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In a niche by itself
New Zealand’s USP is its innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and cutting-edge research in agriculture, water, energy, health and specialized sciences such as pediatrics

The country’s USP
Three New Zealanders have won the Nobel Prize to date – Alan Mac Diarmid (Chemistry), Ernst Rutherford (Chemistry) and Maurice Wilkins (Physiology or Medicine). New Zealand’s unique selling proposition, in the words of Perya short, south Asia Education Counselor, New Zealand High Commission, is its innovation, cross-disciplinary study combining business with science, computing with design cutting-edge research in agriculture, water, energy, health and specialized science such as paediatrics. Indians number close to 3,500 out of the 1,20,000 international pupils in New Zealand presently. According to official data, there were 3,458 approved applications from Indians in 2006, a 17 per cent rise over the 2005 figure. The mission issued 1,800student visas in 2006-07.

Hot for what?
Indian students setting sail to New Zealand root for Biotechnology, Hospitality, Digital Animation, Business Management, Engineering and Finance. Other niche areas also coming up are – Viticulture, sports-related subjects like Physiotherapy and Sports Management because of the Commonwealth Games.

Session commences
The academic session start in February and July.

Tuition fee
The tuition fee range from NZ $12,200 to 20,000 (Rs 3,75,919 to Rs 6,16,261) a year, depending on the course of study.

Top institute
1. University of Auckland
2. University of Otago
3. University of Canterbury
4. Victoria University of Wellington
5. Massey University
The details of enrolment of Indians are not known. There are only eight universities, all public institutions, in New Zealand.

Universities and polytechnics usually offer students accommodation on campuses or assist then by loading them in either single or double (shared) rooms at halls of residence, hostels or dormitories. Flats have also become a popular option among Indian students. Costs range from NZ$450 to 550 (Rs 13,875 – Rs 16,959) a month including food and other expenses.

Cost of living
Students must plan on a minimum budget of NZ$10,000-12,000 (Rs 3,08,347 – Rs 3,70,016) a year as additional expenses over and above the fees.

For postgraduate scholarships, contact New Zealand institutions directly. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s office in Delhi offers undergraduate scholarships. Since July 1,2006, the New Zealand government is progressively expanding scholarship for international pupils. At present, up to a hundred PH.D. and postgraduate level scholarships are available a year besides the same number of undergraduate awards.

Part-time jobs
Pupils, pursuing full-time courses, can work 20 hours a week when session are on and full-time during vacations.

Student visa
For student visas, aspirants may write to enquiry@nzis.dol.govt.nz

Job opportunities
Upon completing their programme, graduates can put in the island nation for six months on a special visa to look for a job. After talking up employment, they may seek a work permit. New Zealand needs skilled migrants for a wide gamut of jobs – of administrators, managers, physical science technicians, computer systems technicians, air traffic controllers helicopter and aircraft pilots, flight crew, medical radiation technologists. Health inspectors, physiotherapists and animal welfare workers, to name a few.
For details: www.immigration.govt.nz
For work rules: www.newzealandeducated.com/india

How to apply
Dispatch completed applications forms to the International Offices of respective universities. Aspirants can apply either directly to the International Office or through an approved local education advisor. For further information: edunz.india@nzte.govt.nz

Start the application process at least six months before the onset of the session you want to enroll for.

There are no specific deadlines. However, admission hopefuls should apply at least Three months before admission.
Contenders in the fray for the July intake will know their results by April, while those in the queue for the February session should receive intimation by November.

Application docket
Statement of Purpose (SoP)
Certificates, mark sheets transcripts
Letters of recommendation
IELTS score
Work experience letters
A photocopy of your passport and two photographs

Candidates for undergraduate programmes are selected on the basis of their Class XII results. At most universities, the minimum cut-off is 75 per cent marks. Admissions to postgraduate programmes are mode on a case-to-case basis for which, a good academic background is a must. In your SoP, highlight your academic background, achievements in school and college, career goals, how your desired programmes can enhance your career prospects and the advantages of studying in New Zealand. Mention extra curricular activities in your application form only if you have formal certificates. Your college or employer could give a recommendation letter. In case of college, the letter should highlight your character, subject potential and extra-curricular interests while your employer should underscore the tenure of your work, your job profile and why s/he is recommending you for the programme. The letter must be on the college or company letterhead and given original to respective institutions.

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