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New Zealand

Study, Work, Live in New Zealand

Ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2018, New Zealand is undoubtedly the safest country to study in. With globally ranked universities and a responsive education system, it has the right mix of opportunities, culture, economy and climate to thrive for an Indian student. Not to miss, its unspoiled scenery will make your experience memorable.

Quick Facts

  • Full name: New Zealand
  • Population: 43,73,146 (2010 estimates)
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Largest city: Auckland
  • Area: 268,021 sq km
  • Official languages: English, Māori
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women)
  • Monetary unit: 1 NZ dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
  • GNI per capita: $25,200 (World Bank, 2008)
  • Internet domain: .nz
  • International dialing code: +64


  • The University of Auckland
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • University of Canterbury
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • The University of Waikato
  • University of Otago



These vary between study programs and levels. For each course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Along with that a minimum academic record of 65% and above in Class XII will be required. Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60%. Students should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree program.

It is important to note that these numbers are just for reference purpose, the actual numbers may differ from university to university.


Most of the colleges in New Zealand accept online applications. You will have to visit each college’s website to apply. In most cases, you will have to make an account on the college website to provide your basic information, submit the scanned version of your documents, and pay application fee. You will be informed about the application process and stages through this account. Please refer to the website of the colleges of your choice to know the process of applying.

Application fee

All colleges require that you pay an application fee while applying. The fee amount will differ depending upon the college and course being applied to, so check with individual colleges about their application fee.


An efficient budget plan can help you manage your living expenses more effectively. Before you depart from India, ensure that you consider expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel along with your tuition fee when calculating the estimated cost of studying in New Zealand.

# Study Program Cost (in NZ$)*


Undergraduate degree $20,500 – $25,000 annually


Postgraduate diploma and degree $19,000 – $29,000 annually


MBA $31,000 – $50, 000 annually


PhD $6,500 – $9,000 annually


Studying in New Zealand can become quite an expensive affair, but if you plan well in advance, you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the Kiwi universities and colleges. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution.

Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the New Zealand government, and various private and public establishments as well. When applying to any of these scholarships, make sure you check the criteria carefully, along with the application closing date.

Student Visa

You wll need a student visa if you are planning to study in New Zealand full time and the course is for longer than three months.

Student visa requirements include

  • an offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • a written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you’re under 18 years)
  • evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
  • a return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.

Pre Departure

Congratulations – you’ve been accepted to study in New Zealand! Here’s what you need to do before you leave.
You’re about to start on an incredible adventure. Keep these top tips in mind when you’re preparing for your New Zealand study experience.

  • Accept your offer of study
  • Pay your fees
  • Apply for a student visa
  • Organize accommodation
  • Get insurance
  • Pack your essentials

Working While Studying

New Zealand student visas usually allow full-time students to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during the summer break. This applies to both secondary school and tertiary students. Research master’s and PhD students can work 40 hours a week all year round.

You will be paid at least the minimum wage of NZ$17.70 an hour, though you may earn more than this. You will also be paid for annual and public holidays, and for rest breaks.

Work After Study

Indian students pursuing studies abroad often wish to gain work experience in the host country after completing their education. And, New Zealand allows international students to obtain a post-study work visa for 1, 2 or 3 years provided they fulfill the conditions laid by immigration authorities of New Zealand. Post-study work visa (NZ) enables international students to work for any employer in any job. Also, the partner of the work-visa holder can apply for a work permit and his/her children can avail education free of cost as the domestic students. What is more exciting about working in New Zealand is that the country offers safe and secure heaven where every working personnel is entitled to work rights as implemented by the New Zealand government irrespective of their country of origin.

Accompanying family

If you hold a student visa, you can support a visitor visa for your partner and children. You may also be able to support a work visa for your partner, or student visas for your dependent children.

PR / Settlement

A Post-study work visa lasts for 1, 2 or 3 years depending on the level of your qualification and where you studied. From the end of November 2018, it replaces 2 previous visas:

  • Post Study Work Visa (open)
  • Post Study Work Visa (employer-assisted).

What you can do on a Post-study work visa

A Post-study work visa lets you work for any employer and in almost any job.

Your partner can apply for a work visa and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students.


New Zealand’s relaxed pace of life gives you the time to enjoy everything our vibrant modern cities have to offer. Enjoy live music, theatre, film, dance, free festivals or international sports fixtures, or hang out with your new friends at a cafe, restaurant or bar.

Most of our cities and towns are relatively small and uncrowded, making your daily commute easier and faster than back home. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from beaches, parks, walking trails and cycle tracks.

Studying in New Zealand will open your eyes and expand your horizons. Wherever you choose to study, you’ll never be far from a beach, some native bush or some wide open spaces.

You’ll experience a unique and diverse blend of European and Māori traditions mixed with influences from Polynesia, Asia and elsewhere. You’ll be able to pick from a range of lifestyles and study in well-equipped but convenient campuses.

Ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2018, New Zealand is undoubtedly the safest country to study in. With globally ranked universities and a responsive education system, it has the right mix of opportunities, culture, economy and climate to thrive for an Indian student. Not to miss, its unspoiled scenery will make your experience memorable.