why study in new zealand?

    When preparing for a trip to the "long white cloud land”, be prepared for the great sudden changes in weather, high humidity, and the landscape straight from the postcard. Beautiful landscapes you've already seen on small screens, if you're a fan of epic fantasy series such as Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. Although quite far away, New Zealand is yet another top destination for studies. In the Balkans, the continuation of studies in this country is only beginning to be popular, though this country certainly provides quality education. This island country is characterized by stable economic parameters and constant growth and development, and the cost of living is not something great compared to a high quality of life and high living standards.


    In New Zealand there are only eight major state universities, among which the most famous is Auckland University. It has a very diverse portfolio of social and natural science programmes. It is at the rather high position of 82nd on the world's list of universities. The tuition fees depend on the chosen programme, which passes through a rigorous quality control and is extremely widely recognised internationally.

    How much does it cost to study in New Zealand?

     

    Surprisingly, the fact is that studying in New Zealand is not as expensive as in Australia and North America. For example, tuition fees range from $22,000 to $35,000 for extremely respectable programmes in medicine and dentistry. For master’s studies, the tuition fees range from $26,000 to $40,000. Also, the aforementioned cost of living is significantly lower compared to that in Australia, the USA and Canada. The estimate is that you need about $15,000 per year to pay for all your living expenses. During the studies you can work for up to 20 hours a week, for a rate of no less than $8, and for some more demanding administrative work even as much as $15 per hour. Furthermore, during the holidays students are allowed to be employed in full-time work.

    VISAS FOR STUDYING IN NEW ZEALAND

     

    International students are very welcome in New Zealand, and hence the process of obtaining visas is easy. The requirements for student visas for citizens of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina are:


    • A valid passport
    • A photograph
    • Confirmation of student insurance for the duration of studies
    • Confirmation that the candidate has not been prosecuted
    • A systematic examination in a state or private health institution
    • Proof that you have been accepted by a university
    • Funds of $15,000 in your bank account, to prove that you can support yourself for the duration of the programme
    • A Statement of Purpose would be rather useful to describe your situation in more detail to the immigration officer
    • The visa fee is $295, and the charge for sending your passport is another $24

    LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND DURING AND AFTER STUDYING

     

    New Zealand is a great destination if you plan to stay on after your studies, given the fact that they are quite flexible when it comes to obtaining citizenship. You are required to find a job after your studies, and you have one year by law to do this. If you get a job in your profession, your work contract is permanent; you can apply for a residency permit immediately. 


    The standard of living is good, and business opportunities are numerous. It is recommendable to find some accommodation before you arrive in New Zealand. As a student, you can apply to stay in a student dorm or rent a studio flat or a larger flat. Living in a dorm is the best option for someone who is coming to study for the first time, as it will allow you to quickly make new friendships. Also, it is no less popular to live with a host family. With this option you are provided with a room that is your living and working space, and you can also arrange for your family to prepare meals for a certain fee. 


    This is a great way to quickly improve your English skills and become familiar with the lifestyle, culture and customs that every family in New Zealand enjoys. As far as transport is concerned, the cities and urban centres are relatively small, and public transport is very well organised. Cycling is always a popular and effective option. Student cards will provide discounts at most shops and restaurants and at all museums or galleries, as well as libraries and cinemas.