New Zealand

In 2022, around 120,000 international students were registered across eight universities in New Zealand, in addition to its ITPs (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics) and PTE s (Private Training Establishments). Among these students, only 2664 hailed from Indian origins. With over 20,000 vacancies emerging annually, pursuing education in New Zealand has emerged as a top priority for international students. The post-pandemic implementation of Green List Occupations in New Zealand has further motivated international students to opt for New Zealand as a study destination and explore opportunities for full-time employment.

In 2023, the trend continued with a similar rush of approximately 120,000 international students enrolled across New Zealand’s eight universities, ITPs and PTEs combined. A modest proportion of 2,664 students were of Indian descent.

Why Study in New Zealand?
There are several captivating reasons why international students choose to pursue higher education in New Zealand, enclosing academic excellence and post-study employment opportunities. Factors such as lower tuition fees, numerous scholarship offerings, and the ease of securing employment while studying in New Zealand stands out. Additionally, the educational experience in New Zealand is renowned for its quality, making it particularly helpful for Indian students to excel in this learning environment.

Compared to Australia, the cost of living in New Zealand is approximately 12% lower, making it a more affordable option for international students. Pursuing higher education and engaging in research endeavors in New Zealand offers international students various advantages, including prospects for Permanent Residency (PR), stipends, and exemptions from living expenses. New Zealand qualifications hold global recognition, enabling international students to pursue employment opportunities worldwide.

Sectors such as Healthcare and Engineering in New Zealand offer high remuneration for skilled workers compared to their counterparts in Australia, with salaries being approximately 25% higher.

Education System

Education System in New Zealand
New Zealand’s higher education is diverse, with various institutions catering to different educational needs and courses. The institutions are tailored to specific educational provisions and course offerings, accommodating both domestic and international students. The following overview sheds light on the range of further education options available in New Zealand:

  • Technical & Vocational Education: These institutions cater to students at the Senior Secondary School Level and beyond, providing specialized courses aimed at equipping individuals with skills for livelihood.
  • Youth Guarantee: Designed for students aged between 16 to 19, these courses offer the opportunity to pursue NCEA level 1-3 or Certificate Level 1-3 qualifications free of charge.
  • Trades Academics: Operated by schools and other educational entities, they deliver trade and technology-focused programs to students aged 15-18, preparing them for careers in skilled trades.
  • Institutes of Technology: These institutions are either government-funded or supported by industry , offer foundational vocational courses, providing students with essential skills and knowledge in various fields.
  • Private Training: Private training institutions provide targeted vocational courses at certificate and diploma levels.

Universities: New Zealand boasts eight state-funded universities offering a comprehensive range of courses across diverse disciplines, providing opportunities for higher education and academic advancement.

Popular Courses

Top Courses in New Zealand
New Zealand hosts a plethora of top-tier courses, particularly in fields such as management and business, engineering, medicine, social sciences, and various scientific disciplines. The most popular courses for international students are:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Graphic Designing
  • Computer Science
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing

Cost of Studying in New Zealand
Studying in New Zealand experiences costs that vary depending on the academic level and the chosen course. For Indian students, the average annual cost ranges from INR 8 to INR 25 Lakhs (NZD 16000 to NZD 50000) for bachelors programs.  The following is a level-wise course fee analysis in New Zealand, applicable to both Indian students and international students as well:

Level of Education in New Zealand Costs Per Year Costs for Indian Students
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree NZD 22,000 – NZD 32,000 INR 11.03 Lakhs- 16.05Lakhs
Postgraduate Master’s Degree NZD 26,000 – NZD 37,000 INR 13.04 Lakhs – 18.56 Lakhs
Doctoral Degree NZD 6,500 – NZD 9,000 INR 3.26 Lakhs – 4.51 Lakhs

Student Visa Process

New Zealand Student Visa Requirements
Once an international student receives a confirmation letter of enrolment from the universities or PTEs in New Zealand, they become eligible to apply for a student visa. The application fee for a student visa in New Zealand is INR 18,808 (NZD 375) if submitted online by students. The processing time for 90% of student visa applications in New Zealand is 53 working days, with an average assessment duration of 19 days. Students must provide the following documents for their New Zealand visa application:

  • Passport copy or 2 passport-sized photographs.
  • Police verification certificate
  • Demonstratio of Genuine Intent to Study in New Zealand
  • Admission offer from the respective educational institution in New Zealand
  • Proof of financial capacity to support education expenses
  • Medical and travel insurance documentation

Earning and Spending

Post-Study Work Permit in New Zealand
To be eligible for a post-study work permit in New Zealand, international students must meet specific criteria:

Completion of a level 7 degree qualification, or Completion of a non-degree qualification below Level 7, provided it is listed on the qualifications eligible for a Post-Study Work Visa list.

If applying under the non-degree level 7 option, having a job relevant to the field of study is mandatory.

Students who have applied for their student visa on or before May 11, 2022, remain eligible for a post-study work permit in New Zealand, irrespective of whether their qualifications are listed on the eligible qualifications list. However, possessing an acceptable qualification is a prerequisite for applying for a PSW in New Zealand

Regarding job prospects in New Zealand, there are ample opportunities with over 20,000 vacancies annually. The country maintains a low unemployment rate, recorded at 3.9% in the September quarter of 2022. Additionally, wages for workers in New Zealand have seen an average annual increase of 6.9%. This indicates a positive environment for international students seeking employment opportunities to mitigate unemployment concerns.


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