WHY STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealanders are famed for their friendliness and warmth towards overseas visitors. New Zealand has a comparatively low cost of living, abundant fresh food and a variety of student accommodation options. Transport is moderately priced and the country offers a safe and stable democratic political environment with very low crime rates making it an excellent environment in which to learn.
The eight institutions that make up the New Zealand university system are located across the North and South Islands. New Zealand is also home to several technical institutes and colleges.
While New Zealand may appear to be cut off from the rest of the world, international students view New Zealand as a destination which is safe, beautiful and welcoming. New Zealand has excellent climatic conditions and is cheaper than most other developed countries.
The 8 universities in the country offer core degrees in all aspects of business, science and the arts.
The Application Process
Overseas students will need to apply to their chosen institution directly. A strong personal statement is particularly important in your application. Make sure you seek guidance on the admissions process in order to maximize your chances of being accepted to the course that is best for you.
How much will it cost?
Average tuition fees are about NZ$20,000 per year and average living expenses are about NZ$10,000 per year. Actual fee rates vary widely depending on the chosen course and the institution concerned.
Funding, Scholarships and Loans
The New Zealand government offers a number of scholarships for international students. These are highly prized and competition is fierce. In addition, some universities offer merit based scholarships as well. In both of these cases a strong application is crucial to maximize the chances of success. Make sure you seek advice on how to present your application in the strongest way.
Students from India can apply for education loans from state banks for up to Rs.2.5 Million. Do make sure you have researched well and chosen the right course and institution for you before committing to a long term financial repayment.
Students who are studying New Zealand are allowed to work part time while studying and in some cases can manage to pay for their living expenses. International students studying in New Zealand have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and are granted work visas after studying at recognized institutes.