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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ New Zealand
  1. How will I get around?
  2. Is it safe to go into the city by myself?
  3. What's the weather like?
  4. How many education institutions are there in New Zealand?
  5. What is the difference between Universities and Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology?
  6. Can I work while I study in New Zealand?
  7. How much can I earn when I work in New Zealand?
  8. What happens when I finish my degree?
  9. Can I change my student visa in New Zealand?
  10. Can I apply for New Zealand Residence?
  11. What is the cost to live in New Zealand?
  12. What will be my course fees?

1. How will I get around?

Trains, buses and taxis are common ways to get around the city. There is also a ferry service connecting central city to Auckland's north shore and some of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Taxis are the most expensive form of travel.

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2. Is it safe to go into the city by myself?

It is preferable to go with friends or with your host family until you find your bearings. Like any metropolitan city, there are risks at night. During the day it is a vibrant, busy, safe environment.

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3. What's the weather like?

It can be unpredictable. There is not a wide range in the day time temperature from summer to winter (10 degrees Celsius in the winter to 25-27 degrees Celsius in summer).

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4. How many education institutions are there in New Zealand?

New Zealand has 8 Universities, 25 Polytechnics and/or Institutes of Technology and about 440 secondary schools. ISSL acts for approximately 60 education institutions.

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5. What is the difference between Universities and Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology?

Historically the main difference had been that Universities focussed on academic programmes and the Polytechnics focussed on practical training. Over recent years both types of institutions have expanded their range of programmes and now there is significant overlap between Universities and Polytechnics.

Over recent years the Polytechnic programmes have been expanded to include a wide range and number of degree programmes. A number of Polytechnics have also merged together and have changed their names from Polytechnics to Institutes of Technology to better reflect their focus. Cross-credits for courses completed at the Polytechnic can be credited to ongoing University study in most instances.

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6. Can I work while I study in New Zealand?

Yes. You can work in New Zealand but you have to be enrolled in a course of 2 years or longer at a tertiary institution. In this case you can work for up to 15 hours a week and can apply for a variation of your visa to work full-time in the long summer holiday in December and January.

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7. How much can I earn when I work in New Zealand?

Those students who are able to work under their visa will probably work in casual jobs either tutoring at their institution or working in restaurants or other service industries. The normal hourly wage rate will be from NZ$8.00 - NZ$15.00 per hour and you will have tax deducted from your wages before you receive your payment. On these amounts the tax will normally work out at about 20 cents per $ and you should be able to obtain a full tax refund at the end of the financial year in April.

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8. What happens when I finish my degree?

Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can obtain a work visa for another 2 years to work in the job they have been offered as may qualify for residence.

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9. Can I change my student visa in New Zealand?

If you have completed your course of study and you wish to remain in New Zealand as a visitor or apply for residence this is possible providing you have not got a Limited Purpose Visa.

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10. Can I apply for New Zealand Residence?

If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. In particular the immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to proceed to apply for permanent residence.

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11. What is the cost to live in New Zealand?

The total cost depends on each students spending habits. However a student should be able to live in New Zealand for a total cost of living of between NZ$8,000 and NZ$10,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment.

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12. What will be my course fees?

The tuition fees is different for different universities and varies with courses. We have listed a few courses with the approximate range of annual tuition fees. For more specific details, please contact the universities.

Postgraduate Studies
CourseFees (per annum)
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences NZ $14,000 - $16,000
Master of Business Administration (MBA) NZ $18,000 - $24,000
Engineering NZ $18,000 - $24,500
Undergraduate Studies
CourseFees (per annum)
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences NZ $10,000 - $12,000
Commerce/Administration/Management NZ $10,000 - $12,500
Computing & Mathematical Sciences NZ $13,000 - $15,000
Engineering NZ $16,000 - $17,500
Science/Science Technology NZ $14,000 - $16,000
Technology NZ $14,000 - $18,000

You can use our live currency converter to check today's exchange rates.

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Useful Websites

www.minedu.govt.nz
Very informative website which is usually up to date and some very useful links on the site.
www.newzealand.com
Learn about the diversity of what New Zealand has to offer and how your visit can become a fantastic experience.
immigration.govt.nz
Find out all you ever wanted to know about immigrating to New Zealand here.