Study in New Zealand

Study in New Zealand

New Zealand is unquestionably the safest nation to study in, ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2019. It provides the appropriate blend of chances, culture, economy, and environment for a student to succeed, with globally recognized universities and a responsive education system to study in New Zealand. 

Why choose New Zealand?

  • Internationally recognized qualifications
  • Outstanding teaching methods
  • Ph.D. students have a lot of opportunities for innovation and research.
  • Peaceful and secure
  • Quality of life
  • You can work part-time to support your studies.


  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)
  • NZ-GRADS New Zealand Global Research Alliance Doctoral Scholarship
  • SEG Scholarship
  • Palmerston North City Mayor's Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship

Student visa for New Zealand

S No.Types of student visaDescription
1Fee-Paying Student VisaYou can study full-time for up to four years while working part-time.
2Exchange Student VisaFor an approved student exchange program, you can study full-time for up to four years to study in New Zealand.
3Foreign Government Supported Student VisaOn a foreign government loan or scholarship, you can study full-time for up to four years.
4Pathway Student VisaOn a single student visa, you can study for up to five years and do three courses in a row while working part-time.

*For detailed information, please visit the New Zealand Government’s Immigration website

Documentation needed to apply for Fee Paying student visa

To apply for a visa to New Zealand for studying abroad, you need:

  • A passport with a validity of at least three months beyond your stay to study in New Zealand.
  • A letter of acceptance from a New Zealand educational institution authorized by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority


  • Written assurance from an institution or person that adequate accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you're under the age of 18)


  • A return flight ticket to your home nation, or proof of your financial ability to buy one
    • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates


Additional documentation includes:

  • Student visa application form
  • Visa application fee
  • Tuition fee receipt proving payment to date
  • Passport-size photos

You may also need to produce proof that you have enough money to pay your living expenses for the duration of your trip to study overseas. You will have to prove that you have NZ$ 15,000 or NZ$ 1,250 per month for a complete year of study. This might involve the following:

  • Scholarships
  • Bank statements
  • A sponsor's financial undertaking to cover your stay and living expenses
  • Proof that you will leave New Zealand once your study is completed.
  • If you are over the age of 17 and wish to study for more than 24 months, you will need a police certificate.
  • X-ray certificate
  • Complete medical exam
  • You may have a personal interview at the New Zealand embassy or consulate.  


Visa fee

Type of submissionApplication costReceiving centre fee
OnlineNZD 530 (approx. INR 23,330)INR 722
PaperINR 24,500INR 1,087


  •  For your New Zealand student visa, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 in each module.

Study Cost in New Zealand

1. Tuition fee 

S No.Study ProgramCost (in NZ$) *
1Undergraduate degree$20,500 - $25,000 annually
2Master's degree$19,000 - $29,000 annually
3Doctoral degree$6,500 - $9,000 annually 
4Study MBA$31,000 - $50, 000 annually

2.  Accommodation costs

On-campus accommodation costs between NZD 215 and NZD 555 per week (depending upon the city and type of accommodation).

Off-campus accommodation is available for roughly NZ$120 a week in shared flats. Rental rates are subject to change.

During your studies in New Zealand, you can live in student residence halls (about $200 per week), shared apartments (about $120 per week), or private flats (about $180 per week). 

3. Student visa fees

Obtaining a valid student visa to travel to New Zealand will cost you an approx. NZ$ 270.


4. Living expenses

In New Zealand, a tertiary student budget ranges from NZ$ 13,000 to NZ$ 16,000 per year. If you wish to study in New Zealand for more than a year, you must prove that you have at least $15,000 in your bank account to cover your living expenses for the first year. If you're studying for less than a year, you'll need at least $1250 to cover your living expenses each month of your stay there.

ExpensesWeekly average cost (In NZD)
Food & beverages$136.50
Clothing & footwear$16.70
Housing & household utilities$202.10
Household content & services$32.20
Recreation & culture$64.20
Miscellaneous goods & services$71.70
Other expenses$56.20

Source: (*indicative) 

5. Health support and Insurance

The cost of medical insurance ranges between NZ$ 200 and NZ$ 700 per year (indicative) when studying overseas.

6. Transportation.

7. Taxes


The education system in New Zealand

Study levels

  • Early childhood
  • Primary school
  • Intermediate school
  • Secondary school
  • Tertiary education

Higher education 

Type of institutionQualification offered
UniversitiesUndergraduate degree, postgraduate diploma/degree, PhD
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)Graduate diploma, postgraduate diploma, certificates
Private Training Establishments (PTEs)Certificate, diploma

Fee structure

New Zealand provides a wide range of cost-effective educational opportunities. Because each university has its own pricing bracket, tuition rates vary depending on the type of course and its duration. You'll normally require between NZ$ 22,000 and NZ$ 35,000 each year to cover tuition costs (indicative).

The upcoming intakes

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Vocational courses in institutes/collegesFebruary



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