New Zealand- Universal Bhutan

Why study in New Zealand?


New Zealand offers a world-class education in a postcard-perfect environment. New Zealand has an excellent, centrally managed quality assurance system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requires that institutions are registered to enrol international students and ensures compliance with qualifications standards.

Five New Zealand universities were ranked in the top 400 universities in the world by the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

New Zealand has always been internationally recognized for its excellent education standards and for training high quality teachers, which makes it rather a given fact that the institutions in New Zealand provide one of the best world class teaching faculties. Apart from this, New Zealand also has a high quality of amenities and research facilities for its students.

But that is not all the country has to offer. It also provides a perfect mix of a modern cosmopolitan society that exists in perfect harmony with the country’s outdoorsy lifestyle. Replete with all kinds of natural landscaped ranging from snowcapped mountains and steaming volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches and lush rainforests. Living in New Zealand provides every student a chance to grow with its multi-cultural society and natural wonders all at once. Education in New Zealand is truly an all-encompassing experience.



Cost of Education and Living?

While New Zealand is a great place to study as an international student, below is the rough estimation of the fees on should consider before applying for New Zealand

  • Fees for arts or social sciences range from NZ$20,000 (£9,680) a year.

  • Courses in science and engineering can cost from NZ$25,000 (£12,000) per year.

  • Dentistry and medicine tend to be the most expensive degrees – NZ$75,000 (£36,300) per year.

  • Unfortunately, there are few scholarships available for international students studying in New Zealand, and those that are on offer are for PhD students.


Here are some approximate costs of those all important student services in New Zealand (GBP, March 2015):

  • Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: $550 - $800 per month

  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant: $12



Work and study?


Getting a part-time job while you study can help you pay your living expenses, meet new people and gain valuable experience of the New Zealand workplace. New Zealand has a wide range of industries that offer part-time and casual work.

Some educational institutions also offer students part-time work teaching, tutoring or carrying out administration duties. Paid internships are a way of gaining industry experience and networking with people in your field of study. Carrying out voluntary work in New Zealand can also be a great addition to your CV, giving you useful experience of the New Zealand workplace

Students are normally allowed to work 20 hours although it depends on kind of visa one applies.



Post Study work


If you wish to stay in New Zealand and work after you have finished your studies, you will need the right visa. Depending on what you studied, you may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years, and possibly even gain residence. The New Zealand Government offers two kinds of visa after your study time

Post Study Work Visa (Open)

The Post Study Work Visa (Open) allows you to find a job that is relevant to your qualification. It’s valid for 12 months, and during this time you can work for almost any employer in New Zealand. After you have found a job relevant to your qualification you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted)

Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted)

The Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted) allows you to stay in New Zealand and work for a specific employer for a further two years, if your job is relevant to your qualification. To be granted a visa, you must hold a Post Study Work Visa - Open or apply no later than 3 months after the end date of your student visa (no later than 6 months if the qualification was a Doctoral Degree).

Staying permanently

After your Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted) you may be eligible to apply for a New Zealand resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This visa uses a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment.


Visa Process


All Bhutanese citizens will need a student visa to study overseas in New Zealand if the programme of study is longer than three months.

  • To study as a full-time student in New Zealand an offer from an education institution must be included in the visa application.

  • You must also show that you have enough money to cover your living and accommodation costs while studying abroad.

  • A medical examination may be demanded to ensure health requirements and for stays of longer than two years a police check may also be carried out.

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