Study Abroad New Zealand

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
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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 


SEG Scholarship


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
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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,
postgraduate courses.

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).


Study Program


Cost (in NZ$)*




Undergraduate degree


$20,500 – $25,000 annually




Master’s degree


$19,000 – $29,000 annually




Doctoral degree


$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

Study levels
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