The highest ranking goes to the University of Auckland (83), followed by the University of Otago (133), University of Canterbury (221), Victoria University of Wellington (237), Massey University (308) and the University of Waikato (374). The University of Auckland, is in the Top 100 of the 2012 QS World University Rankings.
Students select New Zealand as their choice of further education for many reasons including:
New Zealand is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses, the North Island and numerous smaller islands. Wherever you choose to study, you will never be far from a beach or some native bush (or both) where you can get the fresh air and exercise that’s so important for clearing your head and working effectively. If you are into adventure, you will be able to live the dream.
New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the sea's surrounding it. This results in relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. This excellent climate encourages all sorts of outdoor recreations. One can indulge in sports as varied from Football, cricket to White water rafting and Bungee jumping. In fact it is widely accepted fact that New Zealand enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world.
It enjoys the four distinct seasons, viz,
- Summer (Nov. to March)
- Autumn (March to June)
- Winter(June to Sept.)
- Spring( Sept. to Nov.)
English, Maori and sign language (for the deaf) are New Zealand’s official languages. English is the day-to-day language in New Zealand. Over 157,000 people in New Zealand speak Maori (2006 Census).
New Zealand is a multicultural society. New Zealanders or Kiwis are friendly, outgoing, somewhat reserved initially yet polite, and enjoy extending hospitality. They are quite easy to get to know as they say hello to strangers and will offer assistance without being asked. Sexual harassment and gender discrimination are unlawful and unacceptable in New Zealand. If anybody makes you feel uncomfortable talk immediately to the staff at your institution. First name is generally used.
Europe, Asia and Pacific Islands of Polynesia influence New Zealand cuisine. Fresh, spicy or subtle are the flavours of kiwis. Table manners are Continental - hold the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating. The great Kiwi BBQ, Hangi, Pavlova, Kumara, fish & chips, L&P, Hokey Pokey, Meat pie, Marmite/ Vegemite, Paua, Anzac biscuits, Green-lipped Mussels, and Bluff Oysters sets any Kiwi’s heart singing!
Fine dining :
- Main meals are priced from around $40 - $50 per head.
- Cafes & bistros : Here it ranges from about $20 - $35 per head.
- Ethnic restaurants : Price will vary according to the food you order.
Fish and chips are a staple takeaway meal in New Zealand. Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indian are popular choices and readily available in cities and most provincial centers.
You can wear your national costume in functions organized by your educational institution. Dress is informal on most occasions. During winter you need to wear warm footwear, woollen sweaters or other warm garments, a windproof jacket and waterproof coat. And during summer you prefer to wear a sunhat or cap, a long-sleeved shirt or blouse made of cool fabric suitable and footwear for outings to the beach and the bush.Official currency: New Zealand Dollar is in practice.
STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND
Intakes to study in New Zealand:
Intake for the course is generally during February, July and sometimes in September also. Application deadline for July intake is April/May . So be earlier to apply for more competitive courses.
You can find the list of documents below required for admission
- Statement of purpose
- Mark sheets & certificates of X, XII, till Graduation or relevant degree transcripts in specific cases
- Certificates of extra curricular activities
- Passport copy
- Birth certificate
- Two reference letters from colleges & employers.
English language requirements:
All students must be fluent in English if they are applying to Canadian Institutes. International students need to reach the required level of English language competence. It is recommended to have either IELTS/TOEFL.
- Undergraduate course : 6.0/6.5.
- Postgraduate course : 6.5/7.5.
COST OF STUDY
New Zealand education is world-class but very cost competitive compared to other countries. The tuition fees vary from course to course and university to university. The living expenses will vary according to the region, town/city you choose to live.
Your academic fees cover:
- Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- Registration and enrolment
- Student health and counselling
- Language support
Use of most campus facilities. For
Undergraduate course : NZ$18,000 to NZ$25,000 per year.*
Postgraduate course : fees on can cost up to NZ$40,000 per year.*
Estimated living expenses : NZ$850 per month
*Note: courses in medicine and some engineering programs may be more expensive than the costs given.
Course duration ranges from 3-4 years for undergraduate courses and 1+ years for postgraduate courses
Some items of expenditure illustrate the cost of living (Subjected to Change)
- Weekly supermarket shop: £36.
- Bus ticket (but this could get you two hours of free travel around town): £1.45.
- Movie ticket (there are super saver tickets available at specific times): £7.
- Fish and chips for dinner (for two people): £4.60.
- Mince and cheese pie: £1.45.
- A student visa is condition on sufficient funds to pay for living and accommodation costs.
- Being able to work while studying can certainly help finances to stretch a little further.
- Full-time student are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week but must seek a variation in the conditions of their visa.
- New Zealand's adult minimum wage is NZ$13 (£6.30) per hour.
If your application is approved, your passport must be valid for 3 months after your planned date of departure from New Zealand.
The documents you need to keep ready for visa process:
- A recent passport-size photograph
- Payment of a non-refundable application fee
- An offer of place from an educational institution, which states that you have been accepted by the institution, the name of the course,the minimum time required to complete the course, and whether a course fee must be paid or the student is exempt from the fee (e.g.scholarship students). This will be sent to you by the institution confirming your enrolment
- 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 an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand
- Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
- Turn air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.
The above visa information is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check the New Zealand Department of Immigration and Citizenship (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/
) for the most up-to-date information.