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    Study in New Zealand- Requirements, Cost, Scholarships

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    New Zealand is known for its low tuition and high-quality competitive education. It comes under top 20 nations offering quality education to its students.

    It has a progressive education system along with state-of-art facilities. Qualification is universally recognized. NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority) makes sure to maintain the level of education maintaining international recognition.

    New Zealand has 8 state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools.

    The tuition fee of these universities are far less than other competitive countries. These features make New Zealand a choice of numerous aspirants.

    Fast Facts

    Acceptance Rate 80%
    Total number of educational institutions 600
    Popular University for Medicine and MBA University of Auckland (51 -100)
    Popular University for Engineering University of Otago (51 – 100)
    Highest paying job sector in New Zealand Information Technology
    Employment Rate in New Zealand 68%
    Average salary of an employee in New Zealand 56,690 USD

    Benefits of Education in New Zealand
    Imparts High Quality Education

    Depending upon the QS world ranking, all 8 state-funded universities of New Zealand rank within top 500 educational institutions around the world. It is ranked within 3% of all the well-known universities in the world.

    Cheap Education

    An average tuition fee of New Zealand Universities is around 47,435 USD per year (approx.), which is quite reasonable for international students. Apart from that, scholarships and loans in New Zealand further reduce the overall cost of tuition.

    Ease of Migration

    If the students benefits the country through some skills, they are preferred more than the remaining. The process of student visa acceptance and becoming a permanent citizen is easier for them in comparison to others.

    Post Study Work Visa (open)

    After graduating, students are allowed to work in New Zealand for next 12 months starting from the date of completion of their program. They can apply for post study work visa (open) for the same.

    Safety In NZ

    It is 2nd most peaceful and considerably low corruption country in the world.

    List of Universities in New Zealand

    All the 8 universities of New Zealand are ranked below 500 universities in QS world ranking.

    Universities QS World Ranking
    University of Auckland 82
    University of Otago 169
    University of Canterbury 214
    Victoria University of Wellington 228
    The University of Waikato 292
    Massey University 340
    Lincoln University 343
    Auckland University of Technology 441 - 450

    Cost to Study in New Zealand

    Based on Program

    Program Average Tuition
    Undergraduate 25,453 USD to 37,022 USD
    Postgraduate 11,569 USD to 34,708 USD
    Ph.D. 7,520 USD to 10,412 USD
    Certificate and Diplomas Depends upon course
    English Language Courses Depends upon course

    For international students, expenditures might be above the affordability but an exception to this are the Ph.D. programs, if students are enrolled for this program from a recognized institution, they will have to pay the domestic tuition fees.

    Based on Fields

    Fields Average Tuition Fee
    Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences 11,569 USD to 12,883 USD per year
    Commerce/Management/Administration 11,569 USD to 14,461 USD per year
    Computing and Mathematics Sciences 15,040 USD to 17,354 USD per year
    Engineering 18,511 USD to 20,246 USD per year
    Science/Technology 16,197 USD to 18,511 USD per year

    Note: The values shown are just an estimate, they can vary.

    Living Expenses

    Apart from tuition expenses, one must consider the cost of living in the nation to get the correct estimate of expenditures. Factors affecting cost of living: -

    The most important factors behind cost of living in New Zealand are accommodation and meals. Auckland ranks 89 in the world in terms of living cost while Wellington ranks 123 which is affordable.

    Depending upon the apartment prices in Auckland, Wellington and Otago, one can estimate the cost of living in New Zealand for these regions.

    Fields Average Tuition Fee
    Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences 11,569 USD to 13,883 USD per year
    Commerce/Management/Administration 11,569 USD to 14,461 USD per year
    Computing and Mathematics Sciences 15,040 USD to 17,354 USD per year
    Engineering 18,511 USD to 20,246 USD per year
    Science/Technology 16,197 USD to 18,5111 USD per year

    The rent of 1-bedroom apartment costs around 1,966 USD in New Zealand.

    For meals, cheap food items such as fish and noodles may cost around 18.50 USD while a meal in a mid-range restaurant may go up to 104 USD.

    Other Expenses

    Other areas of expenditure such as cost of transportation, phone and internet must not be overlooked. A one way ticket costs around 4 USD or a monthly pass costs 144 USD. Average monthly phone bill in New Zealand may come up to 23 USD and internet 104 USD.

    Work while you Study

    This plan provides an opportunity to the student to earn and learn while during their education. This is one way to reduce the cost of living pressure on the student. Interaction with different people develop skills such as communication, teamwork, inter-personal skills and English language skills.

    A minimum wage of 17.30 USD per hour is paid to every student, further increase in the wages depends upon the employer.

    Students are also offered part-time work in the fields such as teaching or administrative duties.

    Part-time work schedule

    Student Visa

    • Students can work for maximum 20 hours weekly during the term.
    • They are allowed to work full-time during holidays.

    Masters and Ph.D.

    • Students can work full-time during the term.
    • They are allowed to work full-time during holidays.

    All in all, New Zealand universities are considered to be amongst the most wanted institutions around the world for education. The excellent climatic conditions and clean, green and safe country along with limited population makes the New Zealand not only fit for students but for tourists too.