New Zealand is an island country situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Its total surface area is 2,68,021 square kilometers. Two landmasses - North Island or Te lka-a-Maui and South Island or Te Waipounamu - constitute New Zealand.
New Zealand is regarded as a prosperous and developed market economy with the sixth highest HDI. Due to its vast coastline (15,000 kilometers) and numerous islands, New Zealand is rich in marine resources. The country’s geographic isolation spanning 80 million years is responsible for distinctive fauna, flora and mycobiota in the region.
Temperature in New Zealand is mild and ranges from 10°C in the south to 16°C in the north. The climate of every region is diverse. While the West Coast of the South Island is extremely wet, Central Otago is semi-arid and Northland is subtropical.
New Zealand’s current human population is approximately 4.5 million. It is home to various ethnic groups. While seventy five per cent of the population is of European origin, rest are Polynesians and Asians. The most prevalent faith in the country is Christianity. Other minor religions practiced are Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.
New Zealand is world-famous for its exotic Maori culture and stunning scenery. The New Zealanders are warm and friendly and enjoy local outdoor sports thanks to the abundance of natural beauty in the country. The country is well connected by rail, road, air and sea and has a huge network of domestic and international airports.
New Zealand has a varied range of cultural and adventure activities to offer. From hiking, horse-riding, canoeing, kayaking in diverse landscapes to going to art galleries showcasing Maori and Pacific art and visiting wineries, New Zealand is an experience in itself.
Queenstown, Bay of Islands, Mount Cook, Coromandel Peninsula, and Tongariro National Park are some of the popular tourist spots in New Zealand. The climate of New Zealand is unpredictable - a pleasant rainy day can suddenly turn hot and sunny but is still enjoyable.
The reason international students choose to study in New Zealand is for its high standard of living, safe learning environment and quality education. In addition to this, it also provides excellent academic opportunities and support services for international students.
New Zealand offers numerous opportunities to those seeking admissions in the country. It houses 7 national universities that offer degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Science, commerce and arts are the major streams prevalent in the education system of the country.
Each university in the country has its own set of specialist subjects like computer studies, medicine, agriculture, and engineering. Apart from this, there are many private training providers and tertiary institutes. University of Auckland, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, and University of Otago are the top universities of New Zealand.
International students, who are planning to study in New Zealand, must score well in either IELTS or TOEFL as that is a major determinant for admission in most universities in the country. In addition to this, a Letter of Reference or Recommendation Letter plays a very important role in the admission process. The graduate courses offered in Australia take 3 years to complete.
The most popular undergraduate courses among international students are Humanities, Science, Business, Arts, and Economics. On the other hand, most postgraduate programs take 1 or 2 years to complete along with a work experience of 2-3 years. Most of the New Zealand universities are quite strict about the working criteria.
The only drawback about studying in New Zealand is that the government doesn’t offer scholarships. All courses for international students are on a full fee-paying basis. However, the students can work part-time for 20 hours every week provided they are doing a full-time undergraduate course of 2 years or more; or a postgraduate of 1 year or more.
You can stay in New Zealand on a student visa for not more than 4 years. You need to be studying on a full-time basis to be eligible for the student visa. However, you can study part-time on a student visa if you are visiting the country for maximum 9 months, you have paid the tuition fees and you meet all the relevant visitor requirements.
Working for 20 hours every week while studying or working on a full-time basis on scheduled vacations as a student is allowed in the country. New Zealand allows a person to come to the country for 90 days without a study visa. In this period, you can be a tourist or even study a small vocational course.
For more information, please visit this website: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/application/
The fees for undergraduate courses in Commerce, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Administration, Social Sciences, Computing, Management and Mathematical Sciences varies from Rs. 4,80,000 - Rs. 9,60,000 per annum. As far as postgraduate courses in MBA, Arts & Humanities, Engineering and Social Sciences are concerned, a student has to pay between Rs. 8,80,000 and Rs. and rs. 12,00,000 every year.
Cost of living in this country is somewhere between Rs. 4,80,000 and Rs. 6,00,000 which includes accommodation and other daily expenditures as well. The following other expenses are weekly:
1. Rented accommodation - Rs. 2,70,000 to Rs. 3,80,000
2. Groceries – Rs. 1,40,000
3. Electricity – Rs. 40,000
4. Internet Cost – Rs. 8,800
New Zealand is home to an increasing number of international students, especially from Asia. Most people find New Zealanders friendly and sporty. Before the commencement of an academic year, most universities run an orientation programme for international students to acquaint them with the method of teaching, curriculum, campus and life in general in New Zealand.