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Study in New Zealand

Everything you need to know about studying in New Zealand as an international student.

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Why study in New Zealand?

New Zealand has a reputation for offering a high standard of education. It’s a welcoming and safe country, making it a popular choice for international students: more than 26,000 international students are studying there.

The country is the same size as the UK but only 4.6 million people live there, making most of the towns and cities less crowded and easier to get around.

New Zealand has a Pastoral Care Code of Practice for international students to ensure their safety and well-being.

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What are the best programs in New Zealand?

University courses in New Zealand cover a wide range of subjects in foundation level, undergraduate level, and postgraduate level. A bachelor’s degree such as a BA or BSc will take three years to complete, while specialist vocational degrees may take longer.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study in New Zealand.

How Studee can help you

  1. Universities & programs

    Find the right program for you and your career aspirations

  2. Application assistance

    Be guided through your application process

  3. Visa & embassy guidance

    Maximise your chances of being granted a visa

  4. Enrollment & travel advice

    Get support all the way to your first day at university

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What is the cost of studying in New Zealand?

A year of a BA course is around $27,000 and up to $73,000 a year for medicine degrees after the first year. Postgraduate degrees can range between $30,000 - $40,000 a year.

Around $15,000 a year is needed for living expenses. You must be able to show you have this for your visa application.

International PhD candidates pay the same rate as nationals for their education.

Student reviews for New Zealand

  • Mercedes Isasmendi Escudero
    Argentina
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato Business Management
    What's it like to study in New Zealand?
    New Zealand is amazing from every point of view! The country is prepared for tourism with all types of natural places to visit, for all ages and all health conditions.
    The Maori culture is present mostly in the North Island and in the Waikato region (where Hamilton is located).
    The weather is not as terrible as kiwis say. There are very few unbearable hot days. The summer has the ideal temperature. 22-27 Celsius. As every island, it might have very rainy seasons, but they are not that terrible, from my point of view.
    The one thing that I didn’t like is the strength of the sun and it’s dangerous UV You need to use sunblock every day to take care of your skin. It is really shocking.
    Overall I loved the country and I’d love to come back!
  • Yujia Zheng
    China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato Environmental Management
    What's it like to study in New Zealand?
    Good scenery, nice people, safe night experience, fine facilities
  • Ruiyi Yao
    China
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato Agribusiness
    What's it like to study in New Zealand?
    High expense to live in but great environment. However it will be difficult to travel to another place as public transport fee is expensive
  • Yuxin Ning
    China
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato Finance
    What's it like to study in New Zealand?
    kind people. Nice air and environment. Convenient transport but still need to improve
  • Nurhana Mohamad
    Malaysia
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato Agribusiness
    What's it like to study in New Zealand?
    The locals are friendly and the scenery is mesmerizing. Though I’d love to get more work opportunities.

Key facts

  • New Zealand dollar $ Currency
  • 172,000 Student population
  • English Language
  • 8 Universities

Where can you study in New Zealand?

The country is split into two islands, on the North Island you’ll find cities such as Auckland and Wellington, and on the South Island the largest city is Christchurch. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from the outdoors, including stunning beaches, mountains and lakes. There’s something for everyone, whether you enjoy high-adrenalin sports or prefer to get closer to nature by hiking or cycling.

Due to the small size of even the most modern cities in New Zealand, students are able to walk or cycle to get to university.

A New Zealand summer starts in December and ends around February; winter is from June to August. The weather varies from warm and subtropical in the far north to cool and temperate in the far south.

Universities in New Zealand

What are the requirements to study in New Zealand?

Qualifications

Generally, you will need to have completed secondary school education in your home country to a high standard. Some universities may offer you the option of a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) university pathway course; this provides you with a New Zealand highschool qualification. You can then be enrolled at your chosen university.

English language tests

New Zealand universities require either an IELTS or TOEFL iBT score for university admission. An IELTS score of 6.0 (TOEFL score of 79-80) is usually the minimum language requirement for undergraduate study, however certain programs may require higher scores. A graduate’s minimum score needs to be around 6.5 (IELTS) or 90-100 (TOEFL). Always check specific program requirements on universities' websites.

New Zealand student visa

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As an international full time student you’ll need a visa to study in New Zealand. The exact type of visa you need depends on your exact circumstances. You may need a Fee Paying Student Visa, a Foreign Government Supported Student visa, or a Pathway Student Visa. Screen reader support enabled.

As an international full time student you’ll need a visa to study in New Zealand. The exact type of visa you need depends on your exact circumstances. You may need a Fee Paying Student Visa, a Foreign Government Supported Student visa, or a Pathway Student Visa.

New Zealand student visa requirements

How to study in New Zealand

  1. Find a New Zealand university program you want to study
  2. Apply through the university's online platform
  3. Fill out your personal information including educational background and finance details
  4. Submit any documents such as passport copies, official transcripts, diplomas, and certificates
  5. Submit any required reference letters and statements to outline why you are wanting to study in New Zealand
  6. Submit your application and wait for an offer
  7. Accept an offer to study and pay any necessary deposits to secure your place
  8. Start the application process for a Fee Paying Student visa