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New Zealand is a highly preferred study abroad destination for Indian students wanting to pursue their Bachelor’s and Masters studies. The land of the long white cloud is characterised by breath taking views, vibrant nightlife, water sports and of course, high quality education. The island country has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and 550 Private Training Establishments(PTEs) together offering degrees, diplomas and certificates. Programmes are mostly research-led but also have a component of internships, industry projects and work placements. QS World University Rankings has put seven of New Zealand’s universities in the top 100 for at least one program.


1. 6 benefits of studying in New Zealand
2. What is the eligibility criteria for studying in New Zealand universities?
3. Which universities in New Zealand can you apply to?

New Zealand’s diverse and multi-cultural university campuses follow the Maori principle of Manaakitanga – to extend love and kindness to all. There are several advantages to studying in New Zealand:

  1. World class education – New Zealand universities offer top quality education, good infrastructure, and cutting edge course options.
  2. Well recognized degree – As universities in New Zealand are among the top 3% in the world, their degrees, diplomas and certificates are well recognized by universities and organizations around the world.
  3. Good job opportunities – There is a shortage of skilled workers in IT, commerce and other fields in New Zealand. Hence, university graduates have good job opportunities.
  4. Earn while you study – Students in New Zealand universities can work for 20 hours per week while the session is on and for full time during term breaks.
  5. Work permit – On completion of their education, students can get post-study work visa that allows them to work for up to three years depending upon their course.
  6. Stable and peaceful country – New Zealand’s economy is stable and the country is immigrant-friendly. It is the second most-peaceful country in the Global Peace Index 2021 rankings; Indian students feel quite safe and welcome in this country.

6 benefits of studying in New Zealand

What is the eligibility criteria for studying in New Zealand universities?

University eligibility criteria varies as per university and course. But in general universities have the following entry requirements:

For Undergraduate Courses

  • Minimum 60% (B-grade) in English
  • Minimum IELTS band 6 with 5.5 in each section
  • Specific subject requirements for specialized courses

For Postgraduate Courses

  • Minimum 60% in Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience of two years
  • Minimum IELTS band of 6.5 with no section less than 6
  • Specific subject requirements for specialized courses

Which universities in New Zealand can you apply to?

1. University of Auckland

It is the #1 ranked university in New Zealand. With eight faculties hosting over 40,000 students, it is also the largest college in New Zealand. The minimum IELTS score required for undergraduate programs is an overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 individual section scores. However, some programs may have a higher requirement. For example, the engineering program requires IELTS 7.0 overall. For postgraduate programs, the minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall and 6.0 per section. University website is the best source of information; make sure to go through it thoroughly for entry criteria of a specific course.

2. University of Otago

The oldest university of New Zealand, University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% universities of the world. Established in 1869, the university’s main campus is located in Dunedin, Otago whereas its satellite campuses are in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill. It boasts four faculties in Humanities, Health Sciences, Sciences and Business. The minimum IELTS score requirement for undergraduate and postgraduate programs is 6.0. But for some courses like teaching or education, dentistry, law, and public health studies, it can be 7.0. Please refer to university website for specific course criteria.

3. University of Canterbury

Established in 1873, this is the second oldest university in New Zealand. Located in Christchurch this university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It is well reputed for its engineering and science programs – its Civil Engineering program ranks 9th in the world. Undergraduate courses entry requirements are a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with 6.0 for writing and 5.5 for each of the other sections. For postgraduate programs, an overall score of 6.5 as well as 6.0 in writing and 5.5 each for other sections is required. Additionally, some courses have specific subject requirements which are available on the website.

4. University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is actually one of New Zealand’s youngest universities. Established in the year 1964, it is well known for its research and innovation in the fields of environmental science, marine and fresh water ecology, engineering and computer science. The minimum IELTS requirement is an overall score of 6.0 with individual section scores of 5.5 or above for undergraduate programs and a total score of 6.5 with no scores below 6.0 for postgraduate courses.

5. Victoria University of Wellington

This university was established in the year 1897 and is renowned for its programs in law, humanities and sciences. The minimum IELTS score for undergraduate programs is an overall band of 6.0 and no sub-score below 5.5. For postgraduate programs, it is an overall band of 6.5 and no sectional scores 6.0 or above. There may be some eligibility requirements specific to the program that you are applying to.

6. Massey University

Massey University was established in 1927. It is one of the largest universities in New Zealand by student enrolment – it has 30,000+ students, a third of which are distance-learning students. It is well known for its programs in agriculture, veterinary sciences, aviation and dispute resolution. For undergraduate programs, the minimum IELTS score needed is 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. For postgraduate degrees, you need a score of 6.5 overall with individual section score of 6.0 or above.

7. Lincoln University

Located outside the city of Christchurch, Lincoln is famous for its agricultural, forestry, hospitality and tourism studies. For undergraduate courses, you need a score of 6.0 overall with individual section scores no less than 5.5. For postgraduate programs, a total score of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 is expected. Check out university website for other eligibility criteria.

8. Auckland University of Technology

Established in 1906, AUT is the third largest university by student enrolment. Through its five faculties comprising 16 schools, it offers a wide range of programs in culture & society, business, economics and law, design and creative technologies, health & environmental sciences. Undergraduate programs at AUT need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with sectional scores of 5.5 or above. For postgraduate programs, a total score of 6.5 is required with minimum sectional scores of 6.0.

At Jamboree, IELTS teaching methodology is designed in such a way that most of our students score IELTS 6.5 or above. If you are looking to pursue your bachelor’s, masters or PhD in New Zealand, don’t hesitate to connect with our expert counselors for advice on how to apply successfully.  Just a 15 minute free 1-on-1 session will be enough to resolve all your doubts and queries and have your personalized admissions roadmap drawn.

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