New Zealand

About New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean. The country mainly comprises of two islands, the North Island and South Island, although there are also numerous smaller islands. The closest countries to New Zealand are Australia and the Pacific island nations: Fiji, New Caledonia and Tonga.

Despite its isolated location, New Zealand is a developed nation with great connections with the rest of the world. There are frequent international flights as well as fast internet connections that connect New Zealand with the rest of the world.

New Zealand is a country of great beauty. Many people encountered New Zealand’s great natural beauty for the first time through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which was filmed in New Zealand. As can be seen from the films, the country offers great geographic diversity: mountains, coasts, and lakes, along with unique plant life and animals, although you won’t find any Hobbits. New Zealand offers a rich mix of various cultures, including Maori, Pakeha (people of European descent), Asian and Pacific peoples. It is a country made for those with adventurous spirit.

Facts about New Zealand 

  • Capital city : Wellington
  • Largest city: Auckland (a third of citizens live in and around Auckland)
  • Made up of islands - the main two are simply called ‘North Island’ and ‘South Island’
  • Population of just 4 million (compared to 62 million in the similarly sized UK)
  • Parliamentary democracy, modelled on the UK governmental system
  • People from New Zealand are commonly known as ‘Kiwis’
  • More than a third of people living in Auckland were born outside of New Zealand
  • Main languages: English and Maori
  • Major exports include: wool, dairy products, wood, paper, fish, meat and chemicals
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar
  • Located to the south-east of Australia
  • Known for national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks’, who perform the traditional haka dance before matches
  • Indigenous ethnic group, the Maori, today make up about 15% of the population
  • More than 20% of New Zealand's land territory is categorized as national parks, forest areas and reserves; there are also 34 marine reserves

why study in new zealand

New Zealand is a cost effective alternative to the UK or Australia. It is a good option for students seeking outdoor adventure in an English speaking country. New Zealand is a welcoming nation offering a warm student friendly environment.

High Quality learning experience at lower cost

New Zealand education is recognized all across the world. The cost of living is much lower as compared to the other countries promoting higher education. Traditionally based on the British Model, the university learning system is research based which ensures a high quality learning experience. All the institutions are based in a lush green setting offering peaceful and a favourable study environment to all its students. New Zealand welcomes international students and the cultural diversity is appreciated by the society. The universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are government funded and focus on research based learning and maintain strong links with the industry.

Regulation of the education Industry

To ensure the quality of education, government agencies like the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), ministry of Education, The tertiary education commission and many others are directly involved in the management of the New Zealand education sector.

All policy matters pertaining to education are approved by the Ministry of education. NZQA's role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavors and to contribute to New Zealand society. It acts as a quality check body for the institutions this protecting the interests of both domestic and international students alike.

Code of practice for pastoral Care of International Students

In order to safe guard the interests of the international student, the code of pastoral Care is enforced by the New Zealand Government thus ensuring that you are well taken care of during your stay in the country. It is a code accounting for the service delivery to the international students. The code ensures that all processes involving the international student are done so ethically and responsibly, that student receives comprehensive, accurate and up to date information before enrolling in the institution. The code is applicable to all education providers enrolling international students. You cannot apply for a student visa to an institution that is not code approved.

Stay Back options in New Zealand

As a student who has completed a qualification in New Zealand but does not have a job offer, he may be eligible for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa for a maximum of 12 months. Once there is an offer of employment, he can further apply for a visa upto two or three years under the Study to Work category. Permanent migration is also available to skilled works and students alike. In order to apply for a permanent residency under the skill migration category, an Expressoin of interest (EOI) has to be submitted to immigration where the ability of the potential migrant is judged on the basis of a point system. In case of an application managing the pass mark would be given an ‘Invitation To Apply’. There are three possible outcomes to an immigration application ; decline, permanent residency or a work to residence visa that will help you obtain a skilled job offer.

study in new zealand

Are you planning to study in New Zealand? This country really seems to have it all - world-class universities, high quality of life, diverse communities, vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery and an unbeatable range of outdoor pursuits - and all within a relatively compact area.

Cities such as Auckland and Wellington offer no shortage of cultural activities, while for those with a passion for the great outdoors, the range of terrains to explore is mind-blowing - including glaciers, mountains, rainforest and of course coast.

Types of Institution

Universities in New Zealand

University education was established in New Zealand in 1870 and has a similar tradition to the British university system. There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance. In addition to a centrally co-ordinated system of quality assurance audits at both institution and programme level, each university undertakes internal quality checks. 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, Veterinary Science. Computer Studies, Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Sports-Science, Biotechnology, Architecture etc. Bachelor's, Masters and Doctoral degrees are offered by all New Zealand universities. A range of under graduate and postgraduate diplomas is also available, along with honors programmes (usually requiring an additional year of study).

Polytechnics in New Zealand

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 programmes. A few of them offer PG programmes as well. Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology are efficient tertiary providers offering programmes 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 Providers (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, english, business computing, dance, design and arts, religious studies, travel and tourism and training for the hospitality industry.

• Aoraki Polytechnic
• Manukau institute of technology
• Eastern institute of technology(EIT)
• Waikari institute of technology
• Unitec
• Whitireia community polytechnic
• Nelson marlborough institute of technology, nelson
• Waikato institute of technology (WINTEC)
• Bay of plenty polytechnic tauranga
• Southern institute of technology (SIT)
• Wellington institute of technology (WELTEC)
• Otago Polytechnic Dunedin
• Christchurch polytechnic institute of technology
• Western institute of technology at taranaki (WITT)
• Universal college of learning (UCOL)
• NorthTec New Zealand
• Ais helens auckland new zealand
• Computer power institute
• ICL business school
• National tertiary education consortium (NTEC)
• New zealand school of education
• New zealand institute of education (NZIE)
• Avonmore tertiary institute
• Cornell institute of business and technology
• Institute of applied learning
• Newton college of business & technology (NCBT)
• New zealand tertiary college
• Professional bar & restaurant school
• Aronui technical institute auckland
• Edenz auckland
• Making future happen international institute
• New zealand career college (NZCC)
• National institute of studies
• Abacus institute of studies
• School of audio engineering
• Natcoll design technology
• New zealand management academies
• North shore international academy
• Queens academic group auckland
• Pacific international hotel management school(PIHMS)

General Visitor Visa

You can apply for a General Visitor visa if you want to visit the any country for leisure, eg as a tourist on holiday
A planned itinerary, if you have one , This could include :

• Bookings or tickets for any excursions, trips and outings
• Email conversations about any excursions, trips and outings travel agent bookings
• Must have sufficent funds to maintain your travel plan.

• Is genuinely seeking entry as a general visitor for a limited period as stated by him, not exceeding 6 months or not exceeding 12 months.
• Intends to leave the country at the end of the period of the visit as stated by him;
• Does not intend to take employment / business in the country
• Will maintain and accommodate himself and any dependants adequately out of resources available to him without recourse to public funds
• Can meet the cost of the return or onward journey; and
• Is not in transit to a country outside the common travel area.


A letter of invitation from the business on their official headed paper confirming who you will be visiting, staying with or supported by during your visit.
This could include any evidence of
• Business meetings
• Email conversations
• Company activities/ invoices

• Is genuinely seeking entry as a Business Visitor for a limited period as stated by him not exceeding 6 months; or (a) to carry out one of the following activities;
• To attend meetings
• Conferences and interviews
• Attending board meetings
• To attend trade fairs for promotional work only, provided they are not directly selling;
• To arrange deals, or negotiating or signing trade agreements or contracts
• To carry out fact-finding missions
• To conduct site visits;

• Carrying out installing, debugging or enhancing work for computer software companies,
• Servicing or repairing the manufacturer’s products within the initial guarantee period, or
• To take part in a location shoot as a member of a film crew meaning he is a film actor, producer, director or technician coming to the Overseas for location sequences only for an overseas film;
• To represent overseas news media including as a journalist, correspondent, producer or cameraman provided he is employed or paid by an overseas company and is gathering information for an overseas publication;
• To act as a Visiting Professor
• To undertake some preaching or pastoral work as a religious worker,
• To act as an adviser, consultant, trainer, internal auditor or trouble shooter, to the Overseas branch.

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