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  • Suju Bhattarai

    May 14, 2018 at 3:50 am

    An island country, New Zealand is situated in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean, comprising six hundred small islands and 2 major landmasses: North and South island. The word ‘Scenic’ is not enough to describe the distinctive and spectacular natural beauty of this country. Cited ‘the Paradise of the Pacific’ the country is home to rolling pasture land, majestic mountains, raging rivers, picturesque beaches, pristine lakes and active volcanic zones. It is sparsely populated and well developed.

    Why Study in New Zealand?
    In New Zealand there are eight universities funded by the state. They offer a wide range of programs:
    Lincoln University
    Auckland University of Technology
    University of Auckland
    Massey University
    University of Otago
    University of Waikato
    University of Canterbury
    Victoria University of Wellington

    Apart from the world-class education, there are various other reasons why New Zealand is an ideal place for international students. Some of them are mentioned below.

    Education System: Education system is incredible in New Zealand. It offers world-class education at an affordable price. The degree earned in New Zealand is highly regarded throughout the world.

    People: Native people of New Zealand are called ‘kiwis’. They are the most welcoming, loving and friendly people. Since they themselves are travelers, they love meeting new people. So they will welcome you with all their heart and make you feel like home. Only four million people live here. It is perfect from the safety point of view as well. And one major thing is you won’t feel like an outsider as the country is home to diverse people.

    Weather: New Zealand has a mild weather. In winter it is approximately 10ºC (50ºF) and is somewhat wet. Snowfall occurs in high altitude. In the summer the weather hover around 25ºC.

    Work Opportunities: You should never worry about not getting a job. International students can find a variety of job opportunities. The official working hours is twenty hours per week for the students. However, during vacations, you have the option to work for forty hours. The university you will be joining will also assist you to find a job. After completing your degree, you can apply for work permit and work there for twelve months.

    Cost of Living: Living cost is low in New Zealand in comparisons to other ‘A’ listed countries. It has a stable government and economy as well.

    Living cost is determined by the place you choose to reside and the lifestyle you adopt. It generally hovers around NZ$ 7,000 to NZ$ 12,000 per year. In New Zealand, you can find various accommodation options such as flats, house, and hostels.

    You will always have something to do: You should never worry about being bored because in New Zealand you will find plenty of things to do. You can relax on the beach; go for hiking or other adventurous sports.

    Easy Visa Process: Visa applying process is very easy and the best thing is you don’t get rejected right away. They provide you with the opportunity to put your point of view like, why you want to study there through a Statement of Purpose. Visas are barely rejected if you are qualified enough.

    Living and Studying Cost
    The tuition fees may vary depending on the university you will be studying, chosen program and level of education. If you think tuition fee is bit expensive and you are eligible to apply for the scholarships, you have that option too.

    An undergraduate program cost around NZ$ 18,000 to NZ$ 25,000 per year. For the postgraduate program, you might have to pay NZ$ 10,000 to NZ$ 30,000. In addition to the tuition fees, international students have to pay Overseas Students Health Covers and other various charges.

    Required Documents:
    For Offer Letter:
    Academic certificates (SLC, +2 and bachelor’s level)
    IELTS/TOFEL Score (For bachelor’s level you need to obtain 6 and for master’s 6.5)
    Work Experience (if any)
    Complete and signed Application Form of University/college

    Visa Documentation:
    Copy of Birth Certificate
    Original or Attested Copy of Passport
    2 Recent Passport Size Photos
    University or College’s offer letter
    Financial Undertaking form
    Affidavit of Support
    Property Valuation
    Documents showing Income Source
    Education loan sanction letter
    Bank Statement of Past Six Months
    Police Clearance Certificate
    Student Visa Application Form
    Visa Application Fees
    Handwritten Covering Letter or Statement of Purpose
    You have to send health report as well

    After Submitting the Application
    In Nepal we don’t have New Zealand embassy, so your visa applications are processed in India. Processing time is eight to ten weeks. You might have to face a telephonic Interview.