Study in New Zealand


Every student in New Zealand enjoys the advantage of a supporting learning environment; with relatively small class sizes enabling more personalized attention from teachers. Independent thinking is strongly encouraged, where students are taught to think for themselves. Students get the opportunity to harness their individual strengths and ideas for channelling them towards a productive career.


You can consider a variety of reasons to choose NZ as your study destination. Schools, universities and institutes in New Zealand are known worldwide for their quality education. NZ qualifications are recognized internationally and are welcomed by all employers.NZ has been ranked #1 for its quality education by the United Nations. The prestigious Legatum Institute in London has also rated NZ as #1 in the world for its education.

Quality Teaching, Small classes

University and institute staff combines research and teaching. They come from all over the world and keep their international connections refreshed using sabbatical leave and the other opportunities they get for ensuring regular engagement with the global academic community.

The high quality teaching in NZ will open up the exciting post graduate opportunities and the students will be more likely to secure better employment.

 International Comparison

 It all means that – along with the people you’ll meet, the places you’ll see and the things you’ll do in New Zealand – you can be confident you will get an education that will set you up for the future you dream of.

International comparisons confirm that you can have confidence in the quality of New Zealand’s tertiary education.

QS Rankings placed New Zealand universities amongst the world’s top 50 for studying accounting and finance, computer science, civil engineering, economics, medicine, agriculture and forestry and 10 other important subjects.

Welcomed by Employer – A smart move in your career

A New Zealand qualification can be a valuable asset, enhancing your career prospects both locally and internationally.

Employers around the world recognize New Zealand’s education system for its ability to Balance academic achievements with individual skills; and producing creative and flexible thinkers who are competent at both practical and theoretical levels.

Quality Controlled

When you’re unfamiliar with a country and its education system, it’s hard to know which school, institute or university is going to deliver the best quality. That’s not really an issue in New Zealand. The education system is regulated with strong quality assurance systems across the board. It creates a consistency that gives you flexibility to pick the institution you want, in the city or town that best suits your interest, knowing that you will get a quality education.

All of the Technology institute and Polytechnics are also state-owned. These along with private training providers such as English language schools must follow strict quality guidelines monitored by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). NZQA reviews these providers on regular basis.



New Zealand’s education system is based on the prestigious British system, which offers world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff, and the qualification is valued and transferable throughout the world.

Ensuring a good education for all is part of the Kiwi concept of giving everyone a fair go. In fact of 32 developed countries surveyed in the OECD’s 2013 Better Life index, New Zealand devoted the highest percentage of public expenditure to education.

Both at academic and practical, skill-based achievements are valued in New Zealand. Young people are encouraged to be questioning – to see the bigger picture and be open minded in finding new ways to approach things.

The overriding goal is to create “confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners” equipped for the knowledge age.

New Zealand qualifications are classified using levels and range from Level-1 to level-10.

Certificates – Levels 1 to 7 : Certificates are often short term courses which can be completed between 3 to 12 months’ time.

Diplomas – Levels 5 to 7: A diploma normally requires two years of full-time study, but some diplomas can be completed in one year. Level- 7 diplomas are considered equivalent to the final year of Bachelor degree.

Bachelor’s degree – Level 7: A Bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate degree that normally requires at least three years of full-time study and are offered by various Universities and Polytechnics.

Graduate certificates and diplomas – Level 7: Graduate certificates or diplomas are open to people with a Bachelor’s degree (and sometimes people with equivalent study or work experience) to do further study at an undergraduate level. Certificates usually take one semester of full-time study to complete, while diplomas take a full year. Universities, Polytechnics and some Private training institutes offer such courses.

Post-Graduate Diplomas – Level 8 :Post graduate diplomas are open to those with relevant Bachelor’s degree in that particular study area and are usually for 1 year tenure. Universities, Polytechnics and some Private training institutes offer such courses.

Master’s Degree – Level 9:Master’s degree is an advanced degree taken by someone who already holds a Bachelor’s degree or in some cases have extensive experience in the relevant field. It usually involves writing a research based piece of writing,

Master’s Degree – Level 9:Master’s degree is an advanced degree taken by someone who already holds a Bachelor’s degree or in some cases have extensive experience in the relevant field. It usually involves writing a research based piece of writing.

Doctorate – Level 10: A doctorate, also called a PhD and is highest university degree . It usually involves extensive research resulting in a thesis. Most Phd(s) require three year of full time study by someone who already holds a Master degree and or in some cases have extensive experience in the relevant field. Doctorates can be studied in Universities and Polytechnics



To be eligible to study in New Zealand as a student your course must meet the New Zealand requirements for international students. Universities/Institutes prefer applicants with relevant academic background along with required scores in IELTS / TOEFL /PEARSON to fulfill the English requirements.

Universities and Polytechnics have intakes twice a year (February and July) while intakes of PTEs are usually 4-6 times a year.



Costs of Education vary as per the institute and course you studying. In general cost ranges from:

  • PTE: NZ$14,000 – NZ$20,000 per year

  • Polytechnic: NZ$16,000 – NZ$25,000 per year

  • University: NZ$18,000 – NZ$30,000 per year



New Zealand offers great employment environment to advance your career. It has a lot going on for such a small country (with a population of under 4.5 million). There are exciting job opportunities for a range of skilled workers, including those within the Healthcare, IT and engineering sector.

It is definitely a good time to look for jobs in New Zealand – especially if you have the right skills.New Zealand’s employment market has been gathering steam steadily since the global financial crisis – a trend that’s set to continue.

There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

Job vacancies on the two main Internet boards raised a solid 15.4% through 2013, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Vacancies are now at levels not seen since mid-2008 and employers are reporting difficulties finding skilled labor.

Business confidence is at a 20-year high (NZIER), while unemployment was down to 6.2% by September 2013, well below the OECD overall average then of 7.9%. (Our unemployment has been below the OECD average for over a decade.)

The economy will add over 100,000 jobs (4.4% growth) in the two years to 2016, according to the Government.

Particularly strong jobs growth is expected in the Auckland and Canterbury regions and in the construction and utilities industries.



To fit successfully into a job in New Zealand you need to be aware of those differences and prepared to adjust to the New Zealand way of working.

One thing your employer and work colleagues will be looking for is the positive, ‘can do’ attitude that’s made Kiwis well-liked employees wherever they travel.

New Zealanders are known for simply getting on with the job and finding solutions. It’s a product of relatively recent pioneering background when people had no choice but to get things done using whatever resources were at hand. That meant combining traditional ways of doing things with new ideas.

If you’re just starting your career, New Zealand may well give you a jump-start, providing hands-on experience and even management opportunities you may not see for years back home.

If you are a self-starter, that attribute is valued here. And if you bring middle or senior management experience, your ability to help train and show New Zealanders new techniques will be of great value.

You might be used to a more structured way of working in your country. Status, rank and hierarchies are much less important in Kiwi workplaces than elsewhere. Managers are respected by the staff, but they are seen to be one of the team.

Everyone nearly always address superiors, colleagues and clients by their first names. Everyone is treated equally and judged by their ability and what they achieve in their job, rather than their previous qualifications, experience or status.

Management style is usually informal, and so is the workplace. Everyone dress quite casually, probably more so than you’re used to, and regularly mix socially with people from work. Many workplaces have a relaxed, almost family atmosphere.

In New Zealand workplaces it is expected that everyone will contribute ideas and feedback, although we are more likely to make a suggestion than tell someone directly how things should change.



The minimum standard wage for adults in 2017 is $15.25 an hour, or $570 for a standard 40-hour work week. Though pay rate varies as per the profession and industry you work in.


Median pay




$37k – $125k

Agriculture, fishing & forestry


$32k – $85k

Banking, finance & insurance


$40k – $123k

Construction & architecture


$35k – $115k

Customer service


$32k – $65k



$30k – $85k



$40k – $135k

Executive & general management


$42k – $185k

Government & council


$37k – $125k



$30k – $105k

Hospitality & tourism


$27k – $55k

HR & recruitment


$42k – $135k



$45k – $207k



$35k – $145k

Manufacturing & operations


$30k – $85k

Marketing, media & communications


$35k – $120k

Office & administration


$32k – $65k



$27k – $105k



$35k – $145k



$27k – $65k



$35k – $105k

Science & technology


$35k – $95k

Trades & services


$30k – $75k

Transport & logistics


$32k – $75k