Studying in New Zealand
Why study in New Zealand?
Despite its distance from the UK, New Zealand is becoming a popular destination for UK students.
- As expected from a small country, there are only eight universities in New Zealand (and 23 polytechnics).
Entry and visa regulations
All UK citizens will need a student visa to study overseas in New Zealand if the programme of study is longer than three months.
- To study as a full-time student in New Zealand an offer from an education institution must be included in the visa application.
- You must also show that you have enough money to cover your living and accommodation costs while studying abroad.
- A medical examination may be demanded to ensure health requirements and for stays of longer than two years a police check may also be carried out.
Funding your study
While New Zealand is a great place to study as an international student, it does have one downside – tuition costs.
- Fees for arts or social sciences range from NZ$20,000 (£9,680) a year.
- Courses in science and engineering can cost from NZ$25,000 (£12,000) per year.
- Dentistry and medicine tend to be the most expensive degrees – NZ$75,000 (£36,300) per year.
- Unfortunately, there are few scholarships available for international students studying in New Zealand, and those that are on offer are for PhD students.
What about part-time work?
- A student visa is condition on sufficient funds to pay for living and accommodation costs.
- Being able to work while studying can certainly help finances to stretch a little further.
- Full-time student are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week but must seek a variation in the conditions of their visa.
- New Zealand's adult minimum wage is NZ$13 (£6.30) per hour.
Here are some approximate costs of those all important student services in New Zealand (GBP, March 2015):
- Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £449 - £624 per month
- Meal, inexpensive restaurant: £8.95
- Meal at McDonalds: £4.97
- Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): £3.48
- Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): £3.98
- Cappuccino: £2.15
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £1.48
- Water (0.33 litre bottle): £1.40
- Loaf of bread: £1.26
- Cigarettes: £9.40
- One-way ticket local transport: £1.74
- Cinema ticket: £7.96
Health and safety
Current medical and travel insurance is a requirement of the Ministry of Education's Code of Practice.
- Student visa holders are generally not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services.
- People covered by New Zealand’s reciprocal health agreements with Australia and United Kingdom are entitled to publicly funded health care for immediately necessary medical treatment only.
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- All of the requirements for obtaining a student visa to study in New Zealand, and a checklist of the application process, can be found at Immigration New Zealand
- More information can be found in this guide to education in New Zealand