New Zealand: Dream Destination for Higher Studies
If you are thinking about your dream destination to pursue your further education, New Zealand has everything to match your expectations. The education system of New Zealand is based on the prestigious British system, so it is acceptable all over the world. Colleges and Universities maintain International standards in their performance.
Being almost equal in size to the United Kingdom or Japan, New Zealand has a population of just over four million, making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. Natural beauty, Stunning landscapes, vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, Seashores, Beaches, rainforests, and many more things make it an ideal place to be. Geographically New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island.
Beautiful Landscapes & Beaches
With beautiful beaches, lakes, mountains, and clear sky, the land of New Zealand are full of mind-blowing landscapes. Rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, a volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches make New Zealand like heaven on earth. Because it is small land surrounded by water, New Zealand has several beaches. New Zealand has over 15,000 kilometres of beautiful and varied coastline spread over 2000 Km from cape Reinga in the very north to Bluff in the very south. Its gorgeous beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, boating, and water sports during summer.
Cultural and Social life
New Zealand has a diverse and multicultural society. People from different nations have migrated to this land during the last century. People are peace-loving, and they are very friendly to each other.
Student Friendly Environment
A supportive and friendly environment plays a significant role while choosing New Zealand as a destination for higher studies. Small classes, Encouraging students to work in groups, Individual attention for every student, applying theories to real-life situations are regular features of the teaching system. Innovative thinking, recreational opportunities, a safe society, and an incredible natural environment make New Zealand one of the best destinations for higher studies.
Land of Long White Cloud
Maori people named New Zealand as ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. Two main geographical features dominate its climate: the mountains and the sea. It has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. December, January, and February are the warmest months, whereas June, July, and August are the coldest months. The average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30 degrees Celsius in summer and winter between 10-15 degrees Celsius. The South Island is cooler than North Island. Weather is extremely variable, commonly described as “four seasons in one day”.
Best Chances for Settlement
If you have a degree or diploma from New Zealand, you can apply for a job to have work experience related to your studies. Even you may be eligible for permanent residency if you qualify the point system for permanent residency. International students are offered a one-year open job search visa after a minimum study of 2 years if the student is completing levels 5 & 6 together. If a student is coming in Level 7 Course after Graduation, they have to do one year study to get open work permit of one year. Students can do any job available during this period and search for the right job related to their studies. As soon as he gets a related job, he will get points that will make him eligible to apply for his permanent residency.
- Waiariki Institute of Technology
Waiariki Institute of Technology is a tertiary education facility (or Polytechnic) in the Waiariki Rohe (Bay of Plenty). Institute of Technology has campuses in Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane
- Whitireia New Zealand
Whitireia New Zealand is a government owned and funded tertiary institute of technology, known for its high student success rate and culturally diverse student body. It has campuses in Auckland, Wellington, Kapiti and Porirua.
Few Colleges & Universities
New Zealand colleges and universities offer a wide range of diploma and degree programs, whereas vocational and polytechnic courses are quite popular among international students. New Zealand also has government-funded Universities, which provide undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Some of them also offer foundation courses. There are several governments as well private colleges providing many popular diploma courses. Links to few colleges are given here.
Living Cost in New Zealand
International students in New Zealand will be required to prove that they have sufficient funds to maintain their living while studying. As per the latest requirements, the monthly expenses in New Zealand would be NZ $1250 if the study period is less than nine months. If the study period is longer than nine months, then it is calculated on an annual basis. Annually it is NZ$ 15,000. This includes food, travel, accommodation, stationery, and recreational facilities. The immigration department requires $15,000 per annum funds available with you to issue a student visa.
Tuition Fees in New Zealand
Tuition fee for international students varies with level and type of studies. Tuition fee also varies with the type of colleges. Private-sector colleges offer slightly lower fees than government colleges and polytechnics. Similarly, Universities fee is again slightly on the higher side. On average, tuition fee for different courses is as under
- Arts and Social Sciences: NZ $ 15000
- Science & Engineerings: NZ $ 20000
All these figures are meant for a rough idea. We always recommend you to check with institutions or departments for the exact fee.
Funds Transfer Scheme for Indian Student
The New Zealand High Commission in India has recently introduced the Fund Transfer Scheme (FTS) to speed up visa approvals. As per this scheme, the student has to transfer his living expenses ( NZ $ 15000) to a New Zealand bank which will lock that amount, and the student will get his money back monthly. Under this arrangement student or his parents need not show proof of funds over six months to approve his visa.
Benefits of the process under FTS
- Allows students’ parents to have control over the amount of money that their child has access to in New Zealand;
- Ensures that the student will have access to sufficient money to meet the cost of living in New Zealand
- It is a lot easier than the current alternatives available – where a range of documentation is required and/or a bank loan must be taken out; and
- Applications submitted under this scheme will not be subjected to in-depth fund assessments, thereby reducing processing times.
Keeping all in mind, we can conclude that New Zealand is a wonderful country to visit and to study in. It is renowned as one of the most scenic countries globally, with students from all countries choosing NZ for their University and English language studies.
See more details @ Why Study in New Zealand.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Jaspal Singh