New Zealand has been gaining lot traction amongst the international students because of its quality of life, quality of educations, excellent opportunities, employment after completion of studies, great support system for international students, world-class education system, globally recognized qualifications, more importantly the educational institutions in New Zealand offer a wide variety of courses for students to choose from.

With over 11000 students, the number of students going to New Zealand has increased by 190% if we look at data of last 5 years and you’ll be surprised to know that Indians are also the fastest growing source of international students in New Zealand.

New Zealand has been awarded the 10th position amongst the top 10 cleanest country also 2nd easiest country to do business, with more than 15% of country’s population being born outside new Zealand gives students the guarantee to learn and live in a diversified and multi-cultural environment. New Zealand also has a lot of activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain hiking which makes the study abroad experience a unique and memorable one.


New Zealand has been considered a perfect study destination especially for Indians because of its lower tuition fees as well as lower cost of living as compared to other study destinations like UK, US, Canada.
The tuition fees for international students highly depend on the type of subject and degree one would like to pursue.
A diploma course of level-5 or 6 will cost around $NZ 15000 to $NZ 25000
The average cost of undergraduate degree ranges somewhere between $NZ 22000 to $NZ30,000 annually.
For post-graduation, the costs range between $NZ 25000 to $NZ 35,000 a year.
For PhD, students have to pay somewhere between $NZ 6500 to $NZ 9000 annually (for most of the subjects), this is the same cost what New Zealand PhD students pay.
Talking about other expenses for international students
Average living expenses ranges between $NZ 15000 to $20,000 per year depending upon the lifestyle, accommodation and location.
Transportation cost and medical insurance costs between $NZ 450 to $NZ 550

Below are some of the best scholarships available for Indian students who wish to begin their journey to New Zealand

  • A C Rayner Memorial Scholarship
  • The Eammon Molloy Memorial Scholarship
  • University of Waikato Excellence Scholarship for Asia
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • New Zealand International Undergraduate Fees Scholarship
  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships(NZIDRS)
  • R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship


  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Science and technology
  • Mathematics
  • Digital design
  • Fashion and design
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Environmental studies courses
  • Business and management and many more

With wide variety of courses available with global perspective gives students an edge over others.


With student visa, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during the sessions and can work full time during the scheduled holidays or session breaks, students also have the opportunity to do a part time job in their university.

Working while studying gives student a way to gain the work experience and also help them support financially. It also helps students to learn some really relevant skills like teamwork, timekeeping, communication skills and prepare them for a better future. There are many part time jobs available for students in the field of finance, hospitality, retail and banking.

Once the students have completed their studies they are eligible to stay and work in New Zealand, once students get the new Zealand qualification they may be able to apply for a post study work visa which would allow them to stay for up to three years, students can use this time to find work, get some practical exposure and also use this as a opportunity to collect points for residency application.

Now the post study work visa can be further divided into 2 categories

  • Post study work visa (open): which provides you with a period of 12 months to search for a job in a field related to your studies, but you are also allowed to work in any job to support your needs
  • Post study work visa: this visa gives you the opportunity to stay in New Zealand further for 2 years to let you gain the relevant experience which might be required in certain professions this is usually employer assisted.
    After this post study work visa you may be eligible to apply for a resident visa but under skilled migrant category

Tip: if your work is an occupation that has some skill shortages, there are high chances that you’ll be able to find jobs easily and this would also give you the opportunity to apply for further work visa or maybe a residency visa.


To apply for a visa you need to have the following document

  • A valid passport (make sure its valid till after 3 months after your period of stay in New Zealand)
  • Academic preparation documents which includes transcripts, diplomas, degrees, certificates
  • Visa application fee
  • Tuition fees receipt (must have the date of payment)
  • A letter of acceptance from a New Zealand provider which must state the minimum
  • Evidence that you will leave New
  • Evidence report that you have minimum amount of fund required to cover your living expenses for the whole period of your stay
  • You might need to show that you have an at least $NZ1250 per month or at least $15000 for a full year.
  • Evidence of total tuition fees and weather it is in local currency or in foreign currency
  • You also need to make sure that the course is approved by the New Zealand qualifications
  • Full medical examination report 

Download free detailed checklist on the visa requirements for New Zealand (Here we can link a downloadable PDF, which could act as a lead magnet)

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