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Studying in New Zealand Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some answers to help you know New Zealand better

Moving to a new country is not easy. The lifestyle, classroom environment, transportation – everything is going to be different from Sri Lanka. And we know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students like you raise about studying and living in New Zealand.

Does New Zealand education system accepts 10+2+3 education system of Srilanka?

Yes, 10+2+3 system is accepted for masters programs in New Zealand.

What and where to study in New Zealand after 12th?

New Zealand has a total of 8 universities, all of which are public and ranked in the top 3% globally. Choosing a program and an institution solely depends on your interests, academic background, and budget. To decide where to study and what to pursue, start by creating a list of your interests and skills, and spend some time reflecting upon it. Research to understand which skill set or interest has a good scope professionally. Narrow down your choices accordingly and search for relevant courses and institutions. Also consider the upcoming intakes of your preferred courses, because not all universities offer same programs in all three intakes. 

Our handy guide can help you choose a course that suits your profile and needs. You can book a free counselling session with our experienced counsellors who can advise you on course selection, application submission, and visa procedure.

What and where to study in New Zealand after graduation?

As a Srilankan student with an undergrad degree, you should be ideally looking for an institution that emphasises on practical knowledge, hands-on experience and getting you job-ready. Universities in New Zealand provide a research-driven learning approach wherein you’ll be implementing all the concepts and ideas you gather in the classroom. In fact, it is one of the best places to explore opportunities in research and development.

Begin by taking a look at the subjects you learnt in your undergrad program, list down the ones that interest you. Narrow down to your preferred niche and search for possible programs and universities. Applying to universities in New Zealand would also require you to take language and/or aptitude tests. So, do consider your academic scores while deciding what and where to study. Look for the intake offered for your preferred courses and prepare accordingly.

Which English language tests are accepted by New Zealand institutions?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most preferred English language proficiency test accepted by almost all institutions in New Zealand. However, globally, Kiwi institutions are open to accepting other proficiency tests such as Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Can students work during studies in New Zealand?

Srilankan students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during an ongoing session and full-time during vacations. Doctoral and research masters students can work full-time.

Are New Zealand qualifications recognised worldwide?

Yes, degrees from New Zealand institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.

What are the accommodation options available in New Zealand?

You can opt for on-campus residence facility or look for an off-campus accommodation. Most universities in New Zealand offer Halls of residence (self-catered or full-board) or hostels for students from other countries. Living as a resident on-campus is a very affordable option, however you need to apply for it separately, and well ahead in time to secure a slot for yourself.

You can also stay on rent in shared apartments or homestay, but remember that the rentals will vary from city to city. Your IDP counsellor can help you find you the perfect accommodation for you. 

Is there any special requirement for under-18 students to study in New Zealand?

This is decided by the institutions; you may have to provide details of your guardian in New Zealand. Your IDP counsellor will help you with the same during your allocation process.

What are interesting facts about New Zealand universities?

Some interesting facts about New Zealand universities

All top universities of New Zealand are public and ranking in the top 3% globally

As per the 2017 QS World University Rankings, all universities in New Zealand rank in the world’s top 100 in 39 subjects.

New Zealand attracts high-quality international students, 16% of which are studying at the doctoral level

50% of the PhD students work in New Zealand after graduation

16% of the total student population in New Zealand is from other countries, a figure similar to the one in the UK and Australia

43,000+ students graduate every year

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