WHY STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND?
New Zealand is a very developed and one of the most peaceful countries in the world. The people are friendly and the country welcomes around 50,000 international students each year. The quality of education is great and recognized all over the world.
STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND FAQ
There are many types of educational institutes in New Zealand for higher studies - Universities, colleges, polytechnics, private schools, government owned institutions etc. Therefore the cost of study varies greatly. However, students can expect an average cost of NZ $ 22,000 to NZ $ 32,000 per course for Bachelor's level. The total cost for graduate level course in New Zealand ranges from NZ $ 10,000 to NZ $ 30,000. Cost of diploma courses in New Zealand ranges from NZ $12,000 to NZ $ 18,000 per course.
The cost of living in New Zealand depends upon the type of lifestyle you pursue and the place you choose to stay. If you are staying in New Zealand for more than a year then you must show at least NZ $ 15,000 per year as living support fund. This is based on NZ $1,250 per month of expenses.
Different Universities in New Zealand have their own recommended amount for student living cost. The Victoria University of Wellington recommends NZ $ 18,000 to NZ $ 27,000 per year. The University of Auckland recommends NZ $20,000 to NZ $ 25,000 per year. More information can be found at this study in New Zealand information center.
You can work part time while studying in New Zealand. Diploma and Bachelor's level students can work up to 20 hours per week during academic year and up to 40 hours per week during session breaks. Master's and PhD students can work up to 40 hours per week all year round.
Your Universities and colleges will help you in finding jobs so talk to their Student Help Desks. An organization named Student Job Service helps students find part time jobs. Contact them and visit job portals like Trade Me and Seek.
You will find work as sales person in supermarkets, malls and groceries, waitress/waitresses at restaurants, orchards and farm workers, bar tenders etc.
The minimum wage in New Zealand is NZ $ 15.25 per hour.
You have to. You need to register yourself with the Inland Revenue Department and get an IRD number before working. The tax rate for earnings less than NZ $ 14,000 per year is 10.5 %.
You can. You can apply for a one year visa to search jobs after completing your education. If you are successful in finding jobs, you can then apply for a two year work visa.
There are many scholarships and research grants available in New Zealand for international students. They are awarded by the Government of New Zealand, colleges and Universities, and various private and public institutions. Some popular scholarships in New Zealand for international students are New Zealand Development Scholarships, New Zealand Pacific Scholarships, New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Award, ADB Scholarship at University of Auckland, Victoria Masters Scholarship etc.
You can stay in University hostels, private hostels and residence halls, apartments, home-stays, guesthouses or private rentals in New Zealand. Cost varies according to location and if or not you would like to rent the place in a shared basis.
You will normally need to take at least one English language proficiency test. The most commonly accepted tests are TOEFL and IELTS. Contact your college and University for the test they accept.
You need to prove you are healthy before travelling to New Zealand. The type of proof you need to show depends upon where you are from and the duration of your stay. Nepali students will generally need to submit an X-Ray report and a medical test certificate before application.
International students coming to New Zealand will need a travel and health insurance that covers their entire duration of stay in New Zealand. You need to submit the proof of policy at the time of visa application.
New Zealand is warmer in the northern region compared to the southern one. The northern part of New Zealand has warm and sub-tropical weather while the southern part is temperate and cool.
Because it lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the summer and winter cycle in New Zealand is different from Nepal. Winter lasts around June-August and summer lasts around December-February.
You can go hiking, swimming, boating or sun bathing in the beaches. Remember to wear sunscreen as New Zealand receives more amount of UV rays than other parts of the world. Concerts, food festivals and open air shows are other cheap ways having fun in New Zealand. Sports like Rugby, Cricket and Football are very popular in New Zealand. You can watch International and local teams in action with a small fee.
DOCUMENT CHECKLIST FOR NEW ZEALAND STUDENT VISA
Students about to go for study in New Zealand from Nepal must have the following documents before applying for visa:
- Birth Certificate.
- Citizenship Certificate.
- Passport that is valid until your intended stay duration in New Zealand.
- Letter of offer from your University or college.
- Academic certificates till date, including character certificate.
- A couple of passport sized photographs.
- Proof of English Language Proficiency Test like IELTS and TOEFL.
- Health and Travel Insurance.
- X-ray and complete health checkup report. X-Ray screening is not necessary for pregnant woman and those under the age of 11.
- Police Report.
- Financial Documents - proof of funds and sponsorship agreements.
- Completely filled student visa application form.
- Cover Letter.
- Visa application fee. Online student visa application fee is NZ $ 298 and paper based student visa application fee is NZ $ 354. This subject to change. Use this New Zealand visa application fee calculator for current charges.
FACTS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
- New Zealand is an island country. The country is made up of two big islands - north and south islands - and 600 other smaller ones.
- Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Auckland is the most populous city.
- The total area of New Zealand in 268,021 square kilometer and its population is 4.6 million.
- New Zealand's per capital nominal GDP is US $ 44,693 - one of the highest in the world.
- The currency of New Zealand is New Zealand dollar.
- English is the most used language. Official languages are English, Maori and NZ Sign language.
- 'Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu' is the longest place name in the world. It is the name of a hill in New Zealand.
- Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world.
- The world's smallest dolphin species - Maui's Dolphin or Popoto - are only found in the waters around New Zealand.
- The first commercial bungee jumping started in New Zealand.
- One among the first two men to climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hilary, was from New Zealand.
- New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote.
- Auckland, also nicknamed as the 'City of Sails', has more boats per capita than any other place in the world. There are 135,000 registered boats in Auckland. That equates to one boat per 11 people.
- New Zealand has the world's steepest road - Baldwin Street in Dunedin.
- One third of New Zealand is protected as national parks and reserves.
- Rugby is the national sports of New Zealand.
- New Zealand is the only country apart from Denmark with two equal standing national anthems. They are 'God Save the Queen' and 'God Defend New Zealand'.
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