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Studying in New Zealand

Students' Experiences of 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.

Helpful links

International Rankings

University Rankings 2017–18

University QS
QS World University Rankings 2017–18

Global university rankings compiled annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS ranks institutions by the following key indicators; academic peer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter review, international orientation.

See the QS World University Rankings here, and more on making sense of international rankings here.

THE
THE World University Rankings 2017–18

Global university rankings compiled annually by the Times Higher Education (THE). THE ranks institutions by performance in the following categories; Industry Income, Teaching, Research and Citations.

See THE World University Rankings here, and more on making sense of international rankings here.

University of Canterbury 211 401-500
University of Otago 173 201-250