New Zealand

In New Zealand, normal Bachelor degrees are of three years while all professional degrees and degrees with Honors take 4 years.

Master’s Degrees duration would depend on the basis of your bachelors degree. Normally the duration of the master degree is two years. However, if you are changing the stream i.e. If you coming from engineering background to business or vice versa then the entry would be through a Graduate Diploma which means that you will be required to do a one year additional study to make up for your bachelors degree. In this case your masters degree would take three years. However, you can leave after the Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma, which offer good employment opportunities.

ADMISSIONS
Undergraduate Programs at Polytechnics: Students with 65% to 75% marks in Year 12 from CBSE board and 70-80% from other boards an be admitted directly to degree programs and students lower marks (not less than 65%) can be admitted into diploma and certificates, which do articulate to degree programs.

University Entry for Undergraduate Programs: Students with 75% and higher may gain direct entry into undergraduate programs. Entry to engineering, architecture, business information programs may require higher than 80% marks.

Entry to Post Graduate Courses: Entry to postgraduate courses in New Zealand institutions is highly competitive and on academic merits. All New Zealand master degrees are built on their bachelor degrees, which are not general degrees like we have in India, these are focussed ones and have a research project in the final year. Therefore, entry is difficult and students from India would need first class honors degree for a direct entry to a master degree of two years. However, students with first or high second division can be admitted into graduate diplomas, which leads to master degree. This would enable Indian students to do a New Zealand Master degree in three years instead of two years normal time.

COST
Education cost in New Zealand is approximately 30% cheaper than USA/UK and around 10% than Australia. This is mainly due to the less value of the New Zealand Dollar in comparison to USA/UK/Australia. The current value of one New Zealand Dollar is approximately Rs. 32/-.

TUITION FEES
Business courses: Undergraduate and Postgraduate – NZ$14,000 – NZ$19,000 per annum

Science Courses: Undergraduate and Postgraduate – NZ$16,000 – NZ$20,000 per annum

Engineering Courses: Undergraduate and Postgraduate NZ$15,000 – NZ$20,000 per annum

MBA Courses: New Zealand Universities do not accept students without managerial work experience gained after their graduation for, MBA. However, some of the private providers such as New Zealand International Campus and AIS St Helen do accept students without work experience for MBA.

Fee: Ranges from NZ$ 25,000 to NZ$ 40,000 for full course.

LIVING COST
You require 10-12,000 New Zealand Dollars per annum to support your living in New Zealand.

PART TIME WORK
International Students enrolled in Bachelor degrees and Master Programs are allowed to work 20 hrs per week during their studies and full time during the summer vacation.

STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENT FOR NEW ZEALAND
ENGLISH REQUIREMENT: Overall Band of 6.0 in IELTS or its equivalent in TOEFL is required for DIPLOMA/BACHELORS, while 6.5 IELTS no band less than 6 or its equivalent in TOEFL is required for all postgraduate courses. In some courses such as teaching and MBA a higher IELTS/TOEFL is required.

FUNDS ACCEPTABLE
Saving Accounts (last six months old), Fixed Deposits, Provident fund accounts, Post Office A/c. National Saving Certificates and bank loan.

Sponsors includes parents, grandparents, spouse and bank loan.
Funding includes Tuition fees, living expenses & no air fare.

The New Zealand Immigration Service Office, New Delhi, recommends that for any updates or changes on student visa, NZIS website at www.immigration.govt.nz should be referred.

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