New Zealand - An Introduction to a Study Abroad Destination
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New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa, in its native language of Maori, is situated in the Pacific Ocean with Queenstown considered as the adventure capital of the world. With its breathtaking beauty and balanced city life it makes a wonderful destination for tourists and students alike. Being a part of the British colony, sports play a major role in the diversity of New Zealand with Rugby being the national sport. Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland are the most populated cities in New Zealand with the latter being the most popular among them. (Read: Why study abroad in New Zealand?)
Largest City: Auckland
Official Languages: English and Maori. In 2006, it gave New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) an official language status as well.
Currency: NZD (New Zealand Dollar)
Time Zone: 6.5 hours ahead of India
Calling Code: +64
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Study in New Zealand - Why and Where?
Higher education in New Zealand is ranked as one of the worlds' best by QS World University Rankings with technology and polytechnic courses being the highlight of the universities here among others. Being culturally and economically sound, New Zealand offers a lot to explore not just in education but in other walks of life as well. (Read: Universities of New Zealand)
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Top 5 universities in New Zealand
There are 8 universities of New Zealand that feature in the latest QS World University Rankings. The top 5 universities of New Zealand are listed below.
- University of Auckland
- University of Otago
- University of Canterbury
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Massey University
Although all the universities in New Zealand are independently governed by their own council but they are still public institutions and partly funded by government. Even the polytechnics and institutes of technology are state owned and offer courses which are equal to the ones offered by universities. However, these courses offer more practical approach to teaching and are career oriented. Apart from these, there are colleges of education and private training providers which also welcome international students. Higher Education in New Zealand is based on British system and the degrees of the institutes accredited through NZQA can not only be transferred within New Zealand but also with institutes in UK and Australia. The degrees range from certificate to doctorate level, each offering specialized professional strengths. (Read: Higher education System in New Zealand)
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Tuition Fees, Cost of Living and Student Visa Fees
The tuition fees to study in New Zealand range from NZ$ 20000 to NZ$ 75000 (INR 9,73,838 - 36,51,893).
The cost of living in New Zealand is on higher side ranging from NZ$ 20000 to NZ$ 25000 (INR 9,73,838 - 12,17,070) (Read: Cost of Living in New Zealand)
The visa fees for Indian students planning to study in New Zealand is Rs. 14600 as of 2016.
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