New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, just south of Australia. The country is not part of Australia and has never been (many people make that error), but it has been its own country since the late 19th century. Before then, the country was actually considered to be part of the United Kingdom, and was under the laws and jurisdiction of the crown. New Zealand is actually a number of smaller islands, with two main islands (the North Island, also called Te Ika-a-Māui by the natives, and the South Island, also called Te Waipounamu) that comprise most of the land area of the country.


The reason that many people enjoy going to New Zealand is because of its biodiversity. There are a number of plants, animals, and fungi that reside throughout the country, mainly because of the fact that there were no humans on the island until 1250 AD. The Europeans did not even arrive until 1642, well after the Americas and other countries were discovered by them. This isolation allowed nature to thrive much longer than it did on other continents where there was more human influence.

There are literally hundreds of animals that you can find throughout New Zealand that you cannot find anywhere else in the world, especially in terms of birds and marine life (mammals, fish). The only mammals that are native to the country are bats; other animals that you find were brought into the country when people came in and immigrated into the area. The country actually has a number of laws and regulations in place in order to keep the animals in and around the country safe from poaching and other illegal activities. You can find more information about this from the Department of Conservation website.




The country of New Zealand has a varied topography as well. From the high mountains and volcanoes, to the beaches and forests, these islands offer a number of amazing and beautiful views that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. There are areas of fertile farmland in the northern areas of the country, and some of the southern areas even have glaciers. On the south island alone, you will find that there are beautiful beaches on the south side, but as you move further north the beaches become more rocky and jagged. There are very few places in the world that you can find so many different types of biospheres in such a small space.


The history of New Zealand is quite varied. As mentioned above, there were no humans on the islands until at least 1250 AD. It is thought to be one of the last major land areas that humans arrived to. The first population was from Polynesian settlers, which had arrived through a number of travels across the Pacific Ocean. They developed a culture that is called the Māori. The Māori, like most indigenous people, had tribes and subtribes that lived throughout the islands; they would work together on certain tasks, but there was also infighting between the tribes.

In 1642, a Dutch explorer named Abel Tasman arrived to New Zealand, bringing potatoes and muskets with him. As more Europeans brought these items, there started to be a lot of discomfort between the tribes of the Māori. The culmination was the Musket Wars, where over three thousand battles were fought throughout New Zealand between the tribes. Shortly after, in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed; this resulted in New Zealand coming under the British crown as a British colony.

After this, the Māori started to lose a lot of their land and their rights. Political reform, the New Zealand wars, and incredible amounts of immigrants resulted in much of the Māori land being lost to the new Europeans. Like the United States, most of this country has European roots, even though the Māori population holds strong with being the most common minority found there. In recent years, more advancement have been made in order to help the Māori people get their rights back, and they actually enjoy a number of different benefits from the government and the educational system. English, Māori, and New Zealand sign languages are the “official” languages of the country, but there are literally dozens of languages spoken throughout the country.


Even though the country went under the authority of the crown of the United Kingdom in 1853, the country has governed itself since 1853. The Queen of England is still the head of state, with a representative known as the Governor-General representing her in the country, but the government is parliamentary. The Governor-General, at this point, is only a formal role unless the government is having issues or is upheaval; then he or she has the right to step in and make decisions.

The Prime Minister is not voted in through a traditional vote, rather, he or she is chosen because they are the leader of the party that controls most of the Parliament after a general election. This doesn’t always happen, there are a couple of cases that the Prime Minister has been another member of the majority party, but it is usually how it works. The Governor-General can dismiss the Prime Minister is there is something wrong in the system. The Prime Minister has a Cabinet that he or she sets up after the election has completed, and that is the executive part of the government.

The country is separated into 16 regions. 11 of those regions are run by the top tier of local government, called the regional council. 5 of them are run by territorial authorities.

The 16 regions include the following:

  •         Northland
  •         Auckland
  •         Waikato
  •         Bay of Plenty
  •         Gisborne
  •         Hawke’s Bay
  •         Taranaki
  •         Manawatu-Wanganui
  •         Wellington
  •         Tasman
  •         Nelson
  •         Marlborough
  •         West Coast
  •         Canterbury
  •         Otago
  •         Southland

The people in these two levels of government have a number of basic responsibilities, including the following.

  • Planning ahead, for management of any natural and/or physical resources that the government would have to take care of for the region.
  • If there is something that the land is going to be changed or used, the regional council will oversee and plan for those changes.
  • Conservation planning, including soil, water, prevention of natural hazards, etc.
  • Control and care of coastal marine areas.
  • Water relocating and changing, including taking, using, and redirecting water (including the development of dams). This can also include preventing flooding.
  • Controlling contaminants and hazardous resources. Also includes pests.
  • Civil defense and preservation.
  • Planning and development of public transportation.

As you can see, the local government does not have a lot of “governmental” power. Instead, they are given a lot of the civil responsibilities, so that the Parliament, lead by the Prime Minister, can take care of the governmental responsibilities that affect the entire country. Because the country is so young, many of the governmental responsibilities are constantly shifting and being reassigned. So even though this is current right now, new laws may be put into place that change a few things. You can also find more information out about the current government from the New Zealand government website.

Overall, New Zealand is a very interesting and exciting country. From its topography, to its history, to its government, things are always changing. The fact that it is such a young country that has had human populations for less than 1000 years helps to keep it the way that it is. Things are always changing, and there are always new things to see and learn. These reasons alone, along with the steady economy, make it a great choice if you are looking for somewhere to study other than your home country.

Why study in New Zealand

New Zealand, although it is the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a lot of reasons that you should consider going there for your studies abroad. Many people will call natives of the country “Kiwis,” after the bird that only resides there and nowhere else in the entire world. There are a number of reasons that you should consider New Zealand instead of considering other countries; that’s what we’re going to look at in this section of our website.

1. The people

Kiwis are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming people that you will ever meet. If you are a stranger, a native New Zealander is going to treat you like you are a friend. They are used to meeting new people, first because they travel a lot themselves, and also because a lot of people come to visit New Zealand as well. The culture on the islands is quite laid back and easy going, as well. So you’re not going to feel tense like you would if you went to a large city like London or New York City to study. There are just over 4 million people who reside on the country, and it is one of the safest places to live in the world. Another cool thing about the people is that there are so many different kinds of people. For being such a small country, the diversity is greater than you see in many European countries.

2. The stability

Some people say that, because the country is in a small corner of the world that doesn’t really get bothered by anyone, that New Zealand seems to be secluded from the rest of the world. This isn’t true at all. As mentioned above, the people are really welcoming to outsiders. But, it can also be a great thing! The economy is actually incredibly stable, the cost of living is low, and the government is more stable (and less argumentative) than the governments that you will see in other countries. This is probably the reason that immigration is embraced, which we will talk about more in some of our later points.

3. The Weather

Nothing can get better than the weather in New Zealand. The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. In higher altitudes, you will see snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC (77ºF). As you would expect in the southern hemisphere, the summer lasts from December to February; winter lasts from June to August. Spring and fall are similar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.

4. The educational system

This is the number one reason to go anywhere for school, but New Zealand is amazing for their educational system. First, the tuition is some of the lowest in the world. You get a British-based education (due to their British influences) for a percentage of the cost. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high-quality education. Not only that, but the support services for international students are among the best in the world. They have a lot of expertise and experience in helping international students so that they can succeed in their programs.

5. Never run out of things to do

This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who looks for adventure. In New Zealand, there are literally thousands of things to do. Do you like to hike? There are plenty of mountains for you to explore. Do you enjoy being a beach bum? Then you get to enjoy the beaches throughout the year. Want some excitement? There are always new things to do . The scenery is different depending on where you go; you could drive an hour and have a completely different geography.

6. Work opportunities

There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa, which is what we’ll look at closer in the last point.

7. Ease of visa acquisition and residency

The visa acquisition process is incredibly simple, and unlike many other countries, you will not be rejected right away. You get to talk to people and tell them your side of the story if there is something that may prevent you from getting a visa to come into the country. If you can explain why you’ve decided to go down there and your international studies program helps you to create a Statement of Purpose (a statement you give to the visa officer to tell them why you are coming to New Zealand to study), you will usually get a visa. The country is welcome to immigration, more so than almost any other country in the world. The last advantage is that, after you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 months of your application..

Now do you see why there are over 100,000 people who go and study in New Zealand every single year? Will you join them and become an honorary Kiwi while getting your education in a beautiful and unique country like New Zealand? Then keep looking around our site; we can help you determine how to move forward with the application process and how to choose the right school for you. We want to give you everything that you need in order to help you to make the best decision on this site.

Cost of Living

One of the things that you should always look at when you are looking to study overseas is the cost of living. Even though people will go to places that have higher costs of living (the United States, the United Kingdom) to study, going to somewhere that has a lower cost of living can really help reduce your costs during college. New Zealand is actually one of the most inexpensive places that you can go if you are looking to study in another country.

Consumer goods in New Zealand are of the same style and quality that you will find overseas by other manufacturers. Here are some of the prices that you will see when looking at different products. All of these are in New Zealand dollars (NZ); you can use a conversion calculator like the one found here.

  • Average washing machine: $700-$800
  • Average round of golf: $20 to $50
  • Average movie ticket: $12
  • 4 door sedan: $25000
  • Cup of Coffee: $4
  • Petrol per liter: $2.00
  • Milk (2 liters): $4
  • Fast food sandwich: $4 to $5
  • Average meal at a restaurant: $20 to $25

The goods and services tax (GST) is 15% in New Zealand, which may feel high until you realize that other taxes are a bit lower than you will see in other countries. The cost of living survey in 2012, which ranks cities from the most expensive places to live (#1) to the least expensive named Auckland and Wellington, two major cities in New Zealand, to be two of the cities with the lowest cost of living (56 and 74, respectively). This means that these cities are actually much better to live in than areas like New York City, London, and Beijing, and are actually very good places for you to consider if you think that you want to study abroad but you are not sure where you want to go.

There are, of course, other services that you have to look at when it comes to the cost of living in a particular country. You need to look at other factors as well. Here are some of the numbers that you will see when it comes to how much essentials cost in New Zealand:

  • Utilities: Most people will spend about .25 per Kilohertz of electricity, depending on the company that they get their electricity from. For an average family, that puts it at around $2000 a year, but it will be much less if you are living in a flat on your own or with one or two roommates. Throw in other utilities, and it costs somewhere from $150 to $200 a month for all your utilities.
  • Internet costs approximately $85 a month, and, like many countries, will have a limit on exactly how much you are allowed to use throughout the month.
  • Rent is anywhere from $800 to $2000 per month, depending on where you live in relation to a city, suburb, or university. It will also depend on the size of the place that you are renting out.
  • The cost of your education, which we will explore more in other areas of the site, will range anywhere from $10000 to $18000 per year, depending on what school you attend and what your program of study is. Graduate programs cost a bit more, from $14,000 to $24,000 per year.
  • Health care is incredibly good. You will pay anywhere from $25 to $60 for a doctor’s appointment; hospital costs are usually free (but surgeries have waiting lists unless it’s an emergency), $5 for prescriptions. Health insurance is relatively affordable as well, even for international students.

As you can see, there are a number of factors that play into the cost of living in New Zealand (or honestly, no matter where you end up studying). The cost of living is low enough that you should be able to make it without a lot of problems.

The good thing is that there are plenty of ways for you to get the money you need. Since most student visas allow you to work while you are studying, you will be better prepared to deal with any financial things that come up.


While you are studying in New Zealand, you’re going  to find somewhere to stay. There are a number of ways that you can do this, so you have to be sure that you know exactly what you want to do and where you want to stay while you are studying in the country. Here are some of the most common options and some tips that you can help them out with it.

Halls of Residence

Halls of residence are available at most of the universities and tertiary institutions that are in New Zealand. They are usually near or on the campus, and they are in large buildings. Some countries may call these “residence halls” or “dormitories.” At some universities, you can get a room to yourself; other residence halls may have you share a room with a roommate. All of them have communal meeting areas, dining halls, and laundry rooms.

There are a number of advantages to living in a residence hall. First off, you will never be without company. Being in a hall of residence allows you to interact with other people so that you can make new friends and enjoy activities with them. There are usually people who run the halls, called “wardens” or “residence directors,” depending on the school you are at. These people can help you if there’s a problem with your room or the facilities, and they may even organize activities or events for you and the other people in the hall of residence to enjoy. Living in a residence hall is a very social option, so if you want to get the most exposure to other Kiwis and international students, it may be the way to go. It’s also relatively inexpensive; it costs about $7000 (NZ) per year. Talk to your admissions office or student life office for more information on halls of residence.

Homestay programs

As we’ve mentioned in other areas of the site, people in New Zealand are incredibly hospitable, which means that they are willing to home people while they are studying in New Zealand. These are called Homestay programs, which mean that you get to live with a family in their home with your own room. If you think that you will end up missing a “family” atmosphere, and you want something that’s incredibly cost-effective, a homestay program may be a great option.

If English isn’t your first language, the homestay program may be a big help because it forces you to interact in English with other people. You will also get a big dose of New Zealand culture; many families integrate their homestay students into their family life. They will provide you with meals and do fun activities and traditions with you as well.

There are several websites that can help you to find a homestay family. Here are a few of the best ones out there.

  • http://www.homestayfinder.com/Homestay/New%20Zealand.aspx#.UqioH_RDt8E
  • http://www.newzealand.com/us/homestays/
  • http://www.tourism.net.nz/accommodation/homestays

“Going Flatting” – Rentals

Many study-abroad students will look for rentals so that they can live on their own. Kiwis call this “going flatting.” You can rent apartments, homes, rooms, or whatever else you want to live in. You can live with whoever you want or with no one at all. Many realtors will own rental properties near the universities so that they can rent to students, both native and international.

Here are some of the questions that you need to ask and think about when you are looking for a flat in New Zealand:

  • What comes with the apartment? Many New Zealand properties have a yard and somewhere to park your car. Others will include large appliances, like ovens, washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.
  • What is included with your monthly rent payment? Does it just cover your rent, or does it include other utilities? Internet, electricity, gas, trash, water, sewer, and whatever other features that you may need, are they included? Are those things listed on the lease?
  • Do you have a pet that you are bringing with you or do you plan to get one while there? Then you may need to look for an apartment that is pet-friendly.
  • Will you be rooming with other people? Do you want your own room or do you want/need to share one with someone else?
  • What are you responsible for? Yard work, snow shoveling, etc may be your responsibility, but they may also be your landlord’s. Ask them if you want to know more about it.
  • How large is the place that you are renting? Will it seem crowded if you have additional flat-mates, or is it a comfortable size?
  • How much is it per month (or per week, depending on where you are renting) to live there? In that same vein, how long does the lease go for? Is it per year, per month, for your entire college career?
  • What is the security deposit? How much do you need to pay them upfront in order to reserve the spot that you want to live in? Will you get the deposit back upon moving out?
  • Are there any furnishing? As an international student, you may want to look for a rental that has furnishings, so that you don’t have to worry about purchasing them upon your arrival to the country. It may cost a little bit more, but the extra cost is worth reducing the hassle.

Of course, it can be difficult to try and find a rental when you are living on the other side of the world. The internet can help with that; there are even some websites that will allow you to tour the rental property while you are thousands of miles of away.

Always do your research before signing any agreement to rent, so that you can ensure that you are getting everything that you need with your monthly rent payment. You may also be able to get a list of potential rental properties from the university that you are attending; many universities will have that information readily available. You may even be able to find people who are looking for roommates as well, which can help to reduce your costs immensely.

As you can see, there are a number of websites that can really help you out when you are looking to study in New Zealand. If you need more information or need help finding somewhere to stay, contact the international studies office at the university that you are looking to attend. They will be able to help you find the accommodations that you need and they can help you figure out the expenses related to it as well. Good luck on your search for accommodations in New Zealand.

Working while Studying

Many people will tell you that you shouldn’t work while you are studying abroad, because it “takes away from the experience” or it takes up too much time and makes it so you aren’t able to see the country. But, the good news is that most jobs will work with you so that you can pursue your studies and still have some free time to enjoy the sites. Also, because New Zealand only allows you to work 20 hours a week on a student visa, you don’t have to worry about it taking over your entire life. You will still be able to have the full experience of being in another country while getting some money and experience on the side.

So why would you work while studying in New Zealand? Here are a few of the most popular reasons that you will hear from other people when trying to decide whether or not you should be working while you are studying abroad. Instead of just riding on loans and other aid, a job can provide you with the following benefits.

  • You can ensure that you have the money available so that you can prove your eligibility for a student visato start with. Having a job secured can make the process of ensuring your funding when you apply for your student visa.
  • You can use the money to enjoy yourself and sustain yourself while you are residing in the country, so you can alleviate any stress that may occur because of monetary reasons. Money can be stressful, so you may as well do something to help alleviate that stress so that you can focus on your studies and do better while you are earning your degree.
  • Some studies suggest that if you work while you are in school, your grades are actually better, as long as you are working a reasonable amount of hours. That’s part of the reason why New Zealand actually restricts the number of hours that you work to 20 per week during the semester.
  • You will get work experience, which can be valuable to you when you graduate. In some cases, it can even assist with your studies to a point. An important note to realize: if you are getting educational experience at your job, you may want to see if you can get academic credit for it. If you can, you can actually work for more than 20 hours per week because it is considered to be part of your program.
  • You may even get to travel while working, depending on what you do. That way, you get to see more of the country and earn some cash while you are doing it.

There are a number of stipulations that you must adhere to if you are looking to work while you are studying in New Zealand. There used to be a number of things that you need to do in order to be able to work. You used to have to apply for what is called a variation of condition, which allowed you to work for 20 hours per week during the semester, and 40 hours per week during the Christmas and New Year’s break, which is equivalent to the summer university break in the northern countries. You were not allowed to work during the break in between semesters (June and July) at all. The exception, of course, is if you were taking an internship or apprenticeship as part of your educational program. If you breached this at all, or tried to work without permission from Immigration New Zealand, then you could lose your visa and be deported from the country.

Now, in January of 2014, these rules went through a very large overhaul. It became much easier for international students on a visa to be able to work while they are studying. Here are some of the ways that these rules changed.

  • Full time students were allowed to work during any course breaks, even the ones in between the two semesters (June to July). They can work full-time during that break as well, which allows you to secure a little more income while studying in New Zealand.
  • Those who are working on a doctorate or a research master’s degree will be allowed to work full-time at any type of job. No permission is needed in order to do so, as long as you have an eligible student visa.
  • Those who speak English as their primary language will be allowed to work 20 hours per week during the semester. There is no need for you to get a variation on your visa or any other special permission in order to do so; it’s just part of obtaining your visa. Those who do not speak English as their primary language will still need to go through the variations process in order to obtain employment while on a visa.

As you can see, there are a lot of things that you may have to do in order to ensure that you are able to work while you are in the country. But the benefits definitely outweigh the amount of time that you have to take in order to be able to work. If you need help updating your work visa, then you can contact Immigration New Zealand or your international studies office for more information. They can help you out.

Health and Medical Treatment

New Zealand has a very efficient health care system that you need to understand as an international student. Much of your care will be covered at a lesser rate than you would have in other countries, but you will still have to obtain some sort of supplemental care in order to get the full benefits of care; it is also required by every single university in the country.

New Zealand Healthcare System

There are a number of different things that are under the New Zealand health care system that you need to explore and understand so that you can utilize them while you are in the country. There are several plans that will cover you in different cases, even those cases that would be covered by your insurance anyway.

  • The Accident Compensation Corporation actually takes care of anything that is considered to be an accident. This could include anything from medical malpractice, to vehicle accidents, to accidents that may occur while you’re on the job. This covers everyone who is in New Zealand legally, even if you are on a visa. The costs are covered by employers, taxes, car registration, and a number of other sources that go right into this government program.
  • Primary care physicians and pharmacy programs are covered by the government as well. If you are not a native, you are going to have to pay a bit higher of a co-pay than you would have if you were a native of the country, but it’s not so much that it’s going to hurt you. In some cases, your private insurance plan can cover some of those costs as well.
  • Emergency services are also low cost, and are provided through the St. John New Zealand charity. Some of the funds are public; others are provided through private, donated funders. This system is also low cost to free for those who are in the country as visitors. So, if something happens while you are in New Zealand and you need emergency surgery or any other type of emergency care, it will be covered.
  • The public hospital system is actually a lot different than the other systems that you will see in New Zealand. The system is much, much better than public hospitals in other areas, likely because of how much money goes into them from the government. You will have to pay for public hospital services in New Zealand if you are on a student visa, which is why all schools require insurance for their international students. The main reason is because the system is popular and there are very long waiting lists for costly and/or difficult operations that may need to occur (unless they are urgent, life or death situations). There are a number of private hospitals out there as well, and they are organized in such a way that people can purchase insurance from them and not have to wait on those lists for medically necessary treatment.

In 2005, about 9% of the GDP was in the health care system, but almost 80% of that was spent by the government, showing you exactly how much money the government puts into the system. Health insurance is also much lower cost than other countries, at a cost of about $2000 per year per person. The reason for this, really, is because New Zealand residents have much better health than those in other countries. This could be due to the lack of stress, the great weather, or a number of other factors, but New Zealand residents take much less medication and require less overall health care than their counterparts in other parts of the world.

Information for student visa holders

If you are on a student visa, there are a number of things you need to understand for yourself. First, if you are disabled or have a debilitating illness (that does not prevent you from coming into the country in the first place), you may be eligible for health care from the government. These things (illness or disease) would have to make you eligible for similar benefits in your home country or in New Zealand, had you lived there at the time.

There are a number of things that you need to have in order to prove that you are eligible for health care under the system. You have to show them a few things in order to receive the health care; this is to prevent people who are not in the country legally from trying to obtain services.

  • Visa information for the visa that you currently hold for residing in New Zealand. This includes any documentation from
  • Immigration history, including the visas that you previously have had for New Zealand and other countries.
  • Anything that helps to prove your identity as indicated on the letters. This can include any number of documents, from a driver’s license, a school identification card, your work contract, a rental lease, letters and/or bills addressed to you, or a passport.

If you have any children under the age of 17, and you are in the country legally, they will get publicly funded health care as long as you show the above information to the health care provider. Your partner, if pregnant, can also receive maternity services at no cost as long as they prove that they are your partner. If they are looking for other services, they will have to have their own insurance in order to cover those services.

No matter which school you attend as an international student, you are required to have supplemental health care in order to help alleviate the costs on the government for your school attendance. You can talk to your university or your current insurance agency in order to figure out the best course of action while you are studying in New Zealand. You can also contact the New Zealand Ministry of Health at their website; they will give you all the information that you need in order to be ready before your arrival in the country.

Evidence of Funds

In order to obtain a student visa, you have to be able to show that you have funding available so that you can meet your living costs while you are there. There are a number of ways that you can do this, but here are some of the most common ways for you to prove that you have funding for your educational endeavors. All of the numbers in this section are in New Zealand dollars (NZ$) and can be converted using any online conversion tool.

If you are staying for 9 months or less (one full university term), then you need to have at least $1,250 per month that you are staying in the country. If you are staying longer than one full university term (more than 9 months), then you need to have $15000 per year in order to cover the expenses. Here are some of the ways that you can prove that you have this income in your possession.

  • If you have money in New Zealand, either in a bank or being held for you by a representative. This can include scholarship funding as well, as long as you are able to show the government the paperwork that states that you have received the scholarships.
  • A financial undertaking, such as a job, that gives you enough income in order to cover your costs of living. This could include contact information for your employer in the country. If you are granted a student visa, you are allowed to work approximately 20 hours per week during the semester, and 40 hours per week during any breaks.
  • Sponsorship from someone who can cover your accommodation and living costs. This could include parents, guardians, or someone in charge of an estate that is taking care of distributing money for educational costs.
  • Any loans or financial assistance that you have been given through a government agency of any type. There are plenty of aid programs available for international students; you just have to prove that you have been approved for the aid in question. You may get this aid from your country of origin, from the secondary school you attended, scholarships, or a number of other sources. Your university can help you find the aid that you need in order to attend university.

Note: If you have prepaid for any of your accommodations (housing deposit for a hall of residence, etc), you can deduct that from the amount of money that you need to have on hand; just make sure that you have all applicable receipts in order to do so. Your landlord or the university should be able to provide you the receipts that you need. If you have any questions about evidence of funds, you can contact the Immigration Department or the international affairs office at your university. Both of those sources will be able to help you determine what you need to do in order to get the funding for your education in New Zealand.send it to the government on your behalf. This can reduce the amount of paperwork that you need to do and/or the money that you need to save.

Getting your evidence of funding can take a little bit of time and organization, but the reason that the Immigration Department requires it is because, otherwise, you would be a burden on the welfare system and on the country as a whole. They want to ensure that anyone who comes in the country to study is well-taken care of, and that they have the resources to be able to take care of themselves while they are residing in New Zealand. As you would expect, the New Zealand government acts just like those who live there; they care about your overall well-being and want to make sure that you can enjoy your time in the country without being stressed about money.

  • A personal statement of intent. Why do you want to attend university in New Zealand instead of your home country? What do you plan to do upon completing your program?
  • All of your transcripts from secondary school, including any university courses that you may have taken during secondary schooling or at the school you were attending before transferring to a university in New Zealand.
  • Any relevant test scores. ACT or SAT are most common, other scores are accepted, depending on the country that you are coming from.
  • Proof of funding, or intent to apply for funding for your tuition. The financial aid office at the university you are seeking to attend and the immigration department of New Zealand can help you with these requirements.
  • If you are transferring from a university and have taken a year worth of credits (30), you likely will not need anything from your secondary schooling in order to apply. This will differ depending on your school.
  • Most universities require some sort of application fee that you pay when you submit your application. These run anywhere from NZ$25 to NZ$50, depending on which school you are looking to attend. Sometimes, you can get a waiver on your fees (especially if you are sending your application via air mail, which can be pricey).
  • Your financial aid applications. You may be able to fill one out through the country that you currently reside in, depending on their rules and that country’s relationship with New Zealand in terms of educational programs. There are actually a number of countries that work with New Zealand and each other in order to help fund education for students that may be traveling between those countries in order to study.

If you need more information about the application process, contact the admissions office and/or the international studies office at your university.

They will be able to help you through the processes that you need to go through in order to attend the university that you want to attend, and can answer any questions that you may have about the entire process.


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