Study in New Zealand
New Zealand, although it is the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a lot of reasons that you should consider going there for your studies abroad.If you are wondering whether New Zealand is the right destination to study for you to pursue further studies, doubt no more.New Zealand in recent years has become a popular study abroad destination among international students especially among South Asian students.Friendly and welcoming, New Zealand is a natural playground full of opportunities for unique experiences. Learn more about working while studying, where to stay, the cost of living and the best places to visit.All the programs offered by the state-funded universities in New Zealand go through stringent quality checks. All non-university education programs need to be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), a New Zealand government organization responsible for quality control. In fact, you won’t get a student visa if the course you’re planning to pursue in New Zealand is not approved by a quality assurance body like NZQA.
During the 2017 calendar year, the number of international fee-paying students in New Zealand was 118,300.Total tuition fee revenue from international students as reported by education providers exceeded one billion dollars ($1.110 billion) in the 2017 calendar year, a growth of 2.4% over 2016 calendar year revenue.
Overall satisfaction levels of international students ranged from 87% (university students living experience) to 92% (polytechnic students-learning experience).
If you will be staying in New Zealand for more than 3 months, you may need to apply for a student visa.
The International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS) came into force on 1 July 2016 and is funded by the EEL. The DRS was set up as an independent way to resolve financial and contractual disputes between international students and their education providers. Fairway Resolution Limited operates the DRS as iStudentComplaints.
International student tuition fee reimbursements are paid to the students via the Public Trust. Where applicable, NZQA will assist the student to transfer to an alternative provider and associated costs are reimbursed to NZQA from the EEL account.
Once you have your visa, you can stay in the country for up to four years and have permission to work up to 20 hours per week. You must be enrolled with an approved institution and have the money to pay for your course.
There are three official languages in New Zealand; English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
The majority of courses are offered in English. If your native language is not English, you may have to prove that your English skills will meet the teaching standards. If you do not, it is common for institutions to offer language programmes to improve your skills.
New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar ($NZD) as their currency.
Institutions in New Zealand are permitted to set their own tuition fees. This means that what you pay will be different depending on your institution of choice. International students can expect to pay between $22,000 and $32,000 for a bachelor’s degree and between $26,000 and $37,000 for a postgraduate course. However, if you choose a course such as medicine, engineering or veterinary science, your fees are likely to be higher. All PhD students pay the same, which is $6,500 to $9,000 per year. For information about the cost of your specific course, contact your institution.
Living costs depend on where you choose to live in New Zealand. As in most countries, the bigger cities will require a larger living budget than the smaller cities and towns. It is recommended that you allow between $15,000-$27,000 per year. If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you will be required to prove that you have at least $15,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you are studying for up to a year, you are required to prove that you have at least $1,250 for each month of study.
If you have a student visa, you are able to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time out of term time. Students completing Masters by Research or PhD are able to work full time throughout their studies, including term time.
In order to study in New Zealand, you might have to purchase health insurance. This will depend on where you are from. If you hold a student visa, you are not eligible for publicly funded health services.