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Starting from top-ranked universities to popular, path-breaking courses, the academic landscape of New Zealand today encompasses all that a student looks for in a fast-evolving world. Also, the stable political environment of the country allows a protective cushion for students and they can get engaged in their studies without any distractions.


Some of the highlights of Studying in New Zealand include high quality, affordable and cost effective education, which is administered by acclaimed academicians in a homely environment –the small class size allowing some form of personal bonding!

There are eight public universities in New Zealand offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the country. In addition, there are also a number of Polytechnics institutes which offer vocational and skills-based courses to students ranging from certificate level through to bachelor degree and postgraduate level. There are also courses for professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a wide range of subjects, including the arts, hospitality, ecotourism, etc.

Q: What are the top universities in New Zealand?

According to the World Universities Ranking conducted by the international agencies such as Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking for World Universities and QS World University Ranking 2015, the top universities in New Zealand are:

Top Universities in New Zealand





The University of Auckland




University of Otago




University of Canterbury




Victoria University of Wellington




Massey University




Q: How to get admission in a New Zealand university?

The admission procedure for applying to a university in New Zealand includes filling up application forms, which should be well furnished with all the required documents, including academic documents and English language test scores. For undergraduate courses, candidates are required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. To apply for admission to the postgraduate studies, students must have completed Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field, from a recognized institution.

When applying to a university in New Zealand, students need to follow the admission procedure correctly. The various steps involved in the admission process are mentioned here.

Admission acceptance:

To be accepted at a university, a student needs to submit the following documents:

  • Resume

  • Statement of purpose

  •  Relevant degree transcripts i

  • Certificates of extracurricular activities

  • Passport copy

  • Birth certificate  and  two reference letters from colleges and employers

Once the university management is satisfied with the application, they will send an offer letter to the candidate, which needs to be duly signed and sent back to the particular university.

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Q: What are the qualification exams?

GRE, though not very popular, is also required for admission to Masters courses in some of the universities in New Zealand. Like Australia, GMAT score is accepted as an admission criterion for a wide range of management programs like Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance programs. In addition,English language skill is a must for studying in New Zealand. Usually, a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required by most institutes in New Zealand. Besides IELTS, TOEFL scores are also accepted by many universities in New Zealand as an English language proficiency proof.

Q: What are the top courses to study in New Zealand?

Students interested in taking admission in New Zealand can easily find the course of their choice at the top universities in New Zealand. But any idea what constitutes the top courses to study in New Zealand? Just read on and find it here!

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

  • National Diploma in Engineering

  • Masters of Business Administration

  • Graduate Diploma in Management

  • Master of Professional Accounting

  • Master of Tourism

  • PG Diploma in Agricultural Science

Popular Specialization Courses offered by the universities of New Zealand

  • Bioengineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Construction Management

  • Earthquake Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Chemical and Process Engineering

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Q: What is the duration of various courses in New Zealand?

The duration of undergraduate courses in New Zealand is of three years. For postgraduate courses, the duration is one year.  In addition, PhD courses in New Zealand are completely based on research which takes a minimum of three years full time.

Q: How to get New Zealand student visa?

If you are planning to study in New Zealand for more than three months, you will need a student visa. You can apply for student visa for studying in New Zealand online through immigration New Zealand.

The application checklist:

  • A copy of the valid passport

  • Two recent passport size photographs

  • Evidence of qualifications held, including secondary school (if any)

  • Evidence that there is sufficient financial backing to complete the course of study

  • Evidence of any work experience

  • IELTS certificate

  • Health documents

  • Police clearance certificate

  • Visa application fee

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How much is the study cost in New Zealand?

The cost of study varies from undergraduate degree to postgraduate degrees. Generally, an undergraduate degree costs between NZ$ 18,000 and NZ$ 25,000 per year and a Postgraduate studies cost between NZ$ 10,000 and NZ$ 30,000 per year.

Cost of living in New Zealand

Accommodation costs

$304 (Ranges between $190 to $418 depending on the hall per week)





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Q: What are the work-during-study opportunities?

Students need to check their visa, as it will have information on whether you are allowed to work while studying in New Zealand or not. If you have a student visa, you are allowed to work part-time, up to twenty hours per week, and full-time during scheduled holidays. The minimum wage is set at NZ $14.75.

Q: How is the campus life in New Zealand?

Universities in New Zealand provide an excellent supportive environment for students. In and out of the classroom and the lecture hall, the life of the students in New Zealand is really fantastic and enthralling. Universities in New Zealand along with academic courses offer various extracurricular activities for all round development of the students.

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Q: How to get work after study visa in New Zealand?

International students, after completion of their study in New Zealand, can stay in New Zealand and are allowed to gain work experience related to their studies for up to four years.

The New Zealand Government offers two types of work visa for students who have completed their tertiary study in New Zealand:

Post-study work visa (open): If you are looking for a job in your related field, this visa allows you to stay for up to 12 months in New Zealand to get a job.

Post-study work visa (employer assisted): To gain work experience for a further two years, students can apply for this visa.

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why choose new Zealand for study?

dheeraj reddy 15th Feb, 2020
Well, Studying in NZ is cheaper than US and several European countries. Also a lot of scholarship opportunities are available to fund your study. University of Auckland is among the top 100 universities in the world.
NZ has some most livable cities in the world: Auckland, Wellington to name a few. Also one of the safest country to live.
Part-time job opportunities are plenty for international students through which you could recover the cost of your living expenses.
NZ is easier country to immigrate if your plan is to settle abroad. Add beautiful landscapes as another reason to ;)
As far as job opportunities are considered, NZ is a small country and offer limited work opportunities for internationals. Even though few employers might prefer locals ,as there is a lack of skilled professionals they are open to all, it would be upon you to sell yourself well.

Further research about work opportunities according to your field of interest and chose the best country accordingly. Goodluck !

Does GRE ,TOFEL &IELTS are mandatory for postgraduate courses or any one of the above?

Apoorva Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019

Hello dear student,

As it seems like you want to take admission in New Zealand. so dear student it depends in which university you want to take admission in , so different universities asks for the different exam .They all have  their own criteria to take students for MS in their university. So maximum universities asks for GRE marks while few asks for the other test scores.  GRE though not too popular, GRE is required for admission to masters courses in some of the universities in New Zealand.  GMAT: While NZ, just like Australia puts more emphasis on work experience, GMAT is still accepted for admission to management courses in its business schools.

i hope it was helpful.

Best wishes

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