Study in New Zealand

Study in New Zealand

New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It offers a safe learning environment which provides excellent study opportunities and support services for international students.
New Zealand qualifications are of a high quality and have a reputation around the world for being practical, modern and desired. All courses, programs, and qualifications offered by New Zealand institutions are quality assured by the New Zealand government. Major employers around the world recognize New Zealand qualifications and employ New Zealand graduates.

Study levels in New Zealand 
University education is divided into three levels: Lower education studies (bachelor's degree), higher education studies (master's degree) and a Ph.D. degree that is taken after a master's degree.
It usually takes three years to complete a bachelor's degree and 1.5 - 2 years more to complete a master's degree. Once you have completed a bachelor's degree, you have the chance to take a master's degree or an honors-year.  In New Zealand, most students start to work after studying a bachelor's degree, so if you take a bachelor's degree are there good chances for getting a good job, if you want to stay in New Zealand. You can also go to New Zealand for one or two semesters and study some subjects as a part of your education at home, thus having your credit transferred to your home university after studying in New Zealand.

Quality learning experience
New Zealand university system is research-based as it is based on the British education model. This means there are a lot of similarities between the two systems, such as the teaching methods. The fact India also follows British education system makes it easier for Indian students to adjust. The academic staff is expected to be researchers as well as teachers. This ensures a high-quality learning experience. New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee, the universities' representative body, has legal responsibility for course approval and moderation.

The safe and welcoming environment
International students are welcomed warmly in New Zealand society for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy. New Zealander citizens are well traveled and are interested in people from other cultures, so international students feel more welcome. Campuses have students from all across the globe studying together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, UK, Asia, among many others.

Easy entry requirements
Unlike many other countries, New Zealand universities do not have a lot of competition to get admitted for a university degree. That is because the New Zealand government has invested heavily in higher education over the years. Because of that, New Zealand universities have more capacity than the number of students. Students with moderate grades can get entry to most Bachelor degree programs easily. Hence the entry requirements are minimal compared to most of the top universities in the world.

Cost of living and work opportunities 
New Zealand offers a very affordable tuition fee compared with many other countries around the world.  It has the comparatively low cost of living, food easily available at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options. Public transport is also moderately priced, offering easy access to rivers, lakes, forests, and beaches for the recreational opportunities they provide.
All students on a student visa can work up to 20 hours per week during the 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 finding work.

Work permit
If you complete your course successfully, you automatically get a 12 months ‘Work Permit’ under the student visa policy. In most instances, this permit will be done at your institution itself. This allows you to work full time in any job of your choice. However, if you want to get a New Zealand Permanent Residency (PR), then you have to find a job that is relevant to the course that you have completed. Eg: If you have completed a course in IT, then you have to find a job as a programmer, analyst, etc. This will immediately give you a 2 years work permit with all rights like free medical, etc. Upon receiving this 2 years work permit then you can apply for PR and normally will get it within 5-6 months.