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  • 1Which Visa to Study in New Zealand?
  • 2How to Join a University?
  • 3How to Get Help for the Admission?
  • 4What Is the Best Campus of New Zealand?
  • 5Are You Ready to Study in New Zealand?

Which Visa to Study in New Zealand?

Auckland's main campus is within walking distance of the city center. It is an Anglo-Saxon-style campus with small houses dedicated to the teaching of many specialty.

The Auckland campus is located right in the city center.

New Zealand universities have an excellent reputation internationally. The campuses of Auckland and Dunedin are particularly renewed because of the quality of their teaching and by a vibrant student life.

The start of the school year coincides with the end of the summer holidays.

The students are back to school usually in February and the studying year will be over in October.

Directly inspired by the British system, the standard New Zealand curriculum starts with a three-year undergraduate program followed by a possible two-year master's or a three-year doctorate.

Semesters alternate with course periods (usually for 12 weeks) and breaks from two to six weeks for revisions and exams (these are not holidays...).

Outdoors activities are organized by the university because they allow newcomers to make friends.

The universities organize weekend activities.

To the traditional disciplines are added dozens of different and varied options, and the “outdoors activities” in student groups allow to recharge the battery before or after examinations.

But before the dream come true, one still needs to be able to join a university ...

Unfortunately, if the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) authorizes his owner to study in New Zealand, it restricts schooling to a single trimester...

This may be appropriate for an internship (to improve the English level for example), or as part of a few-month exchange program.

To study a part of the year, you will probably have to work to save money. It is possible to do it on the spot during your Working Holiday Visa.

The small jobs help finance your studies.

For a longer schooling, you should apply for a “Student Trainee Visa”. The administrative costs will certainly be higher than for a basic Working Holiday Visa, but this type of visa also allows you to work to pay the university.

Please note that I am not a guidance counselor! I leave this part to the academic staffof your university, and I will only present the basic formalities.

This article should enlighten you on the main steps to realize your dream and follow training in New Zealand.

The recommendations on this page (like those given on Kiwipal in general) are regularly updated. However, we suggest that you be alert to any changes on the website of the New Zealand Department of Immigration. For the visa application in particular, or for any related subjects (employment, accommodation, transport), I invite you to consult the WHV section on Kiwipal.

How to Join a University?

The campuses of big cities like Auckland, Dunedin or Christchurch are Anglo-Saxon-inspired.

The New Zealand campuses are Anglo-Saxon.

As everywhere in the world, there are many subtleties and it would take too long to develop every subject here, but you will have to go through all the steps to be able to join a university. It will, of course, be simpler to organize a short linguistic stay than a whole schooling year.

In any case, you should apply as early as July.

The registration can be a real marathon and the visa request is to be done at the same time!

But the game is worth the candle if you want to study in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

But you will need to start with the IELTS test first.

This precious sesame (it costs $340 is required for the visa application, and is also mandatory for enrollment in a university (other certifications of English-speaking capacities like the TOEFL and TOEIC are also valid).

An English degree (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS) is required for a university enrollment. Otherwise, you would not be able to attend classes effectively.

Do not expect to register without an English degree.

Your own university's international relations department should be able to present you the exchange programs if they exist...

Otherwise, the year-round cost is astronomical and it takes more than $12000 on average for a license year and even without the plane tickets

Excellent academic results can allow you to win a scholarship that will fund a part of the stay and you may not have to work during your studies.

It's sad to say so, but it's true: the more money you have and the more your studies will take place in optimum conditions.

The buildings of the universities are modern and well maintained. Add to that the beauty of the campus and you get the ideal study environment.

The framework of study is both modern and welcoming.

It goes without saying that the quality of accommodation and a proximity with the university will influence your chances of exam success.

Being installed downtown is also far more convenient if you want to find a part-time job.

Once you are accepted by a university (congratulations!), you will have to pay the full registration fee or a simple advance.

Then only you can start the visa application process.

The various steps not to mention the visa request, are complex enough to discourage candidates to study in New Zealand. It is better to seek help, with an organization like the WEP for example.

Difficult if not impossible to register by its own means.

The interminable exchanges between the Ministry of Immigration and the university may discourage many students, and not necessarily the laziest ones. Normally, your university should assist you in this process.

If all these administrative formalities frighten you, fortunately there are specialized organizations that can assist you and settle every detail for you.

How to Get Help for the Admission?

WEP is an organization that covers many countries around the world. Whether your have a student or professional project, counselors can guide you to find the best solution.

WEP is an organization that facilitates enrollment.

The WEP is an organization which facilitate exchange programs and the organization of student projects. A thousand Europeans leave every year to the four corners of the globe thanks to the intervention of the WEP.

New Zealand is one of the sixty-two destinations covered by the WEP organization.

The services offered range from language courses, university enrollment and the help to find internships.

The main advantage of WEP is to offer placements in host families to improve your level of English.

If you have already experienced this kind of experience during your schooling, you already know that this method ensures excellent results.

WEP counselors can help you plan your academic trip to New Zealand.

You can discuss your project with an advisor.

In addition to reassuring the family left in your country, immersion in an English-speaking family helps to strengthen the level of English while guaranteeing assistance and a welcoming environment.

In my opinion, this is the best way to travel when you are young.

But this approach may not be suitable for everyone, and the costs (even if they are not as high as one might fear) are not within the reach of all scholarships. You must accept the truth: without money you can't study in New Zealand (or it is even more difficult!).

If you are not yet discouraged at this point, you have deserved some hope.

We will now discuss a topic far more pleasant: the quality of the student life in New Zealand!

What Is the Best Campus of New Zealand?

The campus is located just minutes downtown, near the large Auckland Domain Park.

The Auckland campus is surrounded by green spaces.

Auckland and Dunedin shine in the pantheon of New Zealand campuses. Auckland by its superior quality of life (it is the second most pleasant city in the world according to the Mercer Ranking), and Dunedin by its effervescent atmosphere. In any case, the local population is particularly welcoming.

Of course, you need to choose the city according to the courses and not only for the night-life.

But staying alone in a foreign country, with no friends to seek help and advice, decreases your chances of success. Don't listen to your parents too much, because the out-of-school life and the quality of the environment are important as well when it's time to choose.

With fifty beaches and mild climate all year round, Auckland, the city of sails has a campus in the city center.

If the New Zealanders are not really the biggest revelers in the world, the atmosphere is lively enough to guarantee unforgettable evenings.

The student life, without being as animated as in Europe is quite pleasant. The atmosphere depends of the city, and Dunedin hjas the reputation of being a little more festive.

Dunedin is renowned for its student nights.

On the opposite side of the map, Dunedin was founded during the gold rush, and built the country's first university. Architecturally superior to the one from Auckland, the Dunedin campus is located a quarter of an hour from the beach. Nicknamed Scarfies because of their colorful scarves, students jostle in the many pubs and enjoy the splendor of the South Island.

There is no need to worry, the New Zealand diplomas are recognized throughout the world. The quality of its education system is also celebrated internationally.

New Zealand universities are world-renowned.

Whether you choose Auckland, Dunedin or any other university in the country, there will be plenty of temptation. It will sometimes be necessary to struggle to stay focused on your studies. If outdoor activities are usually free, travel and original activities (such as bungee jumping) have a significant cost.

The international student card offers many discounts. Whether you are interrested in cultural events or public transport, it's a card you should buy even if you do not plan to study in the country.

The international student card offers many discounts.

Fortunately, the international student identity card (ISIC) as well as the International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) allows you to enjoy unbeatable rates in transportation, hotels or museums. Even so, you will have to manage your budget seriously and your ability to juggle with part-time jobs will be essential...

Are You Ready to Study in New Zealand?

School exchanges with New Zealand are rare and often the prerogative of the major universities.

Europe and New Zealand offer few exchange programs.

Quite frankly, enrolling in a New Zealand university on its own is a real headache if you do not benefit from an exchange program. If you enough money, I recommend that you rely on an organization like the WEP.

All these formalities must not obscure the fact that the real difficulty will be to follow the courses at the university.

If English is not your mother-language, you'll need a total concentration and an extensive knowledge in terms of vocabulary.

If you also have to work after classes to finance your studies, free time to visit the country is likely to be very limited.

This can be frustrating, especially when you know the incomparable beauty of New Zealand and the price of the stay.

Working while studying is already difficult in Europe. Abroad, you have to be doubly motivated to find a job. But it is not impossible!

Working to finance your studies requires a lot of energy.

To increase your chances, it is also possible to choose a less prestigious university, but you will have to be assiduous anyway and with a great capacity of autonomy. If you want to discover the land of The Lord of the Rings, but your determination to study is not total, a Working Holiday Visa coupled with a language stay will definitely be more beneficial than a whole year on the benches of the university.

The goal of improving your level of English is perfectly conceivable if you do not spend too much time with compatriots. On arrival, you will gain an advantage that will follow you throughout your career.

The game is worth the effort and your resume will be enhanced.

But it would be a shame to miss a chance to study in New Zealand if you have the opportunity. The meetings at the university, the new friends, can change your life, and this is one of the charms, and not the least, of a Working Holiday Visa.

William, Kiwipal
A Guide Written by William.
Founder of Kiwipal, New Zealand Travel Guide.

Questions & Answers.

What can I do for you? Difficult to choose between the famous campuses of Dunedin and Auckland. Their magnificent buildings give a strong desire to study or to go back to school!

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Student Life

  • Can you work during your studies?

    The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) just like the student visa allows you to work during your stay in New Zealand.

  • What is the level of New Zealand universities?

    Without competing with the prestigious American or English universities, New Zealand Universities offer excellent teaching. The University of Auckland has 40,000 students, including 4700 foreigners from 90 different countries. In other words, one must fight to come to study in New Zealand, hence the difficulty to obtain a place.

  • What do campuses look like?

    These are the campuses that made you dream on television. Small buildings dedicated to each discipline are spread over a large green park. Those of Auckland and Dunedin are located right in the city center.

  • Can we study in a small town?

    Yes, although the number of places allocated to foreign students will be less than in the larger cities.

  • Can people under 18 come and study?

    The WEP proposes to place young people in foster families for few months or a whole year.

  • My academic level is passable, am I eligible?

    To ask for a Working Holiday Visa one does not need to show academic achievement. On the other hand, university registration is highly dependent on your assessments. Only the best students are likely to join a University in New Zealand.

  • Will my New Zealand diploma be recognized?

    New Zealand diplomas are recognized internationally and are particularly considered in the labor market.

Tests of English

  • Do I have the level of English required to study in NZ?

    Your foreign academic assessments have no value in New Zealand, only the IELTS, TOEFL or TOEIC tests validate your ability to take courses in New Zealand.

  • Is the IELTS test essential?

    This test is mandatory to obtain a student visa, but it is optional for the Working Holiday Visa. Universities also accept the TOEFL or the TOEIC.

  • Is an equivalent IELTS test accepted?

    The TOEFL is accepted by the universities, but only the IELTS will be taken into account for a student visa application.

  • How to prepare the IELTS test?

    There are training courses to prepare for the test. Visit the official website for more information.IELTS

Student Cards

  • What is an ISIC card?

    It's simply the international student card.

  • What is an IYTC card?

    It is a card that certifies that you are under 26 and study part-time. It provides many discounts, even if you are not a student.

  • How do I get an IYTC or ISIC card?

    The cards cost $25 and can be ordered on the official website.

  • What is the difference between ISIC and IYTC cards?

    The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is, as its name suggests, an international student card. The IYTC is a young card for those under 26 who are not enrolled full-time. Both offer reductions in many areas, such as transport and cultural services.

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Ask Questions to William.

New Zealand Expert

The level of English is fundamental to determining your ability to study abroad.

A good understanding of the language is acceptable for a few months’ stay.

But to study at the university, you must have an excellent level (without necessarily being bilingual).

With an IELTS test in your pocket, you should be able to join a university.

It goes without saying that the benefits to be gained from this experience are incomparable.

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