Study in New Zealand

Study in New Zealand: New Zealand attracts students from all over the world for several reasons. For most, New Zealand is an exotic destination due to its far-flung location. It is also a country with a unique culture and a stunning natural environment with endless possibilities for adventure and sports. What’s more, education in New Zealand is of very high quality and internationally recognized throughout the world.

Study in New Zealand

The search for a felicitous study abroad destination can be challenging when there are plenty of options and each of the options excels from the other. You will not regret selecting New Zealand as your study abroad destination if getting top-level education at an affordable fee is your major concern. The degrees attained in New Zealand hold worldwide acclamation and are highly reputed. Based on the British education system, the universities in New Zealand focus on nourishing individual skills by providing abundant research and innovation opportunities. By adopting advanced and contemporary methods of teaching the goal of education in New Zealand is to train students to learn the mastery required in their respective fields. The country has a strikingly beautiful landscape, economic stability, high standards of living, post-graduation working opportunities, and a peaceful environment. Combining these factors, New Zealand is a competent study abroad destination among English-speaking countries. We have shed a light on the general requirements of studying abroad in New Zealand in the guide below:

Admission Requirements in New Zealand for Pakistani Students 2022

For admissions to universities of New Zealand, the applicant must have at least passed his previous degrees with an overall 75% grade. The applicant can apply for admission directly at the university’s official website. The entry requirements include an English proficiency test certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge), SAT (if required), transcripts of academic records, certificates, recommendation letters, letter of intent, bank statement, work or research experience (for postgraduate courses if applicable) and a valid passport. The selections for admission to universities in New Zealand are decided on the foundation of merit and academic excellence. Thousands of international students apply for admission to universities in New Zealand therefore the process of selection is competitive. The study program you choose must be approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) otherwise you will not be granted a student visa for New Zealand.

Student Visa of New Zealand for Pakistani Students 2022 Guideline

The nationals and resident permit holders of Australia do not require a student visa to study abroad in New Zealand. All other nationalities require a student visa to study in New Zealand’s universities. You will get an acceptance letter and be asked to pay the tuition and registration fee once your admission application has been approved by one of New Zealand’s universities. You will visit New Zealand’s Embassy or Consulate near your area after completing the formalities of admissions. The Embassy will guide you step to step procedure. The process of a student visa usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on your nationality the requirements for submitting a student visa application will be different. Generally, the Embassy will ask the student to submit the following documents:

-Clearance letter from the police (prove of good character stating the applicant is not involved in any criminal offense)
-Bank statement (proving the applicant can bear his living and study expenses)
-English proficiency test certificate
-Proof of an arranged inward travel (paid travel ticket for your return back to your country after completing your studies in New Zealand proving your motive for traveling to New Zealand is solely education)
-Prove of paid tuition fee

Permanent Residency of New Zealand for Pakistani Students 2022

New Zealand is offering an easy post-graduation visa procedure to internationals which leads to permanent residency. The post-graduation visa is offered to all international students regardless of their study program type in New Zealand. The duration of a post-graduation visa however depends on the study program you have completed in New Zealand. The post-graduate diploma or degree holders can have a post-graduate visa of 2 to 4 years duration. International students who have done other courses, degrees, or diplomas that are not equivalent to post-graduate level can have almost 12 months of post-graduation visa duration. For the duration of a post-graduation visa, the students can work in any firm or company and anywhere in New Zealand. The procedure of attaining permanent residency is based on a points system. The points system is an eligibility criterion that ascertains which permanent residency category applies to the candidate. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria of any permanent residency category by achieving the required points you will be invited to place a formal immigration request and vice versa.

Study Cost

The study cost in New Zealand is not expensive it is relatively lower than in other English-speaking countries. The tuition fee for medicine and veterinary subjects is higher than for other subjects.

-For studying an undergraduate course at a university in New Zealand, the cost you can expect to pay ranges from $22,000 ($11,000 per year) to $32,000 ($16,000 per year)
-For a two-year diploma course you will have to pay $9,250 per year,
-To study in a post-graduate program in New Zealand, you can expect to pay $26,000 ($13,000 per year) to $37,000 ($18,500 per year).
-The international students taking admitted to a Ph.D. degree program will have to pay some amount as the natives of New Zealand which ranges from around $6,500 ($3,250 per year) to $9,000(4,500 per year).

Living Cost

The cost of accommodation in New Zealand is quite expensive and higher than in Australia. International students will face challenges in managing accommodation expenses per month. Other living expenses such as food, transport, and entertainment are reasonably priced. The difficulty to manage the monthly budget can be handled because of having permission to work in New Zealand part-time under a student visa. By working 20 hours a week a student can earn around $1400 and even higher if he/she has any specific professional skills. The prices of day to day useable commodities and transportation and accommodation rents are estimated as follows:

Accommodation Cost

On-Campus: $180 to $200 per week
A single room in a shared flat: $120 per week
Private Renting Apartment with One room: $200 to $350 per week
Hostel: around $140 to $250 per week

Transportation Cost

The public transportation system in New Zealand consists of metro trains, buses, and ferries. Taxis are expensive means of traveling in New Zealand. A monthly pass for public transport will cost you around NZ$120 and NZ$250 depending on the distance you will cover to reach your workplace, university, and home on daily basis.

Food Cost

A basic menu meal at lunch or dinner time for one person in a restaurant will be around NZ$18. A dozen eggs are worth NZ$7, 1-kilogram potatoes are worth NZ$3.45, 1-kilogram tomatoes are worth NZ$6, Loaf of bread for two people for one-day usage is worth NZ$2.06.

Part-Time Jobs in New Zealand for International Students:

All international students above 18 years of age are allowed to work 20 hours a week in New Zealand and the students enrolled in a post-graduate Master’s or Ph.D. program can work according to their capacity (no restriction of hours). Part-time jobs options in New Zealand are ample. You can do internships or traineeships to get professional experience or do other jobs after attending your classes. The minimum wage per hour in New Zealand is $16. No matter what work you do you will be at least paid this amount or more depending on your job type, skills, and experience. There is no requirement for a separate work permit; your student visa for New Zealand will serve as a work permit. You can do the job of a cashier, waiter, tutor, sales consultant, data entry expert, translator, warehouse worker, call center representative or do freelancing jobs.

Types of Student Accommodation

New Zealand has been ranked as the 7th best study abroad destination among English-speaking countries for international students by OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment in 2017. There are all types of student accommodation available in New Zealand that a student can choose according to his budget and comfort. There are on-campus residency, halls of residence, dormitories, hostels, private flats, studio apartments, shared housing, and homestays. Each comes with its facilities and benefits. The monthly rents may vary according to the offered facilities and also on the location. The accommodations in urban cities are expensive whereas in the countryside areas the rents will be remarkably lesser than in cities.

Why Study In New Zealand

New Zealand is predominantly known for its scenic landscape, rugby, and peaceful and serene atmosphere. But at the same time, New Zealand is understated and little known for its exceptional characteristics which are greatly enticing to make students consider studying abroad in New Zealand. The small country of New Zealand is a neighbor of popular study abroad destination Australia. In terms of high quality of education and living standards, New Zealand is not any lesser than Australia. This English-speaking peaceful country has so much to offer including the internationally acclaimed education system, hospitality, adventure, charming and breathtaking sites, mild weather, low-cost tuition, fee, and part-time working opportunities while you are completing your degree. Here is a review of why you must consider studying abroad in New Zealand:

Best Education System

The courses and programs offered by the Universities of New Zealand have been designed based on the world’s best and internationally accredited education system I-e the British education system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is responsible for quality assurance and cross-checking of Kiwi Universities. The acknowledgment and acceptance of degrees attained from Kiwi Universities around the globe are because of this stern and meticulous system of education. As a matter of the fact, any international student applying for studying abroad in New Zealand can get students if the course he/she is enrolling in is not approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Innovative Mode of Teaching

Since the education system of New Zealand is inspired by the British education system, the courses and programs offered by Kiwi universities are focused on research, innovation, training, and critical learning in an organized manner. The students are nourished and polished academically enhancing their ability to undertake challenges in the future. Student-teacher interaction, problem-solving, critical analysis, and questioning about aspects of the lecture is a way of teaching adopted by Kiwi universities.

High Standards of Living

The distinctive aura of New Zealand makes it unique, charming, and attractive. New Zealand is indeed a well-developed country that has high standards of living and safe living for international students. The Kiwis are exceptionally caring and friendly people who follow the philosophy of living and letting live. For those who want to get top-level education as well as want to enjoy a laid laid-back and relaxed lifestyle then New Zealand is the best choice for you.

Adding Appeal to Your CV

In recent years, New Zealand has become quite popular for international students. The main attractive characteristic of studying in New Zealand is its high quality of education which has high esteem among employers and recruiters. Having a degree from a Kiwi University increases your possibility to attain a top-level job almost immediately because of the skills and training instilled in you by New Zealand’s education system.

Permission to Work Part-Time in New Zealand

The international student can do a part-time job after their classes for 30 hours a week. The minimum wage per hour in New Zealand is $17.70 which is higher than in many European countries. There are all kinds of part-time jobs available in New Zealand while you are studying New Zealand.

Education System in New Zealand

The Higher Education System in New Zealand is to an even greater degree based on the British system with a very similar structure. This means that qualifications gained in New Zealand or partial qualifications can often be transferred freely within New Zealand and with institutions in both the UK and Australia. All education institutions must be accredited through The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

New Zealand’s higher education institutions are split into universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, and Private training providers. Universities are largely research-based and state-owned. They offer courses from certificate to doctorate level with most courses lasting a full year. Some courses will run only one semester, and these can sometimes be started in the mid-academic year.

The Educational Structure in New Zealand

These government-appointed bodies are responsible for approving qualifications in New Zealand and for the quality that underlines the delivery of qualifications. These bodies are the:

-New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA): NZQA approves and registers all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments. It also provides accreditation and registration for private training establishments (PTE) including wananga. To offer NZQA approved courses, a PTE must be a registered provider with NZQA. NZQA also oversees and administers state secondary school qualifications.
-New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC): NZVCC approves all diplomas, undergraduate, and graduate. For details on NZVCC,
-Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITPNZ): ITPNZ is responsible for overseeing approving all local qualifications offered at polytechnics.
-Association of Colleges of Education in New Zealand (ACENZ): ACENZ is responsible for approving qualifications offered at Colleges of Education in New Zealand.

Grading System in New Zealand

The grading system in New Zealand’s universities varies from each other but A (or A+ and A-) are considered the highest grades and F as the lowest. D and anything below D is generally considered as having failed (with variations like D+ = marginal fail and D- = poor fail.). The pattern of grades continues on a lower scale and follows the patterns of:

-A, A, A-, B, B, B-, C, are passing grades, with C being the lowest passing grade and equivalent to 50% or slightly above
-D, E, and F are failing grades for students who have failed to meet compulsory course requirements

New Zealand universities’ marking system is different from the ones used in Pakistani or US universities. This might lead to confusion for Pakistani/ international students planning to study abroad in New Zealand. In Pakistani universities, scoring more than 65 – 70% earns you a “distinction”, while the same amount of marks is graded a B or B+ by New Zealand universities. Let’s look at the grading criteria and corresponding marks for the top 3 universities in New Zealand and see how they differ. Also keep in mind that sometimes, departments within the same universities can have slightly different grading scales. These grades can be easily converted into Grade Point Average (GPA) as well.

Application Process 

New Zealand is an appealing study abroad destination because it has a high quality of life, organized and par excellence education system, superlative health care facilities, economic stability, and career opportunities. All 8 of New Zealand’s universities hold a top spot in QS Rankings because of innovative and research-based learning. The universities focus on developing the individual skills of students and enhancing their problem-solving ability making New Zealand a favored study abroad choice. The admission requirements in universities of New Zealand depend on the course you have selected to pursue and from university to university. The entry requirements for international students coincided with visa requirements and bank statements. The general requirements for admission to universities in New Zealand are elaborated below:

How Pakistani Students can Apply to New Zealand Universities 2021
The method of application for admissions in New Zealand’s Universities is directly through online websites for international students.

Selecting an Institution: The first step of applying for admission is selecting an apt and suitable institution for pursuing your higher education degree. There are 8 state universities in New Zealand and each of them has excelling performance and worldwide degree acclamation. We recommend students to search about performances of universities based on international student assessment surveys which will make it quite easy for you to shortlist several options. Compare tuition fees and other additional expenses of these short-listed university options. Apply for admission after doing all the comparisons and assessing the most affordable, facilitating, and best education provider. The international students must contemplate on following factors during the selection process of the university to get enrolled:

The position of the university in world rankings
-Entry requirements and merit requirements
-Availability of Scholarship and financial aiding program
-If the university is located in the city of your choice in New Zealand
-On-Campus accommodation availability
-Affordability of tuition fee
-If the university offers a study program or course of your interest

Selecting a Programme: Above all choose a study program in New Zealand’s Universities if it is approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) because only then you will be granted a visa. Selecting a study program is a pathway to your professional career. Each subject has vast arrays of courses and study programs. Choosing the subject majors of your interest will keep you focused and passionate about your education. Consequently, you must consider choosing the subject combination in a study program that interests you, you have the expertise and ability to study the chosen subject with dedication and the study program has a career scope after completing your degree. Take guidance from an expert career advisor who can suggest to you which course can benefit you the most in the future and suits your academic ability based on your previous subject-wise grades. It is best to choose five-course and then research them before making a final selection. Before making a final selection consider the negatives and positives attached to the course, the overall expenses of the course, research the combination of subjects to be studied in all terms of the study program and check if you meet the admission eligibility of the program.

English Language Proficiency Certificate: New Zealand is an English-speaking country. The undergraduate and postgraduate study program applicants both need to provide an English language proficiency test certificate for admissions. English proficiency test certificate is required by those international students who belong to countries where English is not their native language.

Qualification Requirements for Pakistani Students to Get Admission to New Zealand Universities:

For Admissions in Under Graduate Program: Higher Secondary School Diploma from a recognized Institute. (for admissions in B. A Course the higher secondary school diploma must be passed with 75% overall grades and for B. In a Hons Course the higher school diploma must be passed with 82% overall grades and also the passing average for Physics and Mathematics must be 85%.

For Admissions in Post Graduate Program (Masters): The holder of a Bachelors’s (Hons) degree or a Post Graduate Diploma from a recognized university in your country is eligible to apply for a Master’s degree by thesis only. The holder of a Bachelors’s degree is eligible to apply for a Master’s degree for course work and in some cases also for a thesis.

For Admissions in Post Graduate Program (Ph.D.): The applicant must have attained a Master’s degree with good grades (1st Division or B+ or above grades) from a renowned university. A work experience in the related education of the applicant can be asked and research experience at the postgraduate level can be asked for as well.

Collect Required Documents: The international students applying for admissions to universities of New Zealand need to provide the following list of documents and a filled application form and submit it online at the university’s official website after meeting entry requirements. The lists of documents coincide with visa requirements such as passport, bank statement, and character assurance of applicant. The general documents required for admissions to universities in New Zealand are listed below:

-Application form (all sections must be filled)
-Transcripts of academic records, certificates, diplomas i-e Higher Secondary School Diploma (For Under Graduate Admission), Bachelors Degree (For Post Graduate Masters Admissions), and Masters Degree (For Post Graduate Ph.D. Admissions).
-Recommendation Letters (Written by your professors stating you are eligible to undertake the study course you had applied for enrollment)
-ACT or SAT Test Scores (if applicable)
-A Valid Passport
-Bank Statement (proving your eligibility to afford living and tuition fee expenses per year basis)
-University application fee receipt (it may vary between NZ$25 to NZ$50 depending on your chosen institution and study course)
-Financial Aid Application (That depends on the country from which you belong. New Zealand has collaborative relations with many educational institutes for scholarships and financial aiding so the applicant can specify if he/she is eligible for any financial aiding program and then send an application for funding and fee waiver)
-The applicant that is transferring their credit hours from a partner university in New Zealand university then he does not need any transcript of the academic record. The admission process is different from then which they can know from the chosen university of New Zealand.
-All the documents must be translated into English
-All the documents must be certified
-A letter of research experience or work experience (for Post Graduate Programs if applicable)
-Institution might ask you to attend a Skype interview as part of entry requirements and the candidates had to pass the test.
-Letter of intent (a letter written by the applicant and signed by him/her. The letter will state why the applicant chosen has a certain study program for admission and describe his professional or career goals and why he/she has chosen to study in New Zealand instead of their own country and also give an explanation of what the candidate’s plan to do after completing their degree from New Zealand.)

Check Tuition Fee New Zealand Universities for International Students: After submitting the admission application the candidate will receive a letter of acceptance from their New Zealand University if all goes well and he meets entry requirements. Post receiving the letter the candidate would be required to pay a tuition fee before applying for a student visa in New Zealand. The approximate tuition fee for an undergraduate or post-graduate program is stated below but the students need to reconfirm the tuition fee and registration fee before selecting the university.

-The approximate fee for an undergraduate study program may vary between NZD 24,300 to NZD 41,000 per year.
-The approximate fee for the postgraduate (Masters’s) study program may vary between NZD$ 54,400 to NZD$ 57,200 per year.

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