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Life in the Country

Choose to study in the most secure and hospitable nation, ranking 2nd place as the most peaceful country and renowned to be the least corrupt place in the globe - New Zealand. New Zealand offers adventures in places like indigenous forests, snowy mountains, beaches, amazing lakes, and fjords. There are also lots of off-ground and on-ground adrenaline activities. You can also get a chance to experience the beautiful places filmed in “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.


Attitude and Etiquette of the local People

Adapting to new and different social behaviors can be a challenge when you’re new somewhere but with patience, you will eventually get there. Kiwis are a respectful people who are also restrained to personal things yet open to other things. Food and friendship goes hand in hand out there so contribution with food or wine to an event is pretty common.

Top Universities in NZ with varied Course Options

High quality education is provided for students to achieve goals and also to come up with solutions, workplace skills, creativity and innovation. There is an abundance of choices for all kinds of educational places in all parts of New Zealand.

Workplace experience can develop your communion, collaboration and time management skills which are the same legal minimum rights for everyone in New Zealand. Deciding where to land up in New Zealand can be hard given the choices of well-known cities on the two islands. Given below is a list of cities that might suit you well:

  • Auckland: It is the most populated city in the country with over a million people having the largest Maori residents including a lot of their culture and history. Auckland offers studies like environmental management, marine biology and underwater basket-weaving.

  • Hamilton: Known for its amazing botanicals and nightlife, the Hamilton gardens are so beautiful that they present stunning walking routes in line with Waikato River. There is a lot of fun for an exciting outing at the bars and restaurants along the city’s Victoria Street.

  • Christchurch: This city is flat making biking easy to travel around to class or simply to go out. The city experienced a devastating earthquake about 9 years ago but has globally inspired many nations through its reconstruction plans. If you are looking into considering art for your education then look no further because Christchurch’s Canterbury Museum possesses the biggest collection of creative artwork by infamous street artist and also organizes an art exhibition.

  • Nelson: Known for its constant sunny hours which never fail to shine right from the shores to the highest altitudes, Nelson is a well-known destination among food and art lovers. Art has made the city find its unique look which means this place can most likely inspire many art and mixed media students to work passionately and with motivation.

  • Dunedin: Its heritage comes mainly from Scottish culture. Wildlife and elegant animal species like the albatross, lion and rare yellow-eyed penguin have made the city known. Veterinary science, biology and zoology are widely offered for education here.

Top  Institutes

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Part-Time and Post Study Work Opportunities

To be working while studying abroad is quite common for international students. Some scholarships have limited number of hours to work so time-management for work and study is very essential. There are also industries and institutes offering part-time and casual work which are most suitable for students. Your CV can look impressive with industry experience and networking which comes along with a paid internship and also with voluntary work.


Working on a student visa:

  • Part-time workIf your course is at least a year or 2 of full-time or perhaps qualified under the Skilled Migrant Category in New Zealand then you are permitted to work for 20 hours a week.

  • Full-time work: If your course is at least a year worth of a minimum of 120 credits and delivered over a period of 8 months then you are permitted to work full-time during the study breaks.


If you are studying full-time with a minimum of 8 months including PhD and Masters by research and also enrolled by doctoral degree programs then you are permitted to work full-time during the holidays.


Staying to work after studies: Post-work visas can be applied up to 3 years with an acceptable qualification. Towards the end of 2018, the Post-study work visa (open) and the Post-study work visa (employer-assisted) were replaced.


If you already have a Post Study Work Visa (open): You can reapply to extend the visa to 2 more years if you have been approved before 26th November 2018.


If you already have a Post Study Work Visa (employer-assisted): You can choose to have a job, employer and location removed, and then work in almost anywhere as an employer if you have been approved before the 26th November 2018.

Staying longer: If you complete a level 7 Bachelor’s degree, lasted for 30 weeks and acquired a higher degree than the previous degree then you can apply for a further Post-study work visa.


Permanent Residency:

  • Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa: New Zealand’s economy is open to accept people with essential skills to help them grow further. To apply for this visa, you’ll require handing over an Expression of Interest (EOI) which is basically explaining a bit about your application in the country, experience and qualifications. You will get approval if this is successful.

  • Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa: You can apply for a permanent residency with indefinite occupational and educational basis if your partner is a citizen of New Zealand.

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa: If you have been working anywhere in New Zealand for 2 years then you can apply for residency as long as your specific experience, qualifications and work registration to serve on the Long Term Skill Shortage List is satisfied by the authorities.

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa: If you have been working in New Zealand for more than 2 years holding the Long Term Skill Shortage List and earning NZ$45,000 or more then you are eligible for a resident visa.

  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa: You will be able to apply for a permanent residency if you are offered a full-time job by an accredited employer and continue working for 2 years.


New Zealand Language: Maori was the official language in New Zealand apart from English which is predominant. Sign language was first declared in this country to also be an official language and is also the primary tongue for the deaf community. But Maori is on the verge of getting erased as it is not used anywhere else.


Driving laws: You are allowed to drive in New Zealand if you are already legally licensed from your hometown or possess an International Driving Permit (IDP) for 12 months after which you will have to convert to a New Zealand license. You can rent a car at the age of 21 along with a current English translated license.

The education system of New Zealand is a comprehensive system welcoming students from all walks of life and providing quality education in both private and public establishments. The system has three levels assisting students to overcome challenges, process knowledge, and develop and invent valuable skills at any level or institution.

  • Early Childhood Education (from birth to school entry age)

  • Primary and Secondary Education (aged 5-19)

  • Higher and Vocational Education 


Placed among the top 20 countries for its high-quality curriculum, the country also has 8 universities ranked within the top 500 according to the QS World University Ranking with the University of Auckland at 82nd and the University of Otago in 151st place.

 New Zealand has many Institutional Establishments including:

  • 8 State-funded universities

  • 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)incorporated into the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST)

  • Over 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), including English language schools.


Students in New Zealand are taught in theoretical and practical ways to help them develop essential and unique skills that will help them in both their personal and professional lives. The safe learning environment and the wide range of outdoor activities, prepare students to become ambitious and optimistic individuals.


New Zealand offers qualifications at all levels: Undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degrees. Other qualifications include diplomas and certificates, which is usually one year.

The educational institutions in New Zealand are entitled to set their own tuition fees. Hence the estimated tuition fee may vary from one university to another.

  • Under Graduate Courses: $22,000- $32,000

  • Post-Graduate Courses: $26,00 -$37,000

  • Doctoral Certificates: $6,500-$9,000


Medical and applied science tends to be higher than other courses.

The fee range may vary depending on the place and type of study, including several other factors.

For more information regarding fees, please contact your desired Institution.


Understanding New Zealand qualifications

The New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) assures high-quality education and sets a roadmap to the standard of expertise and skills developed and the availability of opportunities for the students. The NZQF is divided into 10 levels ranging from Certificate to Doctoral Degrees, each level being more complex than the other and levels 1-3 requires students to work for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Students who wish to further their education must first complete secondary schooling, only then can they apply to other Universities like the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, private and transitional educational institutions, and many more.

Employment opportunities after completion of degree

New Zealand provides opportunities for post-study work and residency to students with an appropriate New Zealand qualification for up to 3 years. Depending on the degree of qualification and recent employment, a post-study work visa can last from 1-3 years, replacing existing visas

  • Post Study Work Visa (open):  If you have this type of visa or have application’s approval, you can apply for an extension of your visa for up to 2 years before your existing visa expires.

  • Post Study Work Visa (employer-assisted): You can opt to have the job; employer and position excluded if you possess such a visa or have an approved application allowing you to work where you desire.


However, you are eligible to apply for a post-study work visa on conditions that you obtain a qualification level of 4 or higher. The place and type of work that you choose post-study can vary between the course you choose and the availability of employers. There are plenty of jobs available, and the educational institutes, registration on various Government and Non-Government employment agencies, and contacting prospective employers can also be of major help.

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