Flying for hours may not be a thing to worry about for some international students who seek to study in New Zealand. The country New Zealand, is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, just south of Australia. It consists of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. The Capital Wellington, is on the North Island.
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$).
Notwithstanding the distance, students still aspire to study in any of the universities/colleges. New Zealand is a small country. As expected from a small country, there are only eight universities in New Zealand (and 23 polytechnics).
Interestingly, students who wish to study in English taught programs, can do so easily. English is the predominant language spoken in New Zealand.
Having a valid passport and the right visa obtained is a major booster to having a trouble-free entry into New Zealand. For more information, visit the country official website for clarifications on immigration requirements.
Entry and visa regulations
Please note: 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 – 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.
- 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.
Pricing depends on the place, time of year, and day of the week, so the below is just to give you a general idea. Use our accommodation finder to see price ranges for your specific location.
- Campsite: NZ$10-$35 per person, per night
- Dorm bed in a hostel / backpackers: NZ$17-$35 per night
- 3 star motel / hotel room: NZ$80-$250 per night
*Important notes: These figures are subjected to change and varies.
Bringing cash into New Zealand
There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.