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New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or and the South Island, and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometers (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea.

New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north.

Most people live around New Zealand’s coastline and in the north. The capital is Wellington and the largest city is Auckland.

Following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and the chiefs of New Zealand, large-scale European settlement occurred from the 1840s onwards. Subsequent social, political and economic changes have moved New Zealand from a colonial outpost to a multicultural Pacific nation.

New Zealand education is increasingly international in character, driven by information technology, trade, employment markets extending beyond national borders, and a well-travelled population of students, teaching staff and researchers.

Education in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education system is world-class, modern and responsive. It combines proven, traditional principles with innovation, creativity and fresh thinking to produce leaders and citizens equipped for the 21st century.

Education in New Zealand is student-centered. It is focused on supporting students to problem-solve, process information, work with others, create and innovate. Each student is able to develop their potential along a number of possible pathways, academic and/or vocational.

The education system in New Zealand is a three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechnics.

High Quality learning experience at lower cost

New Zealand education is recognized all across the world. The cost of living is much lower as compared to the other countries promoting higher education. Traditionally based on the British Model, the university learning system is research based which ensures a high quality learning experience. All the institutions are based in a lush green setting offering peaceful and a favorable study environment to all its students. New Zealand welcomes international students and the cultural diversity is appreciated by the society.  The universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are government funded and focus on research based learning and maintain strong links with the industry.

Regulation of the education Industry

To ensure the quality of education, government agencies like the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), ministry of Education, The tertiary education commission and many others are directly involved in the management of the New Zealand education sector.

All policy matters pertaining to education are approved by the Ministry of education.  NZQA’s role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavors and to contribute to New Zealand society. It acts as a quality check body for the institutions this protecting the interests of both domestic and international students alike.

Code of practice for pastoral Care of International Students

In order to safe guard the interests of the international student, the code of pastoral Care is enforced by the New Zealand Government thus ensuring that you are well taken care of during your stay in the country. It is a code accounting for the service delivery to the international students. The code ensures that all processes involving the international student are done so ethically and responsibly, that student receives comprehensive, accurate and up to date information before enrolling in the institution. The code is applicable to all education providers enrolling international students. You cannot apply for a student visa to an institution that is not code approved.

Stay Back options in New Zealand

As a student who has completed a qualification in New Zealand but does not have a job offer, he may be eligible for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa for a maximum of 12 months. Once there is an offer of employment, he can further apply for a visa up to two or three years under the Study to Work category.  Permanent migration is also available to skilled works and students alike. In order to apply for a permanent residency under the skill migration category, an Expression of interest (EOI) has to be submitted to immigration where the ability of the potential migrant is judged on the basis of a point system.  In case of an application managing the pass mark would be given an ‘Invitation to Apply’.  There are three possible outcomes to an immigration application; decline, permanent residency or a work to residence visa that will help you obtain a skilled job offer.

Disclaimer: Students should note that any printed information on visa processes can become outdated and therefore they are advised to consult the relevant websites before they embark on the visa application process.

Accommodation in New Zealand

Multiple accommodation options are available to students that include on campus stay, home stay with a local family or off campus accommodation in a rented flat usually shared by friends or acquaintances. Halls of Residence are generally located a short walk from campus where the rooms are single or twin-share, with communal laundry, lounge room and dining hall. Meals are usually provided, and all dietary needs can be catered for.  Rental accommodation is generally clustered around colleges and universities, but flats can be found in most city suburbs. The average costs of living in New Zealand would be $ 15000 per annum.

Application Process and Deadlines

The application process and the turnaround times will vary from one institution to the other.  The Universities and ITP’S (institute of technology and polytechnics) have an average turnaround time for an offer letter that is anything between 6-10 weeks. The private institutions will have a faster turnaround time. Hence it is advised to apply early.

Study Overseas will help you compile your application and send it out the institution.
The documents required for the admissions and for the assessment are- mark sheets and passing certificates of previous studies, work experience letters (if applicable), reference letters, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score card, ID pages of passport. Additional documents (Statement of purpose and CV) can be asked by the counselor if required depending on the course you have selected.

Deadlines & Intakes: New Zealand generally has three intakes in a year i.e. February/March, June/July and Sept/Oct. However some courses have several intakes in a year. 

Cost of Studying in New Zealand

Undergraduate study cost range between NZ$15,000–$21,000 per annum depending on the course.

Postgraduate study can cost between NZ$ 18000- 24,000 per year.

Living in New Zealand


The climate in New Zealand is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm and dry summers.

  • Summer (December to February)

  • Autumn (March to May)

  • Winter (June to August)

Public Transport

Public transport in New Zealand is safe, cheap and reliable. All the major cities offer public bus transport. Taxis are affordable and safe options with most drivers belonging to the New Zealand Taxi Federation.

The train network in Auckland and Wellington are comfortable and enjoyable.  Ferries are also an important mode of transport between the north and the south island. Public ferries are available between several Auckland suburbs to most of the islands of New Zealand.

Universities in New Zealand:

  1. University of Auckland (Auckland)

  2. Auckland University of Technology (Auckland)

  3. University of Waikato (Hamilton)

  4. Massey University (Palmerston North, Auckland, Wellington)

  5. Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)

  6. University of Canterbury (Christchurch)

  7. Lincoln University (Lincoln, Canterbury)

  8. University of Otago (Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland)

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) in New Zealand:

  1. Aoraki Polytechnic

  2. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

  3. Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT)

  4. Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

  5. Manukau Institute of Technology

  6. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

  7. Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec)

  8. Otago Polytechnic

  9. Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

  10. Tai Poutini Polytechnic

  11. The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

  12. Unitec New Zealand

  13. Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

  14. Waiariki Institute of Technology

  15. Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

  16. Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec)

  17. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

  18. Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Why study in New Zealand?

If you’re wondering whether New Zealand is the right place to study for you, we outline some of the main reasons why the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly in recent years.

• International recognition of courses and degrees
• A high quality learning experience
• Moderate entry requirements
• British based education system
• Competitive Costs
• Endless nature and beautiful geography
• Fewer crowds
• wide range of course option
• Multiculturalism
• Perfect destination for Adventure Junkies
• Recreational wonderland
• Safe and stable democratic environment
• Safe yet modern
• Work while you study
• Opportunity to settle permanently in New Zealand

“Tuition fee PAY AFTER VISA!!”

Checklist for New Zealand Visa Application:

  1. Academic Certificates

  2. IELTS Score

  3. Passport

  4. Offer Letter

  5. Recommendation Letter

  6. Work Experience Letter (if applicable)

  7. Bank Balance Certificate/ Bank Statement

  8. Education Loan Paper (if required)

  9. Annual Income Source with supporting Documents

  • Salary Certificate

  • House Rent Agreement

  • Agriculture Income Source

  • Business

  • Pension

  1. Property Valuation with evidence (Lal Purja– Nepali & Translated copy)

  2. Tax Clearance Certificate

  3. CA Report (if applicable)

  4. Relationship Certificate

  5. Marriage Registration with evidence (if applicable)

  6. Citizenship (Nepali & Translated copy)

  • Applicant

  • Spouse (if applicable)

  • Sponsors

  1. Birth Certificate (Nepali & Translated copy) – Optional

  • Applicant

  • Spouse (if applicable)

  1. Police Report

  • Applicant

  • Spouse (if applicable)

  1. Certificates- extra-curricular activities (optional)

  2. Sponsorship Letter (if applicable)

  3. Statement of Purpose (SOP)- Hand Written

  4. Photos-2 (35mm x 45mm)

  5. Visa Application Forms

  6. Visa Application Drafts