NEW ZEALAND IS THE PLACE WHERE THE SUN RISES FIRST. IT IS A YOUNG COUNTRY IN AGE AND ASPECT, AND AS SUCH IT IS THE SPRING OF FRESH IDEAS.
Unlike other countries, New Zealand offers some distinct advantages in education, which is seen by students who choose to get an education there as a life-changing choice.
New Zealand ranks as number one on the Global Peace Index due to its friendly people and multicultural support. Its natural rugged beauty without dangerous animals makes it one of the safest places to be in.
WHY STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND?
The country where the sun rises first ranks as number one on the Global Peace Index due to its friendly people and its multicultural support. As a relatively new place, it has a refreshing beauty and a lack of dangerous animals. New Zealand is one of the top preferred countries by students, with over 90,000 of them coming in every year.
Getting a degree in New Zealand is cheaper than in India. Study choices range from science, technology, arts and business. Diploma, master and PhD levels are available for each. New Zealand universities offer a wider range of options such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Computer Studies, Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Sports, Science, Biotechnology and Architecture. The learning environment is friendly and stimulating, attracting students easily.
The academic year starts from mid or late February and ends in early November. Some institutions may offer summer school during the November-February holiday.
Intake periods ? February, July and sometimes September.
Vacation periods ? June and November to February.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students must have completed twelve years of elementary and secondary education, with 75% aggregate marks and a 60% score in English language class. Some universities and colleges may also require the student to take a foundation course in them before being admitted. IELTS or TOEFL are required for Immigration Services. A band of 6.0 / 6.5 for undergraduate and 6.5 / 7.5 for postgraduate courses is recommended. The “New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships” provides scholarships to students aiming for doctoral degrees, based on academic merit.
WHAT FUNDS ARE NEEDED?
A) COST OF EDUCATION
The average tuition fee for each program (NZ $ per annum)
Diploma : 15,750 ? 20,000
Bachelors Degree : 16,000 – 20,000
Masters degree : 15,000 – 22,000
B) COST OF LIVING
Most higher education institutions provide halls of residence for one or two persons. These include laundry & lounge rooms along with dining halls. It costs NZ$200 per week to stay in a hall of residence.
Homestay, flats and independent accommodations are also available. In case of renting a place to stay, the student must pay the landlord an advanced rent of 2-4 weeks’ stay worth (bond). The bond is refundable if the student is not satisfied with their stay during that time.
A student’s yearly stay costs may vary between NZ$8,000 and NZ$15,000, depending on the student’s needs.
C) FINANCIAL PROOF FOR VISA
A proof of funding of NZ $27000 – $74000 is required for a Student Visa. If the student aims for two academic years, he/she must provide evidence of funds upfront. These funds must cover education and living expenses. In addition, he/she must provide a plan of payment.
The following types of evidence are accepted:
Authorized educational loan letter from a nationalised or multinational bank.
Latest bank statements for the past 6 months. It should not be more than 1 week old at the time of applying. Please ensure that statements are provided. Balance certificates are not accepted.
Fixed Deposits. In case of providing fixed deposits as evidence of funds please ensure that a copy/counterfoil of the deposit along with a letter from the bank giving the details of the deposit is provided.
Public Provident Fund Accounts/Employers Provident Fund Accounts.
Fixed Deposits. Please provide a copy/counterfoil of the deposit along with a letter from the bank giving the details of the deposit.
National Saving Certificates.
In addition, applicants must provide documentary evidence of income (and its source) of their parents, even if the cost of study is covered by someone else.
FUNDS TRANSFER SCHEME
The New Delhi branch allows students to transfer 12 months worth of living expenses and a one year tuition fee to a bank in NZ. Verifiable documents for the source of the student’s income is not needed. More details about the Funds Transfer Scheme can be found here: www.immigration.govt.nz/newdelhi
The NZ government requires students to have a medical and travel insurance. The medical insurance covers doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays, ambulance services and other special health needs of the student. Each educational institution offers a student health center where students can visit a doctor and get treatment for a reasonable fee.
WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND
International students are allowed to work 20 hours part-time each week during the academic year and full-time during vacations. New Zealand is the only country that offers a one-year Visa for searching a job. A student that has obtained a job can apply for a two-year work permit, after which the student can apply for permanent residency in New Zealand.
To obtain a Student Visa, a college or university from New Zealand must allow the student to undertake a course approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The Visa can be obtained within 15-20 working days from the date of the Visa application. This Student Visa covers the entirety of the course plus two extra months. The fee for the Visa is USD $210 and must be paid via bank draft in the name of “Immigration New Zealand”.
The NZ High Commission does not accept cash or credit cards, or drafts payable to NZ High Commission or Embassy, and it doesn’t have EFTPOS.
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