Ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2019, New Zealand is undoubtedly the safest country to study in. With globally ranked universities and a responsive education system, it has the right mix of opportunities, culture, economy and climate to thrive for an Indian student. Not to miss, its unspoiled scenery will make your experience worth every penny.
Every single university in New Zealand is included in the QS World Rankings. Every. Single. One of them. As a country, New Zealand has spent the recent past pouring resources into their education system, using a similar but equally accredited system to the British one, and it’s already begun to pay off:
The University of Auckland is ranked in the QS world top 100, the Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 1% across 19 different subject areas, while the University of Waikato in Hamilton is ranked 72nd in the world, and number 1 in New Zealand for its research impact and quality.
While New Zealand’s education system is based heavily on the British one, it comes at a lower cost. Tuition fees for a year tend to cost around NZ$20,000, or just under £10,000. That should leave you with a little more money to have fun with!
On top of the lower tuition costs, there are also lots of options available for scholarships to help fund your studies. It takes a bit of digging and investigating to find one to which you could apply, but we’d recommend starting by checking out the websites of whichever university you’re keen on applying to. Or better yet, just send them an email and ask.
New Zealand has a rich cultural heritage, a meeting point of British influenced Western ways and traditional culture of the indigenous Māori people, who have their own language and mythology. In New Zealand today, you’ll often see Māori culture presented in arts, crafts, as well cooking.
A New Zealand education offers all the quality and perks of a British or Australian education without the crippling financial costs associated with studying in those countries. You can expect to pay approximately NZ$20,000 (£9,680) a year for social science or art courses, and NZ$25,000 (£12,000) for a science and engineering degree. The living costs you will require in New Zealand are also relatively cheap compared to some major nations, with the average student requiring NZ$15,000 (£7,260) per year for accommodation, food, utilities and transport expenses.
It is not difficult to enter New Zealand schools, however there are particular needs that you need to comply with, one of which is to verify your English language skills are minimal. Depending on your desired degree and between colleges the IELTS Score requirements vary. The solution is clear - colleges only accept IELTS Academic! If you still decide between IELTS Academic and General Training, the answer is straightforward.
The IELTS score required for New Zealand is 6.0 and no band of under 5.5. In nations such as NZ, the UK, Canada, and Australia, IELTS is an official language test for most institutions, which have English as their official language. It evaluates your abilities in academic or general training situations to read, write, talk and listen.
TOEFL is also evidence of English academia approved from New Zealand colleges close second to IELTS in terms of popularity. Most students choose to take the TOEFL iBT over the PBT and CBT test formats. INR 13,518 is needed for the examination, which includes four sections: reading, writing, hearing, and speaking. Up to a total score of about 80-90 universities should not be older than two years.
PTE Academic test is one of the convenientest tests for computers at a recognised test center in 3 hours and the three sections – Speech & Writing, Reading and Listening. PTE has been recognised in New Zealand as the most recent addition to the English language skills testing list. It is approved by all universities in New Zealand and other universities around the country.
OET is a language exam for health professionals who have qualified to practise in a country and want a temporary registration to practise in another country with an English speaking setting. The English OET (Occupational English Test). The test assesses the language skills of health professionals seeking registration and the capacity to practise in an English-speaking setting.
The New Zealand Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you need will depend on the type of study you want to pursue, and how long you intend to stay in New Zealand.
If you are over 18 years and plan to study in New Zealand for more than six months, here’s an overview of the types of student visa available for you:
To apply for a visa to New Zealand, you will generally need: