New Zealand

Country Information
Education System
Tuition Fee
Living Cost
Pre Departure Guide
Public Transport

Country Information

The quality of education in New Zealand is accepted as world-class. New Zealand accepts foreign students at all levels of learning and there is a wide variety of subjects to choose from. The cities are quiet, clean and beautiful and are ideal for studying in. New Zealanders speak English. The cost of living and education is not high when you compare it to other places with the same standard of education. It is not difficult to obtain a visa and the country is stable and safe. It is a country of natural beauty, with a comfortable temperature throughout the year.

New Zealand (or Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand) is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometers south-east of Australia. It has a total land area of 269,000 square kilometers (three-quarters the size of Japan). The capital is Wellington, and the largest city is Auckland. The population of New Zealand is 3.8 million and New Zealand is an increasingly multicultural

New Zealand's two main components are the North Island and the South Island. The North Island is long and volcanic in its south-central part. This area contains many hot springs and beautiful geysers. South Island has the Southern Alps along its west coast, with Mount Cook the highest point.

Education System

Click image for detailed larger view The New Zealand education system is a based on several guiding principles including culturally appropriate early childhood services; primary and secondary education that is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents; equitable and affordable access to tertiary education; and quality assured and portable education qualifications.

The provision of flexible pathways for study is also an important feature - for example students are not streamed or channeled through particular types of school from which future study options are determined. Although there is diversity in the forms of institutions through which education is provided, national policies and quality assurance provide continuity and consistency across the system.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees are varied depend on the institution, course selected and duration of the courses, which the stationery and books are not included.

Undergraduate , Bachelor Degree , Arts, Business, Economics and law NZ$10,000- 15,000 per year
Science, Engineering NZ$13,000- 18,000 per year
Postgraduate , Graduate Certificate , Graduate Diploma , Master Doctoral Degree NZ$14,000-24,500 per year
MBA NZ$18,000-24,500 per year


Processing Time

Student visa applications normally are processed within five working days.

What to bring

      - Travel to New Zealand to study

      - Stay temporarily in New Zealand to study

      - Study in New Zealand full-time if you are already here on another permit

      - Taking one course only, for less than three months. You can apply for a Visitor's visa

  • A Complete, signed the Application to Study in New Zealand (NZIS 1012) form

  • Application fee

  • Passport or travel document (which must be valid to at least 3 months past the date you plan to leave New Zealand)

  • A recent passport size photography attached to the form at the section indicated

  • If you already hold a student visa or permit and you are applying for a further student visa or permit you must provide COPIES of the following:
    • Evidence of previous student performance
    • Evidence of attendance (excluding tertiary) showing satisfactory progress

  • Financial Support and Enrolment Details
    • Please provide one of the following as evidence of your ability to support yourself in New Zealand;
      - A completed Financial Undertaking for a Student (NZIS 1014) form; OR
      - Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself for the period you will be studying (If you are studying in New Zealand for less than 36 weeks please provide evidence of NZ$1000 per month. If you are intending to study in New Zealand for more than 36 weeks please provide evidence of NZ$10,000 per year as well as sufficient funds to purchase an outward ticket)

  • A guarantee of accommodation

  • An offer of a place at a New Zealand education or training institute

  • Evidence that you have paid or are exempt from paying the course fees

  • Health and Character Requirements
    • a. For student aged 12 years and over who will be in New Zealand for more than six months but less than 2 years please provide;
      - A complete Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate (NZIS 1096) OR a complete Medical and X-ray Certificate (NZIS 1007) if required
    • b. For student aged 12 years and over who will be in New Zealand for more than 2 years please provide; - A completed Medical and X-ray Certificate (NZIS 1007); AND
      - If you are aged 17 or over, a police certificate from your country of citizenship (or satisfactory evidence that you have never lived in that country), and any country in which you have lived for 5 years or more since attaining the age of 17 years.

  • Original copy of your educational background qualifications

  • If you have ever worked, evidence of your employment will be required

  • Certified copy of your household registration or Identification Card

  • More information may be obtained from the New Zealand Immigration Service at

Note : Resources from New Zealand Immigration Service website

Pre Departure Guide

As their first welcome, to New Zealand, students are usually met at the airport and taken to their accommodation by a representative from their institution.

Air Travel to New Zealand
Travel to New Zealand is easy, with many cities offering direct flights. The two main international airports are in Auckland and Christchurch. Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, also has an international service to/from Australia.

Quarantine regulations In order to protect New Zealand are agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries, The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry enforce very strict quarantine requirements. Live animals or plants, or animal or plant products, including seeds, or perishable food, are not allowed into the country. Even dried meat can contain foot-and-mouth disease. Shells, feathers, wooden items and herbal medicines may also have to be inspected.

On the incoming flight you'll be given a quarantine declaration form. Either declare relevant items or put them in the special bin in the airport. It's a good idea to pack everything you think may be inspected near the top of your suitcase. Clean all outdoor footwear and equipment, including farm, camping and sports gear, before you pack it. At customs, use the red lane if you have something to declare or are not sure, or the green lane if you have nothing to declare. See:


Most educational institutions will help you find accommodation.

The main options are:

  • Halls of residence/student hostels / Cost: around $200 per week.

  • Home stay/private board / Cost: around $180 per week, plus one-time administration fee of around $150.

  • Flatting" / Cost: bond, plus around $120 per bedroom per week (cheaper in smaller cities) plus food, power, telephone, etc.


Summer - January and February

Autumn - March to May

Winter - June to August

Spring - September to November

The climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. It's not sub-tropical, except in the far north. The weather varies a lot between different geographical regions. "Four seasons in one day" The weather can also change dramatically and very quickly, so that people joke about experiencing "four seasons in one day". It's a good idea to take a coat or jersey with you, even if it looks fine in the morning. Warm, waterproof, clothing is essential if you go bushwalking or tramping.

While New Zealand doesn't get as cold as some countries in the northern hemisphere, most houses are stand-alone houses built of wood and do not have central heating or double-glazed windows. Instead, families wear warm clothing and use open fires, wood burners, gas or electrical heating in winter. Usually, people only heat the room they are using at the time, rather than the whole house. Homestay bedrooms will have a heater, and the bed may also have an electric blanket, hot water bottle or wheat bag for extra heat.

Keep covered in winter and summer

For winter, you'll need:

  • warm footwear for wet weather

  • woolen sweaters or other warm garments

  • windproof jacket or waterproof coat In summer, you'll need:

  • sunhat or cap

  • long-sleeved shirt or blouse made of cool fabric

  • suitable footwear for outings to the beach and the bush


Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 Hertz.

For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Power outlets only accept flat 3 or 2-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted.


Wonderful fresh food is an integral part of New Zealand lifestyle. There are many great cafes that reflect our informal way of life, offering fresh cuisine and some of the best coffee you will ever taste!

Ethnic cuisine (Mexican, Cajun, French, Korean, Thai, various types of Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, Japanese, Greek etc) is available in the cities. Suburban shopping malls and city shopping arcades have food courts or halls - areas with multiple vendors where you can try different sorts of food for a very reasonable price. Weekend markets are a good place to find Asian vegetables and other ethnic ingredients.

Typical meals:

Breakfast: toast, cereal with milk and fruit; in winter, porridge with milk

Lunch: sandwiches, salad, sushi, fresh fruit, biscuits and cake

Dinner (often called "tea"): Meat or fish, vegetables, potatoes, pasta or rice. This is the main meal of the day eaten around 6pm.

Living Cost

Many international students comment on the high standard of living New Zealanders enjoy. In general, the cost of living is similar to that in Australia, and less than in Britain.

  • A Big Mac at McDonald - $3.95

  • Local telephone calls - free

  • Go to the movie - $8.50-$12.00

  • Post a letter within New Zealand - 45 cents

Tertiary students should have budget for up to $15,000-$20,000 in living expenses per year.

Additional costs vary according to your age, the course you are taking, and the type of accommodation you choose, so the following estimates are only a guideline.

For tertiary study:

  • Textbooks and stationery $500 per year

  • Student ID card $20

  • Students' association membership $30

  • Photocopy cards $100

  • Bus fares $30 - $60 per week

  • Coffee in student cafeteria $1 - $3 per cup

  • Hot meals in cafeteria when studying at night up to $7 per one-course meal

For study at secondary school:

  • Stationery $150 per year

  • Calculator for physics or math’s $40

  • School trips $30

  • Special courses e.g. IELTS $300

  • Examination fees: NCEA $200-$400 + $100 per subject for scholarship

  • Materials for special subjects such as art and photography $50 - $300

  • Uniform $300 - $500 (or up to $1,000 at some private schools)

  • Bus fares $30 per week

  • Incidental expenses $30 per week

Public Transport

Because New Zealand has low population density, its public transport is not as extensive as in some other countries, however in most cities, buses run at least every 30 minutes. Auckland and Wellington also have commuter rail services. Ten-trip and monthly passes or electronic stored value fare cards provide the cheapest fares.Don't forget to Keep in Touch with parents

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