Study in New Zealand: A Comprehensive guide on Studying in NZ

In our years of helping students study in their dream destinations, we have adhered to a large number of students who visit New Zealand either for their bachelor’s or master’s degree. With an education system highly regarded by employers across the globe, it is natural that New Zealand is among the top study destinations for Indian students. So, here we present a comprehensive guide on studying in New Zealand, which we believe will help students who are planning to study in NZ.

Why Study in New Zealand

Based on the highly regarded educational system of the UK, the New Zealand educational system is known for offering world class facilities, resources and expert faculties. It is ranked 8th among the World’s Happiest countries and has institutions which rank among top Universities and colleges of the world. With an environment that encourages research and concentrates on harnessing individual strengths, New Zealand is also known for courses that facilitate easy movement of students between institutes in New Zealand and other English speaking countries. 

Benefits of studying in NZ

We are often asked by the students and their parents about the benefits of studying in New Zealand and why should they choose NZ over other study destinations like Canada or for that matter Australia. And we try to keep the answers as simple as we can. 

While every country we represent has a range of similar advantages, but when it comes to New Zealand there are certain benefits which are quite unique to the country.

The first benefit that tops our list is the availability of 1 year Post-graduate Diploma and Master’s courses. This not only facilitates fast-paced education but also prepares the student for real-life experience within a short period of time.

Secondly, post-completion of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Post Graduate Diploma studies, students can avail 3 year post-study work permit. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to garner work experience in New Zealand which can further open new avenues for them.

For students who pursue Ph.D studies in the country, International students pay what New Zealanders pay, which means the expenses are substantially lesser. This along with the option to work full time while completing studies is an added benefit. 

There is a high demand for students in Engineering, IT, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Journalism and Public Relations among other thriving courses and in these courses provide ample opportunities to the students.

Above all, the fact that students can support their education with paid work during their study is perhaps one of the prime benefits that students should know about.


Study Options in New Zealand

While most of the students go to New Zealand for either their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies, New Zealand is also a land of opportunities for Ph.D students. With their attractive scholarship schemes for the students opting for Ph.D, which covers all expenses of the students, New Zealand is indeed the place to be if you are planning to pursue your Ph.D abroad.

Universities/colleges you can apply through Global Reach

Global Reach represents all the 8 universities in New Zealand along with other colleges and polytechnic institutes in the country which offer exciting courses to take your career to the next step. Just go through the list below and choose what you want to study and from where.

Auckland +
Christchurch +
Palmerston North / Auckland / Wellington +
Dunedin +
Hamilton +
Wellington +
New Plymouth +
Palmerston North +
Rotorua +
Queenstown +
Matamata +

Quick overview of New Zealand


It is a known fact that New Zealand universities are known for their world-class education with all of the eight universities being in the top 3% in the world. The qualifications acquired at NZ are globally recognised and respected which consequently opens up the world to all students.

As per the Global Peace Index, 2017, New Zealand is world’s second most peaceful country with high political stability and lowest rates of corruption.

When it comes to scenic beauty, NZ tops the list which is sure to offer students an experience of a lifetime. 

The New Zealand universities and other institutions are known for the excellent teaching methods which includes practical, hands-on learning techniques. 

And what is best of all? New Zealanders are known for being very welcoming, friendly and respectful of all cultures and people.


Living in New Zealand as an International Student


As an International student, New Zealand is one place which will provide you with all the necessary life-skills. It is one of the countries of the world which is still close to nature and modern at the same time. The New Zealanders’ are known for being warm to all people and being an International student is a chance to experience it firsthand. Apart from these, due to its ever-rising popularity as a study and travel destination, it has turned into a hub of multiple cultures. And this will not just help students get exposure in a multi-cultural hub but also bring them face to face with the world’s dynamic cultural reach.


Cost of study in New Zealand


We understand studying abroad can be expensive. From studies to day-to-day expenditures, one needs to consider their finances before leaving for the country and that involves efficient planning. So here are certain indicative costs of studies in New Zealand.

As per a study, studying humanities, education and art courses are cheaper in New Zealand. On the other hand, studying courses like medicine and engineering courses can be comparatively expensive.


Tuition fee is your prime expenditure


Pursuing an undergraduate degree program in New Zealand can cost something between $20,500 to $25, 000 approximately. Similarly, Postgraduate diploma and degree can cost something around $19,000 to $29,000 annually.

For MBA and also PhD coursework, the scholarship offered ranges from $3,000 to $29,000 (approx).

Also, it is mandatory for all Indian students to get a medical insurance before travelling to New Zealand. 


Communication Fee


As an international student, you would surely love to stay connected with your loved ones back home. And it is a smart decision to set apart certain portion of your budget for phone and data expenses. This means you will have to look for a feasible call and data plan which can fulfil all your needs and is easy on your pocket as well.


Books and supplies


Although many of our students opt to buy new books but some of these can be quite expensive. But there is no reason to worry as second-hand books are available easily and buying them is an effective way to save your money without compromising on anything important.


Personal expenses and incidentals


Needless to say, apart from the ones listed above, you will have miscellaneous expenses. From dining out to doing laundry, expenses on your clothing to taking a short trip, it is always helpful if you maintain a separate amount for that. 


Visa and Immigration


Ultimately, your stay will be dependent on availing a visa. This again, has certain expenses. For more information, you can consult your counsellor. With four different categories of student visa, namely, Fee Paying Student Visa, Exchange student Visa, Foreign Government supported student visa and Pathway student visa. 

For Indian students, the immigration cost and receiving centre fee will depend on the type of submission you have opted for. For more information, you can visit the official website of the New Zealand immigration department.


Eligibility and Exam scores required to study in New Zealand


Academic year in New Zealand begins from February and lasts till November. With most intakes happening twice, once in February and another in July, we suggest students to start early to avoid last minute rush.

The eligibility criteria for New Zealand universities are similar to any other country. Your IELTS/PTE/TOEFL scores will play an important role for admissions. And the admissions are completely based on merit of the applicants. In certain courses like MBA, work experience might be necessary.


Admission Requirements for International Students


However, in one specific case, New Zealand admissions vary and that is for admissions into Masters or PhD programs.

New Zealand extensively focuses on the students’ research abilities and for this, students must have published research works to get direct admissions into the Master’s courses. Given that in India, students do not undertake any research publications during their Bachelor’s studies, they are required to firstly complete a Post-graduate diploma course from New Zealand which further acts as a pathway for Post-graduate studies in the country. 

Again there are exceptions to this as certain courses like Masters of Engineering do not require such published research works.


Scholarships to Study in New Zealand


The eligibility criteria and the amount covered vary as per the provisions of the individual scholarships. There are scholarships that provide up to 100% of the tuition fee apart from covering the other basic expenditures. 


What are the criteria to apply for the scholarships?


While most of the scholarships are merit-based, there are certain scholarships where factors like extra-curricular activities and voluntary works might act as an additional benefit. And similarly, applying process for the scholarship varies as well .

There might be certain scholarships which require simple applications and there are others which might have more specific requirements. It is suggested that students go through the terms and conditions of particular scholarships after consultation with their counsellors. 

Since the whole process, starting from application to final acquisition of the scholarship takes time and it is pivotal for the financial aspects, we suggest students to start researching about the scholarships well ahead of time to avoid hassles later.

Also, because these scholarships are opted by many, tough competition is expected.


Some of the scholarships and the amount of money available through them


New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

NZIDRS is funded by the New Zealand government and are available to Indian students planning to pursue Ph.D in New Zealand. This scholarship covers university tuition fee and all associated student levies along with a living stipend of up to NZ$25,000, which completely tax-free and a health insurance coverage of up to NZ$600 annually for three years.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

This scholarship is applicable for Indian students applying into Master’s or Ph.D programs. This covers the students’ tuition fee, living, travel and establishment allowance along with health insurance.

Apart from these, there are several other scholarships offered by the Universities and the institutions which are also great opportunities for students. Click here to know more.




  • What are the benefits of overseas education or why study abroad?

Studying abroad is your chance to be at a new place, meet new people and have newer experiences. It opens up a world full of opportunities, both personal and professional, and gives you a global perspective. World-class education, state-of-the-art infrastructure and degrees which are recognised world-wide and these are just a few of the benefits out of the million others. Be ready for the global market with global education at top international universities. 

  • Which are the most popular countries which Indian students visit to pursue higher studies?

When it comes to higher studies, Indian students are very particular and choosy and they are right to be so. And in our years of service, we have found that Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, the USA and Singapore top the list. As most of the universities in these countries feature among the top universities of the world, it does not surprise us. Apart from these, students also have started going to Ireland, Dubai, Spain, and other such newer study destinations, as they also have the branches of the top universities and are equivalent to the others in all aspect.

  • Is it costly to study abroad or is overseas education expensive?

Gone are the days when education overseas used to be an expensive affair. These days, students have many options to make sure their finances go hand in hand with their dreams of studying abroad. While there are scholarships sponsored by the respective universities which sometimes cover up to 100% of tuition fee, there are government scholarships as well which covers most of the expenses. However, since the scholarship schemes vary from university to university and year to year, it is suggested that you check it out with your counsellor.

  • How to avail loans to study abroad?

Students can these days avail bank loans to support their study abroad plans. These loans can be availed after fulfilling the respective bank’s terms and condition which depends on the level of program chosen by you and the amount you apply for and other criteria. For more detailed information, we suggest you contact your nearest bank or our counsellors.

  • Can I get part time work during my studies abroad?

Most study destinations have provisions for students to work part-time during their studies. This not only helps the student earn some extra bucks, but also gives a platform to hone their professional skills and we had such students who balanced their studies and part-time work well. However, this is a provision under the immigration departments of the countries and hence varies from country to country and time to time. So, to avoid any conflict with the laws of the land, you can get in touch with us to know what you can or can’t do as an international student abroad.

  • What are the possibilities of getting a job abroad post-study?

While there are countries which happily provide post-study work opportunities to students, there are certain countries which provide such opportunities to students of certain programmes only. After all, who wouldn’t want to get a dream job abroad, but once again, since this involve a student’s working and residing there, it is a matter under the purview of the Immigration department. So, for more information, you can either go through the regulations at the country’s official website or consult our counsellors.

  • Can I get Permanent Residency abroad after completion of my studies?

Once done with your studies abroad, you may opt for permanent residency at your overseas study destination. And for International students studying at Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany among others, this is really easy as they encourage students to stay back and work. However, certain other countries are not still aligned with the similar idea and their rules and regulations, if not prohibit, but are stricter about providing PR status to international students.

  • Can my family accompany me during and after my studies abroad?

While it is okay for your family to travel to your study destination and the general visa norms may apply, if you wish them to settle with you, there are other rules and regulations which can be clarified by our counsellors or visa authorities.

  • How does Global Reach help me study abroad?

Global Reach has, since 1991, helped students achieve their dreams of studying abroad. We help them from the scratch. Our team of expert, certified counsellors can help you in finding the right course, the right university, scholarship assistance, application process, visa guidance and beyond. We represent top universities of the world and are their certified education agents.

  • What are the important documents required to get an offer letter for my higher studies abroad?

Although the documents required to get offer letter may vary from university to university, following are the documents which are usually required-

  1. All Academics documents from 10th onwards
  2. Language Award Certificates – IELTS / TOEFL iBT / PTE-A
  3. All Work Experience certificates (If applicable)
  4. Statement of Purpose (SOP) expressing your interest, motive and plans to study
  5. Passport
  • What do I do if a university rejects my application for a particular coursework?

There might be such an instance but you should not lose hope. What you can do instead is opt for another suitable course or program at the same university/college or apply into a different university/college for the same course. We at Global Reach will undoubtedly help you make your dreams come true and help you find a college/university which matches your requirements.

  • Which are the documents required to apply for visa?

Generally, following documents are required to apply for visa:

  1. Offer letter
  2. Passport
  3. Proof of English proficiency test (PTE, IELTS, TOEFL)
  4. Academic documents from 10th onwards
  5. Work Experience documents
  6. Financial Documents
  7. Updated CV
  8. Statement of Purpose/ Explanation
  9. Photos -2
  10. Medical clearance
  11. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Passport Seva Kendra

However, since these requirements are updated every now and then, it is advisable to consult your Global Reach counsellor or visa authority before proceeding.

  • What is the minimum expense students have to incur to study abroad?

As an international student, you will have to incur your education fee along with your day to day expenses and some miscellaneous ones. Although these expenses are dependent on your lifestyle and the country you choose to study in, but the estimated average amount can vary from 10 lakhs to 30 lakhs.

  • If my visa is rejected, do I get a refund from the University?

In case, your visa is rejected, most of the universities and colleges refund the tuition fee after deducting a nominal administrative charge. It is advisable to check out the refund policies of the particular universities to be sure beforehand and avoid losses. Similarly, refunding of the visa application fee must also be enquired beforehand to avoid unwanted expenses.

  • What to do if my visa is rejected?

In case your visa is rejected, you may resubmit your application by providing stronger explanations and documentations to address the concerns raised by the High commission/ embassy. Apart from this, we would also direct you to study options in other countries and assist you with the refund of your tuition fees that you have made to the institutions earlier.

  • Does Global Reach provide assistance even after I reach my study destination?

In Global Reach, we have a tradition of building relationships for life. We not only assist you before you leave but also make sure your study abroad experience is hassle-free. In this regard, all our students are provided pre-departure briefings. Apart from this, we also are constantly in touch with our students and also visit them during our familiarisation trips to these universities.

  • How do I keep in touch with Global Reach for any further assistance?

We love connecting with our students and to facilitate it we have a group on Facebook, ‘Global Reach Alumni’. Also, we have individual pages on Facebook and handles on Instagram, where you can get latest updates and news anywhere, anytime. And in addition to these, you can always connect with us using the phone numbers of the Global Reach office you visited and we will be more than happy to assist you.

  • Will I be allowed to visit my home during studying abroad?

Of course you will be allowed to visit your home country during the vacations and having a multiple entry visa eases the process for you better.

  • Which entrance/proficiency tests are required to study abroad?

Although the requirements vary from country to country and university to university, the most common entrance tests/proficiency tests which are required are:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  2. Graduate Management Admission Tests (GMAT)
  4. What is IELTS/PTE/TOEFL? Are these mandatory for studying abroad?

IELTS is International English Language Testing System, which is one of the most popular English-proficiency tests required for studying abroad. Similarly, PTE (Pearson Test of English) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are also two of the important English language proficiency tests which are required. These are conducted for students who are leaving for countries were English language is majorly used.