New Zealand is known for its panoramic landscapes and that makes the country unique in the South Pacific region. New Zealand is becoming the good choice for international students who want to seek quality education and want to explore new ideas. The education system is progressive and innovative that helps students to take them to the next level of excellence. Qualifications are internationally recognized. It has small manufacturing and high-tech sectors to promote tourism and primary industries like agriculture. There are wide range of study opportunities including universities, polytechnics, colleges and private training establishments. NZQA ensures protection of international student’s welfare by all education providers came into force in 2002.


  • 16th cleanest country
  • One fifth international students got PR
  • 2nd in Global peace index 2018 ranking
  • Education System based on British Education System
  • 15% population born outside NZ, So diverse in population

Dialing code: +64

Language: English

Capital: Wellington

Per capita: $40,118

Area: 268,021 km2 (75th)

Total GDP: $198.52 billion (2018 estimate)

Population: 4,884,960 (120th, 2018 estimate)

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Major Cities: Auckland, Wellington, ChristChurch, Hamilton, Dunedin, Palmerston North etc.

Location: New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island and South Island.

  • It is safe and clean country compared to other countries.

  • New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study.

  • Institutions provide pastoral care to help students feel happy and well-supported.

  • Kiwi family have also welcomed in home-stay for international students so they can grow with culturally diverse family.

  • Students are given a visa to search for a job after completion of their course and also have a good opportunity to settle there.

  • The flexible, supportive New Zealand education system gives students the skills and experience they need to succeed anywhere in the world.

  • New Zealand’s education system is famous for balanced academic achievements with skills, creativity and competent at both practical and theoretical part.

  • This country has relatively low cost to living and students get enjoyed with fresh food and high standard accommodation in reasonable price.

  • New Zealand has surrounding by the sea. This-results in mild summers and cool winters. This favorable climate makes easy for all sorts of indoor and outdoor activities.

  • Education system is British-based education system. So the degrees have a high graduate employment rate, and students may be able to work there, UK and all over the global market.

  • The education system is regulated and controlled by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which administers the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). The caring for international students which ensures protection of international student’s welfare by all education providers. So, students can trust to enroll in chosen institutions.

New Zealand’s education system allows for flexibility, choice and great support. The education system of New Zealand is regulated and controlled by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which administers the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). NZQF lists all qualifications from Level 1 to 10 which include certificates, diplomas and degrees. The New Zealand qualifications are designed by the principles of need based, focused on outcomes, flexibility, trust and accountability. NZQA has approving and registering all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments.New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (NZVCC) approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programs offered by New Zealand universities.

NZQF structure – levels and qualification types

10Doctrol Degree (360 credits)
9Masters Degree (240 credits)
8Postgraduate Diplomas(120 credits) and Certificate (60 Credits)

Bachelors Honor’s Degree (480 Credits)


7Bachelor’s Degree (360 or 480 Credits )

Graduate Diplomas(120 Credits) and Certificates (60 credits)



Diploma  (72 credit for each diploma level)




Certificates( 40 Credits for each  Certificate level)
Types of Degree


Undergraduate degree comprises Certificate, Diploma and Bachelors degree level. New Zealand has 16 institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTE) which include English language training as well. ITPs and a few larger PTEs offer vocational degree-level education. PTEs tend to offer specific vocational programs, mainly at certificate and diploma level. And Bachelors Degree consists of three or four year’s program provided by 8 state funded universities.A Bachelor’s Degree provides individuals with a systematic and coherent introduction to a body of knowledge of a recognized major subjects (or subjects, in the case of a double degree or a double major).

Post Graduate

There are eight universities in New Zealand, all of which offer Masters Courses in a diverse array of subjects. These eight institutions all rank in the world’s top 100 universities in 31 different subjects, with the most popular are business, economics, education, and engineering courses. The universities have offers degree for international students with same tuition fee as domestic students.

Postgraduate Diploma

This degree is one year degree and course is full-time study, designed for graduates, which builds on the subject matter in the academic field of the previous degree.

Graduate DiplomaA one-year, full-time course of study for graduates. It does not always require its students to have prior learning or experience in the subject matter of the diploma. So it can be assumed as bridging course for masters Degree.

Master’s Degree: It is at an advanced level and open to those who have completed a Bachelors degree. The course of study is usually of one or two year’s full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The work required normally builds upon the prior knowledge gained in the major part of the Bachelor’s degree, and most or all of it is in same related subjects.

Doctorate: New Zealand Doctoral Research scholarships are a significant educational opportunity. Doctorate programs generally take at least 3 years of full time study to complete. It is a fully research based degree. PhD students pay domestic tuition fee which is a benefit of fee difference from international fees to domestic fees. Scholarships are also awarded to the students on the basis of academic merit and research ability by the university.

Types of Institutions


University education was established in New Zealand in 1870 and has a similar tradition to the British university system. It is controlled and operated under the rule of New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVC). All universities are internationally respected for their academic and research performance. All New Zealand universities offer a broad range of subjects in Arts, Commerce and Science. Each has developed its own specialist subjects such as Medicine, Engineering and Veterinary Science, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees are offered by all New Zealand universities.

Polytechnics Institute

New Zealand Polytechnics, and Institutes of Technology, are state funded and provide education and training at all levels ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programs. A few of them offer PG programs. Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology are efficient tertiary providers offering programs which can be both academically and vocationally focused. Due to their active engagement with industry, employers and government agencies they provide programmes which are of a high academic standard and are relevant to the rapidly changing workforce on a global basis. Polytechnics offer diverse courses like Arts and Design, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality etc.

Private Degree Providers: In 1989, amendments to the Education Act in New Zealand enabled the private tertiary sector to award degrees through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The key to the legitimacy of the private degree providers is their relationship with the NZQA which has responsibility for course accreditation. The mission of the private degree providers is to provide a quality service to their students and a range of skills of value in the work environment.

Private Training Establishments (PTEs): Private training establishments are registered and their courses approved by NZQA. Institutions and schools in this sector provide a range of courses including English language, aviation flight training, air traffic control, business computing, dance, design and arts, religious studies, travel and tourism and training for the hospitality industry.

Expected Cost

Tuition fees

In order to study in New Zealand you will have to pay tuition fees. Each university in New Zealand sets its own tuition fees, therefore the fees you will need to pay will depend on your chosen institution, location, field of course and your level of study. You will also encounter some additional costs when studying in New Zealand, such as Overseas Student Health Cover charges and various fees

Approximate cost for Diploma and Certificate Level: NZ$ 10000 – NZ$ 15000 per year

Approximate cost for Undergraduate level: NZ$ 18,000 – NZ$32000 per year.

Approximate cost for Postgraduate Level: NZ$ 10,000 – NZ$ 37,000 per year.

The cost of living in New Zealand: NZ$ 7,000 – NZ$ 12,000 per year.

It’s also good to have at least two options open so you can choose the one that is best for you. It will depend on a student’s lifestyle and chosen accommodation options. It’s important to note that tuition fees and living expenses vary greatly between different institutions and locations. Therefore, it’s important to do your research and inform yourself about fees and costs in your chosen location. This may be a deciding factor so it’s important to get all the relevant info as soon as possible.

Step 1


Step 2

Course and Institution Selection

Step 3

Apply for Admission

Step 4

Receive Offer Letter

Step 5

Prepare Visa Documents

Step 6

Receive AIP ( Approval of Principle)

Step 7

Pay Fee Under FTS Regulation

Step 8

Medical Examination

Step 9

Visa Lodgement

Step 10

Visa Decision

Step 11

Pre-Departure Orientation

Earning: $16.50 per hour

Part Time:  20 hours per week during studies and 40 hours week during vacation.

Work Type: There are various part-time jobs available in all the sectors across hospitality/catering, call centre, banking and finance etc. With few exceptions, it is very unlikely that you will find a part-time job related to your course of study. Depends upon students acquired skills and abilities.

Tax: In order to pay according to rules and regulations of New have to pay tax on your contributions via ESCT (employer superannuation contribution tax) or PAYE (pay as your earning) and pass through employer and employee KiwiSaver contributions on to Inland Revenue.

Full Time:

Type of Visas

Post Study Work Visa (Open)

The Post Study Work Visa (Open) allows you to find a job that is relevant to your qualification. It’s valid for 12 months, and during this time you can work for almost any employer in New Zealand. After you have found a job relevant to your qualification you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted).

Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted)

If your job is relevant to your qualification, then Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted) will allows you to stay in New Zealand and work for a specific employer for a further two years. To be granted a visa, you must hold a Post Study Work Visa – Open or apply no later than 3 months after the end date of your student visa (no later than 6 months if the qualification was a Doctoral Degree).

How to find a job?

Career Services and Network

Student Job Search is an organization which helps to students to find work and gain job experience. Some educational institutions also offer students part-time work teaching, tutoring or carrying out administration duties. Internship program help industry experience and networking with people in your field of study. Carrying out voluntary work in New Zealand can also be useful experience of the New Zealand workplace. Institution may also offer students assistance to learn job-related skills such as writing CVs and preparing for an interview. Seasonal work can be a good way to earn extra money over the holidays and gain new skills.

Average Salary:

Undergraduate: NZ$ 40, 000- NZ$ 60, 000 per annum

Postgraduate: NZ$ 60, 000- NZ$ 80, 000 per annum

Culture: Maori were the first people reached in the New Zealand and followed by the early European settle. New Zealand’s culture and trading are influenced by natural, historical, and Maori sources. Maori culture is a rich and varied one, and includes traditional and contemporary arts. Kiwis following in the footsteps of their tipuna (ancestors) replicate the techniques used hundreds of years ago. They also develop exciting new techniques and forms. The Maori cultures reflection can be seen in today in film, art, theater, poetry and music.

FoodMaori cuisine was historically derived from that of tropical Polynesia, adapted for New Zealand’s colder climate. Key ingredients included kumara (sweet potato), fern root, taro, birds and fish. Food was cooked in hangi (earth ovens) and roasted, and in geothermal areas boiled or steamed using natural hot springs and pools. Maori were one of the few peoples to have no form of alcoholic beverage.

Safety: New Zealand is generally a safe place to live and study. New Zealand is the country where no record of human made violence from last 100 years. The 2018 Global Peace Index, which compares 163 countries for the risk of personal violence, New Zealand rated as the world’s second safest country just after Iceland.

Welfare: All Education providers must have to follow the Code or Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Which is the legal document administered by NZQA. A code of practice that ensures protection of international student’s welfare by all education providers came into force in 2002. New Zealand education providers act fairly and reasonably when recruiting students. So, students can trust the institutions where they choose to enroll. Universities provide free and confidential support and assistance to help the deserved students

Health: Only New Zealand citizens (and a few reciprocal countries like the UK) healthcare is free through the national system with only small co pays, however international students will need to purchase health insurance in New Zealand as they are not covered under the national healthcare system. It is strongly recommended that you purchase health insurance coverage before you travel.

Transport: Most of New Zealand’s cities are relatively small, so it is easy to get around. So you can easily visit around there by buses, hiking or even by walking. The bus networks in the main cities like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin is very good. There is also commuter rail and ferries in Auckland and wellington. So, you won’t be worry about the means of transportation and safety in New Zealand.For intercity travel, you can travel by flight. It does not take more than one hour from one city to other. If you have time and want to see New Zealand, you may prefer visit by drive and enjoy with the heartbreaking landscape sceneries.