New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation.
New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study. New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools. New Zealand is fast becoming the first choice of international students who wish to get the quality education at affordable cost. International students are welcomed warmly in New Zealand society for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy. New Zealander citizens are well traveled and are interested in people from other cultures, so international students feel more welcome. New Zealand has a comparatively low cost of living, food easily available at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options.
Institutes in New Zealand offer mainly two academic intakes: January and July. Some institutes offer multiple intakes to its students in September and November. Students can choose between a diploma, degree, vocational and polytechnic courses. Some of the popular courses amongst international students studying in New Zealand are Hospitality Management, Accounting, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, MBA, and BCom.
Cost of studying in New Zealand
The tuition costs could be quite expensive at times, for some international students. An exception is if an international student is enrolled in a Ph.D. programme in a recognized institution in New Zealand, then he/she pays the domestic tuition fees. Arts and science courses could cost anywhere between NZD 20,000 and 25,000 per year. An undergraduate programme can cost between NZD 18,000 and 25,000 and a postgraduate programme can cost between NZD 10,000 and 30,000. You should also factor in your living expenses and transport cost. The student health cover is a must and it may cost you more if not taken from a recognized provider.
Staying to work after study
On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations, you can work up to 40 hours. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.
Depending on what you studied, you may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years, and possibly even gain residence. The study to work pathway has two steps: Post Study Work Visa (Open) and Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted). 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). The Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted) allows you to stay in New Zealand and work for a specific employer for a further two years if your job is relevant to your qualification. 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).
3 Years Bachelor = 3 Years Stay Back
1 Year Postgraduate Diploma and Direct Masters Course – 3 Years Stay back
1 Years Graduate Diploma Course - 2 Years Stay Back