Frequently Asked Questions
What factors should I consider when
making a choice of course?
Select the courses according to the area you
are interested in studying and discuss with your IDP counselor.
Look carefully at the content of each course in the individual
university website or brochure.
Apart from the course, it is very important
that you should think of other factors as well: Location, Cost and
Your counselor will be able to advise you
about the relevant Institutions which meet your requirements.
Are the courses and institutions
that I have chosen of a high standard?
All universities and Institute of Technology
& Polytechnics (ITPs) that provide higher education in the New
Zealand are State Owned. Universities run undergraduate and
postgraduate programmes and are research based. The courses at ITPs
are vocational and skills-based ranging from certificate level to
degree and postgraduate level.
The New Zealand Education is centrally managed
by a quality assurance system; New Zealand Qualification Authority
(NZQA). NZQA establishes & ensures compliance with
qualification standards & enables students to transition
between education sectors, gain credit for previous study. New
Zealand’s universities perform very highly on a global level. In
comparison to other countries, New Zealand has the highest
percentage of universities which feature in top 500 rankings.
All Institutes in New Zealand are internationally represented by
the NZ Government agency - Education New Zealand.
As the New Zealand education system fosters a
depth of quality across the education sector, students need not be
concerned about which institution to study at so much as which
course they wish to pursue at these high-quality institutions.
What financial support is available
for international students?
There are few scholarships that are available
for international students to enhance the skills, training and
knowledge of selected individuals from developing countries. The
scholarships may or may not apply to you depending on the country
for which it is available. Apart from these, there may be some
individual Institute based scholarship that may be announced in a
Your IDP counselor will have details of
various scholarship schemes.
New Zealand offers a range of competitive
options for students when considering tuition fees and other costs
like visas, health cover and additional expenses. According to the
2009 Deloitte’s Comparative Costs for International Students
Report, tuition fees for undergraduate degrees in New Zealand are
generally more affordable than similar courses in many other
What opportunities are there for
working and studying at the same time?
Many universities have a dedicated job centre
on-campus for students that offer or advertise a range of job
opportunities to help students develop skills. Most students
enrolled in a course of 12 months duration or longer can work
part-time for up to 20 hours a week during semester and full-time
during holiday periods.
The circumstances under which students
studying fulltime may work part-time include studying a course of
at least 2 years duration at a tertiary institution or private
training establishment or undertaking a New Zealand qualification
that meets the criteria of the Skilled Migrant Category.
Students may also work part-time to meet the practical work
experience requirements of a course.
Students should refer to Student Job Search
which is an organization which assists students in finding work.
Student Job Search helps students find summer holiday or temporary
or part-time work. This service is funded by the New Zealand
Government, tertiary institutions and student associations, and it
is run by student associations.
How can I find
There are four main accommodation options for
international students in New Zealand. These are halls of residence
/ hostels, home stays, private boarding and flatting.
Private accommodation outside of the
University or college will be cheaper if you are prepared to share
the facilities with another student and are more suitable to
postgraduate or mature students. If you are looking at this option,
you should get some temporary accommodation booked and plan to
travel to New Zealand 1-2 weeks before your course starts.
Undergraduate students in their first year of
the course are recommended to stay in the halls of residence
on-campus. These residences are usually located in a building or
large house which in turn is typically located on campus or within
walking distance of the education provider.
When should I begin the application
It is recommended that you begin your
application process at least 4 months in advance to keep adequate
time for your admission offer and visa processes.
Intakes in NZ?
The intakes (entry points) start usually twice
a year in February and in May/July each year. However there are
some institutions which may have a trimester system.
For most universities the academic year begins
in February, and Semester 1 concludes in June. Students then have a
two- to four- week winter break before resuming their
second-semester studies in July. The New Zealand summer runs from
December to February.
Does IDP have any special
relationship with New Zealand institutions?
Yes, IDP has signed up with specific New
Zealand institutions which will certainly give you the benefit of
better turnaround time for application assessment. IDP counselors
will be able to provide you with accurate and updated information
and assist you for each step of your enrollment process in New
Will IDP help me with the pre departure
Yes, IDP will organize a pre-departure
orientation program which will help you in preparing for your life
as a student in the New Zealand.