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Study in New Zealand

Looking for world-class education in a safe, beautiful environment? New Zealand could be for you!

Studying in New Zealand is one of the best decisions you’ll ever take! All of its universities adhere to global standards, regularly tested and monitored by government to ensure a consistently high level of education wherever you choose to study. It has a progressive, responsive education system, combining traditional principles of teaching with innovation and technology, leading to globally recognised and respected qualifications. In fact, as per the QS World University Rankings 2020, all eight universities in New Zealand are ranked in the global top 450. 

What’s more is that it has internationally diverse student cities that welcome international students from across the world. 

Top Courses to Study in New Zealand

With so much many courses in New Zealand for international students to choose from, picking the right course is always a tough decision. Considering that every student, course and university is different, it’s an important decision to get right. 

Engineering Political Science Health & Medicine
Information Technology Computer Science Hospitality and Tourism

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Cost of Studying in New Zealand

While studying in New Zealand is comparatively affordable, there are various expenses you need to consider before you move to the country.

Study program

Average annual fee


Undergraduate program

$20,500 - $25,000 annually


Master's degree

$19,000 - $29,000 annually


Doctoral degree

$6,500 - $9,000 annually



$31,000 - $50, 000 annually

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

Top Universities to Study in New Zealand

As per QS World University Rankings 2020, all eight universities in New Zealand are ranked in the global top 450. That’s impressive for a country of just under five million people!  

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Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates.

Updated on July 6, 2020

Living and studying in the New Zealand

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Why study in New Zealand?

With a cluster of top-ranked universities, high-academic standards, promising career opportunities, friendly environment, safety, scenic view and affordability, studying in New Zealand seems like a great choice!

Visa requirements to study in New Zealand

While it is a tedious task to apply for your visa all on your own, IDP ensures that we make it easy for you. We guide you with the latest visa updates and also help you make your application, while also prepping you up for the visa interview.

Scholarships to study in New Zealand

To help manage your expenses while studying in New Zealand, there are a number of scholarships for international students offered by government and universities. These scholarships include PhD scholarships and scholarships for Masters’ degrees by the New Zealand Government and educational institutions.

Education system in New Zealand

The country’s higher education system was ranked 16th in the world in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018. The top universities of New Zealand have a notable reputation for excelling in theoretical and practical exposure in various courses. Given the quality of education offered, the cost of studying in New Zealand for international students is quite affordable.

Employment prospects in New Zealand

As a student you can always work part time to cover your everyday expenses. The student visas usually allow full-time students to work up to 40 hours a fortnight during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during the summer break. You can expect a minimum wage of NZ$17.70 an hour. In addition, you will also be paid for annual and public holidays, and for rest breaks. If you wish to work after your studies are over, you would need a work visa.

Upcoming intakes in New Zealand

Institutions in New Zealand offer two major intakes- February and July. Find out which study intake is right for you, so you have the best chance at having your application accepted.
Health and support
Here’s how dedicated support services can help you adjust to life in New Zealand
FAQs About Study in New Zealand
Do you have a question related to studying abroad in New Zealand? Check out these IDP Study Abroad FAQs.
Money and living expenses
Use our guide to understand the expenses involved in living the Kiwi life.
Student safety
New Zealand strictly follows safety measures for international students. Read more.
Wellington City (or Welly as it’s fondly called by the locals) 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.
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.
If you’re moving to the scenic South of Island of New Zealand, then Christchurch will probably be in your top options. Christchurch is home to beaches, parks and some of NZ’s finest choices in dining.
Dunedin is a small city of approximately 120,000 people but don’t let that fool you. Dunedin is a top choice for international students who are looking to get away from an urban and fast-paced lifestyle while experiencing the prestige of a world-class education.
Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing cities, but what makes Hamilton such a great place to study is its location.

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