New Zealand Facts:

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Largest City: Auckland
  • Official Language: English (95.9%), Maori (4.2%), NZ Sign Language (0.6%)
  • Ethnic Groups: 78% European, 14.6% , 9.2% Asian, 6.9% Pacific People
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Area: 268,021 km2
  • Population: 4,475,436
  • Per capita income: $27,668
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
  • Calling code: +64
  • Temperature: New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate with mean annual temperatures ranging from
    10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north.

(Source: CIA Factbook, 2017;

New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, just south of Australia. The country is not part of Australia and has never been, but it has been its own country since the late 19th century. Before then, the country was actually considered to be part of the United Kingdom, and was under the laws and jurisdiction of the crown. New Zealand is actually a number of smaller islands, with two main islands; North Island, and the South Island.

The reason that many people enjoy going to New Zealand is because of its biodiversity (Source: Wikipedia). There are a number of plants, animals, and fungi that reside throughout the country, mainly because of the fact that there were no humans on the island until 1250 AD. The Europeans did not even arrive until 1642, well after the Americas and other countries were discovered by them. This isolation allowed nature to thrive much longer than it did on other continents where there was more human influence.

The country is separated into 16 regions. 11 of those regions are run by the top tier of local government, called the regional council. 5 of them are run by territorial authorities.

Why New Zealand?

  1. Friendly Kiwis
    New Zealand people are called ‘Kiwi’. They are welcoming, warm hearted, loving, and relaxed with highest level of tolerance to international students. So you’re not going to feel tense like you would if you are away from home, as most of the international students feel New Zealand home away from home. Another cool thing about the people is that there are so many different kinds of people, and hence diversity is there. You will find the grocery of all 5 continents in New Zealand cities.

  2. Secure and Stable Government
    New Zealand has stable government that guarantees high level of freedom to international students. New Zealand’s political system is based on the British model and is stable. There is a single house of Parliament and the role of head of state is held by Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of New Zealand. Democratic engagement is strong (Source: Education New Zealand). The crime rate is New Zealand is lowest among OECD countries. International students and their family can feel free to come and go in safety, making it easy to enjoy all the sights, adventures and experiences New Zealand has to offer.

  3. Nepal like weather
    Nothing can get better than the weather in New Zealand. The winters are mild, with temperatures around 10ºC (50ºF) and slightly wet. In higher altitudes, you will see snow, but it’s not common in lower altitudes. In the summers, the climate is warm and dry with temperatures around 25ºC making it similar to weather in Nepal.

  4. Quality of Education
    The tuition fee for international students is lower in New Zealand in comparison to other English speaking countries such as USA, Canada, and Australia. The degrees are recognized around the world as being up-to-date and practical. You will get a high quality, hands on education that you deserve. The New Zealand even goes so far as to checking each and every course, program, and certificate for quality so that they can be recognized around the world as high-quality education. All of the courses are accredited by independent government body, New Zealand Qualification Authority; hence quality of the program is assured.

  5. Tons of Outdoor activities
    New Zealand offers tons of outdoor activities that you will never run of out it during your stay there. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who looks for adventure. There are literally thousands of things to do. Do you like to hike? There are plenty of mountains for you to explore. Do you enjoy being a beach bum? Then you get to enjoy the beaches throughout the year. Want some excitement? There are always new things to do. The scenery is different depending on where you go; you could drive an hour and have a completely different geography.

  6. Work opportunities
    There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. If you are really good at class, the international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand.

  7. Smooth visa Process and Settlement Opportunities
    The visa acquisition process is incredibly simple, and unlike many other countries, you will not be rejected right away. The visa can be applied Online via Real Me account and decision is likely within a month. After you graduate, as mentioned above, you can work in the country for up to a year. If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 to 9 months.

Education System in New Zealand

Students in New Zealand are supported to solve problems, process information, work with others, create and innovate. Whichever level you’re studying at, New Zealand can give you a high-quality education that will enable you to achieve your goals. There are 8 Universities, 15 government funded polytechnics, and many private colleges in New Zealand. The list is below:

SNO. List of Government Funded Institute of Technology List of Universities
1 Ara Institute of Canterbury (ARA) Auckland University of Technology
2 Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawkes Bay) (EIT) Lincoln University
3 Manukau Institute of Technology Massey University
4 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) University of Auckland
5 Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec) University of Canterbury
6 Otago Polytechnic University of Otago
7 Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) University of Waikato
8 Tai Poutini Polytechnic Victoria University of Wellington
9 The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
10 Unitec New Zealand
11 Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
12 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
13 Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)
14 Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec)
15 Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)
16 Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Types of Course
New Zealand offers courses in the following areas:

  1. Academic
  2. Vocational and Applied
  3. Research
  4. Short Course

Level of education in New Zealand
According to New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA), level of education is categorized from 1 to 10. The following information has been extracted from NZQA framework, and provided.

Certificates are levels 1 to 4
Diplomas are levels 5 and 6
Bachelor’s degree, graduate diplomas and certificates are level 7
Postgraduate diplomas and certificates and Bachelor’s degrees with honors are level 8
Masters degrees are level 9
Doctoral degrees are level 10

Offer letter required documents

  1. Academic documents with aggregate over 50% marks
  2. Sufficient IELTS/TOEFL Score to as per the course requirement
  3. A valid MRP Passport
  4. Work Experience (If any)
  5. University/College Application form
  6. An updated CV
  7. Statement of Purpose

Offer letter processing time is generally 1-2 weeks.

Immigration Rules and Regulation
Immigration New Zealand, under the Ministry of MBIE Business Innovation and Employment New Zealand, is an authorized government body which sets rules and regulation for immigration matters for international students. Visas are issued by INZ staff in offices throughout New Zealand and around the world (Ref: INZ has over 25 offshore visa application centers throughout the world. Nepalese national has to submit their visa application documents to New Zealand High Commission Mumbai branch, India. Applicant’s physical attendance is not required while processing the visa application of New Zealand. Offshore visa applications, i.e. applications submitted outside New Zealand territory, cannot submit documents directly to New Zealand embassy; thus applicants has to submit it via ‘New Zealand Visa Application Centre’ which is called TT Services.

Forms of Visa application submission

  1. Paper Application
    Paper application requires applicant to fill a 16 page application form, and submit it to TT Services Mumbai Office along with passport, and other support documents. Paper application processing timeframe is 25 working days as per INZ website.

  2. Online Visa application
    For Online visa applications, applicant himself/herself or agents/consultancies can apply the visa of students using INZ’s online ‘Apply on Behalf’ Service. For this purpose, New Zealand counselor of a certain consultancy has to open a Real Me account from New Zealand Post Office. There are a lot of benefits of submitting online applications. First of all, processing timeframe for online application is just 20 working days, thus saves time for students. Further, applications can be tracked online easily, and more importantly, we only submit passport and application submission confirmation page to INZ. Moreover, eVisa is granted for successful applicants making easy access to verification for authorities.

Conditions attached with Visa

  1. Continuous Study of Specified at Specified Education Provider in New Zealand. New Zealand visa has name of the course and education provider mentioned in it. Hence, student cannot change course or provider without applying a new visa.

  2. Work right is limited to 20 hours per hour during study period and full time during summer vacation and schedule vacation. Excess work of 20 hours per week is illegal and students can be prosecuted and sometimes liable for deportation in worse case.

  3. A student has to inform INZ about the change of circumstance after the visa such as single student getting married, personal issues etc.

  4. Students should refrain themselves from involving in criminal activities.

Prerequisite for Student Visa

  • Academic

    Completion of 10+2 is mandatory for Nepalese students wishing to study in New Zealand.
    Aggregate academic performance of over 50% is required. However, in rare cases, less than 50% can be accepted if
    student has other areas strong such as excellent IELTS, relevant work experience etc. Academic has to be
    relevant to the proposed study in New Zealand.

  • English Language Proficiency

    It can be in form of IELTS/TOEFL/PTE. The following is a minimum English language criterion
    for Nepalese students:

  • Financial Requirement
    Financial requirement consists of the following areas:

    1. Education Loan

      Education loan should be from Nabil or Nepal SBI bank. Education loan is optional
      because it can be used to cover up shortfall in bank balance. If sponsor has sufficient bank balance,
      education loan is not required.

    2. Bank Statement/Bank Balance

      6 months matured bank balance is required at Nabil or Nepal SBI bank. INZ accepts
      transferring the fund to Nabil/SBI from Nepalese commercial bank, development bank, and finance company.
      However, cooperatives are not accepted.

    3. Income Source

      Sufficient minimum verifiable income source of 10-12 lakh per annum is required. Income
      can be shown from variety of sources such as salary income, business income, house rent, land lease,
      agricultural income etc.

    4. Sponsorship

      Only close members of the family can sponsor students that include grandparents,
      parents, siblings, spouse, and in-laws. However, for the purpose of showing income uncle, aunt, cousin
      brothers/sisters are accepted.

    5. Tax Clearance

      Tax Clearance from VDC/Municipality is required.

    6. Property Valuation

      Property valuation of 1 crore is required while submitting the visa application documents
      to INZ. This is however, optional.

Visa Documentation Checklist

  • Original Passport
  • Covering Letter
  • INZ Declaration form (INZ 1226)
  • Supplementary Form
  • Soft copy passport size photographs (35 mm/45mm)
  • Offer of Place (OOP)
  • Handwritten Statement of Purpose
  • Education Loan from Nabil or SBI Bank along with Bank Balance of 5-6 Lakhs (6 months matured)
  • Sufficient Bank Balance of NPR 30-40 for 1 year course / Bank balance of NPR 45-50
  • Lakhs for 2 years course
  • Fixed Deposit (At least 6 months matured) if any
  • Provident fund if any
  • Educational Certificates
  • IELTS/ CAE/TOEFL score/ PTE score Certificate
  • Work Experience, letter if any
  • Relationship Certificate
  • Affidavit of Support from sponsor(s)
  • Income Documents
  • Landownership Certificates Nepali Copies with Notary and its Translation
  • Marriage Certificate (if married)
  • Police Report (Valid for 6 months)
  • E-Medical Certificate from Panel Doctor (Norvic Hospital or NIC) (Valid for 3 months)
  • Visa Application fees
  • Other Country’s Immigration History

Visa Application Procedure

  1. Submit Online Visa Application via INZ Website under Real Me account
    It takes counselor 2-3 hours to apply a visa for a student online.
  2. Submit the passport of student to TT Services with Visa application confirmation page
    Courier the passport using secured post along with visa application submission confirmation page. Passport
    handling fee of TT Services is INR 1150 per passport.
  3. Get a decision on visa application from INZ
    It takes 3-4 weeks to get a decision on visa application from INZ
  4. Pay One year of Tuition Fees if Approved
    Once we get approval on visa application which is called Approval in Principle (AIP), student needs to transfer
    one year of tuition fees via telegraphic transfer (SWIFT) from Nabil or SBI bank.
  5. Get a eVisa from Immigration New Zealand
    Once Fee Receipt along with other support documents are submitted to INZ online, it takes up to 5 working days
    to get an eVisa.

Pre Departure Briefing

It is important for every education consultant to provide pre departure briefing to students before they fly to destination country. KEF delivers an information session typically consists delivering information before our students heads to New Zealand!

  • Cost of Living
  • Accommodation in the region
  • Heath and Travel Insurance
  • Airport pick-up
  • Packing of clothing, personal items and important documents
  • Arrangements for bringing family to join student
  • Currency Converter
  • Driving
  • Consumer Rights
  • Watching out for Scams and Fraud
  • Orientation from Education Provider
  • Refund Policies

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