Here’s a comprehensive guide for all Indian students who want to study in the New Zealand
Ranking second on the Global Peace Index 2022, New Zealand is undoubtedly the safest country to study in. With globally ranked universities and a responsive education system, it has the right mix of opportunities, culture, economy and climate to thrive for an Indian student. Not to miss, its unspoiled scenery will make your experience worth every penny.
Scholarships for New Zealand
Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to as an Indian student:
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New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)
Funded by the New Zealand government, these scholarships are for
Indian students who wish to pursue a PhD in New Zealand. Inclusions
under this award are university tuition fee, associated student levies,
living stipend (up to NZ$25,000 tax-free) and health insurance coverage
(up to NZ$600 annually) for three years.
(However, it may vary as per different education providers)
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
Indian students who apply to master’s degree or PhD can try for the
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).
The plan will cover tuition fee, living, travel and health insurance,
and establishment allowance. This scholarship offers many benefits such as:
Full tuition fees
An allowance of NZ$ 491 per week for living expenses
For covering, setup cost an establish allowance of NZ$ 3,000
Medical and travel insurance and research cost for postgraduate students
New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)
NZEA features scholarships across all eight universities,
offering an opportunity for Indian students to experience
New Zealand excellence in various fields.
This scholarship is funded by Education New Zealand (ENZ) and
New Zealand universities catering to Indian students. The number
of scholarships in PG programs is 28 and in UG is 3.
The value of this scholarship is NZ 5,000 each for PG course
and NZ 10,000 each for UG course.
NZ-GRADS New Zealand Global Research Alliance Doctoral Scholarship
The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse
Gas Emissions has launched new NZ-GRADS program
if you aspire to complete your PhD in agriculture emission science.
It covers the following expenses for 36 months (3 years):
Tuition fees up to NZD 10,000 per year
An annual stipend for covering expenses NZD 28,000 per year (tax-free)
Medical insurance up to NZD 700 per year
Visa application cost not exceeding up to $1,000
Airfare upon returning to New Zealand up to a maximum amount of $6,000
Research allowance up to $1,500
Feel free to reach out to your IDP international education expert for the application process
This scholarship program is funded by the Soshi Educational Group.
It encourages the study of geophysics and related geosciences for
undergraduate (A and B scholarships) and other programs (C scholarships)
Value of the scholarships
a) Scholarship A: NZD 7,000 annually
b) Scholarship B: NZD 5,000 annually
c) SEG Scholarship C: NZD 3,000 annually
The length of the award is one year
#Value * https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/how-to-apply/scholarship/details?scholarshipid=129544
Palmerston North City Mayor’s Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship
It is sponsored by the City Council of Palmerston
North for promoting Palmerston North as a favourable
location for international students.
It is provided for career-based/vocational, undergraduate,
Value of the scholarship: NZD 1,000 towards the first year’s tuition
New Zealand Student Visa
If you are over 18 years and plan to study in New Zealand for more than six months, here’s an overview of the types of student visa available for you:
Types of student visa
Fee Paying Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years and be able to work part-time
Exchange Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years for an approved student exchange program
Foreign Government Supported Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years on a foreign government loan or scholarship
Pathway Student Visa
Study up to five years for 3 consecutive courses on a single student visa and be able to work part-time
*For detailed information, please visit the New Zealand Government’s Immigration website
Cost of studying in New Zealand
Most commonly humanities, arts and education courses are cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at postgraduate level, the tuition fees are typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive. The average cost for these programs ranges between NZ$31,000-50,000 (indicative).
Cost (in NZ$)*
$20,500 – $25,000 annually
$19,000 – $29,000 annually
$6,500 – $9,000 annually
$31,000 – $50, 000 annually
*Please note that all figures are indicative
Know more about cost of living in New Zealand using our cost-calculator tool
Intakes in New Zealand
In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The two intakes available in New Zealand are:
Semester 1: February to June
Semester 2: July to November
Admissions for vocational courses may also be available in the months of March, April and May.
Education system in New Zealand
Education in New Zealand is categorised under five stages:
Early childhood: for ages up to five years
Primary school: for ages 5 to 10 years
Intermediate school: for ages 11 to 12 years
Secondary school: for ages 13 to 18 years
Tertiary education: 18 years and above