“Study to Residence Pathway”If you successfully complete and obtain your New Zealand qualification, you can apply for a full-time job. We fully encourage students to seek skilled employment that is relevant to their qualification, as this can lead to Residence in New Zealand.
International Students that are married with children, have the option of bringing their families with them while they study in New Zealand. However, this option is only available to students with a chosen postgraduate academic programme at Level 8 or above or a qualification that is listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL). Partners/spouses of international students who meet this criteria, may be eligible to apply for an open work visa, which will enable them to pursue full-time employment in any chosen field in New Zealand. This may be a good option for students who wish to maintain their financial security during their studies.
The Place and the weather: Regarded as one of the most culturally diverse and beautiful countries in the world, New Zealand is an adventure playground for nature lovers and cultured intellectuals alike. It is a country made up of two islands shaped by dramatic and often contrasting scenery, from rolling green hills, and picturesque coastlines, to majestic snowy mountains and breathtaking fjords. The weather and climate in New Zealand is as varied as its landscape. In the North Island the climate is ‘milder’ compared to the South Island. North Island weather is characterised by fast-changing, humid summers and mild winters. Auckland, in particular, is well known for being a city with ‘four seasons in one day’. In the South Island the seasons are more pronounced with very dry summers, and icy cold, snowy winters.
The People: New Zealanders are colloquially known as ‘Kiwis’, a term named after the country’s native, flightless bird, which is also an endangered species. The country’s population is a patchwork of cultures and ethnic groups from around the world, with a rich heritage of Māori, Pacific Island, and British colonialist history. Despite the cultural diversification of New Zealand’s population, one common feature is shared by all ‘Kiwis’: a laid-back attitude to life and living. Mingling with ‘Kiwis’ is a unique experience and perhaps even a lesson on taking a more chilled approach to life.
Educational Institutions in New Zealand & future career prospects: One of the perks of studying in NZ is that the tuition fees and related costs are significantly lower (by almost 50%) compared to other education providers in the United States or the United Kingdom. New Zealand’s academic institutions are among the world’s top ranking universities. All eight of New Zealand’s universities appeared in the top 500 QS World University Rankings 2013/14 (50% of them are in the top 250). Obtaining an academic qualification from a New Zealand university not only gives you a competitive edge but also, enhances your employability across the world.
Work opportunities: International students are permitted to work a maximum of twenty hours per week during semester, and full-time during semester break. For many international students, working part-time during their studies has proven to be an excellent way to not only supplement their daily living costs, but also gain work experience relevant to their studies. International students that study an academic program for the duration of 12 months are given the opportunity to seek relevant work experience.
Visa application Process: The visa application process can be relatively simple, provided that you meet Immigration New Zealand’s visa, character and health requirements. Over the past three years, Immigration New Zealand has developed a partnership with trusted universities and other training providers in the country. Selecting a reputable education provider in New Zealand is also paramount to the success of your student visa application.