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Reasons to study in New Zealand

New Zealand has a good reputation as a hub of high-quality education offering excellent career opportunities while providing the right support services in a safe learning environment. New Zealand is a unique country, scenic, young & vibrant. It’s a safe and welcoming community with a world-class reputation for harbouring cutting-edge research and creative ambition. It’s open, warm and outgoing. No wonder this country is an attractive destination for international students.


New Zealand has several types of higher education institutions: Universities, Colleges, Private institutions and Polytechnics. Most of New Zealand’s Universities and Institutions are internationally recognized, ranked and accepted. New Zealand’s qualifications are highly regarded & desired by employers across the world. It’s noteworthy that all the 8 New Zealand Universities have found their place in the QS World Rankings.


The majority of courses are offered in English. New Zealand’s national education system is based and inspired by the British education system. Research by many independent  authorities indicates that academically New Zealand students are ranked amongst the top in the world.


Of course, when we speak about New Zealand, it’s important to mention their awesome weather. New Zealanders are well-known for their affable natures, and their open attitude and acceptance of outsiders. As we all know New Zealand ranks second in Global Peace Index.


One major reason why New Zealand is considered a perfect overseas education destination by Indian students is their comparatively low annual tuition fees and low cost of living. Students can work while studying to meet their living expenses and also get experience by doing so. With student visa, students are permitted to work 20 hours weekly during the study and full time during scheduled holidays. There are many part-time opportunities available in the booming sectors like retail, hospitality, banking, finance etc. Some of the recent labour policies of government are favourable for students aiming to study overseas. Even their visa policies allow one to support their spouses while continuing education. Part-time work facility and three-year open work permit help an individual to seek a supporting job and later improve his PR possibilities.


Obtaining PR depends on many factors and mainly on acquiring the required points. A student who does his masters degree  will get 80 points for that, which is 50 % of the required total points. Then a person who falls into the 20 to 39 age bracket will fetch another 30 points. A job offer of 30 hrs in a week will fetch 50 points more, which easily makes them eligible for PR application. If the job is outside Auckland city that will fetch another 30 bonus points.


Another major reason  is the return on investment, which is very high. Even Visa policies  support spouses of expats to continue their education. And to live in one of the cleanest and most beautiful countries in the world itself is a blessing.


One more attraction is a fact that New Zealand serves as a gateway to Australia. Those who have studied in New Zealand and hold a PR can easily migrate to Australia. There is a Trans -Tasman Agreement between these two nations, which allows for the free movement of citizens of these countries to the other. So those who are looking for a bigger country with bigger opportunities can make use of this facility. Having said that though monetary benefits and career growth is more in Australia there are people coming back to Newzealand from Australia for a better peaceful life.


The choice is yours.



About Ms. Nicy Binu, Director, Santamonica Study Abroad


With over a decade’s experience in international education, Ms Nicy Binu is the brain behind Santamonica’s overseas student program and has steered the organization to a position where it figures today among the prominent overseas education facilitators in India. You may contact her at +91 6282 903 703 for overseas education queries and doubts.


Which country to choose for overseas education- New Zealand or Canada ?

When it comes to overseas education, there is always the question of choosing the right destination. Where to go to and how to choose by considering all the pros and cons. With Canadian and New Zealand universities scoring high in overseas education, both offering bright career choices & migration possibilities,  it’s always confusing for a student to decide on one. Practically, a direct comparison between these two countries is impossible as both are unique in their own ways. They are two nations with their own great features and are truly worlds apart.


If you look into the climate alone, New Zealand wins! No doubt about it.  Canada is a country with harsh weather conditions. One cannot imagine Canada without thinking about its cold winters. Geographically,  one cannot compare between these two nations as New Zealand is a small country whereas Canada is the world’s second-largest country. New Zealand’s offers good career possibilities while Canada offers better possibilities due to its sheer market size.


Canada’s economy is much larger (10th in the world) when compared with New Zealand.  Canada as a nation is rich with natural resources and their dependence on these resources gifted them with a stable economy. Thus Canada offers great potential to all kinds of engineers while in New Zealand, this may not be the case. We have to bear in our mind that Canada has mining as a major industry supporting and driving its economy.


The manufacturing industry is yet another sector where engineers are in demand. Apart from basic engineering branches, there are disciplines/specializations that are in high demand.  Aerospace, Biomedical, Environmental, Oil and Gas, Robotics, Computers, Automobile, etc. make Canada an Engineer’s Paradise when it comes to placements. Even a diploma holder in any stream can find his dream job in Canada if he is willing to push hard and thrive.


Canada is an immigrant-friendly country. Their flexible immigration policies make it the first choice for thousands of migrants across the world. Even a low skilled or unskilled person can apply for PR in some provinces of Canada. Wages and facilities are also great in Canada. However, the climate of the country can be a challenge for many migrants who come from drastically different climatic regions.


New Zealand is blessed with stunning and diverse natural beauty. It has a moderate climate. Immigration policies are not as flexible as that in Canada. Job opportunities are less due to different factors. New Zealand does have a relatively small population, so it may not always be easy to find a job. These pose some limitations in pursuing a career in manufacturing, mining, infrastructure development, technology etc.


As said earlier, a direct comparison between these two nations is inappropriate as they stand apart in many ways. A choice between these two nations purely depends on the person, the course he/she wants to study,  and the career he/she wants to pursue.



About Ms. Nicy Binu, Director, Santamonica Study Abroad


With over a decade’s experience in international education, Ms Nicy Binu is the brain behind Santamonica’s overseas student program and has steered the organization to a position where it figures today among the prominent overseas education facilitators in India. You may contact her at +91 6282 903 703 for overseas education queries and doubts.



Studying in New Zealand- Expenses & Fee Structure

Universities VS Colleges

When we ponder about the studying expenses in New Zealand, one has to keep in mind that the country has both Universities & Colleges. Expenses to study in Universities vary from that of Colleges and more often Universities tend to be more expensive than the Colleges.

If you are aiming to study at a college, you have to be ready to spend an amount of Rs. 8 to Rs. 9 lakhs per year. And for a masters degree, it comes around Rs.9 to 10 lakhs per year. If it’s a university, the expenses can be between Rs. 13 lakhs to 17 lakhs per year, depending on the ranking of the university.

A student has to demonstrate the financial capability of 15,000 New Zealand dollars to obtain a student Visa. This comes around 7.5 lakhs Indian rupees.  But please note that this is not going to be an actual incurring expense as students have part-time work rights while they are studying in New Zealand. And in their summer holidays, they can work full time and this means more financial independence and less dependability on deposited funds.

About Ms. Nicy Binu, Director, Santamonica Study Abroad


With over a decade’s experience in international education, Ms Nicy Binu is the brain behind Santamonica’s overseas student program and has steered the organization to a position where it figures today among the prominent overseas education facilitators in India. You may contact her at +91 6282 903 703 for overseas education queries and doubts.

Why students from Kerala perform well in foreign countries/universities?

Our students are hardworking & dedicated


Last 10 years have seen tremendous growth in students seeking international education. Students from Kerala is now studying in almost all countries that allow foreign student intake. When we consider all these countries, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & Germany turn out to be very popular among our students.


For example, consider Canada. We at Santamonica Study Abroad have seen students preferring Canada for many reasons. Their high-quality education, immigrant-friendly policies, job opportunities, quality of life etc. attract students from across the globe. But while considering all the foreign students enrolled in various universities and colleges in Canada, it can be seen that our students are performing well.  Colleges and Universities prefer Malayali students because our students are academically brilliant, hard-working and result-oriented.


If we probe deep, this brilliance can be attributed to our culture. We give utmost importance to education and we prioritize learning to anything else. Academic excellence is something that our children push for, it is the aim of our education per se. So be it IT, Business, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Humanities or any other faculty or school; students from Kerala do well, naturally.  It is evident in the statistics published by the colleges.


If we take Canada as an example, even from South India, most of the students are Malayalees. Many colleges even associate South India to Kerala, thanks to our students who are performing well consistently.


Due to these factors, Universities & Colleges in Canada prefer to attract students from Kerala. Their feedback about our students are very encouraging so far and that’s something we all should be proud of as a state.



About Ms. Nicy Binu, Director, Santamonica Study Abroad


With over a decade’s experience in international education, Ms. Nicy Binu is the brain behind Santamonica’s overseas student program and has steered the organization to a position where it figures today among the prominent overseas education facilitators in India. You may contact her at +91 6282 903 703 for overseas education queries and doubts.

Study in New Zealand- For that Enriching Educational Experience


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There cannot be a single answer to the question that what attracts students from across the globe to study in New Zealand.  The reasons are too many and vary to a large degree from student to student. Some choose New Zealand for its serenity and tranquility, others swear by its unique culture and picturesque locales, offering endless adventure and sporting opportunities. All these are key factors but the real reason for getting that priced tag of being one of the most sought after study abroad  destination is  its  sheer quality of  education system, rated highly across the globe that can be viewed at par with that of USA ,UK  ,Canada and Australia to mention a few. New Zealand can boast of a robust education system, with institutions finding top positions in international rankings. The expertise and competency of the teaching staffs coupled with world class facilities makes New Zealand institutions increasingly popular among international students.

There are 8 public universities in New Zealand that offers courses ranging from undergraduate programs to PhD and post doctoral courses all of which were  ranked prominently in  2014- 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. New Zealand also has 22 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics that offer highly vocational and skill based courses ranging from certificate level through to Bachelors and Post Graduate level. There are also a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering study options in diverse range of subjects.

Though there are a host of reasons cited by International students for choosing New Zealand as the most preferred study destination abroad, the most common reasons are

  • Safe and secure study destination

 New Zealand has a reputation for being a safe country with very low crime rate. New Zealand is ranked 4th in the Global Peace Index. It is one of the few countries in the world where the government has set out strict guidelines to ensure that International students are well informed, safe and properly cared for through the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students. Every education provider that caters to international students is signatory to this Code of Practice laid by the Ministry of Education

  • Great Value for money

With the lowest cost of living among the developed nations and the opportunity to work 20 hours per week while studying and 40 hours during the summer holidays, New Zealand provides immense financial relief for international students who wish to budget their overall expenses towards their education in New Zealand.

  • Offers Multicultural Environment

The diverse mix of cultures and people provides a welcoming feel to the international students and makes it easier for them to integrate into the culture.

  •  Attractive Scholarships

 The New Zealand Government and New Zealand Universities provide a number of scholarships for international students who wish to study in New Zealand.  One of the most notable among them is the New Zealand development Scholarships offered by the New Zealand to students from selected developing countries in Asia and Africa to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas that will assist them in the development of their home country. The scholarships cover tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance, and insurance. New Zealand institutions also have similar scholarships that come handy to International students.

  •  Post study work permit

 Following the successful completion of level 5 & 6, Level 7, 8 and 9 students are entitled to 1 year post study work permit which provides students with an opportunity to explore job prospects in New Zealand and acquire valuable international work experience.

  •  Excellent Employment prospects after graduation.

 With skills shortage existing across various sectors in the New Zealand labour market there is a strong demand for skilled workers especially in health, social work, Information and communication technology, hospitality, agriculture, farming and engineering industries.

  • Encouraging immigration policies

 Students with qualifications and skills in the long term shortage skill list published by Immigration New Zealand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long term may apply for resident visa under the skilled migrant category to live and work in New Zealand permanently.

  • Spouse Accompaniment

 Students who proceed for Post Graduate programs and a few level 7 programs that figure in the Shortage skill list are entitled to take their spouse along with full work rights.

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