New Zealand hosted 93,505 international students in 2009, and the number of Indian students among them was 8,673 – just under 10 per cent of the total number.
Why New Zealand?
The fee is relatively low as compared to what a student pays in the US or the UK. It costs R9lakh to R10 lakh to study in New Zealand for a year. The cost of living is not high and you can easily pull through with a part-time job. Moreover, the country’s crime rate is low.
Degree/ diploma courses in animation, hospitality management and IT are popular among Indian students.
Entry dates vary from one institution to another and from one department to another. The standard intake is for the fall session, which starts in August/September. Optional entry can be in January/ February (spring). Occasionally, however, there are some programmes for which candidates are admitted in the winter quarter (November/December) and in summer (May/June).
When to apply
For the February/March session, you should apply in September/October. Send your application directly to the university or apply through an agent.
How to apply and to/ through whom
Send your application along with the required documents, such as academic credentials, writing samples, recommendation letters, resume, if applicable, and interest essay, to the institutions. Undergraduate students should apply to 10-12 institutions, Master’s aspirants from eight to 10 and doctoral candidates from six to eight. Note that the number of universities that an aspirant applies to varies as per his/her field of specialisation.
Deadlines - UG and PG
Deadline is October/ November for February intake and April/ May for July intake.
You are required to have anIELTS band score of no less than 5.5, though it is not mandatory in some institutions.
You can fill up an online form, but you might be asked to post or courier documents. The statement of purpose (SoP) is also required along with your application while some schools can ask for letters of recommendation.
Once accepted, the institution will send you an ‘offer of place’ letter confirming start dates and course details, and an invoice for the tuition fees. After paying the fee, you receive a confirmation letter and confirmation of payment.
If you intend to study for more than 12 weeks, apply for a student visa at your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or trade commission.
Let the institution know when you will arrive so that accommodation can be arranged and you can be met at the airport.
Annual tuition and other fees
NZ$17,000-NZ$25,000 per annum for all programmes.
One can find several options on campus or closeby. It will cost you between NZ$100-150 a week.
You will find a lot of Indian restaurants and take-away outlets everywhere and you can even get frozen Indian meals in grocery stores.
There are some scholarships available from the universities and other institutions, but these are quite limited and usually only available for postgraduate-level study. PhD studies are available to international students at the same tuition costs charged to domestic students.
Indian students can apply for the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships. The last date to apply is July 15 every year.
Part-time jobs policy
Students are allowed 20 hours per week and the minimum wage rate is NZ$13 per hour.
You, therefore, can earn NZ$260 per week – enough to meet boarding and lodging expenses.
Job opportunities after graduation in the NZ
One can get a job in New Zealand, especially in a hotel, because the tourism sector is booming. The country attracts two million international tourists every year.
New Zealand’s universities
There are eight universities in New Zealand, and all are research-based and state owned.
New Zealand’s universities are performing very well on a global level, and the country has a higher percentage of its universities listed in the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement Top 500 and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500 world universities than any other country.
AUT University (Auckland University of Technology) - Auckland
The AUT, the newest university in New Zealand, has a distinctive approach to teaching and learning.
Its focus is on the application of knowledge.
AUT graduates are highly responsive to the needs of the modern, fast-changing and multi-skilled workplace.