New Zealand is a cost effective alternative to the UK or Australia. It is a good option for students seeking outdoor adventure in an English speaking country. New Zealand is a welcoming nation offering a warm student friendly environment.
High Quality learning experience at lower cost
New Zealand education is recognized all across the world. The cost of living is much lower as compared to the other countries promoting higher education. Traditionally based on the British Model, the university learning system is research based which ensures a high quality learning experience. All the institutions are based in a lush green setting offering peaceful and a favourable study environment to all its students. New Zealand welcomes international students and the cultural diversity is appreciated by the society. The universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are government funded and focus on research based learning and maintain strong links with the industry.
Regulation of the education Industry
To ensure the quality of education, government agencies like the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), ministry of Education, The tertiary education commission and many others are directly involved in the management of the New Zealand education sector.
All policy matters pertaining to education are approved by the Ministry of education. NZQA's role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavors and to contribute to New Zealand society. It acts as a quality check body for the institutions this protecting the interests of both domestic and international students alike.
Code of practice for pastoral Care of International Students
In order to safe guard the interests of the international student, the code of pastoral Care is enforced by the New Zealand Government thus ensuring that you are well taken care of during your stay in the country. It is a code accounting for the service delivery to the international students. The code ensures that all processes involving the international student are done so ethically and responsibly, that student receives comprehensive, accurate and up to date information before enrolling in the institution. The code is applicable to all education providers enrolling international students. You cannot apply for a student visa to an institution that is not code approved.
As a student who has completed a qualification in New Zealand but does not have a job offer, he may be eligible for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa for a maximum of 12 months. Once there is an offer of employment, he can further apply for a visa upto two or three years under the Study to Work category. Permanent migration is also available to skilled works and students alike. In order to apply for a permanent residency under the skill migration category, an Expressoin of interest (EOI) has to be submitted to immigration where the ability of the potential migrant is judged on the basis of a point system. In case of an application managing the pass mark would be given an invitation To Apply. There are three possible outcomes to an immigration application ; decline, permanent residency or a work to residence visa that will help you obtain a skilled job offer.
Disclaimer: Students should note that any printed information on visa processes can become outdated and therefore they are advised to consult the relevant websites before they embark on the visa application process.
Multiple accommodation options are available to students that include on campus stay, home stay with a local family or off campus accommodation in a rented flat usually shared by friends or acquaintances. Halls of Residence are generally located a short walk from campus where the rooms are single or twin-share, with communal laundry, lounge room and dining hall. Meals are usually provided, and all dietary needs can be catered for. Rental accommodation is generally clustered around colleges and universities, but flats can be found in most city suburbs.
Like any other country including India, the cost of living in metro cities is higher as compared to the regional areas of New Zealand. For example the cost of living in Auckland will be higher than that in Hamilton. The average costs of living in New Zealand would range between $ 15000- $ 20000
The application process and the turnaround times will vary from one institution to the other. The Universities and ITP'S (institute of technology and polytechnics) have an average turnaround time for an offer letter that is anything between 6-10 weeks. The private institutions will have a faster turnaround time. Hence it is advised to apply early.
Enlight will help you compile your application and send it out the institution.
The documents required for the admissions and for the assessment are- mark sheets and passing certificates of previous studies, work experience letters (if applicable), reference letters, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score card to assess English proficiency, ID pages of passport. Additional documents (Statement of purpose and CV) can be asked by the counselor if required depending on the course you have selected.
Deadlines & Intakes: New Zealand generally has two intakes in a year i.e. February/March and July/ August. However some courses have multiple intakes in a year.
Undergraduate study can cost anything between NZ$15,000-$25,000 a year depending on the course.
Postgraduate study can cost between $ 30000- 40000 per year.
The climate in New Zealand is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm and dry summers
Public transport in New Zealand is safe, cheap and reliable. All the major cities offer public bus transport. Taxis are affordable and safe options with most drivers belonging to the New Zealand Taxi Federation.
The train network in Auckland and Wellington are comfortable and enjoyable. Ferries are also an important mode of transport between the north and the south island. Public ferries are available between several Auckland suburbs to most of the islands of New Zealand.