New Zealand is considered a ‘top performing country’ for the quality of its education system according to the OECD Better Life Index. The tuition is the lowest in the world and the education is British-based, therefore offering many study programmes in English. As a member of the Lisbon Qualification Recognition Convention, New Zealand qualifications are recognised in over 50 countries round the world, offering international students flexibility after their studies. Additionally, the support services for international students are among the best in the world.
Institutions in New Zealand are allowed to set their own tuition fees, meaning that what you pay will be different depending on which institution you wish you to attend. International students can expect to pay between $22,000 and $32,000 for a bachelor’s degree, and between $26,000 and $37,000 for a postgraduate course. However, some courses have higher fees, such as medicine, engineering and veterinary science. All PhD students pay the same, which is $6,500 to $9,000 per year. For information about the cost of your specific course, contact your institution.
To study for diplomas and degrees at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, students coming through New Zealand’s secondary school system generally need NCEA Level 3 qualifications. Students from overseas need to be able to show they’ve achieved a similar University entrance level of education - that can include GCSE A levels for students from the UK, Hong Kong ‘A’ Levels, STPM /Malaysian Higher School Certificate Australian Matriculation Year 12 Certificate. They also need to be able to prove their English skills.
The Universities New Zealand website has more information about the admission requirements for students with overseas qualifications. Students can also do short-term foundation studies or pre-university orientation studies at PTEs or universities to prepare for university-level study. You need to check with the tertiary education provider you’re considering.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in New Zealand. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
For studying in New Zealand a student visa is required. This requires an offer place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and proof of insurance. You can either apply for your visa at your home country’s New Zealand embassy or consulate, however the application fee is 10% cheaper if completed online. For more information about visas, please visit the New Zealand Immigration website.
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