New Zealand has always been an attractive study abroad destination for international students, since the country offers a varied range of study opportunities in world’s top-rated universities, with affordable fee and better cost of living that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

With growing years New Zealand is becoming the first choice for International students seeking high-quality overseas education and to explore new ideas that make you stand out from the crowd. These factors have made New Zealand one among the front-runners in higher education providers in the world.

1. World-renowned universities providing world-class education
New Zealand is one of the most attracted foreign education destinationsfor international students who are looking for world-class facilities and high quality of education. The country is known for its practically oriented courses.

2. Less stringent entry requirements
The country’s government invest a large amount in their higher education sector, both in quality and infrastructure, aiming to attract more students in the increasing globalised scenario. In fact, they allocate the highest percentage of public funding to education in the world. New Zealand has moderate entry requirements so that international students can easily apply for the courses that they offer.

3. Ease of visa acquisition and residency
The country follows streamlined and point-based visa application process in order to avoid ambiguity and arbitrariness. Immigration New Zealand is working with the Education New Zealand and international education provider to develop an improved and friendlier partnership model to increase the New Zealand Study visa success rate. Further, many universities provide on campus visa renewal and extension service to international students for a quick, stress-free, and proper application process.They manage, monitor, and follow up on your visa application in a well-timed manner.

4. Safe and welcoming environment 
New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world to live with very low crime rates. The country has never seen any major war in their history. In addition, the support service for international students is among the best in the world.

5. Plenty to see and explore while studying in new Zealand 
The country has a magnificent lush landscape with unique fauna and flora. You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of rolling green hills, fjords, glaciers, beaches, mountains and so on. New Zealand is a heaven for hikers and trekkers, and natural beauty junkies. Cities are a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, shopping, movies and nightlife.

6. Chance to stayin
After completing your studies in New Zealand if you do not have a job offer, you may be eligible for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa for a maximum duration of 12 months. After getting the job offer letter you can apply for a visa up to 2 or 3 years under the Study to Work category.

7. Numerous Scholarships in New Zealand
The New Zealand Government, universities and private institutions provide numerous scholarships for international students seeking to study in New Zealand.

8. High in cost-effectiveness
New Zealand has the lowest tuition among all other countries study abroad. The country’s education is based on British education system. It is easier for Indian students to blend in New Zealand education system. Moreover, the cost of living in New Zealand is relatively cheaper as compared to other countries.


New Zealand has a high quality of life index. This nation has never seen major wars so far! Having the lowest crime rates, it is considered one of the safest countries to live in this world.New Zealand universities and intuitions provide better student support services for international students. These support services are considered the best in the world.

Safety for International students in New Zealand

The country has strict laws to safeguard the security and welfare of all the internal students coming to the country and offers a one of the best supportive and secure environment to them. It is mandatory to follow the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” an inclusive manuscript that guarantees the protection of the rights of international students. As per this, it is compulsory for international students to have medical and travel insurance during the period of their studies in New Zealand. This ensures the protection of International student’s welfare.

If you are planning to study in New Zealand, it is always advisable to start sending queries at least 6–8 months before the proposed date of admission. There are two intakes in a year: in January and July. Certain institutions do offer multiple intakes in the month of September and November. They start accepting applications in the August prior to the academic year you are applying for. Depending on the courses the application deadline may vary, hence it is very important to check with the university. Application forms are available online, request it via email or you can collect them from our offices. Application for vocational courses are open in March, April, May, July, and October (do check the university/institution).



The general eligibility criteria for studies in New Zealand are mentioned below:

English Requirement

  • Both under graduate and Master courses, applicant must have a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS for (the score depends on the course and university).
  • Several universities ask for a minimum score of 50 in PTE Academic for undergraduate and 64 for Masters Courses.


  • 12 years of elementary and secondary education (12th /Intermediate).
  • Most universities accept a minimum 75% aggregate marks and a minimum of 60% in English
  • Mathematics in class XII as a requirement (for some sciences and technology courses).
  • Minimum mandatory IELTS/PTE Academic scores

Masters in New Zealand

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum compulsory IELTS / PTE Academic scores.
  • Relevant work experience (for MBA and IT programme).



The lists of documents required for applying to universities are:

  • Class 10 mark sheet
  • Class 10 Passing Certificate
  • Class 12 Mark sheet
  • Class 12 Passing Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Mark sheets
  • Provisional Certificate/Graduation Degree
  • Supportive documents:
  • Appointment letter/work experience letters
  • Proof of work experience (for courses like MBA and Master’s in IT)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diplomas certificates if relevant
  • GMAT/GRE results
  • IELTS/ PTE Academic scores
  • Letter of Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Proof of other extracurricular and co-curricular activities to support your application.

Financial Documents required are :

  • A valid passport
  • An offer letter from a New Zealand education provider for an NZQA approved course.
  • Proof of sufficient funds:
    • Money for tuition fee (self/sponsor)
    • Financial undertaking by sponsor to cover living expenses.
    • Scholarshipletter (if applicable).
    • Student must show that they are having NZ$ 15,000 per annum to support their living expenses.
    • Evidence for air tickets that you will leave New Zealand after completing studies in New Zealand.
  • Complete medical examination report and chest X-ray for courses having duration more than 1 year.
  • The international students planning to study in New Zealand for more than 2 years must submit a police certificate.
  • Medical insurance is mandatory
  • TT receipt /Fee receipt


Living Cost

The living cost in New Zealand is at an average NZ$15000 per year as per Immigration New Zealand guidelines however the cost of living will mostly depend on your location and can vary between NZ$7,000 and NZ$12,000 per year.

Tuition Fee

Each university in New Zealand sets its own structure for tuition fees, thus, the tuition fees you will need to pay will depend on your selected university, course chosen and level of study. Undergraduate degree generally costs between NZ$8,000 and NZ$25,000 per year. Postgraduate studies can cost between NZ$10,000 and NZ$30,000. Costs largely depend on your chosen subject. For example

  • Fees for arts or social sciences range from NZ$20,000 a year.
  • Courses in science and engineering can cost from NZ$25,000 per year.
  • Dentistry and medicine can cost from – NZ$75,000 per year.

You will need a student visa if you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for more than 3 months. You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Student Visa applications are processed by New Zealand Immigration Service.

Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. If you are studying a long-term course at secondary school, university or polytechnic you will normally pay your tuition fees every year. Your visa application should be lodged at least two months prior to the course commencement date.

Requirements for Visa :

In order to get a student visa you have to show you have enough money to meet your tuition fee and living costs during your stay.

New Zealand Pre-visa Document Checklist

  • Passport copy as proof of identity
  • Police Clearance Certificate from Regional Passport Office- as a proof of good character
  • Medical and T.B. X-ray Certificates from Panel Doctor ( Recognised doctors from Immigration New Zealand ) – as a proof of good health
  • Offer Letter from the approved Institution . It must include

*The name of your course and how long the course is for

*Confirmation that your tuition fees will be paid by New Zealand Aid

*Mode of study

*If your course is for more than one academic year, the dates of all of the course’s scheduled holidays

*If you’re under 18, confirmation that your accommodation complies with the ‘Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students’.

*Offers of place must also include your approved education provider’s signed declaration that they’ve assessed:

your ability to participate in the course

that the course is a good match for your abilities and education needs.

  • Tuition Fee payment – ( For applications processed outside New Zealand, evidence of payment isn’t required until after the application has been approved in principle. ) . If tuition fee is paid in advance, then attach copy of fee receipt.
  • Finance for living – You must have enough funds to living . For that you need to provide following evidence

*proof that you have NZ$15,000 for a full year of study or NZ$1,250 per month that you’ll be in New Zealand

*documents that show your living costs have been paid

*a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry‘ completed by an acceptable sponsor

*a completed ‘Financial Undertaking for a Student‘ form.

Acceptable funds resources for South Asian Students :

  • You may be able to use a Funds Transfer Scheme to show you meet the minimum funds requirement.
  • Proof of funds should include wages slips and corresponding bank statements for at least the last six months showing transfers into your or your sponsor’s or financial guarantor’s bank account.
  • You should also provide tax returns for the last three years to confirm regular income.
  • Other evidence of funds can include a fixed-term deposit that is at least six months old, or a General Provident Fund (GPF) or Employer Provident Fund (EPF) statement held with a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved financial institution.
  • INZ ( Immigration New Zealand ) only accept funds sourced from gold loans, Kisan Credit Card loans, property sales or agricultural income if you or your sponsor have held those funds for six months or longer. INZ must also be able to verify the source of these funds.
  • Education Loan from approved Bank .

NB: only immediate family are able to sponsor you or provide a financial undertaking. Immediate family are your partner, parents, siblings, grandparents and parents-in-law.

  • Covering letter If you intend to study for more than 12 months, you should provide a payment plan, and evidence showing how you’ll pay your tuition and living expenses for your entire time in New Zealand. The evidence of savings and income supporting your payment plan should cover the last 3 years.
  • Academic Documents : which used to get the admission in institute
    • Educational Certificates, Mark sheets, Degrees and Diplomas
    • IELTS / TOEFL / PTE score
  • You can apply online from here or use the paper form.
  • Two recent passport size photographs
  • Covering Letter
  • Visa Fee payable to INZ
  • Confirmation of Accommodation Arrangement
  • Confirmation of Medical and travel insurance

NB: A complete check list of visa documents for South Asian student can be found here

Visa Stamping

Upon receiving the Approval-in-Principle, the student has to pay the first year’s tuition fee to the institution. Thereafter, the institution will send the fee receipt by email to NZIS, to enable them to issue the Visa Stamp.