Posted On : 26 March 2024     |     By : kangarooNepal

With new immigration updates and confusions surrounding Australia and Canada, students in Nepal are turning their attention towards New Zealand. From January to August 2023, there were 59,306 new international student enrollments in Educational institutes of New Zealand. This was a 43% increase compared to the full year in 2022. While it is comparatively a smaller number than for other study destinations, the statistics show that this is just the beginning and the curve is set to go up in the coming years.

But is New Zealand a better study destination than Australia, Canada and the UK for Nepali students? The short answer is Yes. So, let’s dig deeper and figure out exactly why you should consider studying in New Zealand from Nepal

Understanding the New Zealand Education System

The New Zealand Education System is a three-tier model that reflects its unique and diverse society. It is designed to provide continuous learning progression and choice, ensuring that students progress every year and that their learning at one level sets the foundation for the next steps along a chosen pathway.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE is basically like a kindergarten that caters to children from birth to school entry age. While it is not compulsory, around 96.8% of children in New Zealand attend ECE. 

Primary and Secondary Education

Primary and Secondary education is free in government owned state schools of New Zealand. It is also compulsory for children of age 6 to 16 to attend this level of education. 

Further Education

Further education is what matters most for us Nepali students looking to study abroad. This level of education is also called tertiary education and it encompasses a wide range of educational options beyond secondary school.

  • Private Training Establishments (PTEs): PTEs, as their name suggests, are privately owned educational institutes that offer tertiary education and vocational courses. 
  • Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs): ITPs are essentially like VET colleges of Australia. They offer vocational education that prepare students for direct entry to the workforce.
  • Wānanga: These are state-owned educational institutes that provide tertiary education based on Māori tradition and customs.
  • Universities: While there are only a total of 8 universities in the whole of New Zealand, they stand among the best in the world offering world-class education and facilities. 

What are the benefits of studying in New Zealand?

If you decide to study in New Zealand over other popular choices, these are the benefits you can expect:

  1. Kaitiakitanga

Kaitiakitanga is a New Zealand Māori term that defines the concept of guardianship, for the sky, the sea, and the land. It’s a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view. This influences New Zealand’s education system and unique way of life.

  1. Inclusiveness

New Zealand embraces people from different cultures and experiences, extending a warm welcome to international students. This multicultural environment can provide a rich learning experience.

  1. Broad Opportunities for Study and Research

Universities in New Zealand offer a diverse range of research and study opportunities to students. For instance, around 36% of international students pursue STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics), while 33% pursue business and management.

  1. Globally Accepted Qualifications

To ensure global acceptance and competitive education standards, New Zealand has created the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. This framework allows the government to manage consistency and higher standards of education throughout the country.

  1. Easy Entry Requirements

This country has an open border policy that also encourages international students like Nepali students to study in New Zealand. In addition to that, there are also around five different types of visas for studying in this country.

  1. High-Quality Education

While there are only 8 universities in New Zealand, all of them are ranked in the top 3% in the world. So, there’s no doubt that the country offers one of the highest quality of education.

  1. Work Ready

Besides the 8 universities, there are a number of Private Training Establishments (PTEs), Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Wānanga that offer skill-based higher education courses that prepare you for the workforce. And these qualifications and skills give you the opportunity to excel anywhere in the world with your chosen career.


  1. What are the top universities in New Zealand for Nepali students?

There are a total of 8 universities in New Zealand and they are globally ranked as follows:

National RankName of the UniversityQS Global Rankings
1University of Auckland68
2University of Otago206
3Massey University239
4Victoria University of Wellington241
5University of Waikato250
6University of Canterbury256
7Lincoln University362
8Auckland University of Technology407

2. What is the cost of studying in New Zealand?

It can cost around NZD 22,000 to NZD 32,000 for undergraduate programs and over NZD 32,000 for graduate programs to study in New Zealand. Note that this is an average figure without considering any scholarships or apprenticeships. 

3. What are the scholarships available in New Zealand for Nepali students?

There are several scholarships available in New Zealand for Nepali students that you can directly apply for in their respective university’s websites. Here are some of them:

  1. New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)
  2. New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  3. New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)
  4. NZ-GRADS New Zealand Global Research Alliance Doctoral Scholarship
  5. SEG Scholarship
  6. Palmerston North City Mayor’s Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship
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