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Studying in New Zealand for International Students

When you decide to study in New Zealand, you can be confident that any university you choose will fulfil the highest educational standards. For international students, it offers the perfect mix of high-quality education, diverse culture, economic stability, and a pleasant climate.

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Why study in New Zealand?

New Zealand has a lot to offer, including a world-class education system, internationally recognised qualifications, a wealth of research opportunities, and an unrivalled quality of life.

  • Research and innovation

Those interested in conducting academic studies will find numerous resources in New Zealand. The country is proud of its knowledgeable professors, modern labs, and wide availability of cutting-edge resources.

  • Work while studying

It is possible for international students in New Zealand to work full-time during academic holidays and up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. What's more, you can work full-time while earning your master's or doctorate in research.

  • One-of-a-kind scenery

The country's natural environment coexists in perfect harmony with its rich cultural diversity, making New Zealand a truly unique destination. Featuring a diverse range of natural scenery, including snowcapped mountains and erupting volcanoes, as well as golden sandy beaches, rolling green hills, and lush rainforests.

Admission requirements in New Zealand for international students

While admission requirements for international students are often specific to their chosen university and degree program, all universities share a few core needs that are standard across all institutions, and they are:

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Cost of studying in New Zealand for international students

The cost of studying in New Zealand will change based on factors including the type of degree you want to earn and the university you want to enrol in. New Zealand universities typically charge between NZ$25,000 to NZ$50,000 per year in tuition fees. (Indicative)

Study ProgramAnnual Tuition Fees in NZ$
Bachelor’s degreeFrom $25,000 to $40,000
Master’s degreeFrom $28,000 to $40,000
Doctoral degreeFrom $7,000 to $15,000
MBAFrom $35,000 to $50, 000

Scholarships for international students in New Zealand

Some of the most popular scholarships for international students in New Zealand are:

Scholarship NameValue
University of Otago International Master's Research ScholarshipUp to 16,000 NZ$
UC International First Year ScholarshipUp to 15,000 NZ$
Entrance ScholarshipUp to 6,000 NZ$
UC Hiranga ScholarshipUp to 5,000 NZ$
UC Mathematics and Statistics High Achievers AwardUp to 2,000 NZ$

Student visa requirements in New Zealand

The type of visa in New Zealand you require will depend on the level of study you want to pursue and the length of your stay there.

However, you'll need the following in order to apply for a visa:

  • A valid passport
  • Acceptance letter from a New Zealand educational institute 
  • Tuition fee receipt with payment history
  • Evidence to show that you have the funds to support your living costs while in the country
  • Health insurance for foreign students
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Study in Auckland
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.
Study in Wellington
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.
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Study in Christchurch
Studying in Christchurch is a great experience. There is a number of institutes that offer a best-in-class educational environment. Contact IDP for more info.
Study in Dunedin
Dunedin is a small city of approximately 120,000 people but don't let that fool you. It’s outstanding city that focus on culture, education and its natural and wildlife wonders.
Study in Hamilton
Hamilton is a bustling student hub with exciting ventures, great music and serene garden walks and one of the very affordable student cities in New Zealand.

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