Why study in New Zealand?
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places to study. The countryside is unique and quite magnificent. There are just over 4 million people who reside on the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. The economy is also incredibly stable and ranked 1st in the ease of doing and starting business in the world. Apart from this it has emerged as one of the popular choices for students for higher education in recent times as it offers innovative curriculums for study in their degrees and has a progressive education system. One of the best part studying in New Zealand is that there are many state-of-the-art facilities, and with many institutions spearheading several new technological developments, students have access to more advanced technology than they could wish for. Adding to this, this beautiful recreational paradise in the south pacific has become a preferred study destination for many international students due to the following reasons:
The New Zealand education programs and degrees are based on the worlds most recognized and accredited education system- The British System- without the same expense. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and have a reputation around the world for being practical, modern and desired and the degrees granted by the institutions are recognized internationally. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requires that all institutions enrolling international students should be registered and ensures compliance with qualifications standards. Not only this, New Zealand provides the best support services for international students in the world. They hold a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs.
Tuition fees and living expenses
New Zealand offers very affordable tuition fee compared with many other countries. Competitive tuition fees integrated with low cost of living represents a good value for your money. Take a look Study cost in New Zealand differs from course to course and college to college:
- An Undergraduate level which involves Diploma, Bachelors and Graduate diploma can cost between: NZ$ 15000 to NZ $ 25000 per year.
- The Masters and Postgraduate diploma would cost: NZ$ 18,000 to NZ$ 36,000per year.
- Approximate Living cost in New Zealand : NZ $ 10,000 to NZ $ 12,000 per year.
The living expenses are about 50000- 7000 NZ $
Work while you study : Part-time work
There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students so you can you can easily work while you study. All students on a student visa can work up to 20 hours per week during semester and full time during vacations that is 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” under the student visa policy.
Opportunity to settle permanently in New Zealand
After you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is relevant to the course that you have completed then this will immediately give you a 2 years work permit with all rights like free medical, etc. Upon receiving this 2 years work permit then you can apply for PR, which you will most likely to get it within 5-6 months of your application. Best opportunity to get settle permanently because students having full time employment in cities other than Auckland get 30 bonus points while applying for PR.
Due to limited population in New Zealand some skills are in chronically short supply. New Zealand has lists of industries where there is a serious skill shortages. That is because the New Zealand govt. has realized that companies and organizations need to employee people from outside NZ to help meet demands for the skill. Threfore plenty of work opportunities are available for international students ranging from computer software to development industry to film to television and commercial production industry. services like banking, finance, advertising, property, tourism & hospitality, and food processing are also offered.
Ease of Visa acquisition
The Immigration Department of New Zealand never rejects a visa application outright without giving you a chance to explain unlike many other countries. You get to talk to people and tell them your side of the story if there is something that may prevent you from getting a visa to come into the country. If you can explain why you’ve decided to go down there and your international studies program helps you to create a Statement of Purpose (a statement you give to the visa officer to tell them why you are coming to New Zealand to study), there is no danger of not getting the visa.
Top and Popular Universities in New Zealand are:
- The University of Auckland
- Massey University
- University of Canterbury
- University of Otago
- University of Waikato
- Auckland University of Technology
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Lincoln University
- New Zealand Tertiary College
- Southern Institute of Technology
- Auckland University of Technology
- Manukau Institute of Technology