Study In New Zealand - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in New Zealand as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in New Zealand as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in New Zealand

Why study in New Zealand

Cost of studying in New Zealand

Universities in New Zealand for international students

Cost of living in New Zealand for international students

How to get a visa to study in New Zealand

How to apply and study in New Zealand

Tuition fees to study in New Zealand

Applying to study in New Zealand

The academic year for higher education in New Zealand runs from March to November. However, some courses may also allow students to start in July. Most universities in New Zealand have just two terms (semesters), with the exception of Victoria University of Wellington, which has three terms (trimesters). 

As well as having completed secondary level qualifications recognized by New Zealand’s universities, applicants also need to prove English language proficiency, usually by taking the IELTS or TOEFL exams. New Zealand does not have a centralized university applications service, so students need to apply individually to each university they’re interested in, following the steps outlined on the official university websites.


Deadlines for this are set by each institution. After you’ve been accepted and paid your fees, the university will send you a ‘confirmed offer of place’ letter, which you’ll need when applying for your student visa.


Applying to Zealand universities


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Cost of studying in New Zealand for international students.



The cost of studying in New Zealand actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in dash have different tuition fees.



New Zealand has one of the most expensive tuition fees for their universities especially for international students. However the tuition fees depends on the university you want to enroll in and the course you want to study.


The average tuition fees per year for international students to study in New Zealand is about  US$19,460 per year for most art courses, and about US$51,420 for medicine per year.


Tuition fees for international students starts that want to enroll into a postgraduate degree is about US$22,850-US$33,010 per year and it also depends on the university you want to enroll with and the course you want to study. All universities in New Zealand also charge some registration fees and students services fee.


Living costs in New Zealand for international students.


The cost of living in New Zealand for international students is very expensive and it's somehow equivalent to countries such as Canada,US and the UK. You need about $15,000 a year for living costs and all your expenses such as accommodation,feeding,traveling,transportation etc.

The cost of accommodation in New Zealand is also expensive,apartments in the city are more expensive that apartments outside the city. So it will be better for students to rent an apartments and share it to cut down the costs.

The living costs in New Zealand for international students also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of the student.

You must know how to speak English to enjoy your stay in New Zealand and most universities in New Zealand use English as the primary language.


The cost of living in New Zealand according to expatistan


New Zealand


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        NZ$2,830

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            NZ$2,024

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     NZ$326

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        NZ$1,869

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            NZ$1,379

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      NZ$221

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        NZ$74

            40” flat screen TV        NZ$635

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            NZ$201

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         NZ$11

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      NZ$24


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     NZ$115

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) NZ$73

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         NZ$158

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   NZ$200


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$34,605

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           NZ$1.95

            Monthly ticket public transport NZ$162

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      NZ$13

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$5.78

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          NZ$46

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)             NZ$8

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      NZ$5.45

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)             NZ$5.27

            4 rolls of toilet paper     NZ$2.54

            Tube of toothpaste        NZ$3.12

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$25


            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub    NZ$56

            2 tickets to the movies NZ$33

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)      NZ$92

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert             NZ$96

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club         NZ$16

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city      NZ$4.86

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)    NZ$9

            iPad Air 2, 64GB          NZ$774

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)    NZ$0.44

            1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$65


Visa to study in New Zealand


As an international student, you will need to visa to study in New Zealand. Below are the requirements and process of getting a New Zealand visa.


What documents will be required?

Required by all entering New Zealand:

a valid ticket to exit New Zealand

sufficient money for self-support

a passport valid for 3 months beyond the scheduled date of departure from New Zealand

In addition, those applying for a visitor's visa may also need to supply the following:

Completed application form

A recent passport-size photograph

Evidence of financial-support or sponsorship

Evidence of onward travel

Student visa:

Confirmation of placement at an approved educational institution.

Time required to issue visa:

Visitor visa: up to 9 months

Study Visas: Normally valid for the duration of the study period

What is the cost of a visa?

Visitor’s visa or permit NZ$130

Student visa NZ$200

Transit visa NZ$120

Fees may be waived, depending on nationality

How long is the visa valid for?

The maximum period of time most visitors can remain in New Zealand is 9 months within an 18-month period.

Visitors not requiring visas are initially allowed a stay for up to 3 months, after which they can apply in New Zealand for an extension of up to 9 months

Other information:

All nationals listed above must have sufficient funds to cover the duration of stay.

This may be NZ$1000 for each person for every month or NZ$400 if the accommodation is already paid for.

Students Undertaking Employment

You may apply for authority to work under the following circumstances:

         to fulfill course requirements; or

         up to 15 hours per week for tertiary students undertaking a long term course of study; or

         during the Christmas and New Year holiday period; or

         on completing your course of study; or

         as a postgraduate student.

Do I Need A Medical Certificate

You must be of an acceptable standard of health. This is to ensure that you are:

           not likely to be a danger to public health; and

           not likely to be a burden on the health services; and

           fit for the purposes of entry.

If you intend to study a course which is 24 months or longer you will need to provide a medical and x-ray certificate. Your medical and x-ray certificate must not be more than three months old at the time your application is lodged.

If there is an indication of any medical condition which could mean you may not meet the provisions above, you may be required to provide a medical and x-ray certificate if the intention is to stay in New Zealand less than 24 months.

In some countries, the New Zealand Immigration Service selects medical panels of registered medical practitioners and/or radiologists. If you are resident in one of these countries, a panel member must complete your medical and x-ray certificate forms.

You may either refer to the list of countries using panel doctors or consult the nearest branch of the New Zealand Immigration Service for details of the appropriate panel doctor for your area.

Do I Need A Police Certificate?

If you are 17 years of age and over and intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than two years, you must provide a police certificate to show you are of good character. In order to prove you are of good character, you must supply the following:

         a police certificate from your country of citizenship; and

         police certificates from any country you have lived for five years or more since reaching the age of 17 years.

Your police certificate must not be more than six months old at the time your application is lodged.

Information on how to obtain a police certificate from most countries is in the Obtaining A Police Certificate booklet.

Medical Insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are a:

         resident or citizen of Australia; or

         national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or

         holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more.

         For advice on eligibility and/or entitlements, please refer to the Ministry of Health web site.

If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.

We strongly recommend that you have medical insurance for the duration of your stay in New Zealand.

Can I Be Refused A Visa Or Permit?

You can be refused a visa or permit if:

         you do not meet the entry requirements; or

         you are not a genuine applicant for a study visa or permit; or

         you are a person to whom Section 7 of the Immigration Act 1987 applies and you do not have an exemption.

Can my Visa or Permit be Revoked ?

Student permits are issued to enable a person to undertake a particular course of study at a specified institution. Failure to do this may constitute a breach of the permit conditions, in which case the permit may be revoked. Educational institutions wishing to report students who have breached these conditions can do so.

Who requires a visa?

Depending on the length of study, as well as nationality, either a visitor or student visa may be required.

Citizens of the following countries may not require a visa if:

- staying 90 days or less

- studying one course

For longer stays, a student visa and/or a student permit may be required.

Andorra, Ireland, Portugal***, Argentina, Israel, Qatar, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Bahrain, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Korea (South), Singapore, Brazil, Kiribati, Slovenia, Brunei, Kuwait, South Africa, Canada, Liechtenstein, Spain, Chile, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Malaysia, Switzerland, Finland, Malta, Tuvalu, France, Mexico, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Germany, Monaco, Uruguay, Greece****, Nauru, USA, Hong Kong**, Norway, Vatican City, Hungary, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Oman, Latvia*, Slovak Republic, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia*, Czech Republic, Lithuania*, Poland, Romania.


List and ranking of all the universities in New Zealand


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in New Zealand. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in NewZealand and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          University of Auckland


2          Massey University

Palmerston North ...

3          University of Otago


4          University of Canterbury


5          University of Waikato

Hamilton ...

6          Victoria University of Wellington


7          Auckland University of Technology


8          Lincoln University



Courses you can study at universities in New Zealand


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


What to pack while going to study in New Zealand


In your carry-on bag

·         Cell phone and charger

·         Boarding pass(es)

·         Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

·         Copy of birth certificate

·         Copy of Social Security card

·         Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

·         Debit card

·         Deodorant

·         E-reader or book

·         Emergency contact list

·         Face wipes

·         Gum

·         Hand sanitizer 

·         Headphones 

·         Health insurance card

·         Passport 

·         Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

·         School ID

·         Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

·         State ID

·         Student visa

·         Travel itinerary

·         Travel pillow

·         Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

·         Wallet


·         Acne medication/cream

·         Face lotion/moisturizer

·         Makeup

·         Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

·         Mouthwash (small)

·         Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

·         Toothbrush

·         Toothpaste



·         Bobby pins

·         Comb

·         Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

·         Glasses and glasses case

·         Hair ties

·         Hairbrush

·         Headbands

·         Nail clipper

·         Razor(s)

·         Sunglasses

·         Sunscreen

·         Tampons and pads

·         Tweezers


You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

·         Downy Wrinkle Release spray

·         Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

·         Portable stain remover pen

·         Travel sheet (for hostels)


·         Athletic sneakers (1)

·         Bathing suits (1-2)

·         Boots (1-2)

·         Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

·         Casual dresses (2)

·         Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

·         Flats (1)

·         Flip-flops (1)

·         Formal outfit (1-2)

·         Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

·         Going-out outfit (3-5)

·         Hat (1)

·         Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

·         Heels (1-2)

·         Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

·         Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

·         Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

·         Leggings (1-3)

·         Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

·         Pajamas (2-3)

·         Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

·         Purse (1-2)

·         Raincoat (1)

·         Scarf (1)

·         Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

·         Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

·         Skirts (1-2)

·         Socks (14)

·         Sweaters (3-5)

·         Sweatshirt (2)

·         T-shirts (3-5)

·         Tank tops (3-5)

·         Underwear (14)

·         Watch (1)

·         Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

·         Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

·         Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

·         Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

·         Flash drive

·         iPod

·         Laptop

·         Laptop case

·         Outlet adapters (2-3)

·         USB cable


·         Adhesive bandages

·         Allergy medicine

·         Birth control

·         Cold and flu medicine

·         Eye drops

·         Motion sickness medicine

·         Over-the-counter pain medicine

·         Vitamins


·         Backpack (small)

·         Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

·         Journal

·         Language dictionary

·         Map

·         Playing cards

·         Travel guide

·         Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in New Zealand or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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