About New Zealand, Normal Bachelor degrees are of three years while all professional degrees and degrees with Honors take 4 years. Master’s Degrees duration would depend on the basis of your bachelors degree. Normally the duration of the master degree is two years. However, if you are changing the stream i.e. If you coming from engineering background to business or vice versa then the entry would be through a Graduate Diploma which means that you will be required to do a one year additional study to make up for your bachelors degree.

In this case your masters degree would take three years. However, you can leave after the Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma, which offer good employment opportunities.

Why New Zealand

Every new day in the world begins in New Zealand. Light and time start here. Youthful in age and outlook, New Zealand is the natural home for fresh ideas. Come catch some new light.

New Zealand has never been closer to the rest of the world.

Online communications and advances in international transport mean local institutions and industries can easily participate in world markets.

Young and free of constricting traditions, New Zealand has learned to be self-reliant and to forge its own way in the world. New Zealand’s youth and fresh outlook make it the natural home for fresh ideas.

As a former British colony, New Zealand’s education system is based on the prestigious British system. We offer world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff, and our qualifications are valued and transferable throughout the world.

In New Zealand, every student enjoys a supportive learning environment. With relatively small class sizes, students receive more personalized attention from their teachers than they do in other parts of the world.

New Zealand is the ultimate destination for adventure lovers. In a pristine natural environment of mountains, lakes and coast, you’ll find a dazzling array of pulse-quickening activities that are easily accessible and affordable.

New Zealand’s scenic beauty is world renowned. But many visitors are surprised to discover an energetic, modern society among the mountains, rivers and coast.

New Zealanders are a famously hospitable people with a lively interest in other cultures. An education here is frequently the beginning of lifelong friendships.


New Zealand is an extremely beautiful country, situated in the south-western Pacific Ocean. It comprises of two large islands, namely North Island and South Island, and a number of smaller islands (including Stewart Island/Rakiura and Chatham Islands).

If you are applying from overseas to study as a full fee student in New Zealand, you can consult the New Zealand government office in your country about available courses. Applications should be made directly to educational institutions.The country is famous amongst the nature lovers, owing to its breathtaking landscapes, luxuriant forests, gushing rivers, placid lakes, glacial mountains, thermal regions, semi tropical islands and exotic wildlife. The architectural heritage and adventure opportunities offered by the country only add its attraction. In short, New Zealand is totally a tourist’s delight. In the following lines, we have mentioned a number of fun and interesting facts about the country.

Closing date for applications to polytechnics and colleges of education are available from prospectuses of the respective institutions. The application form must also be accompanied by all the documentation requested on the form, for example, certified copies of examination results.

If you are applying for admission to a tertiary institution as a full-fee student and you are already attending a New Zealand school, apply directly to the university, polytechnic, college of education or other institution of your choice.
Study opportunities in New Zealand

Secondary school qualifications
The New Zealand secondary school certificate is called the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). It is officially recognized in New Zealand and has international status.

Tertiary and vocational qualifications

New Zealand higher education has 10 levels of study with level 1 being a certificate and level 10 a doctoral degree. Each level is progressive in terms of complexity and difficulty. Below are the levels and their corresponding qualifications:
– Certificates – Levels 1-4
– Diplomas – Levels 5 & 6
– Bachelor’s degrees/graduate diplomas – Level 7
– Postgraduate certificates/diplomas. Honors Bachelors degree – Level 8
– Masters degree – Level 9
– Doctoral degree – Level 10
All major education providers for the above named qualifications are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

English language qualifications
There are two types of English language schools – ones that issue qualifications and ones which don’t.

General English
these are non-award courses preparing students to communicate effectively in the English language or for further study.

Once you have been offered a place

All applicants must accept an offer by the date specified on the notification letter received from an institution. An offer of a place does not necessarily guarantee a student visa.

Working While You Study

If you are studying in New Zealand, you must not work unless allowed to do so by the New Zealand Immigration service. You can be granted permission to work for up to 20 hours a week.

If you have a student permit, you may be granted a work permit or a variation of your student permit to allow you to gain practical experience on completion of a three-year course, or over the summer vacation.

Your Dependants

Your dependants, who may include a spouse, de facto spouse, fiancé (e) and children, may accompany you to New Zealand or may join you later. They must apply for the type of visa required, that is, visitor, work or student. For school aged dependants you will need to pay full fees to enroll them in primary and secondary courses.

Immigration Requirements

International students are required to obtain student visas and study permits in order to study in New Zealand.

Medical Insurance

It is compulsory for students to take out full medical insurance cover. An average medical insurance cover for a single student would cost approximately NZ$500-600 per year. The Research & International Office holds information on New Zealand medical insurance companies which can be forwarded on request.

International Students’ Representative

Students elect an International Students’ Representative each year. His/her role is to act as a link between international students, the University and University Students’ Association.
Some more interesting Facts about New Zealand 

    • The indigenous Maori name of New Zealand is ‘New Zealand Aotearoa’. Translated into English, it means ‘New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud’.
    • New Zealand gained independence from Great Britain in the year 1907.
    • New Zealand is located in the Oceania Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies around 1500 km to the south-east of Australia.
    • New Zealand is part of ‘The Pacific Rim of Fire’. Mount Ruapehu, situated in central North Island, is the most active volcano of the country.
    • New Zealand is spread over an area of approximately 268,021 sq km and its coastline is around 15,134 km long.
    • The official languages of New Zealand are English and Te Reo Maori.
    • New Zealand was the first democracy in the West that gave women the right to vote.
    • As far as the geography of New Zealand is concerned, 30 percent comprises of forests.
    • Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand.
    • Dunedin city of New Zealand boast of housing the country’s oldest university, first newspaper and first botanical gardens.
    • Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mt Everest, was a citizen of New Zealand.
    • New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) is amongst the least stable currencies in the OECD.
    • New Zealand has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world, with 2.5 million cars for 4 million people.
    • New Zealand has won the most Olympic gold medals, per capita, amongst all the participant countries.
    • New Zealand is amongst the top five dairy exporters in the world. Combined with the other four biggest exporters, it supplies around 90 percent of dairy products on the international market.
    • New Zealand is home to the largest flightless parrot (kakapo), oldest reptile (tuatara), biggest earthworms, smallest bats, heaviest insect (a weta), some of the oldest trees and many rarest species birds, insects, and plants, in the world.
    • New Zealand, before European arrival, had no predatory animals. Thus, it was like a heaven for birds, many of them flightless.
    • The share of New Zealand in the world exports of sheep meat is around 54 percent.

To become a New Zealand citizen, you must swear an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth.

 Study in New Zealand

Take a tour of the study and lifestyle opportunities that each region of New Zealand has to offer to help you decide where in New Zealand to study.New Zealand’s educational institutions are well regarded throughout the world. There is a great range of opportunities available to international students here: quality secondary school education, a well established network of English language schools, and internationally respected and recognised tertiary education providers.
There are opportunities for learning at quality educational institutes in every region of New Zealand. To help you choose which region, which institute and which course are right for you:

Search for education providers on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

Look at a list of all our universities [external website], to help you compare what they have to offer. Each university has an international student section.

See the English New Zealand website – they are an association of English language providers.

Take a look at the Ministry of Education’s pages for international students.

Visit Education New Zealand’s student website newzealandeducate.com, for information on studying in New Zealand. Education New Zealand is a not-for-profit organsation which supports the New Zealand export education industry and promotes New Zealand’s education services.

Combining the benefits of a developed country with the charm of a quiet and peaceful countryside, New Zealand offers some distinct advantages over other countries as a destination for education.
An important one of which is the affordability – getting a degree in NZ actually works out to be cheaper than many courses in India.
Another significant advantage is the welcoming nature of the New Zealanders and the relative ease in getting there: NZ has recently opened its doors to students from South East Asia. Getting yourself an education in New Zealand can change your life forever.
New Zealand education is of international standard and offers choice to the international student. Whether it is secondary education, English language training or further and technical education, New Zealand has something for everyone.
New Zealand welcomes international students at all of our institutions. New Zealand’s immigration laws prevent an international student from studying at a private provider that has not been registered or from taking a course that is not NZQ Approved. Overseas students who wish to study at a New Zealand institution can get information about fees, courses of study and academic entry requirements from.
Many overseas students decide to study in New Zealand to improve their English skills. English is the global language of communication and variety of language intuitions offer variety of courses starting from beginner level, diversity of people who can say ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’ and obtain basic knowledge of the alphabet. So if you are absolute beginner, who would like to take the first step in language learning experience choose your favorite institution and get started on a new career path, language schools also provide private tuition which can be arrange at your own time.
A degree is an advanced tertiary qualification awarded after the satisfactory completion of an advanced study program.

Degree programs are normally pegged at level 7 and normally require basic research and communication skills. Some programs may also require the successful completion of prerequisite subjects/diploma qualifications before consideration for entry into a degree program.
New Zealand universities and tertiary providers normally offer degree programs for three years but some courses such as Law and Medicine may extend further than that. There is also the honors year for students who wish to progress to postgraduate study as a research student.
Degree programs are also known for their diverse subject areas. For instance, a Bachelors degree may involve subjects and disciplines as diverse as Chinese and history.
The entry requirements will also differ in that graduates will be required to have a New Zealand university entrance qualification or its equivalent. This may not be the case for NZ qualifications below level 7.
This qualification is for degree graduates wishing to broaden their knowledge and skills in their chosen area of specialization or a new subject at the undergraduate level.

About Visa

As a visa applicant, you must fulfill the following requirements
To receive a New Zealand Student Visa or Student Permit so you can study in New Zealand you must first meet New Zealand Immigration requirements for international students. The course or courses you intend to undertake must also meet New Zealand Immigration requirements.

  • VERY IMPORTANT:  A written offer of a place, which notifies you that you have been accepted by an educational institution in New Zealand to study there.
  • EITHER  A receipt for payment of course fees (You are not required to produce the receipt before your application has been approved in principle)
    OR Evidence that you are exempt from course fees. For e.g. A New Zealand Government Scholarship.
  • A complete and signed ‘Application for Student Visa’ form, with a passport-size photograph.   You will be required to pay a non-refundable student visa application fee.
  • A guarantee of accommodation – a written assurance from an educational institution or other person that suitable residential accommodation is available to you in New Zealand.
  • Your passport or certificate of identity, which must be valid for the period of time for which you are applying to study.
  • Evidence that funds are available for your maintenance throughout your stay. One of the four is acceptable as evidence :
  • A completed ‘Sponsoring a student’ form, in which your sponsor gives a financial   undertaking that he or she can transfer to New Zealand NZ $7,000 a year : this amount is considered minimum for a year’s living expenses.
  • A letter from your educational institution confirming that your living expenses have already been paid for as part of your fees.
  • A bank document showing that funds of the required amount will be available to you in New Zealand ($1000 for each month of your stay for short term study, $7000 a year for long term study)
  • An award of a full New Zealand scholarship

If you intend studying in New Zealand for more than 24 months, you will need :

a) Completed New Zealand Immigration service medical and chest X-ray certificates

b) Character clearances, which must be two original character references (if under 17 years of age), or a local police clearance (if you are 17 and over). You will be advised of the procedure for obtaining these by the New Zealand government office.

All these documents are essential before a student visa is issued. When the overseas New Zealand government office is satisfied that your application is complete and in order, you will be issued a student visa.

Permit Requirements
Once you have a New Zealand Immigration authorized Student Permit, you must meet certain conditions during your stay:

  • You must attend the place of study noted in your Student Permit. However, you can apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) to change your course or institution.
  • If you have to be accompanied by a guardian, you must live with that person.
  • You must be able to show that you are passing your course.
  • You may only undertake work allowed by your Student Permit.
  • You must obey all New Zealand laws.
  • You must only stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your Student Permit.

If you break any of these conditions, New Zealand immigration is authorized to revoke your permit which may result in you having to leave New Zealand.There is no Visa required for some students for some cases (shorter courses in most cases, fewer than 3 months in duration).