Comprehensive Guide on how to Work and Study in New Zealand

New Zealand is actually a multi-cultural country, with a nice fusion of Maori  people, Pacific Islanders, European and Asians combining together to create a stimulating and colourful society.

You would really enjoy living on the countryside with its  unique and quite spectacular rolling green hills, golden sand beaches and lush rainforests, all accessible within a few hours drive.

New Zealand is not a thickly populated country,with just only four million inhabitants, known popularly as ‘Kiwis’, who are very affectionate, easy going, warm and appreciative of their neighbors, and international friends. New Zealanders travel out of their continent a lot,so this means they are very used to a wide range of cultures.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for schools in this country are actually cheap when compared with institutions of other developed countries. The tuition fee is different for different universities and colleges and varies with courses. Find below a list of how much each course would cost :

Undergraduate  Courses

Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences       NZ $ 10,000 – $ 12,000  per year

Commerce / Administration / Management     NZ $ 10,000 – $ 12,500  per year

Computing & Mathematical Sciences       NZ $ 13,000 – $ 15,000 per year

Engineering       NZ $ 16,000 – $ 17,500  per year

Science / Science Technology     NZ $ 14,000 – $ 16,000 per year

Technology       NZ $ 14,000 – $ 18,000  per year

Cost of living

The estimated cost of living for international students is between NZ $ 10,000 – 13,000, which should cover accommodation and personal expenses.

However, these expenses would vary for different people depending on their lifestyles and spending spree. Note that New Zealand has one of the lowest cost of living among  developed countries of the world.

List of Universities

*Auckland University of Technology

*Lincoln University

*Manukau Institute of Technology

*Massey University

*Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand

*The University of Auckland

How to Apply

International students wishing to study in Newzealand can gain admission into their Universities through one of the following ways:

*By having  in a possession a secondary school qualification which is recognised in New Zealand as an equivalent to the New Zealand university entrance exams standard.

* By attending a recognized secondary school in New Zealand and achieving the country’s university entrance exams standard.

*  By finishing an approved foundation programme at a recognized university in New Zealand.

Most of the application to schools in Newzealand are online while some are paper based. Reach out to the University you are applying to know which application method is approved by the institution.

Work and Study

As of 2015, New Zealand made it possible for international students on a student visa to work minimum of 20 hours per week.Most students will find jobs in the hospitality areas, hotels, restaurants, cafes or in the tourism area. There are lots of part time jobs in the Auckland region. You can also work during summer holidays.


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