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    UNIVERSITYTHE 2021QS 2021US WORLD 2021
    University of Auckland - UOA14781125
    University of Otago201-250184226
    University of Canterbury401-500270338
    Victoria University of Wellington501-600223536
    Auckland University of Technology - AUT251-300437389
    Massey University601-800272557
    University of Waikato501-600375761
    Lincoln University601-800387980

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    Study in New Zealand: Find Program, Colleges, Costs, Scholarship, Visa, Job details for Internationa

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    Getting an internationally recognized degree while having the time of your life is what comes along when you plan to study in New Zealand. Beating the fight against Coronavirus, New Zealand has now become the new favorite among foreign nationals. New Zealand boasts being ranked second on the Global Peace Index, making it one of the safest study destinations. 

    Students in New Zealand are encouraged to be questioning, flexible, and to seek their answers through research initiatives and experiential learning. This young country has made its way from picturesque landscapes to progressive education. Growing popular among Indian students, there are over 30,000 Indian students pursuing higher education from New Zealand Universities

    Why Study in Zealand?

    There are many reasons to consider when choosing New Zealand as your study destination. Though safety and the country's peace index top this list, here are some other factors that are considered important for students planning to move abroad. 

    • Globally Recognized Institutions: Eight of New Zealand’s higher education universities have consistently ranked among the world’s top universities ranking by QS and Times Higher Education.
    • Internationally Recognized Qualifications: Through participation in various intergovernmental agreements, such as Lisbon Recognition and Convention, qualification at universities and schools have been internationally recognized.
    • Excellent Pedagogy: New Zealand’s education system focuses on research-based learning, similar to UK’s education system. Students are encouraged to utilize learnings from a classroom to real-life problem-solving situations. 
    • Quality Control: Higher education in New Zealand is quality controlled by the government and Universities in New Zealand. Polytechnic institutions are state-owned and private institutions are monitored by New Zealand’s qualification authority. 
    • Employability: Education from New Zealand universities is highly regarded among employers. This enhances your career prospects in New Zealand as well as internationally. 
    • Scope for Doctorate Aspirants: There is an abundance of research opportunities for students. A PhD student enjoys additional benefits in New Zealand. These include getting to study at domestic student’s fees and working full-time during studies. 

    Where and What to Study in New Zealand?

    Tertiary education in New Zealand is offered from entry-level (certificate, diploma) to postgraduate. The country has eight universities, 18 polytechnic institutions, and 600 private training institutions. 

    Tertiary Education Institution Education Offered
    Universities Offering academic programs in a variety of subjects. 
    Pursue UG, PG- diploma/degree, and PhD programs.
    Polytechnic Institutes Offering vocational education and training ranging from introductory to full-length degrees.
    Graduate Diplomas, PG Diplomas, Certificates
    Private Training Establishments Offering language-specific or niche occupation courses.
    Certificates and Diplomas

    The small classrooms at all types of tertiary education institutions students can enjoy with teachers' attention and high teaching standards.

    Top Universities and Popular Programs to Study in New Zealand

    Some of the popular programs to study in New Zealand at the eight universities in New Zealand are:

    Rank University Popular UG Programs Popular PG Programs
    #83 The University of Auckland Bachelor of commerce, engineering, computer science Masters in data science, computer science, management
    #176 University of Otago Bachelor of science, arts, commerce Master of public health, data science, professional
    #215 Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of science, commerce, nursing Masters of computer science, professional accounting, and professional business analytics
    #227 University of Canterbury Bachelor of computer science, engineering, science Masters of engineering studies, business information systems, business management
    #266 University of Waikato Bachelor of science, business, engineering Master of information technology, management, engineering
    #287 Massey University Bachelor of business, arts, aviation Master of analytics, public health, education
    #356 Lincoln University Bachelor of commerce, science, agriculture Master of science, arts, tourism management
    #442 Auckland University of Technology Bachelor of arts, information technology, construction project management Master of creative technologies, construction management, engineering

    Admission to Study in New Zealand

    Admission deadlines/cycle, academic requirements, visa applications, altogether make up for the application process to study in New Zealand

    Application Cycle

    New Zealand mostly offers admissions semester-wise which is twice a year. 

    • Semester I- February
      • The application forms for this intake are released in the month of September of the previous year.
    • Semester II- September
      • The application forms for this intake are released in the month of May of the current year.

    For the programs offering admissions round the year, there is an intake every month, which results in the admission for the entire year. It is recommended that the applications be submitted at least 4 months prior to the starting date. Applicants should ensure that they apply way before the deadlines New Zealand Universities approach for getting enough time to obtain a student visa. 

    Admission Requirements to Study in New Zealand

    To get admission to the top universities in New Zealand, international applicants must have the following proofs or documents to submit:

    • Proof of language proficiency- You are required to submit IELTS/TOEFL scores to pursue UG or PG programs in Australian Universities
    • Transcripts/certificates of completion of education from recognized institutions. You must also have your mark sheets.
    • For admissions to some postgraduate courses, like MBA in New Zealand you will be required to have GMAT test scores.
    • No standardized tests are required to study UG programs in the universities of New Zealand.
    • New Zealand Student Visa must be obtained as soon as acceptance is received.

    New Zealand Student Visa

    Some of the requirements for international students to fulfill for obtaining the New Zealand Student Visa are:

    • Offer or acceptance letter from an institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
    • A written guarantee from a person or institution that suitable accommodation is available- if you are under 18 years.
    • Proof of sufficient funds to sustain through your stay in New Zealand.
    • A return ticket to home country or proof of funds showing the capability to afford one.
    • Tuberculosis test
    • Visa application fees- 35NZD (~1725 INR)

    Cost to Study in New Zealand

    The flexible education system is designed to fit into every budget. The cost of living in New Zealand is similar to other OCED countries and is balanced by the high-quality living standards and safe environment it has to offer. 

    Tuition Fees to Study in New Zealand

    The tuition fees for pursuing higher education in New Zealand is detailed below:

    Tuition Fees to Study in New Zealand

    Tuition Fees for Top Universities in New Zealand

    Tuition fees for some of the popular programs running at top universities are as follows:

    Courses Program Fees (NZD)
    MBA in New Zealand 36,000 to 58,000
    Masters in Computer Science 35,000 to 53,000
    MBBS in New Zealand 150,000 to 160,000
    Masters in Civil Engineering 38,000 to 45,000
    Masters in Public Health in New Zealand 20,000 to 80,000
    Masters in Mechanical Engineering 38,000 to 53,000

    Cost of Living in New Zealand

    When applying for a student visa you are required to submit proof of sufficient funds. In most cases, you will be required to prove that you have around 15,000 NZD for your first year. In case you are planning to study for less than a year, you will be asked to show at least 1250 NZD each month. 

    Depending on the city and university you opt for the cost of living will vary. Here is a list of expenses you will encounter when planning your studies from New Zealand:

    • Accommodation: 565 to 640 NZD/week for a 3-4 bedroom apartment in Auckland.
    • Food: Weekly costs spent by a student on food are:
      • Auckland- 71 NZD
      • Wellington- 68 NZD
      • Christchurch- 70 NZD
      • Dunedin- 68 NZD
    • Prepaid mobile plans start at 19 NZD. 
    • Transport passes: 79 NZD
    • Recreation & Culture: 64 NZD
    • Other Expenses like alcohol, clothing, and all together with the above-mentioned expenses total to around 12,000 NZD weekly. 

    Scholarships to Study in New Zealand

    The cost of living in New Zealand is comparatively higher when compared to other popular study destinations. Hence, you may feel that studying in New Zealand is a financial burden. This is not the case. There are a number of scholarships available to study in New Zealand

    The criteria for applying for scholarships in New Zealand is to have good merit or competitive academic score. You can receive as much as a complete tuition waiver. Some of the popular scholarships are:

    Scholarship Award Eligibility
    New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship 600 NZD/year for 3-years Offered to Indian Students who wish to study PhD in New Zealand
    University of Otago International Masters Research Scholarship 15,000 NZD stipend International students pursuing first masters research program from University of Otago
    UC International First-Year Scholarships 10,000 to 20,000 NZD UG program at University of Canterbury
    Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship 15,000 NZD Offered to Asian Students enrolling in University of Canterbury;
    New Zealand Excellence Awards 5,000 NZD Offered to Indian students enrolled with New Zealand Universities
    Guardian Trust’s Masters Scholarship in Commerce 16,500 NZD Offered to students applying with FT and PT courses with University of Canterbury

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    In case you don’t grab a scholarship to study in New Zealand, you can always choose to work while studying. On a student visa, you are allowed to work for 20 hours a week during semesters and full-time during break. If you are a master or Ph.D. student you will be allowed to work full-time during the term as well. Apart from finding jobs on-campus you can look for options at: Sjs.co.nzCareers.govt.nzSeek.co.nzWorkhere.co.nzTrademe.co.nz, etc.

    Scope post Studying in New Zealand

    After completion of your degree, you can choose to stay back in New Zealand for work or further studies. You can obtain a post-study work visa for 1-3 years to have access to open work conditions in New Zealand. 

    The average annual salaries recorded for New Zealand workers are 97,300 NZD. The lowest recorded salary was 24,600 NZD and the highest was 434,000 NZD. These salaries were reported inclusive of additional benefits on the CTC. The distribution of salaries in New Zealand is:

    • 25% of employees earn less than 52,200 NZD/yr
    • 50% of employees earn less than 91,400 NZD/yr
    • 75% of employees earn less than 247,000 NZD/yr
    • 100% of employees earn less than 434,000 NZD/yr

    Some points to note for the salaries offered to employees in New Zealand:

    • As per these recorded salaries, the wage gap between males and females was around 5%. 
      • Men earn average annual salaries of 99,500 NZD while women earn 94,700 NZD.
    • Employees receive an increment of 8% in a time span of 16 months.
    • Salary distribution across cities varies. Given below is a graphical representation of the average annual salaries in New Zealand.
    Salaries after Studying in New Zealand

    Highest paid degrees at Universities in New Zealand:

    Some of the highest paying degrees at universities in of New Zealand are given in the table below:

    University Program Highest Package Offered (NZD/yr)
    Auckland University of Technology Bachelors Programs 125,000
    Massey University MA 125,000
    University of Auckland Masters in Finance 149,000
    University of Canterbury Masters in Finance 192,000
    University of Otago Masters 300,000
    University of Waikato BSc. 212,000
    Victoria University of Wellington Masters in Finance 212,000

    The above-mentioned table is a clear indication of the high salary packages offered to students pursuing education at New Zealand Universities.

    Pursuing an education in New Zealand makes you work-ready as it inculcates the skills and qualifications required to succeed in the professional and practical world. Additionally, studying in New Zealand also opens your path to moving to Australia for work. Hence, studying in New Zealand is a righteous decision fueled by the safety, health security, education quality, and welcoming nature of the country.