New Zealand – Destination to Study… Work… Migrate !
New Zealand, a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific, where exciting things are happening in Education. New Zealand is becoming the first choice for an increasing number of international students seeking quality education & to explore new ideas in pioneering programs that will put them at the front in the world job markets of the future.
New Zealand universities, colleges and other New Zealand education institutions offer students a unique learning environment. This is supported by an integrated education system in which students attending New Zealand schools find it easy to make the transition to the next level of education.
Why Study In New Zealand?
Qualifications Globally Recognized
Students who have studied are earning a reputation of being called innovative thinkers and are being addressed as “The New World Class”. It has a progressive education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. There are wide range of study opportunities, including state administered primary, secondary schools, universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and private training establishments. The NZQA assures the quality of program offered by state institutions and a private establishment, which in turn ensures that programs offered in New Zealand, maintain international recognition.
Equally strong focus on Academics and Welfare
Most of the universities have been taking International students for the last 50 – 60 years and hence have gained a multicultural/national perspective offering a balanced curriculum which finds relevance in work places around the world. The same perspective enables it to offer excellent welfare services to students from around the world. The polytechnics in NZ are known for the programs which are “Read to Enter the Job Markets”.
“BEST OF BOTH WORLD” qualifications.
The best thing about studying in NZ is that the expenses involved are comparatively less than the other major destinations viz. USA, UK, Canada or Australia. In fact it is almost 50% less than that of USA and UK. Coupled with the lesser costs and International recognition of its qualification, NZ essentially offers “Best of Both Worlds” qualifications. Kiwi Life : Even though the country might be small the people think big. The people popularly known as Kiwi’s are renowned for their hospitality and their love for sports and the outdoors.
Migration and Job search Opportunity
Students are given a visa to search for a job after completion of their course and also have a good opportunity to migrate.
English widely spoken
As English is the day-to-day language in NZ, Indian students find it very easy to study, live and interact in NZ. Moreover the NZ accent is easy to understand.
Excellent Climatic Conditions
New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the sea’s surrounding it. This-results in mild summers and cool winters. This excellent climate encourages all sorts of outdoor sports and activities. One can indulge in sports as varied from Football, cricket to White water rafting and Bungee jumping. In fact it is widely accepted fact that NZ enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. It enjoys the four distinct seasons, viz, Summer (Nov. to March), Autumn (March to June), Winter(June to Sept.) & Spring( Sept. to Nov.) & hence people enjoy high quality living conditions.
Clean, Green and Safe Country
New Zealand offers a safe learning environment. It is the first country in the world to declare itself as a nuclear free zone. The environment is green, clean and uncrowded with a small populations and wide open spaces.
Code of Practice
A code of practice that ensures protection of international student’s welfare by all education providers came into force in 2002. Only signatories to the code will be allowed to enroll international students. Ensuring that New Zealand education providers act fairly and reasonably when recruiting students, the Code gives prospective students that they can trust the institution in which they choose to enroll.
To ensure that both the Government and individuals are investing in quality education, training and assessment, the Government has set up nationally recognized processes of quality assurance. There are a number of government appointed bodies responsible for approving qualifications in New Zealand and for the quality that determines the delivery of qualifications. These bodies are:
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
responsible for approving and registering all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and priva1te training establishments
New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (NZVCC)
responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programs offered by New Zealand universities.
New Zealand Student Visa Process
We at Planet Blu provide you a few steps to undergo the procedure of getting a study visa for New Zealand:
Step 1: Apply for Admission in College/University
This is the foremost step towards your dream to study abroad. There exist hundreds of colleges and universities to choose among in New Zealand. You will find many colleges/universities offering the courses that you are interested in. The best way is to conduct research on the best universities and college in New Zealand offering relevant courses and shortlist a few of them. Afterwards, browse the website of shortlisted colleges and decided with one that you find suitable in terms of education quality, ranking, course structure, course fee and other facilities for international students.
Once you have decided what and where you wish to study, complete the application to the institution of your choice. While applying for admission, you will be required to submit a few documents, including the proof of your previous academic qualifications; and in the majority of cases, you need to submit a proof of your English language ability. Now wait for your offer letter!
Step 2: Undertake Medical and PCC
After receiving your offer letter from an institution, you will need to undergo a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by the Immigration New Zealand. A list of doctors approved by the panel can be found by visiting the link given below: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/paneldoctors/ At the same time, you will need to arrange for your Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Regional Passport office or from the Deputy Commissioner of Police of your area.
Step 3: Visa Lodgment
To lodge your visa application for student Visa for New Zealand, you will need to provide the documents outlined in the checklist provided on the immigration website of New Zealand (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/). In relation to your financials, it is strongly recommended that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank. The benefits of using the FTS are explained below.
Step 4: FUND TRANSFER SCHEME
FTS is for those students who genuinely intend to study in New Zealand but have no access to fund older than six months. In FTS, students need to transfer the living expense of 12 months (or as directed by Immigration New Zealand) to a bank account (ANZ Bank) in New Zealand, in addition to paying the tuition fee for 1 year. The amount deposited in the bank is locked for 12 months (or as per immigration New Zealand instructions for a given period) and is then drip fed to the student on a pre-arranged basis.
Step 5: Payment of Tuition Fees
After the lodgment of your visa application, and once you have received the ” Approval in Principal (AIP) ” of your visa from the Immigration New Zealand, you will need to pay your 1st years tuition fees to the respective institution.
At this point, the students using FTS will also need to transfer their living expenses contribution to their ANZ bank account.
Step 6: Visa Outcome
You will be notified you of outcome of your visa application on your email and you can then collect your passport. Now is the time for you to start planning your travel and accommodation for New Zealand!
However, student visa process for New Zealand is not as easy as it appears. It involves little hassle and needs to be carrying out carefully. Single mistake can create huge mess with your visa application. At Planet Blu, We can help you navigate through various processes available to make studying overseas a whole lot easier.
Here is how we help you:
We provide you a FREE Counseling session (Telephonic/In-person) to help you choose a right college/university and industry-oriented course in New Zealand.
We provide you a checklist of documents that you need to submit at the time of applying to the chosen college and we take the responsibility of doing all the hard work of tracking the applications by staying in touch with the institution, on your behalf.
In relation to your financials, Planet Blu strongly recommends that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank.
Just like your admission application, Planet Blu helps you lodge your visa file. We will keep you updated on the progress of your application and will take the hard work out of tracking your application by staying in constant touch with the visa officer, on your behalf.
We will notify you as soon as we get to know the outcome of your application for your study Visa for New Zealand and you can then collect your passport.
At Planet Blu, we can help you organize your travel arrangements to begin your new student life in New Zealand. Air ticketing, insurance and foreign exchange can all be arranged through us to make studying overseas easier and a once-in-a-life experience!
Requirements for Visa Application
Student Visa Application
You need to submit list of following documents at the time of lodgment of Student visa Application to immigration New Zealand
Student Visa Application Form & Supplementary Information Form.
Passport- Passport must be valid for 3 months beyond the intended date of departure from New Zealand.
Photograph- Two recent passport-sized photograph (must be less than six months old).
Education Certificates- All certificates from 10th onwards (with translation, if required).
(Note: If the student intends to pursue aviation or marine course in NZ then the evidence of related qualifications/work experience must be provided.)
English Language Requirement (IELTS)
Statement of Purpose
Offer of Place
Evidence of Employment (If Applicable)
Police Clearance Certificate from Regional Passport Office, or from the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Financial Documents: Students are required to submit evidence of sufficient funds for maintenance during their stay in New Zealand (i.e. for Tuition Fee + Living Cost)
a) Financial Undertaking Form
b) Affidavit of Support from Sponsor
c) Authorization letter from Sponsor, authorizing Immigration New Zealand to verify the financial documents on their behalf.
d) Fund Type:
• Education loan from nationalized or multinational bank with details of borrower, co-borrower and personal guarantor. Detail of collateral security and its owner (if applicable).
• Latest bank statement for the past 6 months
• Fixed deposit ( 6-month old)
• Post Office Account
The telephone number along with STD code of the Financial Institution should be provided for the verification of authenticity of funds.
Students are required to provide documentary evidence of income, along with the source of income, of their parents; even if the cost of study is being sponsored by another person.
Under FTS student has access to fund older than six months.