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Studying in New Zealand for International Students

Looking for a place where you can get a top-notch education in tranquil surroundings? New Zealand is your perfect answer!

When you decide to study in New Zealand, you can be confident that any university you choose will fulfil the highest educational standards. For international students, it offers the perfect mix of high-quality education, diverse culture, economic stability, and a pleasant climate.

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Why study in New Zealand?

New Zealand has a lot to offer, including a world-class education system, internationally recognised qualifications, a wealth of research opportunities, and an unrivalled quality of life.

  • Research and innovation

Those interested in conducting academic studies will find numerous resources in New Zealand. The country is proud of its knowledgeable professors, modern labs, and wide availability of cutting-edge resources.

  • Work while studying

It is possible for international students in New Zealand to work full-time during academic holidays and up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. What's more, you can work full-time while earning your master's or doctorate in research.

  • One-of-a-kind scenery

The country's natural environment coexists in perfect harmony with its rich cultural diversity, making New Zealand a truly unique destination. Featuring a diverse range of natural scenery, including snowcapped mountains and erupting volcanoes, as well as golden sandy beaches, rolling green hills, and lush rainforests.

Admission requirements in New Zealand for international students

While admission requirements for international students are often specific to their chosen university and degree program, all universities share a few core needs that are standard across all institutions, and they are:

Cost of studying in New Zealand for international students

The cost of studying in New Zealand will change based on factors including the type of degree you want to earn and the university you want to enrol in. New Zealand universities typically charge between NZ$25,000 to NZ$50,000 per year in tuition fees. (Indicative)

Study ProgramAnnual Tuition Fees in NZ$
Bachelor’s degreeFrom $25,000 to $40,000
Master’s degreeFrom $28,000 to $40,000
Doctoral degreeFrom $7,000 to $15,000
MBAFrom $35,000 to $50, 000

Scholarships for international students in New Zealand

Some of the most popular scholarships for international students in New Zealand are:

Scholarship NameValue
University of Otago International Master's Research ScholarshipUp to 16,000 NZ$
UC International First Year ScholarshipUp to 15,000 NZ$
Entrance ScholarshipUp to 6,000 NZ$
UC Hiranga ScholarshipUp to 5,000 NZ$
UC Mathematics and Statistics High Achievers AwardUp to 2,000 NZ$

Student visa requirements in New Zealand

The type of visa in New Zealand you require will depend on the level of study you want to pursue and the length of your stay there.

However, you'll need the following in order to apply for a visa:

  • A valid passport
  • Acceptance letter from a New Zealand educational institute
  • Tuition fee receipt with payment history
  • Evidence to show that you have the funds to support your living costs while in the country
  • Health insurance for foreign students

More about studying and living in New Zealand

Student Essentials

Student Essentials

We have a range of special services for students applying to New Zealand!
Let’s get to know the education system in New Zealand

Let’s get to know the education system in New Zealand

New Zealand’s educational institutions are internationally ranked, meaning they adhere to the highest quality of education standards wherever you choose to study.
THE University Rankings in New Zealand

THE University Rankings in New Zealand

Check out the recent Times Higher Education University Rankings in New Zealand 
What are the upcoming intakes in New Zealand?

What are the upcoming intakes in New Zealand?

Know all about the intakes available in New Zealand
Employment while you study
Working part-time can be a great way to help cover your living expenses in New Zealand, but also help you to gain work experience in your field of study.
You should consider insurance cover to help protect you, your health, your home and your belongings.
Health and support services
Moving or travelling to a new country is a big change. If you find yourself struggling to adjust, or feel someone has treated your unfairly, there are many support services available.
Money and living expenses
Knowing how much you will need for your day-to-day living expenses is a great starting point, but it is important to note the cost of living will vary slightly depending on what city in New Zealand you live in.
Depending on what you need – and your budget - you will find various options for living on or off campus.
Study in Wellington
Wellington City is the capital of New Zealand. The city is well known as ‘the windy city’, in addition to being a cultural hub of art, food and music and the home of New Zealand’s government
Study in Auckland
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and a place where you can experience a big city lifestyle as well as the peace and quiet the country is famous for.
Study in Christchurch
If you’re moving to the scenic South Island of New Zealand, then Christchurch will be in your top options. Christchurch is home to beaches, parks and some of NZ’s finest choices in dining.
Study in Dunedin
Dunedin is a small city of approximately 120,000 people but don't let that fool you. It’s outstanding city that focus on culture, education and its natural and wildlife wonders.
Study in Hamilton
Hamilton is a bustling student hub with exciting ventures, great music and serene garden walks and one of the very affordable student cities in New Zealand.
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