About New Zealand
Are you planning to study in New Zealand? If so, we understand why! This country really seems to have it all: well-reputed universities, high quality of life, diverse communities, vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery and an unbeatable range of outdoor pursuits, all within a relatively compact area. Cities such as Auckland and Wellington offer no shortage of cultural activities, while those with a passion for the great outdoors will encounter a mind-blowing range of terrains – including glaciers, mountains, rainforest and of course plenty of coastline.
Click on the tabs below to find out about the top universities in New Zealand, popular student cities, and practical information on applications, costs and visas.
Universities in New Zealand
There are eight universities in New Zealand, all of which feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, a particularly impressive feat when you consider the country’s population is only around 4.7 million. In addition, New Zealand's higher education system also includes 18 institutes of technology and polytechnics, which offer vocational courses of varying lengths and levels, focusing on practical skills and hands-on experience.
The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is at the heart of New Zealand’s higher education system, ensuring that quality standards are maintained. Many students will be pleased to know that class sizes in New Zealand are small, which means you can expect good levels of tutor/student interaction. The country’s higher education system was ranked 16th in the world in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.
Read more about the top five universities in New Zealand:
University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and highest-ranked university. Currently it ranks 85th in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2019. Established back in 1883, it was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand before the latter dissolved in 1961. The university is made up of eight faculties and six campuses, and currently has more than 40,000 students. It’s situated in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, which makes it an even more attractive choice for numerous students from around the globe.
University of Otago
New Zealand’s oldest higher education institution, the University of Otago was established in 1869. It is New Zealand’s second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2019, ranked joint 175th in the world. The university, whose motto is “Dare to be wise”, currently teaches around 20,800 students in its four faculties (humanities, sciences, health sciences and business). It is situated in Dunedin, which is the second-largest city on the South Island.
Why STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study.
New Zealand is emerging as one of the topmost preferences among Indian students looking forward to study abroad. The country offers an excellent education system with ample research opportunities, affordable fee structure, an excellent support system and a better cost of living that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Here are some of the top key principle reasons why you should choose New Zealand for your further education.
- World-renowned universities providing world-class education
New Zealand is one of the most attractive foreign education destinations for international students looking for a high quality of education. All eight universities of the country ranked high in QS World ranking and Times higher education ranking providing the best possible opportunity for the students. Qualification authority of the country (NZQA) ensures all the institutions are registered to enroll international students and obey the qualifications standards.
- Less stringent entry requirements
New Zealand has moderate entry requirements so that international students can easily apply for the courses that they offer. The country’s government invests a large amount of money in its higher education sector, both in quality and infrastructure, aiming to attract more students in the increasing globalized scenario. In fact, they allocate the highest percentage of public funding to education in the world.
- Ease of visa acquisition and residency
The country follows a streamlined and point-based visa application process in order to avoid ambiguity and arbitrariness. Immigration New Zealand is working with the Education New Zealand and international education providers to develop an improved partnership model to increase the New Zealand study visa success rate. Further, many universities provide on-campus visa renewal and extension services to international students for a quick, stress-free, and proper application process. They manage, monitor, and follow up on your visa application in a well-timed manner.
- The safe and welcoming environment
New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world to live with very low crime rates. The country has never seen any major war in its history. While studying here, students can be assured of a welcoming and friendly environment with an extraordinary support system.
- Plenty to see and explore while studying in New Zealand
New Zealand is a beautiful country with a picturesque landscape with unique fauna and flora. You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of rolling green hills, fjords, glaciers, beaches, mountains and so on. New Zealand is a heaven for hikers and trekkers, and natural beauty junkies. Cities are a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, shopping, movies, and nightlife.
- Chance to stay in
After completing your studies in New Zealand; students can apply for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa for a maximum duration of 12 months. After getting the job offer letter you can apply for a visa up to 2 or 3 years under the Study to Work category.
- Numerous Scholarships in New Zealand
The New Zealand Government, universities and private institutions provide numerous scholarships for international students seeking to study in New Zealand.
- High in cost-effectiveness
New Zealand has the lowest tuition among all other countries study abroad. The country’s education is based on the British education system. It is easier for Indian students to blend in the New Zealand education system.