students from outside of New Zealand or Australia who wish to study in the country for longer than three months. Part-time students should apply for a visitor visa. In order to apply for your Student Visa, you must submit the official application form (online or on paper) to Immigration New Zealand (INZ), along with proof of acceptance to an NZQA- approved university, a valid passport, proof of medical and travel insurance, evidence of sufficient funds to cover living costs (see below), a police certificate, a medical check (for certain students only) and a return flight ticket (or proof or sufficient funds for this). Recent reforms to visa requirements have now made it easier for international students to work and pursue a master's by research or a PhD, students are also granted unlimited work rights. Others can work up to 20 hours per week during term-time, and full-time during official holidays, as long as their course meet certain criteria. Qualifying courses include programs lasting at least two years; approved tertiary exchanges of at least one year; qualifications which could lead to an application for a Skilled Migrant Visa; and certain full-time English language courses.


Besides academia, there is always a room for activities outside the classroom, given such a fabulous location. New Zealand’s North Island is well known for its island sanctuaries and active volcanoes — it has a line of mountain ranges running with farmland on both sides. The South Island houses some of the purest landscapes on earth — don’t miss out on seeing the massive Southern Alps, which is the backbone of the South Island.

You can enjoy picturesque fjords, spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, rolling hillsides, vast plains, subtropical forest and miles of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches. Even big cities are surrounded by lush greenery and are located not far from the country’s hills and coasts.


  1. Chance to enhance your peer-to-peer learning and interpersonal skills since you will be sharing your ideas with people from all over the globe. New Zealand is home to around 40,000 international students.
  2. Availability of multiple intakes and part-time work options.
  3. Opportunities for spouse to migrate with the partner and get a work permit. Children, if any, can study in New Zealand on domestic student tuition fees, if their parents are permanent residents of the country.
  4. Options to stay back in the country and look for job opportunities, for students involved in research/doctoral programmes.
  5. Seven out of eight universities are recognised amongst the top 500 worldwide.
  6. Though Auckland is the most bustling city in New Zealand, cities like Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton are equally popular with some of the best colleges in the country.
  7. The crime rate, as per world standards, is low in New Zealand.




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