New Zealand


To ensure that both the Government and individuals are investing in quality education, training and assessment, the Government has set up nationally recognised processes of quality assurance. There are a number of government appointed bodies responsible for approving qualifications in New Zealand and for the quality that determines the delivery of qualifications. These bodies are :

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

responsible for approving and registering all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments.

New Zealand Vice-Chancellor's Committee (NZVCC)

responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by New Zealand universities.


University education was established in New Zealand in 1870 and has a similar tradition to the British university system. There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance: In addition to a centrally co-ordinated system of quality assurance audits at both institution and programme level, each university undertakes internal quality checks. All New Zealand universities offer a broad range of subjects in Arts, Commerce and Science. Each has developed its own specialist subjects such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science. Computer Studies, Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Sports-Science, Biotechnology, Architecture etc. Bachelor's Masters and Doctoral degrees are offered by all New Zealand universities. A range of under graduate and postgraduate diplomas is also available, along with honours programmes (usually requiring an additional year of study).


New Zealand Polytechnics, and Institutes of Technology, are state funded and provide education and training at all levels ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. A few of them offer PG programmes as well. Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology are efficient tertiary providers offering programmes which can be both academically and vocationally focused. Due to their active engagement with industry, employers and government agencies they provide programmes which are of a high academic standard and are relevant to the rapidly changing workforce on a global basis. Polytechnics offer diverse courses like Arts and Design, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality etc.


In 1989, amendments to the Education Act in New Zealand enabled the private tertiary sector to award degrees through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The key to the legitimacy of the private degree providers is their relationship with the NZQA which has responsibility for course accreditation. The mission of the private degree providers is to provide a quality service to their students and range of skills of value in the work environment.


Private training establishments are registered and their courses approved by NZQA. Institutions and schools in this sector provide a range of courses including English language, aviation flight training, air traffic control, English, business computing, dance, design and arts, religious studies, travel and tourism and training for the hospitality industry.


At most New Zealand universities the course of study for a bachelor's degree consists of a prescribed number of unit, papers or courses. In each subject there are usually first-year (stage 1 or 100 - level), second year (stage 2 or 200 level) and third-year (stage 3 or 300 level) courses. A second year course may be commenced only after prescribed passes in the subject at stage 1 and a third-year course only after required passes in the subject at stage 2. In each subject the student is required to attend a given number of lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory periods per week. In some courses field trips provide opportunities for on-site study of natural phenomena or social processes. These learning contacts are supplemented by personal reading and research. Students are expected to develop independent study skills with a minimum of processes. These learning contacts are supplemented by personal reading and research. Students are expected to develop independent study skills with a minimum of professional supervision. Grades gives in tests, assignments and practical work count towards the final grade for a course. Most courses have a final written examination held either at mid-year (June) or the end of the academic year (October/November).


The first degree a student is able to gain in New Zealand is as elsewhere, a Bachelors degree. With a completed Bachelor's degree, a graduate may be able to go on to a Masters degree. These degrees may be awarded with Honours, an indication both of the challenge the course presents and of the student's achievement in it.

Postgraduate Diploma :

A one-years full-time study, designed for graduates, which builds on the subject matter in the academic field of the previous degree.

Graduate Diploma :

A one-year, full-time course of study for graduates. It does not always require its students to have prior learning or experience in the subject matter of the diploma.

Master's Degree :

The Master's degree is open to those who have completed a Bachelors degree. The course of study is usually of one or two year's full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The work required normally builds upon the prior knowledge gained in the major part of the Bachelor's degree, and most or all of it is in that discipline. It is at a more advanced level. That is normally reflected in the content of the work; in the mode of teaching which is likely to emphasise seminar presentation; and in provision of research experience for the candidate. A thesis component, and in some cases, particularly those which are taken after a four-year Bachelor (Honours) course, the degrees may be thesis-only. However increasingly Master's degrees by papers, or papers plus research, are becoming available. The successful student is expected to show, as the title implies, a real grasp of the subject, demonstrated by an understanding of the discipline, a capacity to reflect upon it, and an ability to undertake research into it.


New Zealand Doctorate Research scholarships are a significant educational opportunity. Doctorate programmes generally take atleast 3 years of full time study to complete. It is a fully research based degree. PHD students pay domestic tuition fee which is a 'benefit' of fee difference from international fees to domestic fees. Scholarships are also awarded to the students on the basis of academic merit and research ability by the university. The scholarships doctoral degree by research in New Zealand universities. The scholarship funding covers international tuition fee, a monthly living allowance, travel, health, insurance, books and thesis allowance.


NZIS is the sole agency of the NZ government responsible for migration and entry to NZ. Student visa is required to enter the country to study a course more than 3 months duration, also the course opted should be offered by education institutions approved & registered with NZQA. Student is issued a visa for One year duration could be & easily extended being in New Zealand as per the further duration of course. Visit our Visa counselor for personal guidance & documentation requirement for student visa. You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the NZQA. Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. You must pay your tuition fees have been paid. You must pay your tuition fees in advance for the University to send you an official receipt and the Offer of Place Certificate, which also guarantees that accommodation will be available, which are required with your visa application. Acceptance by the University does not Guarantee that a student will be issued a student visa by the immigration authorities. Student visa and permit information and application forms can be obtained from any New Zealand Immigration Service branch office within New Zealand or overseas (contact the nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy in Delhi). You can also obtain all relevant information and forms from the New Zealand Immigration Service website, However visit your SINDIBAD  counselor for personal guidance and the latest checklist.


International students enrolled in a tertiary programme of study are eligible to work upto 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students can work full time (40 hrs) in New Zealand only during the summer holidays. International students who have graduates from a course in New Zealand that would gain the Skilled Migrant Category may apply for a six month open work permit. Eligible student's partner may apply for a work permit, valid for the duration of the study course.


NZ industries work side by side to encourage and sustain the economic activity and the benefits it brings to the people of NZ. Over 60% of NZ GDP is generated by services. This includes : The computer software development industry, film, television and commercial production industry, services like banking, finance, advertising, property, tourism & hospitality, and food processing. The manufacturing sector has shown strong export performance growth, which has encouraged investment and employment growth.


Most educational institutions in New Zealand will assist you in finding accommodation while studying in New Zealand. There are various types of accommodation which are available to international students. These are like Halls of residence / Students Hostel, Homestay, Apartments / Flats. All students on finalising institution, should refer to its website for Accommodation arrangements.


  • Friendly
  • Welcoming towards visitors
  • Relaxed, informal
  • English speaking


Temperate - not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry
  • Moderated by the oceans
  • North Island - winterless sometimes
  • South Island - 4 definite seasons


Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston, North Wellington, Christ Church, Wanganui Dunedin, Rotorua are some popular ones.


  • Almost every type can be found
  • Snow capped mountain ranges
  • Fiords, Glaciers, Lakes
  • Wild rivers, Native forests,
  • Sandy beaches, broad plains
  • Active Volcanoes


Bungee Jumping, Jet Boating, White Water Rafting, Heli Skiing Snow Boarding, Trail Bike Riding. Rugby Cricket, Yachting, Gardening, Rock/Mountain Climbing, Golf etc.


  • 79.6% are from European Ethnic groups
  • 14.5% are Maori
  • 5% pacific Island Polynesian
  • 2.2% Chinese
  • 1.2% Indian
  • Total Population 4 Million


Students who have studied are earning a reputation of being called innovative thinkers and are being addressed as "The New World Class". It has a progressive education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. There are wide range of study opportunities, including state administered primary, secondary schools, universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and private training establishments. The NZQA assures the quality of programme offered by state institutions and a private establishment, which in turn ensures that programmes offered in New Zealand, maintain international recognition.


Most of the universities have been taking International students for the last 50 - 60 years and hence have gained a multicultural / national perspective offering a balanced curriculum which finds relevance in work places around the world. The same perspective enables it to offer excellent welfare services to students from around the world. The polytechnics in NZ are known for the programs which are "Read to Enter the Job Markets".


The best thing about studying in NZ is that the expenses involved are comparatively less than the other major destinations viz. USA, UK, Canada or Australia. In fact it is almost 50% less than that of USA and UK. Coupled with the lesser costs and International recognition of its qualification, NZ essentially offers "Best of Both Worlds" qualifications. Kiwi Life : Even though the country might be small the people think big. The people popularly known as Kiwi's are renowned for their hospitality and their love for sports and the outdoors.


New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the seas surrounding it. This-results in mild summers and cool winters. This excellent climate encourages all sports of outdoor sports and activities. One can indulge in sports as varied from Football, cricket to White water rafting and Bungee jumping. In fact it is widely accepted fact that NZ enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. It enjoys the four distinct seasons, viz, Summer (Nov. to March), Autumn (March to June), Winter (June to Sept.) & Spring (Sept. to Nov.) & hence people enjoy high quality living conditions.


New Zealand offers a safe learning environment. It is the first country in the world to declare itself as a nuclear free zone. The environment is green, clean and uncrowned with a small populations and wide open spaces.


A code of practice that ensures protection of international student's welfare by all education providers come into force in 2002. Only signatories to the code will be allowed to enroll international students. Ensuring that New Zealand education providers act fairly and reasonably when recruiting students, the Code gives prospective students that they can trust the institution in which they choose to enroll.


  • On Campus :

    College hostels (self catered or fully catered)
  • Off Campus :

    Renting a flat / appartment
  • Homestay :

    With the Families near the institution.
  • Early application for accommodation arrangements are advisable.


The average international student in Australia spends about A$1000 per month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, telephone and incidental costs. While this is a realistic guide, it is important to remember that individual circumstances will vary by location, course and lifestyle


The academic year is from mid / late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters with a holiday of 4 weeks in June. Each University operates slightly different dates and some also offer summer school in the main holiday period in November to February. Intakes are in February, July and sometimes in September.


For International students, admission to USA universities and colleges can be very competitive. Each university / department has its own admission requirements depending upon the course of study selected. Successful admission for International students to a top USA school require preparation & research. The admission process takes:
  • Day to two weeks for ESL
  • Four to Six weeks for Undergraduate.
  • Six to Eight weeks for Geaduate.

Required Docs:

  • English

  • Passport Copy
  • Bank Certificate
  • Undergraduate
  • Passport Copy
  • Bachelor Certificate.
  • Bachelor Transcripts
  • Recommendations (3)
  • Work Experience letter ( If available)
  • CV (If available)
  • Bank Certificate
  • Graduate
  • Passport Copy
  • Bachelor Certificate.
  • Bachelor Transcripts
  • Recommendations (3)
  • Work Experience letter
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Bank Certificate


All students must be fluent in English language if they are to succeed at university in New Zealand. There are many courses available at public and private institutions in New Zealand and elsewhere to assist international students reach the required level of English language competence. All students should take up IELTS or TOFEL since it is required by the Immigration Services. A band of 6.0/6.5 for undergraduate & 6.5 / 7.5 for postgraduate courses is desirable.