One of the few countries to allow International students to apply for the, Sept/Oct 2020 intake to New Zealand Universities after the Post Covid -19 Pandemic shutdown
New Zealand education minister Chris Hipkins has suggested that international students could be exempt from international travel restrictions if they can be quarantined safely, The PIE News
New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19 as no new cases was recorded several weeks in a row,” National Public Radio
New Zealand has been very successful in handling the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the first countries, who were able to bring the nation back to pre endemic normalcy, in fact the country had removed all social and economic restrictions except border controls.
The Entry will be subject to Pre and Post Covid Screening and 14 day quarantine after arriving in New Zealand
There were pressure groups from the Education institution and the opposition, pushing the Government to hasten the process of bringing back international students
International Student numbers to New Zealand had shown phenomenal increase ever since the country announced in 2018, the Post Study work option up to 3 years. Low fee, as compared to Australia and US has also drawn a number of Students especially from India to New Zealand. Another reason why New Zealand has evolved as favorite destination among Indian Students ,is the Stay back route and the opportunity the countries offers for Permanent Residency (PR)
Educational Institutions in the country would face severe financial setback if the embargo on International student’s enrollment is not removed at the earliest.
“International students contributed about $5 billion a year to the economy, spent on tuition fees, accommodation, food and tourism, as well as supporting about 50,000 jobs “:National deputy leader Nikki
Some of the Universities are in discussions with Air lines to charter flights to bring International students to the country . Others have plans to accommodate students at local hotels /hostel for the 14 day Quarantine, and monitor daily health checks.
Students from India who are seeking admissions to New Zealand should contact Universities /Local University representatives for further details without delay
IELTS/PTE scores are a must for applying to Universities in New Zealand , so it is important to block your dates for the IELTS/PTE exams at the earliest