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Study Destination Comparison: Australia v/s New Zealand

We at “My Study Destination” always get a lot of queries regarding the choice of a study destination between Australia and New Zealand.

Is Australia a better study destination than New Zealand?

Should we choose Australia or New Zealand for our higher studies?

Such questions pop up almost every day in our inbox.

To help our readers choose their study destination wisely, we thought of making a comparison between 2 most popular choices: Australia and New Zealand.

Different factors that must play a vital role in determining your final choice are as listed below:

Choice of Your Study Course

The foremost thing is to know that a choice of your study place has to be based on your area of interest. You need to find out if the universities in the destination country specialize in offering courses of your interest.

A list of popular courses offered in Australian universities is as given below:

  • Accounting
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Hotel Management
  • Business Administration
  • Education

New Zealand

 The universities in New Zealand have a specialization in offering courses that are listed below:

  • Engineering
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Hotel Management
  • Business Studies
  • Visual Communications


For Studying in Australia:

The language proficiency tests like TOEFL or IELTS even if waivered by the destination university are important for visa purposes.

Undergraduate Courses

A minimum of 12 years of education/ schooling is required for seeking admission to colleges/ universities in Australia

Postgraduate Courses

For management courses, you require a GMAT score and for science/ engineering courses a GRE score is required.

For Studying in New Zealand:

There are 10 levels of study defined in this country. While the first 4 levels are for certification courses, level 10 is for doctoral degrees.

The thumb rule says that getting an admission to degree courses in New Zealand is much tougher than getting into diplomas or certificate courses.

Read Also: Reasons for Studying in Thailand or Malaysia

Costs Involved

The cost of living in both the countries may vary largely depending upon the university, location, and type of course.

For Undergraduate Courses:

In Australia

The tuition fee falls in the range of  AU$15,000-AU$33,000 per year and the living expenses may vary from AU$18,000- AU$20,000 per year.

In New Zealand

The tuition fee is approx NZ$20,000 – NZ$25,000 per year, while the living expenses come out to be in the range of NZ$10,000– NZ $15,000 per year.

For Postgraduate Courses:

In Australia

The tuition fee is AU$20,000- AU$35,000 per year, while the living expenses are approximately AU$20, 000 per year.

In New Zealand

The tuition fee is NZ$20,000 – NZ$35,000 per year and the living expenses vary from NZ$10,000– NZ$20,000 per year.



 For Australian Student Visa:

  •  Visa Fee: AUD 550
  • Acceptance letter from your destination university
  • A valid language proficiency test score

For New Zealand Student Visa:

  • Fee for Online Student Visa: NZD 270
  • Acceptance letter from destination college/ university
  • A valid language proficiency test score
  • Evidence of sufficient funds that is approximate NZ$10,000 per year to facilitate your stay

Post Study Work Permit


The students who have successfully completed their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are eligible to make an application for a 2-year post-study work permit.

The other graduates may apply for an 18-month work visa.

New Zealand

If you’ve got a job offer relevant to your qualification, you are eligible to apply for a work visa for a maximum duration of 2 years.

Permanent Residency


What makes Australia a popular study destination is a fact that it is possible to get a citizenship of this country. The permanent residency (PR) may, however, take time before it gets an approval.

 New Zealand

The skill shortage in this country makes it easier to get the work visa and PR. You must, however, have a job offer in hand along with relevant qualification.