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Capital Wellington
Population 3,951,307
Area 270,534 sq km
Language English, Maori
Religion Protestant, Buddhist
Continent Australasia

New Zealanders value fresh thinking and teach original thinking. When students educated in New Zealand embark on their chosen careers they’re valued for the new ideas they are able to contribute in today’s new world. New Zealand bases its education programs on the British system. Therefore, New Zealand offers students the most prestigious education system in the world without the expense and inconvenience of living in the Northern Hemisphere. A qualification from New Zealand ranks with the best in the world. It is seen as internationally desirable because students have a high level of practical and theoretical competency when they graduate. New Zealand is an easy, safe place to live and New Zealanders are as famous as the Irish for their warmth and hospitality.



English is now a global language. It is the major language of international business, politics, technology, research and sport. New Zealand is an English speaking country with a long tradition of teaching English is an ideal place to learn English. In New Zealand, you can study English at a private English Language School or at a language institute/centre on a University or Polytechnic/Institute of Technology campus. These are located throughout the country in large and smaller cities, giving you a number of choices. A range of courses is available from short courses of 1 week to intensive academic qualifications; your choice will depend on your own individual wishes and needs.

Students are advised to enroll in courses approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for which the issuing of student visas has been approved. These courses meet international standards and are recognized worldwide.

The students must be fluent in the English language if they are to succeed at a university in New Zealand. There are many courses available at public and private institutions in New Zealand and elsewhere to assist international students to reach the required level of English language competence. The universities have specified minimum levels of competence (e.g. 6.0 in IELTS or 550 in TOEFL for most undergraduate degrees); details of any higher requirements for specific degrees may be obtained from individual universities. Applications for admission to universities should include certified copies of the highest secondary school certificates received (e.g. GCE ‘A’ levels, STPM, IB) and official academic records of any tertiary study undertaken (e.g. university, polytechnic, technical college). The basic level of admission is the same across the New Zealand university system. However, individual universities may require higher standards for admission to courses, which are in high demand.


Write directly to the educational institution. The names of the major institutions are available on various websites.

Contact your nearest New Zealand Education Centre or Office. There are some High Commissions and Embassies which have specialized NZEC. If there is no New Zealand Education Centre or Office in your country please contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. Contact local agents and representatives. Many New Zealand institutions have local authorized agents and representatives. The names and addresses of these representatives can be obtained directly from the institution and in some countries from the NZEC.

Write directly to or email Education New Zealand Student Enquiry Officer, Education New Zealand, PO Box 10-500, Wellington, New Zealand.

Education New Zealand also has a centralized student enrolment system, which helps with the placement of international students. Copies of this form are available through the New Zealand Embassies, High Commissions, and New Zealand Education centers.

Note: When applying to study at New Zealand secondary schools and tertiary institutions, you will be required to send supporting documentation. This may include your education records, transcripts, testimonials, and evidence of English language ability (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS and other tests). English Language Schools do not require evidence of English language ability. Applications must be accompanied by original or certified true copies of academic records (translated into English where necessary and with translations certified).


So far financial aids are not available in New Zealand. All courses for overseas students are on a full fee paying basis. Department of Education does not offer any scholarship to foreign students. Nor are there any fellowships, research associate ship etc for higher studies in New Zealand for your support.

However, the overseas students are permitted to work part-time for 15 hours per week providing they are doing a full-time undergraduate course of 2 years or more; or a postgraduate course of 12 months or more.


As far as cost of living is concerned it is advised that students budget around NZ$10,000 per annul. Tuition fees can range from NZ$ 11,000 to NZ$ 18,000 per annul depending on course/ program of study. Details of costs can be obtained from the New Zealand High Commission, any of the approved Education Advisers or direct from the NZ institution.


New Zealand takes particular care of students’ welfare. NZ institutions assist students in finding accommodation whilst studying in New Zealand. Various types of accommodation are available.

Halls of residence, Student Hostels, dormitories – these are usually located on campus with single or double (shared) rooms. Costs range from NZ$ 500 – 600 per month including food.


Students will live with a New Zealand family with their own room. As a family member, the student has every opportunity to experience the New Zealand way of life. Cost for this (including food) also ranges between NZ$ 500-600.

Apartments/Flats – this is a popular option with Indian students. Most institutions help students find a flat. Students choose their own flat mates. Costs range from NZ$ 450 – 525 per month. This includes food + other expenses.


Halls of residence are located on or near university campuses and are generally cheaper than residential colleges. International students find them an attractive option. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. Only full-time students are accepted. Students need to apply early because of the high demand for places.