Top reasons to study in New Zealand
When aspirants are mulling over a study abroad programme, they have ample of things to think about. Is this the right step for me? Do I really want to study abroad stepping out of my comfort zone? And the toughest question of all- Where should I study abroad? Whenever there is a discussion on top study abroad destinations, we generally compare New Zealand with biggies like US, UK and Australia which is tad unfair. While countries like US and Australia in recent time are making it harder for international students by tightening their visa rules, New Zealand on the other hand has witnessed growth in international student’s population. According to the Immigration New Zealand, over 100,000 international students make their through universities in New Zealand. And why not with 8 of its universities in the QS top ranking universities in the world.
If you are wondering whether the kiwi nation is the perfect place to study abroad, we bring you some of the top reasons to study in New Zealand. Here we outline some reasons why the international population is witnessing a growth in past few years.
Broad Range of studies at top universities
New Zealand offers a wide range of study opportunities including primary state administered schools, secondary schools, colleges, universities and private training establishments. The eight universities that make up the country’s education system include The University of Auckland, University of Otago, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato among others. Also the top universities in New Zealand have the greatest impact on international students when deciding whether to study in New Zealand or not.
Top Universities in New Zealand
|S.No.||University||World Ranking 2017 (QS)|
|1||The University of Auckland||81|
|2||University of Otago||169|
|3||University of Canterbury||214|
|4||Victoria University of Wellington||228|
|5||University of Waikato||324|
|8||Auckland University of Technology (AUT)||441-450|
In addition to that the country also boasts 20 institutes of technology and polytechnis where students hone their vocational skills. These institutes offer vocational courses across different fields at undergraduate and graduate level.
The number of foreign students flying to New Zealand for higher studies has jumped in recent years. Thanks to the eight world ranking universities along with some top programme that the country has to offer. So what are the top courses responsible for attracting large number of international students to New Zealand? Masters of Business Administration (MBA) tops the chart of top courses to pursue in New Zealand. When it comes to giving an aspirants’ career an edge, there are not many programmes that can compete with MBA. Apart from MBA, the other degrees that has caught the attention of both domestic and international students: Master of Professional Accounting, Engineering, PG Diploma in Agricultural Science and Master of Tourism among others.
Moderate Entry Requirements
US, UK and Australia are few countries that are known to have some of the highest entry score requirements in various standardized tests including GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL and SAT among others. For instance, in USA, top business schools like Stanford, University of Chicago, Harvard Business School would require a total GMAT score of 740, 720 and 730 respectively. While in New Zealand, the GMAT scores required in University of Otago is average i.e. a good GMAT score.
Low Cost of Studying
Cost of education– one of the crucial element to be considered when deciding on a study abroad destination. A majority of students who go abroad for higher studies either study MBA or Engineering. And many of international students choose USA, UK or Australia to give wings to their dream. However, on the other side there are aspirants who want to save some money. For those aspirants, New Zealand with its affordable tuition fee is the clear choice. The cost of studying in New Zealand varies from undergraduate degree to postgraduate degrees. Generally, an undergraduate degree may range anywhere between NZ$ 18,000 to NZ$ 25,000 each year while a PG course may cost between NZ$ 10,000 to NZ$ 30,000 annually.
Work while you study
All students on a student visa can work up to 20 hours per week during semester and full time during vacations i.e. 40 hours. Many New Zealand institutions offer a student employment service called ‘Student Job Search’ to help you find work.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the end of your intended stay.
Payment of a non-refundable application fee.
3 recently taken passport size photographs.
An offer of place from an educational institution, which states that you have been accepted by the institution, the name of the course, the minimum time required to complete the course, and whether a course fee must be paid or the student is exempt from the fee (e.g. scholarship students). This will be sent to you by the institution confirming your enrolment.
Evidence of payment of the fee or exemption from the fee (not necessary if your application is being approved in principle).
A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand.
Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.
If you are spending at least six months in New Zealand you may need to provide a medical certificate to show that you meet the acceptable standard of health.
For courses longer than 24 months, you’ll also need to provide medical and x-ray certificates that are less than 3 months old.
If you’re over 17 and studying in New Zealand for longer than 24 months, you’ll need a police certificate to show that you are of good character.
People applying for student visas or permits who intend spending more than 6 months in New Zealand must be screened for tuberculosis (TB).
So that the immigration service can be sure you will leave New Zealand when you have finished your course of study, you will need to show how you will leave New Zealand.
You must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while you’re studying in New Zealand.
For further information please contact NHP Education Consultants.