Things to Know Before Going to Study in New Zealand


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 07 January 2023 & Read Time 5 minutes




Did you know that there’s a town in New Zealand named Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu? This is the only place on earth with such a long name. Unique, right?

Apart from this, the country is also famous for its education system, with many excellent universities renowned globally. Their education system reflects a unique and diverse society, which welcomes different abilities, religious beliefs, ethnic groups, income levels and ideas about teaching and learning. The educational system in New Zealand is based on a student-centred route that offers continuous learning progression and choice to enable pupils to advance each year and lay the groundwork for succeeding levels along a chosen pathway.

If you also wish to be part of such a unique country, consider to study in New Zealand. But before packing your bags and moving to New Zealand, there are some things you should know and keep in mind. Let us take a look at them.


Why Study in New Zealand for Indian Students?


When we think about New Zealand, a beautiful country full of amazing places comes to mind. But there is more to the country than the picturesque landscapes. The country is home to top universities like the University of Auckland, the University of Otago and many more.

There are several reasons why you should study in New Zealand. The country has a lot to offer, including a world-class educational system, credentials recognised internationally, numerous research possibilities, and an unmatched quality of life. You can count on a warm, friendly community and a first-rate international student support system. Here are some reasons why you should study in New Zealand.

  • Quality of life

  • You can work to support your education

  • Globally recognised qualifications

  • Excellent research-based teaching

  • Highly experienced faculty

  • Great opportunities for PhD scholars

  • Well-equipped laboratories with the latest equipment and technology

  • Safe and peaceful

  • NZQA and NZQF-authorised courses

  • Many merit-based scholarships

  • Recognised education by agencies like QD World Rankings, US News &World Report and Times Higher Education Ranking.


8 Things to Know Before Moving to New Zealand


These are only eight universities in New Zealand. These universities are ranked in the top 3% of the world. These universities provide international students with a high-quality education that helps them achieve their objectives and learn to tackle difficulties, collaborate with others, and develop and invent.

While New Zealand is amazing and very welcoming towards international students, there are things you should know and plan accordingly before going to study in New Zealand.

  1. Crack English Proficiency Test
    Before everything, you must pass the English proficiency tests like IELTS, TOEFL or PTE with a good score. To get admission to the top universities in New Zealand, you must submit the test results of these exams. 


  2. Know the Cost of Studying in New Zealand
    Expenses play a major role in going to study abroad. To avoid inconveniences, it is always better to research the cost of studying in New Zealand. New Zealand universities are ranked amongst the top universities in the world. The cost of studying in New Zealand for Indian students can generally be between NZ$ 22,000 and NZ$35,000 annually. It is always best to research the tuition fees of the university you’re applying to, along with the living and other expenses.


  3. Decide Your Accommodation
    After you’re done with everything and the only leaving is left, decide on your accommodation. Plan where you will stay. If you are not planning on living in the university dorms, you will have to find separate student residences.


  4. Prepare Yourself to Experience all Four Seasons
    In addition to sunlight, breathtaking coastlines, majestic mountain ranges, and sprawling vineyards, New Zealand also has snow. Students must be prepared for year-round weather that ranges from the 50s to the low 70s. There is also light rain. The coldest months in New Zealand are June through August, and the south generally experiences cooler weather than the north. International students should be aware that they can experience all four seasons in one day before they arrive in New Zealand and should pack coats, a raincoat, and layers of clothing.


  5. Learn Proper Etiquettes
    When you move to another country, you must abide by the rules and regulations and follow proper etiquette.


  6. Pack all the necessities
    In New Zealand, it is often possible to experience all four seasons in a single day. So, it is always better to pack all the necessary items. Pack all the toiletries, utensils and Electronic gadgets for daily use. Below are some other things you can consider carrying.

  • Wallet

  • Reusable shopping bags

  • Backpack

  • Bedsheets

  • Other necessities

  1. Work While Studying
    Many countries don’t let students work alongside their studies. But, New Zealand allows students to work 20 hours per week so that they can support their education. In addition, international students are allowed to remain and work in New Zealand for a full year after graduation. Those whose degree is relevant to their jobs can stay in New Zealand for two years and then apply for permanent residency.


  2. There are Only Eight Universities in New Zealand
    New Zealand is a big country but has only eight universities spread across the two islands. All of these universities are globally recognised and ranked amongst the top 500 universities in the world by the QS World Ranking.


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Students who wish to study in New Zealand may contact our expert new Zealand study consultant/counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). Our expert counsellors will guide you for admission and New Zealand study visa requirements. You can also take free online counselling through our website. For more queries or further information, contac or 1800-1230-00011.

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