New Zealand


New Zealand is becoming first choice for an increasing number of international students seeking quality education. New Zealand universities, colleges and other New Zealand education institutions offer students a one of its kind learning experience.

New Zealand is one of the world's beautiful countries. Choosing of New Zealand for education would be a great decision because it's a place of world class citizens. Voted amongst one of the most developed and safest environments in the world, New Zealand has emerged as a hot destination for students from all across the globe.

New Zealand is clean, green, secure and friendly. It is very cosmopolitan, has a stable democratic government and after 9/11 is considered one of the safest developed nations to be in. Although limited in population, it has unparalleled infrastructure, opportunities and great natural beauty.

Every year students from all over the world make New Zealand their host country. The magnificence of beauty and serenity of the locale is the perfect panacea to the pressurized existence that most students undergo on a daily basis!

The New Zealand approach to education fosters self-reliance, inquisition and fresh thinking. You will find a holistic approach to education at New Zealand. This is born of the unique magic called New Zealand.

You can have a Study abroad experience that goes deeper than New Zealand's stunning beauty - an exciting dynamic place that brings together a unique set of conditions perfect for personal growth and learning.

From world class educators to a recreational paradise, a New Zealand education is your place to grow.


New Zealand has a reputation for being a welcoming and safe destination. New Zealanders are renowned for their hospitality, friendliness and amicability. Students from throughout the world will find a high level of respect for their individual cultural differences throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand Geography and Demographics

New Zealand is known for its rich magnificence; scenically beautiful regions, each within easy reach of the other. This diverse scenery includes impressive mountainous areas, fertile farmland, beautiful beaches and coastline, forests, numerous rivers and lakes. New Zealand offers some of the most beautiful and varied Landscapes on earth. You can experience the sights of high snowcapped peaks, glaciers, ancient beech forests, a wild coastline with unusual wildlife; long, deserted sandy beaches, alpine meadowlands, wide open sheep country, bubbling hot springs, green lush rainforests and a great deal more

Total Area: 270,534 square kilometers (104,453 square miles)
Capital: Wellington
Population: 4,100,000
Ethnic Composition: 73 percent European; 12 percent Native Maori; 4 percent Polynesian; 11 percent other, including Chinese, Korean and other Asian peoples.
Official Language: English
Religion: 22 percent Anglican; 21 percent none; 16 percent Presbyterian; 15 percent Roman Catholic; 26 percent other

New Zealand has a distinct culture and heritage. Lifestyles are generally more relaxed and informal than in most other developed countries and New Zealanders are self-reliant and practical, open and hospitable. They tend to have little patience for ostentatious or loud behavior. They also value their families and their leisure time.

New Zealand Climate

Being located in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand seasons are completely opposite to countries north of the equator. Winter lasts from June until August and our summer is between December and February. Surrounded by sea, the climate doesn't get uncomfortably hot or unbearably cold in the areas where the majority of people live, although extremes will be found, particularly in the mountain ranges in winter. Overall, our temperate climate ranges from 20-30°C (68-86°F) in summer, and from 5-15°C (41-59°F) in winter. New Zealand's Seasons.

The North of New Zealand is sub-tropical and the South temperate. The warmest months are December to March and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30 degrees C and in winter between 10-15 degrees C. You can check on weather conditions in New Zealand on the New Zealand Met Service website.


Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and nightspots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities. In summer a light jacket or sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or in case you visit the high country. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September. Layer your clothing.


English is the main written and spoken language in New Zealand. It is the ability to read, speak, write and understand English to a relatively high level which makes living and working in New Zealand easier and more satisfying. The language is very informal and relaxed and people also use unique slang words to describe everyday things..


New Zealand is a modern parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster parliamentary system. New Zealand's Parliament is currently made up of 120 Members representing eight parties. The present make-up of the Members is 82 men and 39 women and of these 21 class themselves as Māori. New Zealanders go to the polls every three years, with the next election in 2008. Prime Minister is the head of the country. While voting is not compulsory, as a New Zealand resident or citizen you will be required to enrol as an elector.


Because it's a very compact place, travel within New Zealand - whether by plane, bus, rail, car or campervan - is easy and affordable. Accommodation too is cheap and varied. And the culinary promise of venison, fresh seafood, sublime ice cream and award-winning wines should more than whet the appetite.


  • New Zealand is known for its stunning landscapes.
  • New Zealand has one of the lowest crime rates in the World.
  • It has a vibrant heritage, is rich in the arts.
  • Schooling is compulsory for children until 15 years of age in most states and territories.
  • Multicultural New Zealand is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society & offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.


New Zealand boasts of a very fine and high level of education and no wonder it is a favorite amongst international students. It has an impressive list of World class colleges & Universities, situated in some of the most scenic places.

Some Salient Features

  • There are eight universities in New Zealand which run undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Universities are research-based and state-owned. The academic year runs from March to November (though some courses may start in January or July).
  • New Zealand polytechnics are established under the Education Act 1989 as amended, and are considered state-owned tertiary institutions along with universities, colleges of education, and wãnanga. New Zealand has 22 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics.
  • There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer a wide range of programmes.
  • Indian 3-year degree is acceptable directly for Masters programs.
  • No GRE/ GMAT/ SAT required.
  • Flexible visa regulations and immigration laws in favour of international students.
  • Flexible and favourable opportunities for migration after studies.

Geography & Climate

New Zealand is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,600 kilometres (995 miles) south-east of Australia. New Zealand is comprised of two main islands (the North and South Islands) and several smaller islands of which the combined total land area is 270,534 sq. kms (104,454 sq. mls - approximately 36 times less than the US). New Zealand experiences summer from December - February and winter from June - August. The climate is temperate with little extreme. Any huge variations in temperature can be accounted for by the combination of the mountainous geography and prevailing westerly winds.


The official currency of Australia is dollar.
1 NZD$ = Rs. 52 /- (Approx. as on March. 2014).

Cost of Education & Living

The cost of education in New Zealand is between NZD$12000-19000 for Undergraduate Courses and between AUS$12000-28000 for Post-Graduate Courses. The cost of living is approximately NZD$10000-14000 per year, this covers all the living expenses; including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

Major Cities

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Napier-Hastings, Tauranga, Dunedin.


When you study in New Zealand, you'll discover a unique country - the ultimate outdoor playground with excellent study opportunities. It's a safe and welcoming community with a world-class reputation for cutting-edge research and creative energy.

New Zealand is an attractive destination for international students and the country's educational institutions are well regarded throughout the world so it's not surprising so many people wish to study in New Zealand.

Types of Programs and Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree
  • Bachelor Degree with Honours
  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Masters Degree
  • Pathways to Undergraduate/ Foundation programs
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma


Government Institutes

  • Aoraki Polytechnic
  • Unitec
  • NorthTec New Zealand
  • Otago Polytechnic Dunedin
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Whitireia Community Polytechnic
  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Tauranga
  • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Institute of Technology(EIT)
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson
  • Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
  • Waikari Institute of Technology
  • Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC)
  • Wellington Institute of Technology (WELTEC)
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

Private Institutes

  • Ais helens auckland new zealand
  • Avonmore tertiary institute
  • Aronui technical institute auckland
  • Abacus institute of studies
  • Computer power institute
  • Cornell institute of business and technology
  • Edenz auckland
  • School of audio engineering
  • ICL business school
  • Institute of applied learning
  • Making future happen international institute
  • Natcoll design technology
  • National tertiary education consortium (NTEC)
  • Newton college of business & technology (NCBT)
  • New zealand career college (NZCC)
  • New zealand management academies
  • New zealand school of education
  • New zealand tertiary college
  • National institute of studies
  • North shore international academy
  • New zealand institute of education (NZIE)
  • Professional bar & restaurant school
  • Pacific international hotel management school(PIHMS)
  • Queens academic group auckland


How much are the fees and what is the refund policy?

Fees are determined by the individual institution concerned. One year's fees (or the total fee for courses of less than one year) must be paid before a visa will be issued or a permit extended if a further course is to be undertaken for students Studying at tertiary level. Fees must be paid in internationally acceptable, convertible currency. An institution may refund fees to a student who withdraws from a course. The refund must not exceed the difference between the total amount paid and the cost of the course up to the time of withdrawal. Private training establishments must provided every prospective student with a written statement of the total course cost and other financial commitments associated with each course of Study or training before accepting that student's enrolment. Students enrolled for courses of Study or training before accepting that student's enrolment. Students enrolled for courses of Study or training at a private training establishment may withdraw from the course at any time within seven days after the first day of the course and receive a partial fee refund.

What are the Accommodation Arrangements?

A written guarantee of accommodation is required before a student visa can be granted. Some institutions may be able to arrange residential accommodation for students who are not staying with relatives or friends. However, you may wish to arrange accommodation for yourself. You should indicate whether or not you want assistance in finding accommodation when you apply to the institution.

Are dependents allowed to come along?

Your dependants, who may include a spouse, de facto spouse, fiance(e), and children, may accompany you to New Zealand or join you later. They must apply for and meet the normal requirements for the type of visa requested (visitor, work, or student). School aged dependants will be required to pay full fees for enrolment in primary and secondary courses of Study.

I have got a student visa and my spouse wants to accompany me to New Zealand. Can he / she apply for a work visa?

Your spouse can apply for a work visa only if you are doing a post graduate course in NZ or you are Studying a course towards qualifications in Long term Skill Shortage List.

Can I transfer to another institution?

If you wish to transfer to another course or institution, you must apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service to obtain a variation to your student permit, specifying the course and institution and, if appropriate, the extended validity of the permit. Note : The New Zealand Immigration Service will revoke a student permit if an international student withdraws from a course of Study at an institution.

Can I change course of Study in New Zealand after few weeks of my arrival?

You may jeopardise your immigration status in New Zealand as you were originally granted a student visa to Study a particular course. Any request for a change of course of Study would mean a re-assessment of your application.

Can I work while Studying?

Some formal courses of Study include a requirement to complete up to three years course-related work experience. The training provider will try to help you find suitable employment. There is some flexibility on how this employment may be obtained, e.g. suitable post-education work or the possibility of doing the work experience in your home country (under qualified supervision). Students undertaking a full time diploma or degree course that takes at least two academic years to complete, and students undertaking a full-time course of Study that would attract points under the General Skills category of Residence policy, may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. To do this you must request a 'Variation of Conditions' to your Study permit after beginning the course of Study. No application form or fee is required for this Variation of Conditions. If your student permit is for more than 12 months you may apply for a Variation of Conditions to work over the Christmas and New Year Holidays. No offer of employment is required. You will need to pay a Variation of Conditions fee. If you have completed a polytechnic or university qualification that has a minimum completion time of three years, you may apply for a work permit that allows you to work up to a maximum of two years. An offer of employment relevant to your qualifications is required.

When will I get my 6 month job search work permit?

You are eligible to apply for 6 month job search work permit within 3 months of the date of completion of your course in NZ that gets points under Skilled Migrant Category.

When would be my next visa status after job search visa?

If you get job offer in your relevant area of Study then your visa status could be converted to Work Permit or Permanent Residency on your Eligibility based on the Skilled Migrant Category at that time.