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New Zealand


New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific. Most people live around New Zealand’s coastline and in the north. The capital is Wellington and the largest city is Auckland. New Zeeland has a stable parliamentary democracy and a member of the Commonwealth.

Education is a critical factor in developing the skills and innovation required for New Zealand to compete globally, and it plays a significant role in New Zealand’s relationships internationally. It has a number of world’s top universities/colleges with a wide range of subjects. It is offering education at very cost comparatively other English speaking countries. It is a developed country and evolving itself with the changing needs of global communities.

Study in New Zealand is providing such a competitive environment which is the major cause of attraction for the students from all over the world. Its education system is following British pattern.  New Zealand’s degree has its own worth and is regarded internationally.  Its developed European culture with rich and historic grace, pacific island and much more attracts lots of students for making their career in enjoyable way.

Education System in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education system is world-class, modern and responsive. It combines proven, traditional principles with innovation, creativity and fresh thinking to produce leaders and citizens equipped for the 21st century. Education in New Zealand aims to be student-centred. It is focused on supporting students to problem-solve, process information, work with others, create and innovate. Each student is able to develop their potential along a number of possible pathways, academic and/or vocational


Benefits and reasons of study in New Zealand

New Zealand, although it is the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a number of reasons that you should consider studying in New Zealand instead of considering other countries;

1. The people

New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. The culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going, as well. 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.

2. The stability

The economy is actually incredibly stable, the cost of living is low, and the government is more stable (and less argumentative) than the governments that you will see in other countries. This is probably the reason that immigration is embraced, which we will talk about more in some of our later points.

3. The Weather

Nothing can get better than the weather in New Zealand. The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. In higher altitudes, you will see snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC (77ºF). As you would expect in the southern hemisphere, the summer lasts from December to February; winter lasts from June to August. Spring and fall are similar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.

4. The educational system

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. They have a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programmes.

6. Work opportunities

There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree programme and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.

7. Ease of visa acquisition and residency

The visa acquisition process is incredibly simple, and unlike many other countries, you will not be rejected right away. You get to talk to people and tell them your side of the story if there is something that may prevent you from getting a visa to come into the country. If you can explain why you’ve decided to go down there and your international studies programme helps you to create a Statement of Purpose (a statement you give to the visa officer to tell them why you are coming to New Zealand to study), you will usually get a visa. The country is welcome to immigration, more so than almost any other country in the world. The last advantage is that, after you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 months of your application.

Admission Process

Admission and visa process

Applying for admission and visa you must have to go through a number of steps.

ASCOM counsellors will help you in making application for the university of your choice and you will provide us all documents required for the admission. The university will notify you if you have been selected to study for the particular course or not. Once you have met all conditions of admission letter we will arrange Acceptance Letter from university.

Application process for Graduate courses in New Zealand

Postgraduate degrees fall in 8 level of study in New Zealand for international students. There 1 to 10 levels of studies in New Zealand, 1 is for a certificate and 10 is for PhD degree.

ASCOM education counsellors will help students in choosing any course for study in New Zealand. After selection and research about the courses from many New Zealand universities, students must meet the eligibility criteria of institutions. There are some important documents require to apply for postgraduate level admission in New Zealand such as:

Required Documents for admission

  • All Academic transcripts and degrees (attested copies)
  • Copy of passport/visa (if available)
  • Certificate of English proficiency (IELTS)
  • Personal Statement
  • Bank statement or funds to support your studies
  • 2 Recommendation letters
  • Experience letter (all previous work experiences)
  • V (it must include all details of work and education)
  • Research proposal (for PhD and Research students only)
  • Portfolio (for Art and Architecture students only)

Visa Application

You can apply for a student visa to study in the New Zeeland, if you’re 16 or over.

Professional advice and guidance by ASCOM Education counsellors

Your experienced ASCOM Education counsellor will be able to provide advice and guidance throughout the New Zeeland student visa application process.  If you have any questions about student visas to enter the New Zeeland, contact us today.

If you are visiting us for your Free Consultation, use above checklist to ensure you bring along all your documents so we can make the most of your appointment.

Visa Application process

Students who want to study in New Zealand are supposed to have a visa before coming to this country for full time longer than 3 months. You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

  • Must be accepted in a full-time educational course - at an approved and registered institution providing tuition to international students.
  • Must provide evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay, approximately NZ$12,000 – 14,000 per year.
  • You must provide a proof that you plan to leave New Zealand after your studies are completed. A return ticket or funds to purchase one are often considered enough.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your estimated studies completion.
  • No criminal record.
  • Good travel history (if any).
  • The Immigration New Zealand must believe you won’t breach the conditions of your visa.
  • You must be free of any serious long-term illness or incapacity. You will be required to have a medical and a X-ray certificate

English language requirements for international students to study in New Zealand?

In New Zealand universities, mostly universities taught the courses in English language. So, international students must have submit the English language proficiency skills certificate as per the English language requirement of that university in New Zealand. Students belong to such countries, where English use as a second language, they must have English language proficiency certificates or enroll in university language courses for basic skills.

International students must have IELTS, TOEFL and IESOL test certificates to apply for admission in New Zealand universities.


Universities & Colleges in New Zeeland

New Zealand has eight public state-funded universities. All are well-recognized internationally, have strong international connections and collaborate with universities in other countries on a range of research and teaching programmes.

New Zealand’s university quality assurance system ensures that the standards of both teaching and research are high and consistent across all the universities. All New Zealand’s universities offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, masters and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities. Many have overseas programmes, usually in partnership with an offshore provider, as a base for delivery of courses. A range of programmes are also delivered online.

Top ten universities in New Zealand for international students to study in New Zealand are under below: QS World University Ranking list 2016/17

University of AucklandAuckland81st
University of OtagoDunedin169
University of CanterburyChristchurch214
Victoria University of WellingtonWellington228
University of WaikatoHamilton and Tauranga324
Massey UniversityNew ZealandExists in top 450 universities
Lincoln UniversityNew ZealandExists in top 450 universities
Auckland university of TechnologyAucklandExists in top 450 universities


Frequently Asked Questions

Average tuition fee for undergraduate or postgraduate courses in New Zealand?

Normally, undergraduate level degree programmes costs between NZ$ 18,000 to 25,000 annually. Students who want to apply for postgraduate level cost will bear the costs of NZ$ 10,000 to 30,000. This is average tuition fee for undergraduate or postgraduate courses in New Zealand.

The fee structure of New Zealand Universities are totally based on courses, they offer for admission. Science and technology courses fees are higher as compare to arts and business programme. So, complete and research and information is vital for students before go to New Zealand for study.

Will it be allowed to work while I am studying in New Zealand?

International students can work in New Zealand during their full time study. Students will have to work only 20 hours per week in during their studies. International students can work full time, when their holidays will starts.

Accommodation are in New Zealand for international student?

Students can contact to their university regarding accommodation issue. Mostly, university have their accommodation offices for student’s guidance. The university will guide them and sometimes give the temporary accommodation. After reached in New Zealand students can find out their accommodation according to their living style and budget.

University also have halls and residences for international students, where students can live easily but these types of accommodation are filled too early and quite expensive for students.

Students can select anyone of these accommodation according to their living standards and budget.

  • Homestay
  • University accommodation
  • Hall of residence / Hostels
  • Apartments
  • Guesthouses

How to Apply

How to Apply

The application process:

There are five steps to take in order to begin your new life studying in New Zeeland!

Step 1: Choose your college and programme

ASCOM counsellors will help you choosing course and sending your application to universities. Once you have narrowed down your choices, your application to the concerned university will be sent though ASCOM.

Step 2: Applying for a course

Before your apply we ensure that your academic and English Language standards meet the university requirements.

Step 3: Confirming a place

After you are offered a place you will be asked to send the admission fee. It is important that you do this as soon as possible in order to secure your place.

Step 4: Booking accommodation

Once you have been offered and have accepted your place, you should apply for accommodation. Generally, three types of accommodation are on offer: rental apartments, students’ accommodation, and home stay. Most universities and college have accommodation offers to help you decide which type is best for you, it is really important to organize your accommodation well in advance of your arrival.

Step 5: Check the immigration and visa regulation

Your experienced ASCOM Education counsellor will be able to provide advice and guidance throughout the New Zeeland student visa application process.  If you have any questions about student visas to enter the New Zeeland, contact us today.

ASCOM Services

ASCOM offers help for selecting the best courses and institutes according to the student's interest and capability. Our team of expert counselors offers assistance in gaining admission to top notch universities of New Zeeland.  Other services provided include:

  • Selection of course and university
  • Arranging admission
  • Offer acceptance
  • Mock interviews for admission and visa
  • Visa processing
  • Pre-departure guidance


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