Education in New Zealand

New Zealand is a prominent choice of international students for pursuing higher education as the cost of education in the country is low and the government of New Zealand pays special attention to the safety & security of international students. Further, English is widely spoken here.

Requirements for International Students to Study in New Zealand

  • Health certificate
  • Character certificate
  • Passport that is valid for three months after the end of course
  • Proof of accommodation rights in New Zealand
  • Student visa
  • Receipts of admission and registration fees

List of Top Colleges in New Zealand

New Zealand colleges have options of a number of professional courses and that is why they are preferred by students from all over the world. Listed below are the best colleges that international students can choose for studying in New Zealand.

Name of the College Courses Offered
Queenstown Resort College
  • Short term and Bachelor courses in Hospitality, Management, English Language, Adventure Tourism and Personality Development
The International Travel College
  • Diploma and International Diploma in Travel & Tourism and Management
  • Degree course in International Airline & Travel Agency, IT and Travel & Tourism
Otaki College
  • Degree and Diploma courses in Arts, Languages, Social Sciences, Community Education, Science, Tech Sciences, Mathematics, Computers, Business, Medicine and Sports
Edenz Colleges
  • General English and Business English courses
  • Teacher Training courses
  • Diploma in Business, International Marketing, eBusiness and Tourism
  • Degree and Certificate courses in Automotive Engineering, Construction, Business, Computing, Nursing & Health, Forestry, Horticulture, Applied Environmental Sciences and Social Services
National Institute of Studies
  • Certificate courses in Retail, Employment Skills, Call Center Training, Travel & Tourism, Information Technology and Foundation Studies
  • Diploma in IT & Business Application
Australasian Institute of Applied Studies
  • Certificate courses in Ayurvedic Science, Ayurvedic Fundamentals, Clinical Ayurveda and Early Childhood Education & Care
Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Short term and Postgraduate courses in Health & Social Services, Business, Science & Engineering, Sports & Education, Horticulture, Agriculture, Arboriculture & Animal Technology, Visual Arts, Communication, Design, Music, Information & Communication Technology, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction, Plumbing, Hospitality Management, Event Management and Tourism
Universal College of Learning
  • Graduate programs in Arts, Business, Administration, Aromatherapy, Automotive Engineering, Beauty, Fashion, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computers, Graphic Design, Health Science, Hospitality, Hairdressing, Interior Design, Performing Arts, Photography, Nursing and Management
Media Design School
  • Graphic Design, 3D Animation, Advanced 3D Production, Creative Advertising, Visual Effects, Digital Media and Graphic Design

List of Top Universities in New Zealand

Name of the University Courses Offered
Massey University Postgraduate courses in Agriculture, Business Management, Administration, Communications & Media, Computing & IT, Creative & Performing Arts, Design, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Finance & Accounting, Gender & Diversity, Engineering, Health & Paramedical Studies, Medicine, Physical Sciences, History, Archaeology, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports and Veterinary Science
The University of Auckland Postgraduate programs in Architecture, Creative & Performing Arts, Business Management, Biology, IT, Design, Education, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Paramedical Studies, Law, languages, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology, Sports, Theology & Religion and Urban Planning
University of Canterbury Post graduation in Agriculture, Anthropology, Area Studies, Biology, Business, Management, Engineering, IT, Creative Arts, Communications, Design, Economics and Education
University of Otago Postgraduate and Doctorate courses in Anthropology, Biology, Built Environment, Business Management, Communications, IT, Creative Arts, Dentistry, Design, Economics, Education, Engineering and Environmental Studies
University of Waikato Post graduation in Anthropology, Biology, Business Management, Communications, IT, Design, Performing Arts, Economics, Environmental Studies, Accounting, Engineering, International Relations, Law and Theology

Scholarships Offered to International Students

  • ASB Bank & NZ Shareholders Association Scholarship
  • AUEA Braithwaite – Thompson Graduate Research Award
  • Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarships
  • Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Energy Education Trust of New Zealand Doctoral Scholarships
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Scholarship in Physics
  • Hilary Jolly Memorial Scholarship
  • Jeannie Cheong Lean Eng Memorial Scholarship
  • Lee Foundation Award
  • Materials Accelerator Scholarships

Students Visa

To get a students visa to study in New Zealand, you have to:

  • Fill up the Student Visa Application form available from the New Zealand Immigration office in your country.
  • Pay the fees mentioned at the back of the form.
  • Make sure that the form is signed by an immigration officer.

Education System

The different stages of the NZ education system are:

  • Primary education – for students up to the age of 12.
  • Secondary education – for students from the age of 13 to 18.
  • Tertiary education – comprises vocational studies and bachelors degree.
  • Graduate study – comprises masters degree and doctoral degree.