New Zealand is an attractive destination for international students and the country's educational institutions are well regarded throughout the world so it’s not surprising so many people wish to study in New Zealand.
The whole of New Zealand's educational system is based upon the prestigious British system, which is similar to Singapore. New Zealand’s universities offer numerous opportunities for research and internships, where students can build practical skills needed in their future career and academic life.
New Zealand has several types of post-secondary educational institutions: universities, colleges, private institutions and polytechnics.
Programmes and courses offered in New Zealand tend to be are highly ranked on a global level. Many of them appear in international university rankings, such as the Times Higher Education Top 500 and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500.
An undergraduate degree generally costs between NZ$ 18,000 and NZ$ 25,000 per year. Postgraduate studies can cost between NZ$ 10,000 and NZ$ 30,000. Costs largely depend on your chosen subject. For example, most undergraduate studies, such as arts, humanities, social sciences, management or engineering cost between NZ$ 10, 000 and NZ$ 12, 000 per year whilst science and technology studies generally cost between NZ$ 14,000 and NZ$ 18,000 per year.
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. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you may get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 months in the country under a special "work permit".