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New Zealand

  • New Zealand
  • Why New Zealand
  • Education System
  • Work Permit for Student
  • Scholarships

New Zealand is a wonderful education destination for International Students. New Zealand is a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific where we can find high quality of education. New Zealand is becoming the preference for most of foreign students seeking quality education & to explore new ideas in pioneering programmes. The peace and tranquillity, the scholarly study environment in Colleges and Universities and the wide choice of subjects to choose from the many Undergraduate, Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral Programs make New Zealand a student's haven for acquiring world quality education leading to great career pathways in the future.

Discover the advantages of studying in New Zealand.

New Zealand is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to earn a highly valued, internationally recognised tertiary qualification. You can study everything from short trade courses to specialised, high-powered, research based doctoral study.

International Students prefer studying in New Zealand for the following reasons:

Qualifications Globally Recognised

New Zealand has a progressive education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. There are wide range of study opportunities, including state administered primary, secondary schools, universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and private training establishments. The NZQA assures the quality of programme offered by state institutions and a private establishment, which in turn ensures that programmes offered in New Zealand, maintain international recognition.

Equally strong focus on Academics and Welfare

Most of the universities have been taking International students for the last 50 - 60 years and hence have gained a multicultural/national perspective offering a balanced curriculum which finds relevance in work places around the world. The same perspective enables it to offer excellent welfare services to students from around the world. The polytechnics in NZ are known for the programs which are "Ready to Enter the Job Markets".

Less Expensive Destination

The best thing about studying in NZ is that the expenses involved are comparatively less than the other major destinations viz. USA, UK, Canada. In fact it is almost 50% less than that of USA and UK. Coupled with the lesser costs and International recognition of its qualification, NZ essentially offers "Best of Both Worlds" qualifications..

Migration and Job search Opportunity

Students are given a visa to search for a job after completion of their course and also have a good opportunity to migrate.

English widely spoken

As English is the day-to-day language in NZ, Indian students find it very easy to study, live and interact in NZ. Moreover the NZ accent is easy to understand.

Excellent Climatic Conditions

New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the sea's surrounding it. This-results in mild summers and cool winters. This excellent climate encourages all sorts of outdoor sports and activities. One can indulge in sports as varied from Football, cricket to White water rafting and Bungee jumping. In fact it is widely accepted fact that NZ enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. It enjoys the four distinct seasons, viz, Summer (Nov. to March), Autumn (March to June), Winter(June to Sept.) & Spring( Sept. to Nov.) & hence people enjoy high quality living conditions.

Clean, Green and Safe Country

New Zealand offers a safe learning environment. According to Global Peace Index (GPI), New Zealand is rated as one of the most peaceful countries in the world.It is the first country in the world to declare itself as a nuclear free zone. The environment is green, clean and uncrowded with a small populations and wide open spaces. New Zealanders are famed for their friendliness, hospitality and warmth to overseas visitors which includes International students.

Code of Practice

A code of practice that ensures protection of international student's welfare by all education providers came into force in 2002. Only signatories to the code will be allowed to enroll international students. Ensuring that New Zealand education providers act fairly and reasonably when recruiting students, the Code gives prospective students that they can trust the institution in which they choose to enroll.

Education System in New Zealand is based on a three-tier model:

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools and
  • Tertiary Education at universities and/or polytechnics. For Citizens of New Zealand The Government of New Zealand has made education free and compulsory for its citizens who are between the ages of 6 and 16. After this stage, Post-compulsory education is regulated within the New Zealand National Qualifications Framework The New Zealand National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  • NQF is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training institutes located across New Zealand including its provinces.
  • It is made up of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications
  • NQF standards and qualifications are developed by nationally recognized standard setting bodies (SSBs) and quality assured by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • All Qualifications within NQF are divided into levels based on complexity of the skills and knowledge imparted
  • The levels do not equate to 'years spent learning' but reflect the content of the qualification.

Academic Year in New Zealand

Though the academic year varies from institute to institute, this in general forms the academic year in New Zealand as mentioned below.

For Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Polytechnics: From late January until mid-December For Universities: From late February until mid-November

School Education

Most schools cater for Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary School Students following the age limits mentioned below.

  • Years 1-6: Primary School (Ages 5-10)
  • Years 7-8: Intermediate School (Ages 11-12)
  • Years 9-13: Secondary School (Ages 13-18)

Tertiary Education


  • New Zealand has a total of eight government-funded universities providing Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree Programs
  • These Programs conform to set standards in academic and professional studies
  • Subjects are broad in scope and range including subjects such as commerce, science and arts, etc.
  • Universities also have specialist subjects such as Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine and Agriculture
  • University education from New Zealand is internationally recognized with many Graduates from New Zealand universities embarking on a brilliant career pathway globally.

Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology

  • There are 23 government-funded polytechnics and institutes of technology
  • Programs offered in these institutions are designed in such a way that they be both academically and vocationally focused
  • Some institutions offer Year 1 of a Degree Program, with subsequent years being completed at a university.

Private Tertiary and Training Establishments

  • These institutions offer an alternative study option
  • Range of Programs offered include Professional Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees
  • Diverse range of subjects include: art, hospitality industry, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, ecotourism, etc.

Part time work during study period

  • Students can work 20 hours per week.
  • Students can work full time (40 hrs) in New Zealand during the summer holidays
  • Average wage for part time jobs is between NZ$10 - NZ$12 per hour
  • Eligible student's partner may apply for a work permit too, valid for the duration of the study course.

Post Study Work Visa (Employment - after study)

This is Graduate Job Search Visa of one year which allows international students who have graduated with NZ qualification to apply for this post study work visa. Upon finding employment during this period student can apply for NZ immigration to have this work visa extended for 2 more years. There is no requirement of job offer for this Graduate Job search visa. Student can apply for this visa within 3 month of completion of study or can take 6 month if have obtained PhD. Multiple Post Study Work Visa After completion of first Post-study work visa (open), if student complete a second or higher qualification which is either a New Zealand bachelor degree or post-graduate qualification for at least one year then there is another opportunity for student to obtain second Post-study work visa (open). To apply for PSW student must have at least NZ$4,200 available to manage living cost in NZ.

Minimum Qualification Requirement for PSW of NZ

Completion of two academic years, at level 4 to 6 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework or One year at level 7 & above on the New Zealand Qualification Framework.

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