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“New Zealand institutions provide excellent learning opportunities and student care in a safe and welcoming environment. Our education system encourages inventive thinking and teaching techniques that reach far beyond traditional rote learning,” says Ziena Jalil, Regional Director South and South East Asia, Education NZ.

Indeed, New Zealand has pushed the boundaries in education to become one of the most sought after countries for Indian students going to study abroad. With over 11000 students, the number of Indian students in New Zealand has increased by more than 190% in the last five years. In fact, presently Indians are the fastest growing source of international students in the country.

In this series, #Eye on the Globe, we present you New Zealand as a destination for education. Find all your answers regarding New Zealand - the best colleges, top courses, admission cycle and how much you need to invest to get a high- quality degree from the country.


Q.Could you give an estimate of the number of Indian students in New Zealand?
A. The number of Indian students in New Zealand has increased by more than 190% since 2007. In 2013 – more than 11,900 Indian students pursued higher education at various institutions in New Zealand.

“India sends maximum number of student to New Zealand after China. An approx estimate is 15,000 Indian students choose New Zealand for higher education in a year,” says Kuldeep Kamboj MD, ESM Immigration Consultants Pvt. Ltd.


Q.  How is New Zealand as a destination for education?
A. New Zealand is recognized internationally for the high quality of education, safe and tolerant environment and cost-effective education options that it offers. All universities in New Zealand are ranked in the top 500 global list. The New Zealand education system nurtures students to be independent and innovative thinkers.


Q. Which are most preferred universities and courses among Indian students in New Zealand?
A.New Zealand institutions offer a range of courses with a variety of disciplines. Some of the programmes that are most popular with Indian students are Engineering, Business, IT and Health.

Besides, New Zealand has eight public, state-funded universities, all of which are listed in the world’s top 500 QS World University Rankings. All New Zealand universities: University of Auckland, AUT University, University of Waikato, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and University of Otago are well-recognised internationally, have strong connections and collaborate with universities globally on a range of research and teaching programmes.

The country also has 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). ITPs have a specialist role to deliver technical, vocational and professional education to meet the needs of industry and business.  


Q. What is the admission cycle in New Zealand?
A.Generally, the admission procedure in all the major universities and institutes start one year before the commencement of the classes. The aspirants who wish to get into the best universities in New Zealand must apply at least four months before the starting of the classes. Students are advised to visit, which features listing of all education institutions in New Zealand.


Q. What are the job prospects for Indian students in New Zealand?
A. Many New Zealand institutions have a placement office, which supports international and domestic students. It offers information about relevant job opportunities as well as assistance with resumes.

According to Prof. Sonia Mazey of University of Canterbury, New Zealand degrees are highly regarded internationally and the graduates are sought after by companies all over the world.

"Indian students who complete a qualification at a university are eligible for a one-year open work permit, so they have many career options within NZ. NZ employers are strong supporters of Indian graduates who have an NZ degree-level qualification and strong work ethics. Job prospects in the Canterbury region are particularly good due to the massive investment now taking place in the city which provides the region with economic growth rates close to double that of other regions,” she said. 


Q. Which region (city) attracts the most number of Indian students?
A. Traditionally, Auckland has been attractive for Indian students, however, lately there has been a trend towards other regions as well. Recently Christchurch has become a popular choice for Indian students, due to its range of high quality institutions and extensive post-study work opportunities available.


Q. What is the cost of education in New Zealand?
A. The cost of study in New Zealand is lower in comparison with other countries such as the USA, UK and Australia. An undergraduate course e.g. diploma/bachelor course ranges between NZ $ 15000 to NZ $ 20,000 per year and postgraduate/Master programme fee between NZ $18000 to NZ $ 25000 per year depending on university/college and course. The cost of education varies from institution to institution and also on the level of study. It is recommended that students budget for about NZ$15,000 per year for living costs.


Q. Is there a mechanism, which eases one’s search for financial needs?
Scholarships are generally awarded on academic merit. Individual universities offer a range of postgraduate, undergraduate and study abroad scholarships to international students. These scholarships are highly competitive and usually in recognition of academic excellence. A number of other competitive New Zealand Government Scholarships are also available.


Top Courses

UniversityCourseDurationFee NZ ($)
Auckland University of TechnologyMaster of Professional Accounting15-16 Months37,790
University of CanterburyMaster of Business Management12-14 Months32,000
University of CanterburyMaster of Professional Accounting15-16 Months43,000
 Massey UniversityPG Diploma in AgriScience1 Year32,860
Victoria University of WellingtonPG Diploma in Environmental Studies1 Year30700
University of OtagoPG Diploma in Clinical Dentistry2 Year84,000
The University of AucklandMasters of Law1 Year29,700
University of WaikatoMaster of Electronic Commerce12-18 Months37,640
Lincoln UniversityPG Diploma in Agricultural Science1 Year30,000
Lincoln UniversityPG Diploma in Tourism Management1 Year26,000


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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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