Living in New Zealand

Given below are a few pointers towards your long stay in New Zealand. Besides the basics, the guide includes other details such as climate, clothing to suit the seasons, transport and even tips on shopping and staying healthy.

There are various options of stay in New Zealand for students. Since the quality of living in New Zealand is fairly good for students, the preferred options are:


Student Accommodation or Halls of Residence

Living in apartments/flats



This usually means that the student lives within the home of a family that has room to spare. Although the student is invited to take part in many of the family activities such as sharing meals and chores, he or she would have an independent room.

For student’s who needs to improve their English, or who have come to the country expressly to study English, this provides an excellent opportunity to practice the language.

Approximate cost: 220 – 275 NZ$ per week (inclusive of food)

Student Accommodation or Halls of Residence

Every educational institute in NZ is duty bound to find accommodation for their international students if informed in time. The types of accommodation may vary from sharing with several students to single occupancy rooms. Living rooms and kitchens are shared, and as per students requirements and financial means, rooms may be en-suite or with sharing baths/toilet. Halls of Residence is popular with domestic students as well, so may get booked early or may often have deadlines for room booking. However, since pre-departure processes such as loans and visa processes take very long, it is always in the interest of the student to at least decide on what accommodation he would like and make a deposit on the room.

Approximate costs: may vary as per the amenities and duration of stay. Water and electricity bills are normally included in the cost, but food and telephone/ internet bill may not be. 150 – 220 NZ$ per week.

Living in Apartments/ ‘Flatting’

Renting of an apartment or flat by a group of students/ course mates/ friends is also popular. The weekly rent, cost of utilities as well as some of the chores are divided amongst the group, thus making it an affordable option. It also gives the students the opportunity to mingle with students of other nationalities and to learn to budget while absorbing the NZ way of life.

Approximate costs: 120 – 230 NZ$ per week


This type of accommodation is suitable only for a short duration. In case a student is unable to get any kind of long term accommodation in the above categories at the time of flying, it is wise to book in a motel for a period of 3 to maximum 7 days. This ensures a roof over your head on landing and gives you enough time to look for long term stay options first hand. However, this can be expensive and should be kept only as a last resort. It is best to book one of the above-mentioned options.

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The New Zealand Reserve Bank is the sole supplier of bank notes and coins to all trading banks. They manage the design and manufacture of this currency as also the withdrawal of used or damaged notes and the general quality of currency in circulation.

The New Zealand currency is Dollar and Cent. The Notes come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, whilst Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c (silver colored) and $1 & $2 (gold colored).

For international travelers, banks and currency depots are good places to change money. For students however, it may be best to carry some money in the form of ready cash and the rest in Traveler’s Cheques. These are safe from risk of theft, easy to carry and are acceptable almost everywhere. Any un-cashed ones may be deposited into a bank account once the student opens one.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Wiring Money.

ATMs are popular with everyone today. A single card issued by the bank against a bank account can be used to both draw money from ATMs as well as often to pay for sundry other items in case of grocery and retail bills. However, it is important to be aware of the limits of cash withdrawal and card usage. There may be daily limits to the amount that you can withdraw money as well as taxes at certain outlets.

A further option of getting money from your home country at an economical cost is to Wire Transfer it. This is an electronic transfer, hence safe and comes directly into your college/university account. This is one of the most accepted forms of transferring money, especially tuition fees.

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New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere and so its seasons are in direct reverse to with other parts, in the northern hemisphere, know in India, UK or US.

Weather is largely temperate: with temperatures that are mild, with a fair amount of rainfall and large periods of sunshine. The climate is influenced by the two main geographical features of New Zealand, via, the mountains and the sea. The average range of temperature (other than in the south which is much colder) is from a warm 20-30 deg Celsius to the cooler 10-15deg Celsius.

‘Four seasons in a day’

The four seasons are seen in an annual year of NZ, and sometimes, because of sudden changes in the weather, one can glimpse a bit of each season in the passage of a day!! It is therefore always a good idea to carry a light waterproof coat as it is difficult to predict the weather for the entire day just from its start.

Spring: September, October, November

Summer: December, January, February

Autumn: March, April, May

Winter: June, July, August

Moderate weather is conducive to the New Zealanders zeal for outdoor sports and recreational pursuits such as hiking, biking and water sports. The NZ sunshine can be quite harsh on one’s skin during high summer and so the use of sun block or hats is advised. Warm clothing in winter, especially in the south island is also recommended.

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New Zealand follows the Western culture in clothing and lifestyle, but has its own unique relaxed pace and style. This is reflected in their clothing as well. New Zealander for the most part, dress casually, but are known to be smartly and often formally turned out when going to restaurants, theatre and night-spots.

National Costume

You might like to bring your national costume to wear at functions organised by your educational institution or local community. (Ethnic food recipes are also welcome.)

Winter and Summer Clothing

For winter, you will need:

Warm footwear for wet weather

Thick, Woolen clothes

Wind proof jacket or waterproof coat

In Summer, you will need:

A sunhat or cap

Cool cottons

Suitable footwear for outings to the beach and the bush

In addition, it is always advisable to carry a lightweight, rainproof jacket in summer as well as one could be caught in the famous, or perhaps infamous ‘Four Seasons in a Day’ weather.

The Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 Hertz. Most housing facilities provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors.

For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Power outlets should be flat 3 or 2-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted

New Zealand’s traditional food is influenced by European, Asian and Polynesian cuisines to emerge into what is now known “Pacific Rim’.

Being an island it goes without saying that fresh seafood in the form of crayfish, lobsters, mussels and various types of fish are a hot favorite as it is fresh and reasonably priced. Lamb, pork and other meats too grace the dining table.

The Kiwis as the New Zealanders like to call themselves, have made the casual, relaxed way of eating into an art form. Often a glass of NZ’ owns homegrown wine accompanies most meals.

Eating out during summers is usually at open-air cafes while dining at restaurants and hotels is a more elaborating and sophisticated affair.

The Maori ‘hangi’ (pronounced ‘hungee’) is a year-round tourist attraction. This is a traditional meal cooked, often for large gatherings, in an underground pit filled with stoned and features the NZ sweet potato (kumara), chicken, lamb, pork and seafood. The Hangi thus cooked, is known for its distinctive smoky flavors.

The local wines are fast becoming popular the world over, putting NZ on the Wine-Makers Map alongside with France, USA and Australia.

Over the years, New Zealand has seen a large number of people from other countries making it their home and as such the food available here reflects that. Thai, Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean are some of the new cuisines that have become popular among New Zealand’s food lovers.


More practically though, most towns and cities have large supermarkets where the local population shops for daily provisions. Some shopping stores have a free calling service for taxis for shoppers to take their weekly shopping home.

New Zealand is said to be one of the first countries to provide universal health care. The system is funded through the taxation system. Treatments are either free or subsidized.

Medical help is of the highest quality. Nevertheless, private help is also available.

Universities usually have a Student Health Service team on campus consisting of doctors, nurses and even counselors. Since most New Zealand education institutions insist on international students paying their health insurance premium along with their tuition fee, the student does not have to take out any separate insurance.

Many Universities prefer Student-safe University Insurance, an insurance provider for students. In this scheme, if a student requires treatment for any of the ailments that are covered by the policy, they visit their Student Health Service which provides them with a prescription against which those medicines can be obtained without payment. The Insurance provider is ‘billed directly’.

The Student Health Service is equipped to handle all small ailments as well as provide assistance and directions to After-Hour Clinics or Accident and Emergency Departments of nearby hospitals in an emergency.

It is important to be aware of what is covered under the policy. Most packages cover minor ailments, travel, certain emergency treatments as well as personal effects, money and travel documents in some cases. Specialist Appointments, cosmetic surgery, contraceptives and pre-existing conditions are normally not covered.

New Zealand welcomes international students – you will find friends quickly and feel included, and for homestay students, you’ll enjoy becoming a member of a New Zealand family.

Family members want to visit New Zealand as tourists while a student is studying here. Such visits should be carefully planned to ensure that their timing is best for both the student and the family. Pre-mature visits may disrupt the adapting process to a new country and language.

If your family visits after you have finished your course of study, you will be able to focus better on your study – the main reason for your visit to New Zealand. You may prefer to enjoy your family’s company in holiday time or after your studies have been completed, and use your new English skills as you travel around together.

It is possible to reserve air tickets to New Zealand for your family while you are here. However, international travel agency rules mean that only local agents can offer a wide range of special deals, so it will probably be more affordable for your family to buy tickets in your home country.

New Zealand is an island country in the Southern Hemisphere made up of the two main islands, the North and South Island, and a few smaller ones such as Stewart Island.

The North Island has a large central plateau and is known to have volcanic activity even today. The South Island has a ‘spine’ of steep mountain range which divides the land with gentle slopes of farmland on both sides. The longest river is Waikato on the North Island.


Being in the Southern Hemisphere, high summer is around December-January while June-July is the coldest months. Of the two, the North Island has more moderate weather with temperatures ranging from 16-21 degree C. South Island has much colder weather where temperatures can drop to about 5-6 deg C and have a high of 15 deg C.


Of the two islands the North Island is more populated with almost three fourths living in these parts. The main cities have a denser population with Auckland being the most popular settlement.

The largest ethnic group is that of European descent, the second largest the Maoris and various other migrants make up the rest.

New Zealand is a shopper’s paradise for Shopaholic. It has a blend of the regular stand alone shops as well as malls and factory outlets. There are also the Boutiques and Designer studios for the more fastidious shoppers. All purchases attract a Goods and Service Tax of 12.5% and are normally included in the retail price.

Shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm. Some shops may have extended hours on weekend nights.

A tip for students to ensure that they get fair prices is to make sure that they shop at the right shops and at the right times. Talking to your New Zealander classmates, keeping a lookout for sale notices on billboards and in newspapers can make shopping both exciting as well as economical.

Students traveling home for holidays may also make use of Duty free shops at the airport where very often branded items can be bought at a tax-free discount.

For weekly vegetables, visiting farmers’ markets can be an ideal outing. At the countryside one will often see product for sale at farm gates. If unattended, just take what you want and put the right amount of cash into the container provided. It is called the “honesty system”.

The local ‘dairy’ (New Zealander’s iconic corner shop) stocks up on fresh milk, bread, ice-cream, newspaper and a few other items that may be required in daily use.

Distances between regions in New Zealand are short and there is good transport facility. In addition to domestic airlines, just about every town and city in New Zealand is linked to a network of coach and rail services (operated by InterCity, Mount Cook, Newmans and TranzRail), making it easy for students to access every part of the country.

Air Travel

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Public Transport

Because New Zealand has low population density, its public transport is not as frequent as in some other countries, however in most cities, buses run at least every 30 minutes. Auckland and Wellington also have commuter rail services. Ten-trip and monthly passes or electronic stored value fare cards provide the cheapest fares.

Secondary school students are eligible for a discount on travel to and from school by bus. Some cities offer tertiary students discounts on public transport. Large institutions operate shuttle buses between different campuses within the same city.


As a cyclist, you must be aware of and obey the rules in the Road Code, including the need to use lights and reflectors and always wear a helmet. Ride near the left side of the road, not on the footpath. You will need a good quality lock for your bike.


To ride a motorcycle, you must be at least 15 years old and have a motorcycle licence. Both the driver and the pillion passenger must wear helmets.

Driving a Car

If you possess a valid overseas driver’s licence or an international driving permit, you are permitted to drive in New Zealand for up to a year after you first arrive. After that, you will have to pass a theory test and probably a practical driving test to get a New Zealand driver licence.

Vehicles in New Zealand drive on the left side of the road. Make sure you learn the New Zealand rules for “give way” and “stop” and what to do at traffic lights. Different speed limits are applicable in different parts of the city and countryside and you can be fined for speeding. Any vehicle you drive must be registered and have an up to date vehicle inspection certificate (“Warrant of Fitness”). The Automobile Association and State Insurance both offer a roadside breakdown service.

Most cars run on petrol but some use CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), or diesel. A second-hand car costs a few thousand dollars. Insurance and vehicle registration cost several hundred dollars. Remember to insure your vehicle.

Road Safety

Traffic in New Zealand drives on the left side of the road. When driving a car, you can be fined if you or your passengers are not wearing a seatbelt. Cycle helmets are compulsory for people riding bicycles and motorcycles. There are serious penalties for drunken driving.

Rental Cars

These are available to licensed drivers, but be prepared to pay a large bond if you do not possess a credit card.

The Land Transport Safety Authority has useful information about driver licensing and vehicle ownership.

New Zealand is fairly advanced when it comes to Media and Communication. The main channels of news distribution are Print Media, Television, Radio and Internet. There are four main companies, all overseas owned that dominate the media space of New Zealand.

Print Media:

As a bilingual nation, Canada also offers superior English as a Second Language (ESIn spite of the influx of various newer and modern channels of media and communication, New Zealand still sees a growing trend in their print media. Circulation numbers of newspapers is stable and advertising is growing in this domain. Publications include dailies, weeklies, business magazines, lifestyle magazines and community newspapers. Two companies viz. John Fairfax Holdings and APN News Media share the largest market in this space. A few independents make up the rest.


There are two State-owned and two Privately-owned (including a music channel) free-to-air channels. Also, there are several subscriber cable and satellite channels also available. Most are in English with a few in Maori and some regional languages as well.

Government subsidized Digital television; Free-view (as opposed to pay TV such as SKY) is also making its mark in the country. Their viewer-ship has exceeded expectations in the very first years of operation.


For many years the state owned RadioWorks was the only radio channel that covered almost 95% of the country’s population. Now there is the privately owned The Radio Network and the smaller non-profit voluntary Community Access Radio networks as well.


With the computer fast becoming a part and parcel of the individual’s daily life, Internet is a growing source of information and entertainment. The print media companies and even some of the radio and moving image media have now got their own websites and are getting more and more commercially popular compared to their own more traditional material of paper and TV and radio sets.

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Pastoral Care & the Code of Practice

We believe it is important that students who come to New Zealand are well-informed, safe and properly cared for while they are here.

Code of Practice

The Ministry of Education has created the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” which sets out the minimum standards for the welfare of students and the way advice is given to them. These standards are required of all education providers who have students enrolled on international student permits. The code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards, which are regulated in other ways.

The Code is continuously being upgraded.

The code ensures that:

High professional standards are maintained

Recruitment, financial and contractual dealings with international students are done ethically and responsibly

Students receive comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information

Students receive information before making commitments

The particular needs of international students are recognised, especially those who are Susceptible because of their youth or lack of experience

Support services are sensitive to cultural matters

Appropriate accommodation is provided, with special measures to ensure the safety of students under 18

There are fair procedures for the resolution of grievances

The Code also establishes the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA) to sort any complaints international students might have about the way they have been treated by their educational institution, if these cannot be resolved within the institution.

You can get a copy of the Code from the institution where you are studying.

As is in all urban industrialized societies, there is a variety of modes of communication in NZ, telephone, radio, television and internet to name a few.


Most cities and towns have public phone booths where normally a phone card is required. Very few will accept coins. Phone cards are available at convenience stores, petrol stations and some book shops and come in the denominations ranging from NZ$5 to NZ$50.

Local calls between local landlines in New Zealand are free.

National calls cost 20cents to 60 cents per minute depending on the time of day the call is made.

International calls cost 50 cents to $2.80 per minute depending on the country the call is made to.

Area codes (drop the 0 if calling from another country) are:

Northland/Auckland – 09

Waikato/ Bay of Plenty – 07

Central and Southern NorthIsland – 06

Wellington/ Kapiti – 04

South Island and Stewart Island – 03

Mobile and Internet Services

Telecom NZ and TelstraClear are two all-NZ service providers that you can get hooked up to for broadband, mobile and TV services. Telecom NZ was born as a division of the NZ Post Office in 1987. Today it is a state owned government owned business with a commercial focus. TelstraClear is owned by Australia’s Telstra Corporation and is NZ’s second largest communication services provider.

Postal Services

The NZ Postal service is not merely a system that delivers your snail mail. It has a variety of products to offer today. Besides the sale of ordinary postage stamps and postage material, it also provides for personalized business mail, prepaid gift cards, iphone applications for post, travel insurance and more.

For international mail, traditional postage paid envelopes; aerogramme and stamps in various denominations are available.

Pre loaded cards are available for payment on-line, in-store and to get cash from ATMs.

Besides these, gift cards of various Brands, calling cards and mobile top-ups are also available.

And for the philatelist lovers of collectibles, commemorative stamps and coins are also a big draw.

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New Zealand, being an island country as well as built by volcanic activity through the ancient times, is endowed with a natural beauty that is beyond comparison There are mountains to climb, rivers to raft and forest land to explore, truly a traveler’s delight.

International students though busy with their studies, can find the time to explore this country’s natural surroundings. Most universities have a Sports and Recreation Department who arrange activities throughout the year, during the weekend and after study hours. International students can avail of these facilities as it is a good way of making friends as well as getting their bearing around the initial stages.

International students though busy with their studies, can find the time to explore this country’s natural surroundings. Most universities have a Sports and Recreation Department who arrange activities throughout the year, during the weekend and after study hours. International students can avail of these facilities as it is a good way of making friends as well as getting their bearing around the initial stages.

The cities and bigger towns have a burgeoning culture with movie theatres, casinos, night clubs as well as beaches, nature trails and some unique features such as bushwalking. Adventure Sports are a popular draw – Rappelling /Abseiling, Kayaking, River Rafting, Bungee Jumping as well as the more traditional Cruises and Boat trips.

For the animal lover, there are plenty of Zoos, WildlifeParks and Aquariums.

Activities are arranged the whole year round. Many of the activities are funded by the Government, Universities or Social Organizations and are often free.

Studying Cost In New Zealand

Tertiary study – (NZ$18,000-$25,000 per annum, contingent on your course. Up to $40,000 for postgraduate courses.) Bank Loans are easily available for higher studies anywhere in the world. Loans should be preferably taken from a Nationalised Bank. The term & condition for educational loans may vary from Bank to Bank. See below for more details:

Fees – What they cover, Payment Methods

Not only world-class in quality, the cost of education in New Zealand is very competitive compared to other countries.

You will need to pay in advance, because proof of payment is needed to get a student visa or permit. There is usually an application or processing fee that is not refundable, even if your application is not successful.

Cancellation and Refunds

The Education Amendment Act 1991 protects tuition fees.

If you cancel before the course starts, for instance because your visa or visa extension is not granted, or you are transferring to another institution, most or all of your tuition fee will be refunded, except for the registration and processing fees.

If you cancel in the first week or so of the course, only part of your fee will be refunded. After that, you probably will not get any refund at all.

What the Fees cover:

Tertiary study – (NZ$18,000 – $25,000 per annum, contingent on your course. Up to $40,000 for postgraduate courses.)

GST (tax)

Registration and enrolment

Student health and counselling

Language support

Use of most campus facilities

Additional costs vary according to your age, the course you are taking, and the type of accommodation you choose, so the following estimates are only a guideline.

For Tertiary Study:

Textbooks and stationery $500 per annum

Student ID card  $20

Student membership $30

Photocopy cards $100

Transfer from airport up to $50 (may be included in orientation programme fee)

Bus fares $30 – $60 per week

Tea-Coffee $1 – $3 per cup

Nights snacks $7 per one-course meal

Many international students admire the high standard of living in New Zealand. In general, the cost of living is akin to that in Australia, and less than in Britain. The cost of education, in particular, is highly competitive, which means that in New Zealand, you can afford a world-class education.

It costs 45 cents to post a letter within New Zealand. A Big Mac at McDonald’s costs $3.95. Local telephone calls are free. It costs between $8.50-$12.00 to go to the movies. Public transport is more expensive than in countries with greater population density. It is recommended that tertiary students budget for up to $15,000 in living expenses per annum.

About New Zealand

You will find this section a useful guide about New Zealand. It explains everything from the basics, such as New Zealand Political system, Religion, Tax system, etc.

The Government

The Government of New Zealand consists of a democratically elected House of Representatives, usually of strength of 120 members. It is a single chamber of Parliament in that there is no upper or lower House. The Cabinet is the decision making body, led by the Prime Minister who is appointed by the Governor General. New Zealand has an unwritten Constitution and is a Monarchy. The Queen of England is the Constitutional Head. The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in her absence and has all her powers

Elections are free and fair and all citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote.

The Judiciary

The Judicial system consists of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Courts and District Courts.

Besides these, for conducting the day to day affairs of the public, there are 67 territorial authorities made up of city councils, district councils and regional councils.

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The Law in New Zealand allows for religious freedom hence, one is free to practice any religion one wishes to.

Though a large percentage of the population of New Zealand follows Christianity, other religions too are well represented and respected. Because of this secular outlook, one will find that many of the major cities have churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and Buddhist prayer halls where the one can go and pray.

The Maori, original inhabitants of the area, follow a polytheistic religion whose central code or theme is the ‘tapu’. Tapu teaches the Maori the way of life and is code of conduct by which this race lives from birth to death. It is both law and religion for the Maori.

Distances between cities or towns are fairly large and so even though New Zealand has a good surface transport system, air travel within this two- island nation can often be more economical in both time and money.

Booking is mostly done on-line and the use of electronic tickets is extensive. At the time of travel, along with the e-ticket, identification is required.

The three main airlines offering domestic routes are Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Pacific Blue (which has now shut down their domestic business). Air New Zealand has the largest network serving both larger cities as well as regional areas. The larger cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Wellington have regular buses plying to the airports while the regional airport towns operate on-demand shuttles from town centres.

With distances being large, even domestic holidays are quite often air-travel based. Luxury and customized holiday packages are fast gaining popularity with travelers being ready to spend money in return for good services.

Insurance today is a must and travel insurance for domestic travel is also available for travel within the country.

Domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds can travel as checked-in baggage provided all precautions are taken.

New Zealand is divided into ‘regions’ for the purpose of both political and environmental management. There are 20-odd regions each having a capital city and a regional council.

Each region is unique in its own way, be it landscape or culture or tourist attractions.

Some of the main (and popular) cities are Auckland (the largest), Hamilton in the Waikato region, New Plymouth in the Taranaki area, Wellington (Wellinglton / Kapiti region) and Christchurch (Canterbury region). Others such as Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty area and Nelson in the Nelson/Tasman area are known for their recreation parks and marine reserves. Queenstown is in Otago, a nature-lover’s delight, known for its inland lakes, wildlife and plants.

New Zealand’s multi-cultural society of today is a result of migration from all parts of the world, beginning with the Maori from the Pacific and, later, the Britishers in the 18th century.

Hospitable Hosts

New Zealanders are famous for their warm hospitality to overseas visitors. We call ourselves “Kiwis”. We’re friendly, welcoming, enjoy meeting people from other cultures and love sharing food and conversation. In daily life, we’re quite informal. First names are used, even in business.

Two Founding Languages and Cultures

Kiwi culture has also absorbed some of the rich elements contributed by people from the Pacific Islands and Asia who settled here, so that weekend markets with Asian and Polynesian food are common.

English and Maori are the official languages, but New Zealanders come from many ethnic backgrounds, including European and African. Multi-cultural influences are evident in “Kiwi” fashion, art and music.

Harmonious Co-existence

The various communities live in relative social harmony, with equal rights for all. Discrimination based on gender, race or disability is prohibited by law. The Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Race Relations Conciliator investigate complaints under the Human Rights Act. If anybody makes you feel uncomfortable, talk immediately to the staff at your institution. They are committed to providing a safe environment for you and trained to deal with any problems.

Freedom to be Yourself

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination are unlawful and unacceptable in New Zealand either at workplaces or education institutes. Even job advertisements must be neutrally worded since there is equality of the sexes.


A feature of the New Zealand way of life is indoor/outdoor living. Individual houses usually have a backyard and sometimes a barbecue area. Picnics with your host family at the weekend are likely to involve walks in the bush or on a beach, berry-picking, cycling, or visiting gardens; you’ll need outdoor footwear and a sunhat. See Climate

The Ministry also funds the Performing Arts Society, the Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Film Archive and Film Commission, the Historic Places Trust, the Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the national museum.

Holidays are your time to relax and enjoy New Zealand splendour. New Zealand’s spacious landscapes, lush forests and amazing wildlife make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to de-stress. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that there is unity in diversity.

A temperate climate with slight seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday resort.


The population of New Zealand is only 4 million and New Zealanders are born travelers. Because of that they understand the importance of travel, welcome visitors from abroad and pride ourselves on our warm and friendly reputation.


New Zealand is approximately as big as Japan, Great Britain or Colorado with a fraction of the population, making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. It is a young nation with a diversity of landscape second to none. From sparkling island-studded bays in the Far North to the Southern Hemisphere’s top skiing region in the South Island, New Zealand a wide array of travel and leisure choices.


Twenty-first century New Zealand is a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. For those keen to learn more about our Maori culture there are a range of experiences on offer. If ‘culture’ to you means art, food, wine and lifestyle, there is also plenty to indulge in, from world class wines and fine cuisine to luxury lodges and spas.


New Zealand is a renowned destination for thrill seekers. The country led the way with bungy jumping, jet boating and white water rafting. But you don’t have to jump off a cliff to experience the exhilaration this country provides. Just a walk through native bush or watching a sunset on an untouched beach can provide a lifetime experience.

New Zealand is universally famous for its scenic beauty and exciting activities for thrill seekers and adventurers. People from all over the world visit New Zealand year-round. Tourism is a major industry for the country, which is great for students looking for recreation, opportunities to relax and experience new things.

You can visit glaciers and go bungy jumping.

For information on accommodation, activities, New Zealand regions, timetable planning and other key facts to help you plan a holiday in New Zealand.

New Zealand is well connected with other countries including India by flight. Many international airlines fly to various cities of New Zealand, Auckland and Christchurch being the largest. In all, NZ has seven international airports.

The other international airports, such as Hamilton are connected by flight to Australia. Hence, if on e cannot find a direct flight to NZ, one can definitely reach via Australia.

All airports have the standard amenities and security measures. The security measures taken are not only to protect human life and property but also to protect New Zealand environment from hitherto absent diseases and pests.

Amenities such as Duty free shops, cafeterias, public utilities are available at all airports. You can shop duty free at the airport when you arrive in New Zealand.

Duty- free and Cash Allowances:

Goods totaling a combined value of NZ $700 are free of duty and tax. A foreign traveler is not allowed to carry more than 10,000 NZ$ in cash, and if anyone is doing so, must declare the amount by filling in the requisite forms.

Quarantine Regulations:

New Zealand Authorities are very serious about keeping their pristine environment unchanged, and hence, Quarantine requirements are strictly enforced. All food, plant material and animal products must be declared on arrival and will be allowed into the country only on inspection and if they pass regulations. Commercially prepared goods, dairy and egg products, meats, and even handicrafts made from animal skin, are some of the items that come in this list.

At the Airport

Luggage trolleys are free. At Auckland, the volunteer hospitality ambassadors can be identified wearing blue jackets. They offer assistance and a welcoming hot drink when you arrive.

Going Home

You can travel to New Zealand on a one-way ticket. However, to get a visa, you must have sufficient money for your flight home.

New Zealand’s legislation on privacy and official information regulates the collection, holding, use and disclosure of personal data. Information about you cannot be given out without your assent.

This means that:

Your education institution cannot tell anybody else about you or your results; it is up to you to keep your family up to date with your progress.

Airlines are not allowed to tell anyone the names of passengers on a flight. This makes it difficult for the person meeting you at the airport in cases of flight change.

Without your specific authority in advance, friends cannot deal with your bank or the Inland Revenue Department on your behalf while you are out of New Zealand.

You have the right to see information about you that an institution holds.

Support Services – Library, IT, Orientation

To get the best out of your education, schools and institutions work hard to make sure you are comfortable in your learning milieu.

Tertiary institutions provide most or all of the following services:

  • Doctors, counsellors, and a chemist
  • Fitness centres and sports clubs
  • Child welfare
  • Career advice
  • Budgeting advice
  • A cafeteria
  • A Students’ Association, which supports a wide range of social, cultural, and sporting activities.
  • A student radio station and newspaper
  • A Student Learning Centre: for one-to-one and group tutorials on study skills, essay writing, statistics, word processing, planning a thesis, using the library, exam techniques, etc
  • An International Office to assist with the student’s native language, if required, for matters concerning illness, visa, accommodation, etc.
  • A text book and stationery shop
  • A Xerox shop that does black-and-white and colour copying, printing, transparencies, lamination and binding
  • Computer laboratories with Internet access and personal email accounts
  • A well-stocked library with specialised staff
  • Career guidance
  • ATM machines
  • Dispute mediators
  • A student travel office
  • Sexual harassment officers
  • Games
  • A chapel
  • Reader/writers and note takers for physically disabled students, sign language interpreters for deaf students

Defining Your Tax Status

If you stay in New Zealand for more than 183 days (six months) in any 12-month period and have what the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) considers an “enduring relationship” with New Zealand, you are a “resident”, for tax purposes. This makes you liable for tax on cash jobs and self-employed income. Employers will deduct PAYE (pay as you earn) tax from any wages or salary you earn. You may be eligible for rebates.

Getting an IRD Number

When you start employment, the employer will ask for your IRD number. This is an individual number, which you should apply for at the Inland Revenue Department. You can phone them from anywhere in New Zealand on 0800 227 774, between 08.00 am and 08.00 pm Monday to Friday, and 09.00 am to 01.00 pm on Saturdays.

Resident Withholding Tax (RWT)

If you have money in a New Zealand bank, the bank will deduct RWT from any interest you earn, on behalf of the government. If you do not provide an IRD number, this will be deducted at the “non-declaration rate”, which is rather high, so it is beneficial to have your own IRD number even if you are not working.

Less than Six Months Stay

If you stay for less than 6 months, you are a “non-resident” for tax purposes but still have to pay for tax on income earned in New Zealand. However, you may be entitled to an exemption. The Non-Resident Centre, Inland Revenue Department, P.O. Box Bag 1932, Dunedin, ph: 03 467 7020 (between 09.00 am and 04.30 pm – Monday to Friday) fax: 03 467 7083, will help you.

The Financial Year

The financial year is from 1 April to 31 March. Tax is payable by 7 February, or 7 March if an accountant/tax agent helps with your tax return.

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Test Requirements For New Zealand

Besides these, for conducting the day to day affairs of the public, there are 67 territorial authorities made up of city councils, district councils and regional councils.

This section provides information about English proficiency requirements and about IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Besides these, for conducting the day to day affairs of the public, there are 67 territorial authorities made up of city councils, district councils and regional councils.

English is the main medium of instruction in New Zealand, except at Maori institutions. It is therefore important for international students to give proof their proficiency in English to the University they wish to study with.

Tertiary institutions (studies at UG level) will ask for original documents or certified photocopies of one of the following:

IELTS score of overall band score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. IELTS is a recognized test for most institutions in countries such as NZ, UK, Canada and Australia whose official language is English. It assesses your ability to read, write, speak and listen in academic or general training contexts. It as been developed and managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.

A pass in English in the GCE (General Certificate of Education) ‘O’ level examination

New Zealand Visa

You will need to have a valid passport and a visa in order to enter New Zealand. Since it can take several months to obtain a passport and all the documentation, start the process as soon as you can. Here you will find information regarding Visa requirements and procedures.

The New Zealand Immigration Service (INZ) is the government authority responsible for issuing visas and permits to enter New Zealand.

Studying in New Zealand as a Visitor

If you are in New Zealand as a visitor, you may take a single course of study that lasts less than three months without needing a student permit. If you want to take more than one course, and/or study for longer than three months, you can apply for a student permit while you are in New Zealand.

Studying in New Zealand as a Visitor

Each case is different and scrutinized individually and hence there is no standard or ‘foolproof’ procedure for obtaining visas. A prospective must be able to demonstrate the genuineness of his visit. A few examples of circumstances that applicants have submitted as proof of return are: evidence of a good job, sizeable finances or property, family and a good social standing.

Going to New Zealand to Study

If you are outside New Zealand and planning to study full time for more than three months, you will need a student visa and a student permit, unless you are from a country that has a special agreement with New Zealand.

Application Requirements

Application forms can be obtained from GeeBee office or from: To get a student visa and permit, you have to be enrolled in an approved course at an institution that has been accredited to offer that course.

Your Application will require:

A recent passport-size photograph.

Payment of a non-refundable application fee.

Geebee Education can assist you with your application.

You need:

Evidence of payment of the fee or exemption from the fee. (Not necessary if your application is being approved in principle.)

A written guarantee from a New Zealand education institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand.

Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying.

A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.

For courses longer than 24 months, you will also have to provide medical and x-ray certificates that are less than three months old (for students intending to be in New Zealand over 9 months, see the paragraph below regarding Screening for Tuberculosis). If you are over 17, a police clearance certificate is required.


Screening for Tuberculosis – a new requirement (from 1 April 2004)

People applying for student visas or permits who intend spending more than 6 months in New Zealand now must be screened for tuberculosis (TB) if they:

Have NOT previously provided a full medical screening test to the New Zealand Immigration Service and;

Do NOT hold a passport from any of the identified low TB risk countries* (see below); or

Have spent (lived and/or visited) a combined total of three months or more (in the five years prior to applying) in a country/countries NOT identified as a low TB risk country* (see below);

For example: If you hold a UK passport and, at any time in the five years prior to applying, you spent five weeks in Thailand and seven weeks in Fiji, you will need to have a TB screening examination.

Note: This does not apply to pregnant women and children under the age of 12.


If you need more information, you can visit the immigration website:

See: Health Systems.

Identified low TB risk countries : Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, (New Zealand), Norway, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.

You will need a student visa if you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for longer than 3 months.You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. If you are studying a long-term course at secondary school, University or Polytechnic you will normally pay your tuition fees every year. The student visa must be renewed each year in New Zealand before the expiry date.

Applying for a Student Visa

When applying for Student Visa, you will also need to include:

Complete ‘Application for Student Visa’ Forms

A recent passport-size photograph

Payment of a non-refundable visa application fee

An ‘Offer of Place’ from a New Zealand education school or institution which states that you have been accepted by the school, the name of the course, the minimum time to complete the course and the course fee.

Evidence of sufficient funds to cover the tuition fee and living and other expenses

Academic certificates and Marksheets

Education System In New Zealand

This section takes you through the universities Application Procedures step by step. It starts with Examination Procedure right till Assistance Available and Bank Loans. It also gives a helpful guide for Studying in New Zealand, Induction and Orientation and Quality Assurance.

For information about studying in New Zealand and help with your application you can:

Contact an official New Zealand government office through either

The New Zealand Immigration Service:

Diplomatic post:

New Zealand Trade & Enterprises:

Geebee Education office

Basic Steps for Applying to a New Zealand Institution are:

Identifying universities and the course of your interest.

Request universities for application forms.

Taking various required tests like IELTS, etc.

Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters.

Completing and sending application forms along with required documents.

Applying for VISA after obtaining Offer Letter from the college.

Following are the brief details about general admission requirements:-


A minimum of 70% 12th grade; for Business and Computers program, Math’s in 11th and 12th is compulsory.


Bachelors in the same field that you wish to pursue Masters. It should be 4 years duration. A minimum of 70% in your undergraduate or Bachelors level of study. GRE and references (2-3) required only for some fields and for some institutions.


A master’s degree with a good academic record; GRE and references in some cases; previous research work, papers published etc.

The total cost on an average is CDN$ 10,000 as tuition fee and CDN$10,000 as living expense per year which varies for different provinces and courses. There is no ranking of any of the institutes recognized by Govt. of Canada.

For More Details Please Click On The Following Link: The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada


How you are assessed will often influence the way you study. The two main types of assessment are examinations and class work. Sometimes your overall mark will be a combination of the two.


These usually involve writing essays or short paragraphs or answering multiple-choice questions. Examinations take place at the end of each semester.

During an exam, students are not permitted to communicate with other people or eat or drink anything except water. Supervisors check everybody’s student ID card. For each exam there are different rules about what kind of dictionaries, books and calculators are allowed. There are also regulations about pre-empting the exam and what to do if you are sick on the exam day.

The student learning centre at your institution will run workshops about exam techniques and dealing with stress.

Class Work

This includes essays, assignments, laboratory reports, spot tests, fieldwork, presentations, special projects and practical work. Active participation in class may also be taken into account.

Take note of the criteria for assignments. An essay must not exceed the word limit given, and must be handed in on or before the deadline, otherwise you may lose marks or fail the course. Your lecturer may approve an official extension of time if you give a reason and do not ask at the last minute. If you are having difficulty with an assignment, discuss it with your tutor or get help from the student learning centre. They want you to succeed and will be happy to help. It is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is a normal part of student life.

Learning to Speak up for Yourself

Some university courses involve relatively few hours per week of formal lessons. A high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline is needed since you will be expected to do a lot of reading so that you can participate in class discussions. Students are expected to have original thoughts and be able to defend them in debate. This is how we show respect for our teachers – by participating fully in the academic process. In some cultures, it is not appropriate to challenge teachers, however it’s an important part of the British-style education system.

New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so the academic year is in sync with the calendar year.

Secondary schools have four ten-week terms, beginning in February and ending in mid-December. Some of the qualifications in the last three years of secondary school are dependent on assessment of the whole year’s work, so students enrolling late may not be eligible. There are two-week holiday breaks in April, July and September. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, from approximately 08.45 am to 03.15 pm, with an hour for lunch. Sport and other extra-curricular activities take place after school and on Saturday mornings.

The University year begins in late February or early March with an orientation week, and ends in October. Each university has its own timetable but generally the year is divided into two semesters of about 12 weeks each, with a two-week break during the semester and a six-week break in the middle of the year. The breaks are not always holidays – you may find you need some of the extra time for research and study.

Most courses are “annual” courses, i.e. they last through both semesters, but some courses only take one semester, so that it is sometimes possible to start university study in July. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with libraries and some other support services open over the weekend. The exam timetable sometimes makes it necessary for exams to take place on a Saturday. Some universities offer “summer school” credit courses from November to February, which lessens the total number of years it takes to complete a degree.

Institute of Technology and Polytechnics classes have two semesters, February to June and July to November, with holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses may start in July.

Language schools run throughout the year. The courses may be as short as one or two weeks or as long as a whole academic year. Classes run from Monday to Friday. Sometimes there are extra-curricular activities and outings at the weekend.

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving time starts on the first Sunday in October each year, when the clocks are put forward by one hour, and ends on the third Sunday in March when they are put back one hour.

For language schools, you may be able to enrol as late as a month before the course commences, but you might not be able to get a timely visa. It is best to start the application and enrolment process as early as you can.

For tertiary institutions and secondary schools, which all begin early in the year, you will need to start the application process part way through the previous year. The institution’s deadlines will probably be in about November, but check carefully because it depends on the specific course.

You need to allow time to get documents copied and the copies certified, and to have certified translations made by a registered translation agency, if required. If your qualifications have to be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, this takes eight weeks (in simple cases).

If you are applying through an agency, the deadline for completing your application may be earlier than the institution’s deadline.

If you meet the academic requirements for a programme and get your application in before the deadline, it is likely that you will be accepted.

See Application Procedures and Commencement Dates.

Tertiary Study

The criteria for entry to tertiary study vary, depending on the institution. In general, if you are under 21, you will need to provide:

Evidence of your English Proficiency

Evidence of your suitability to study at this level.

The institution will advise you if it wants you to have your qualification assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. This costs NZ$450 and takes up to eight weeks.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you do not meet one of these criteria, you may be eligible for admission if the institution is satisfied that you are able to meet the demands of the course. Assessment is based on educational qualifications, life experience and work experience. This is called RPL (Recognition of prior learning).

The quality of a New Zealand education is well recognised internationally and because the education programmes and degrees are based on the British education system, it is possible to do an undergraduate degree in New Zealand and a post-graduate degree in another English-speaking country.

In developing countries of Asia it is not unusual to find senior executives and administrators, including cabinet ministers and even prime ministers, who have been educated in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, part of the Ministry of Education, keeps the register of all quality assured qualifications available in New Zealand tertiary institutions.

A New Zealand qualification has a reputation globally for being practical, modern and desirable – in some niche areas such as biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand degrees are acknowledge as simply the best in the world.

Approved (quality-assured) Courses

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) was established to develop the quality of the education programmes offered by colleges of education, polytechnics and institutes of technology (all of which are state institutions) and private training institutions. It does this by:

Requiring private training institutions to register if they offer programmes whose duration is 12 weeks or more

Requiring all the institutions to maintain the standard required to achieve accreditation

Approving the programmes they deliver

Fees Protection

NZQA requires private training establishments to have an arrangement for the protection of student fees in the event that a course stops before its scheduled completion.


If you have a complaint about your course that cannot be resolved with the provider, NZQA may be able to assist (toll – free 0800 QA HELP / 0800 724 357).

If you have a complaint about the pastoral care provided for you, try first to resolve it within your institution, using your own institutions international students’ office or grievance procedures.

If this is not successful, the Ministry of Education has set up the International Education Appeal Authority to investigate complaints about pastoral care and enforce the standards in the Code of Practice.

If you want to get credit for prior study, this is called “cross-credit” or “exemption”. It means that if you have done the first year of a course in your own country and want to go straight into the second year in New Zealand, you can apply to do so. This must be negotiated with the institution you are applying to study at.

If your previous study was in an English-speaking country, the process will be easy.

If not, it may simply be a matter of providing the faculty department (Science, Hospitality, Geography, etc.) with a detailed description of the course you have studied so far.

In other cases, it may be necessary for the Qualifications Evaluation Service at NZQA to assess your incomplete qualification. They will only do this if the purpose is further study, i.e. if you intend to complete the qualification by studying in New Zealand. The fee is NZ$450 and the process takes around eight weeks. You will have to provide certified photocopies – or, for some countries, the original documents – and translations from an NZQA-approved translation agency. In certain cases, the assessment may be “prioritised” and may not take quite so long.

As their first welcome, to New Zealand, students are usually met at the airport and taken to their accommodation by the institute representative. The type of orientation programme offered depends on the size of the institution.

Language School

A typical language school orientation would involve a tour of the building and introduction to staff, followed by a talk – probably in your language – about life in New Zealand and what is involved in the homestay programme. Academic advisors, counsellors and study skills advisors provide ongoing support.

Tertiary Students

Special orientation programmes are provided for first-year international students. These are mandatory compulsory. The programme will mostly include an official welcome to the institution. Course advice and enrolment; an introduction to university life (student facilities, policies and procedures, and your rights as a student); tours of the university campus and the city, information about living in New Zealand, and a beach trip or other picnic. It is a good chance to meet other international students and the people who work in the institution’s international office.

At the beginning of the academic year, tertiary institutions organise a general orientation week for all students, to introduce them to the diverse cultural and social life on campus. There are cultural festivals, international food courts, wine tasting, concerts, bands, DJs, films and comedy performances. All the institution’s clubs and societies set up stalls.

General Information

Once you have settled in, your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau (toll-free 0800 367 222) (0800 FOR CAB) is a good “one-stop shop” for finding out where to go for help. The volunteer staff provide up-to-date information on consumer, budgeting, employment, tenancy, personal and family issues. The service is free. Some of the staff speak languages other than English.

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 Institution undertakes internal quality checks.

All New Zealand universities offer a broad range of subject in Arts, Commerce and Science. Each has developed its own specialist subjects such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Computer Studies, Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

There are 8 universities and few exceptionally reputed institutes of technology, polytechnics, private institutes, namely:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Waikato
  • Massey University
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Lincoln University
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Wellington Institute of Technology
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
  • Eastern Institute of Technology
  • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Pacific International Hotel Management School
  • Design and Arts College
  • Auckland Institute of Studies – St. Helensv
  • Universal College of Learning
  • Academic College Group

Bank Loans are easily available for higher studies anywhere in the world. Loans should be preferably taken from a Nationalised Bank. The term & condition for educational loans may vary from Bank to Bank.


All Professional / Technical job oriented courses offered by reputed Universities.

Loan Amount

Maximum Rs.20 Lakhs.


For Loans up to Rs.4 Lakhs, no collateral security is required.

For Loans above Rs.4 Lakhs & Upto Rs. 7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security in the form of satisfactory Third Party Guarantee.

For Loans above Rs.7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security is required.


Course period + one year or 6 months after getting a job, whichever is earlier. The loan is to be repaid in 5-7 years after commencement of repayment.

Rate of Interest

Upto Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR

Above Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR + 1%*

Documents Required

Loan application

Admission Letter from College/University

Academic documents of the student

Photograph, Residence proof of borrower and guarantor

Covering letter stating sources of owned funds

Fee receipts or proof of payments made

Title Deeds of the ownership property to be mortgaged as security

Copy of passport & Visa, if student is going abroad for higher education and related documents

Income proof of the applicant in the form of last 3 months salary slip/Certificate or copy of the last 3 years IT returns filed with computation details of personal assets & liabilities

Two guarantors with their latest salary Slip / certificate in case guarantor belongs to service class or latest income tax returns filed with the computation of income in case the guarantor is a businessman, professional or self-employed

Simple interest will be calculated during Repayment Holiday / Moratorium period.

New Zealand’s quality of education produces qualifications that are recognised around the world.

At language school

As well as preparing for TOEFL / IELTS tests, you can also take business and professional qualifications such as: International Air Transport Association (IATA); Universal Federation of Travel Agents Associations (UFTAA); Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO); City and Guilds International and Pitman qualifications.

You may be able to credit some of these courses towards qualifications at other New Zealand institutions.

At Tertiary Institutions

A university bachelor degree usually takes 3 to 4 years. Most degree structures give you the opportunity of combining your “major” subject with “minor” subjects. After that, you can take post-graduate qualifications such as a Graduate Diploma, Master Degree or Doctorate. A master’s degree requires more demanding and intensive study and includes supervised research.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics also allow you to study for a certificate, diploma or degree. These institutions offer more practical and vocational courses with input from the relevant industry.

Colleges of Education offer degrees in education combined with study leading to registration as a teacher.

New Zealand is a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific, where exciting things are happening in Education. Its scenery sets it apart from the rest of the world while its people have a reputation for friendliness, strength and independence. There is abundant beauty and diversity in scenery, lifestyle and culture. From rolling green farmlands to barren volcanic desert areas, from golden beaches with clear blue water to majestic snow covered mountains, New Zealand offers a sample of every possible landscape within a relatively small country.

New Zealand is a Parliamentary democracy, offering a safe political environment for international students and visitors. It has a population of only 3.8 million and is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan. New Zealand is primarily a European culture, which has absorbed many of the rich and historic cultural elements from the Maori and Pacific Island heritages, and now from its rapidly growing multi-cultural Asian communities.

New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. The country offers a safe learning environment, which provides excellent study opportunities, and support services for international students. Courses are available in academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education (teacher training), private education providers and secondary schools. With a well-educated population New Zealanders excel in many areas – arts, science, technology and manufacturing.

Association with Fresh Thinkers

New Zealanders value fresh thinking and are good at teaching that rare and valuable commodity – original thinking.

British Based Education System

Education programs and degrees are based on world’s most recognized and accredited system – the British System. The degrees are internationally recognized. New Zealand offers students the most prestigious education system in the world without the expense and inconvenience of living in the Northern Hemisphere.

World Class Institutions

A qualification from New Zealand University ranks with the best in the world. In a small country and in small classes, students have the rare advantage of one-on-one access to tutors- many of whom are internationally experts in their fields. A degree from a New Zealand Institution is seen as internationally desirable because students have high level of practical as well as theoretical competency when they graduate.

Warm And Welcoming Environment

New Zealand is an easy and safe place to live and the residents are warm and hospitable. The New Zealanders are easy going, spontaneous, open people. In this multi-racial country, you’ll find friends quickly and feel included.

World leading Courses and Degrees

New Zealand degrees have a reputation for being practical, modern and desirable. In some niche areas such as biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand degrees are best in the world.

High Quality Living Conditions

While living and studying in New Zealand, you can afford great, modern, accommodation that is few minutes away from world-class study facilities. Public transport systems are good and cars are affordable. After hours, a recreational wonderland is right on your doorstep. You can enjoy the freshest food of all types, cool cafes, markets, quality boutique shopping, theatres and art galleries.

High Quality Living Conditions

New Zealand has stunning beaches ands inspiring mountains. It is easy to get involved in skiing, canoeing, surfing, tramping, fishing and mountain biking. The cleanliness and beauty of the New Zealand environment is legendary.

Working in New Zealand

This section gives you details about your Work Permits and employment Opportunity.

Following their New Zealand studies, students of “The New World Class” are paving successful career paths around the world. Their New Zealand qualifications are providing the skill-sets requirer for career development- a foundation created by the “perfect growing conditions” provided in a New Zealand education.

International Success

From undergraduate students looking for world quality programmes that will give them the “edge” in the world job market, to post-graduate students choosing a New Zealand English-speaking education to progress in their chosen field, our international students are building a global reputation.

Career Opportunities within New Zealand

Some of our international students, upon completion of their New Zealand qualification, have built great careers within New Zealand itself.

Qualifications to Ensure Students are “Work-Ready”

New Zealand qualifications are world-class. They are modern, desirable and practical – particularly in terms of the modern work place. Many of our international students have this in mind when they begin their New Zealand education.

Working in New Zealand after Graduation

The institution at which the student is studying, must have signed an ‘off campus work agreement’ with their provincial government.For students and graduates interested in the career opportunities New Zealand offers, you can refer to for information on work permits, New Zealand residency, etc.

If you are studying a three-year course, you are allowed to work during the summer holidays and up to 15 hours per week during the academic year. You will need a “variation of conditions” to your student permit. This is issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service. A fee may be charged.

These rules do not apply if you are a postgraduate student or need to get work experience in order to fulfil course requirements.


Everybody who works in New Zealand must pay tax on what they earn.

Labour Legislation

Strict legislation spells out your responsibilities and those of your employer. Employers must not take advantage of or mistreat employees. There is a minimum adult wage, and regulations for holiday pay and health and safety in the workplace. There is no disparity of sexes. Men and women receive equal pay for doing the same job.

Job Hunting

Student Job Search is a national organisation that helps students find work. It has offices on tertiary institution campuses. For student jobs, such as working in a restaurant or bar, or doing manual labour, you could expect to earn about NZ$9 – $15 per hour before tax.

Undergraduate Students:

Students who have completed their undergraduate degree and who receive an employment offer relevant to their degree can be entitled to a Work Permit of up to 2 years to work in the position offered.

Students undertaking long term tertiary studies in programmes of at least 2 years will have their student visas endorsed with a condition that they can work for up to 15 hours each week. However if these students wish to work full-time in the long summer holiday they must apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service for a Variation of Terms to allow them to work. You do not need a job offer to obtain the Variation and can work in any job. Student normally earn NZ$8-NZ$10 per hour during part time work.

Postgraduate Students:

Students who have completed their postgraduate degree and who receive an employment offer relevant to their degree can be entitled to a Work Permit of up to 2 years to work in the position offered.

Students undertaking postgraduate programmes will have their student visas endorsed with a condition that they can work for up to 15 hours each week. However if these students wish to work full-time in the summer holiday they must apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service for a Variation of Terms the Variation and can work in any job. Student normally earn NZ$8-NZ$10 per hour during part time work.

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