Guide to Studying in New Zealand

Study Abroad New Zealand

Considering going to study abroad? Thousands of international students choose to in New Zealand and you really should consider this destination. Although New Zealand is a long way from North America and Europe, don't be put off by the flight. New Zealand is a small country in size but there are so many highly rated colleges and universites. You can expect a quality higher education system, a warm climate and friendly native people which make living and studying here easier. 

This is one of the top worldwide destinations for international students and there are lots of subjects available to study including biotechnology, horticulture, dairy technology, marine engineering, forensic science and geothermal energy. Academic degrees offered by colleges in New Zealand are recognised worldwide and are some of the best qualifications in the world. 


Top Places to Study in New Zealand

You can apply in most locations including:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Hamilton
  • Napier-Hastings
  • Otago 


Best Universites to Study in New Zealand for International Students

Recommended universities for international students in New Zealand include:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Otago
  • University of Canterbury
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Massey University 


Popular Subjects to Study

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • IT/Computing
  • Tourism & Hotel Management
  • Visual Communications 


New Zealand Tuition Fees

The fee you pay for tuition really depends on which university or course you choose. New Zealand is cheaper than most worldwide study abroad destinations generally you will pay around NZ$ 10,000 to NZ$ 18,000 per year for an under-graduate course. Post-graduate courses usually cost around NZ$ 14,000 to NZ$ 24,000 per year.



If you want to go to a college or university in New Zealand you will need to apply for a student visa. To get this type of visa you will need the following documents:

  • Valid passport - (valid for at least three months beyond your stay in New Zealand)
  • Completed Student Visa Application Form (INZ 1012)
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Offer of place – You need to have an offer of place from a New Zealand institute/university. The forms are usually issued after the tuition fees have been received
  • Letter from your current institution confirming status as a study abroad student
  • Health insurance receipt and sometimes character certificates
  • Two passport sized photographs


Scholarships for Studying in New Zealand

The cost of flights, accommodation and course fee's can be quite high when you add it all up but there is help available. Some well known scholarship and financial aid providers which help international students study in New Zealand you might be eligible for include:

  • The New Zealand International Undergraduate Fees Scholarship 
  • ISA offers program participants assistance


Language Exams

If you are a non native English speak you might be required to take a language test to gain admission to colleges/universities, these include International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE).


How to Apply

Search programs on our directory and apply today. If you need any help arranging a study abroad experience in New Zealand please get in touch. 


New Zealand Study Abroad Reviews

If you have ever been to study in New Zealand and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.

"I joined an IES Abroad program in New Zealand which was truely life changing. We had an amazing leader who was able to take us on trips to see more of the country and also the Cook Islands. I really hope to go back and visit New Zealand again soon." - Jamie, United States


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