Why 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. Many people will call natives of the country “Kiwis,�? after the bird that only resides there and nowhere else in the entire world. Kiwis are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming people that you will ever meet. If you are a stranger, a native New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. They are used to meeting new people, first because they travel a lot themselves, and also because a lot of people come to visit New Zealand as well. The culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going, as well. So you’re not going to feel tense like you would if you went to a large city like London or New York City to study. There are just over 4 million people who reside on the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. Another cool thing about the people is that there are so many different kinds of people. For being such a small country, the diversity is greater than you see in many European countries. This is the number one reason to go anywhere for school, but New Zealand is amazing for their educational system. First, the tuition is some of the lowest in the world. You get a British-based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high-quality education. Not only that, but the support services for international students are among the best in the world. They have a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs.
A magnet for immigrants, this small country on the other end of the world is characterized by its multicultural flair and hospitality.
Kiwis, as New Zealanders also call themselves, always give a warm welcome to visitors from abroad and it is easy to come into contact with the natives. Because of this friendly feel, New Zealand is a great place for foreign students to study. The country is known for its amazing nature which, at least since the movie series The Lord of the Rings, is no longer an insider’s tip. Because the country is not especially large, traveling from place to place does not take long. All major sights are easy to get to which makes for many a wonderful weekend getaways while studying in New Zealand.
As an example, if you drive only 24 km away from Auckland you will be in the middle of the rain forest. A few minutes from there you will find yourself wandering along deserted beaches. New Zealand’s South Island in particular offers many deserted and spectacular natural settings. The South Island is half the size of Germany with a population of only one million, a third of which lives in Christchurch. It is not only New Zealand’s spectacular landscape that impresses students.
The country’s higher education system has also well-earned its excellent reputation. The wide range of courses at the eight universities and multiple Institutes of Technology prove New Zealand to be a good alternative to other English-speaking countries as a place to study. All higher education institutions are recognized by the government. Cultural diversity is supported at universities and international students are provided with a good support system.
Excellent PhD research projects are particularly sponsored by the government. All international students pay the same tuition fee as national students, 1,500 EUR per semester. In addition, students will receive excellent and personal one-on-one support with their dissertation.
Higher Education System
New Zealand has eight universities and 19 Institutes of Technology. All of its higher education institutions are recognized by the government. Studying in New Zealand is divided into two parts: an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree.
Undergraduate programs take three years to complete while postgraduate programs take an extra one to two years. After finishing your undergraduate degree you can also obtain an honors degree. Another choice would be to study one or two semesters abroad. If you decide to study abroad you can choose courses offered at any faculties making your study options flexible.
Admission Process & Eligibility
Admissions are granted purely on students academics. Students need to provide: CV, academic documents, any professional certifications, work experience if applicable, English language evidence, reference letters, SOP & Passport copy.
- Polytechnic Courses these range from NZ$10,000 - NZ$15,000 per year depending on the course or degree
- University Degrees from NZ$10,500 - NZ$16,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees
- Post-graduate Degrees begin from NZ$15,000 per year and MBA Degrees are about NZ$22,000
Visa, Languages, Work
A student visa is required for a stay longer than 3 months and must be applied for at the New Zealand embassy. Please allow a processing time of approximately five to six weeks.
A receipt of the semester tuition fees is a visa requirement and must be handed in at theNew Zealand Embassy.
Students who are enrolled for a minimum of one year are allowed to work up to 20 hours during the semester and an unlimited amount during the semester break. All international students who have obtained a degree in New Zealand and have been granted the status Skilled Migrant Category will be given an open work visa for 6 month after completing their degree. Afterward it is possible to apply for a two year work visa or even permanent residency.
Spouses of international students with jobs that are in demand in New Zealand or who have already obtained a postgraduate degree can apply for an open work visa while their partner studies in New Zealand.