Covid-free New Zealand 'Most Desirable Study Abroad Destination'

By Nidhi bahl Updated On - Feb 01, 2021 01:45 PM

A survey revealed that New Zealand is now identified as the most desirable country for study abroad for international students. Read through to find the reasons for the same along with the popular universities and courses in the country.

New Zealand has successfully eliminated the Coronavirus for the second time after a second round of strict lockdown across the country. Declaring that the country has “beat the virus again”, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on October 5 that COVID restrictions will now be eased in Auckland.

The country’s response to the global pandemic has been applauded and recognised across the world. According to a Bloomberg Media survey, it is the only country, as of now, that has managed to ensure scope for future investment. 

Another survey shows that the way in which the New Zealand government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to making it the most attractive study destination in the world today. It now ranks ahead of Australia, Singapore, Canada, the UK, and the US.

Current Covid-19 Scenario and Response in New Zealand (As on October 9, 2020)

Before diving into the popular universities and courses in New Zealand, let us first have a look at the present COVID scenario along with its response:

  • With no new confirmed cases in Auckland for 12 days after the second lockdown, it has declared itself to be COVID-free.

  • Currently, all of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1, urging all to stay ready in case COVID-19 reappears in the community.

  • The virus was believed to have been eradicated in May which resulted in no record of community transmission in the next 102 days. 

  • Auckland is presently free of restrictions since the second wave of Coronavirus hit. The country’s plan to go “hard and early” against the virus has been said to be the ultimate reason for success.

  • The strategy adopted by the New Zealand government in response to the global pandemic includes measures like physical distancing and hygiene measures, controlling entry at the border, testing for and tracing all potential cases, disease surveillance,  isolating cases and their close contacts and stricter public health controls depending on the alert level.

Why is New Zealand the Most Desirable Study Abroad Destination?

Here are the reasons why you should study in New Zealand in 2021:

  • Looking at its current Covid-19 scenario, it is undoubtedly the safest study abroad destination for in-person/campus learning.

  • Any international student in New Zealand may apply for support of the Assistance to Foreign Nationals in case they are experiencing temporary hardship due to the pandemic.

  • As a whole, New Zealand has been ranked at the top for political stability, economic recovery, virus control and social resilience.

  • International students in the country will be able to avail public healthcare for free in case they test positive for Covid-19.

  • According to another survey conducted earlier this year, New Zealand has now become the most desirable destination for studying abroad. Navitas Insights asked around 400 education agents from across 63 countries how strongly they agreed with the statement: “The way this country’s government has handled the coronavirus has made it a more attractive study destination.”

Also Read: COVID-19 Impact: What Lies Ahead for Study Abroad Aspirants?

Popular Universities in New Zealand

Given below are the most popular universities in New Zealand. Also, find global and national rankings of the universities:

Name of the University

QS World Ranking 2021

THE New Zealand Rank 2021

The University of Auckland



University of Otago



Victoria University of Wellington



University of Canterbury



Massey University



University of Waikato



Lincoln University



Auckland University of Technology



Also Read: 5 Reasons Why MSc in Digital Marketing and Data Science is an Exciting Field

Popular Courses in New Zealand

Here are the top courses offered by New Zealand universities, most popular among Indian students:

Name of the Course

New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) Level


Tuition Fees (Approx.)

Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Graphic Design

Level 8

1 year

INR 8,00,000 to INR 11,00,000

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Level 8

1 year

INR 8,70,200 - INR 10,00,000

Bachelor of Science

Level 7

3 years

INR 10,63,000 - INR 14,00,000

GDICT (Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology)

Level 7

1 year

INR 8,16,000 - INR 12,00,000

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Level 7

1 year

INR 8,76,000 - INR 13,00,000

Graduate Diploma in Animation

Level 7

1 year

INR 7,15,000 - INR 11,58,000

Graduate Diploma in Lab Technology

Level 7

1 year

INR 7,15,000 - INR 11,58,000

Diploma in Information Technology

Level 7

2 years

INR 11,12,000 - INR 15,00,000

Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications 

Level 7

2 years

INR 11,12,000 - INR 15,00,000

National Diploma in Engineering

Level 6

2 years

INR 11,45,870 - INR 15,00,000

National Diploma in Science

Level 5 or 6

2 years

INR 8,00,000 - INR 10,00,000

Diploma in Technology (Science) 

Level 6

2 years

INR 10,63,000 - INR 12,00,000

Master of Science

Level 9

2 years

INR 12,57,000 - INR 15,00,000

Note: The list of popular courses in New Zealand is not exhaustive.

Although other countries have also put a number of measures in place in response to the pandemic, New Zealand becoming COVID-free has certainly made it the most desirable study abroad destination. 

In case you are still confused about your study abroad plans amid the pandemic, you can reach out to us at 785 9990 990 or to get further information or assistance in opting for the right study abroad destination or course.

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