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  • 16 December 2020
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Amid the pandemic and closed borders, more and more New Zealand universities have begun to design blended programs that can be started online and continued in New Zealand when the borders open. This format raises a lot of questions, so let’s see how it works, what are the benefits of online learning, and if there are any risks.

In this article:

Online Study

Eligibility for a work visa after graduation

The most common question our clients ask is: If I complete part of the course online, will I lose the right to the Post Study Work Visa upon graduation?

According to immigration rules, the Post Study Work Visa is issued if a student has studied onshore for 30 weeks (1 academic year) on a program of level 7 or higher or 60 weeks (2 academic years) on a level 4-6 program. Thus, online education is more suitable for those students whose program lasts longer than 1 year. For example, these are master’s programs lasting 1.5 years. You can study it online for 6 months + 1 year in New Zealand, and after graduation, you can get a Post Study Work Visa. There are also 3-year undergraduate degrees, where you can study online for one year + 2 years in New Zealand.

WHAT IF THE BORDERS ARE NOT OPEN

What will happen if you have studied online for six months, and the borders have not yet been opened by that time?

The study will not go in vain. If a student is enrolled in a master’s program, after 6 months of study, they receive a Postgraduate Certificate Level 8. This is already considered a complete and independent qualification, so here you can pause in your studies, wait for the borders to open and continue studying for Masters in New Zealand.

If you come to study at the same university, the subjects already passed will be cross-credited, and the duration of the master’s program will be 1 year.

If you choose another university, the completed training can be credited to the new course and reduce the cost and duration of training. In other words, you can just take a break and come when the borders open, and your past training will be taken into account in the future.

RISKS OF STUDENT VISA DECLINE

What happens if you are declined a student visa even after studying online?

Unfortunately, the online study does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. But in this case, you will also have a document on either completed New Zealand education (Postgraduate Certificate), or a certificate of completion of part of the course (when studying at the Bachelor’s degree).

The course completion document can be used to apply for a new visa (for example, six months or a year later, when you can fix the circumstances that were the reasons for decline), or to enrol any other university in the world, or to upgrade your career.

According to our experience with Immigration New Zealand, taking such online training does not guarantee a successful visa decision. Still, it significantly increases the chances, since it shows the seriousness of your intentions, and the officers will definitely pay attention to this.

HOW THE TRAINING GOES

Each university and program may have its own format. In some universities, education is mostly self-directed – students get access to materials and assignments that can be completed at any convenient time.

Once a fortnight, a student gets a one-to-one Zoom consultation with a teacher. In this case, you discuss a convenient time for a call directly with them. As for language courses, there may be a schedule. You can see this information for each course in our selection below.

ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE TRAINING

Saving money on living in New Zealand

It is about NZ$ 7,500 for six months at a minimum. But in fact, it can be much more, since New Zealand is an expensive country to live in.

Saving money on flights

Air traffic around the world is still quite limited, so if the borders are open, a pricy flight to New Zealand can cost twice more than usual.

You can also save on quarantine

If you don’t want to spend money on a two-week quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand (which costs NZ$ 3,000 per person), you can wait until this whole situation with coronavirus is over, and the quarantine is cancelled. Unfortunately, no one knows when this will happen. But your certificate that you received online will always be with you, and you can continue your studies at any time.

Many universities offer discounts on their online programs, so there is a chance to save on course fees as well.

Save time

The online format allows you not to wait for the opening of borders, but to start training right now. The earlier you start, the sooner you finish and receive a post study work visa.

Some programs, such as NMIT, are available for both part-time and full-time study. That is, you can choose a pace and workload that is comfortable for you. However, with part-time training, the study period can be extended. Offline programs in New Zealand can be completed only full-time.

You do not need to obtain a student visa to study online. Of course, you will need to get it later to enter the country, but for now, these unpleasant efforts can be postponed.

You can study comfortably from your home country. You will not have to quit your job and break social ties, as it usually happens when moving to another country.

Note that studying in New Zealand involves a lot of independent work and writing assignments, so you still need to devote much time for it.

WHAT YOU CAN STUDY ONLINE

English language

It can be either a general English course or IELTS preparation. In some universities, you can get an NZCEL certificate that will allow you to enrol a diploma program without IELTS.

Foundation courses

For example, it can be a Foundation Course for graduates of overseas schools who plan to study at New Zealand universities. Or it can be an introductory program for acquaintance with the fundamental knowledge of the chosen field. Thus, if you have not studied design before, you can take a short course, which will allow you to enrol a bachelor’s degree or a diploma in this speciality.

Professional education

Due to the specifics of issuing work visas at the end, the most relevant will be the Masters and Bachelor programs lasting longer than a year. There is also a choice among one-year programs. Specialities can be completely different: business, management, marketing, logistics, design, information technology and others.

STUDY OPTIONS AND THEIR COST

English

Mainstream programs and Foundation course

 

ENGLISH

Language school Kiwi English Academy

Preparation for IELTS (General / Academic). Evening course

The minimum requirement is the Pre-Intermediate level. The school provides a free trial lesson before the start, as well as a free test to determine your level of English.

Timetable

IELTS classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 19:00 to 21:00 New Zealand time.

General English classes are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

The cost

NZ $ 360 for a 4-week course.

 


WITT

Preparation for IELTS Online. Available for any level. The student can start studying any day.

Timetable

  • from 18: 30-20: 30, from Monday to Friday,
  • and from 12: 30-15: 45, on Saturday and Sunday.

Each day of classes is given to one of the sections: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing. The student can choose all sections or only those that they need. At the end of the course, students can take the official IELTS Indicator test.

Duration: 4 weeks.

The cost

NZ $ 995 + NZ $ 385 for the online IELTS test. (The cost of the test will be refunded to the student upon successful completion of the program + if the student is enrolled in one of the diploma programs at WITT).

 


University of Otago

Online General English course

Duration is at least 4 weeks (15 hours per week). Groups from Elementary to Advanced. 7 days before the start of training, the student must take an online placement test to determine the level of English and enrol in a group.

Timetable

Classes are held from Monday to Friday, from 2:00 pm New Zealand time.

The cost

NZ $ 299 per week.

Online IELTS Preparation course

Practising skills to pass IELTS successfully. Free online test to determine your level before starting your studies.

Timetable

Duration is 4 weeks. There are at least 8 students in a group. Part-time training – 10 hours per week.

Classes are from Monday to Friday, 3:00 pm New Zealand time.

The course starts on November 16.

The cost

NZ $ 600 for a 4-week course.

 


AUT University

IELTS preparation

An intensive IELTS exam preparation course with group and one-to-one Zoom lessons and self-directed study. Plus access to the AUT library and one-to-one sessions with a tutor to check your learning progress.

The duration of the course is 12 weeks or more. The student may not be attached for 12 weeks. You can independently take a course from 2 weeks or more.

Timetable

Monday-Thursday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (group session) 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm (Skill Support. Tutor consultation and skill practice), Friday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (group session). Small classes from 8 to 12 people.

Use the time converter to see the class times in your area.

Start date

November 9, November 23, December 7, January 5.

The cost

NZ $ 5,460 for 12 weeks or NZ $ 920 for 2 weeks.

Plus NZ $ 110 Registration Fee, NZ $ 160 Course Material (paid once).

Requirements for admission

IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. You can also join the course if your level corresponds to IELTS 4.0, but most likely, the classes will seem difficult for you.

 


Victoria University

English Proficiency Program. Language preparation for admission to university degree programs. Academic English.

The course is 12 weeks.

Start date

  • March 11, 2021, you must apply before March 7.
  • July 8, 2021, you must apply before July 4.
  • November 4, 2021, you must apply by October 31.

The cost

NZ $ 6,821.

Read more about the course on the official website of the university.

 


Lincoln University

English for Academic Purposes (Distance Mode). Language preparation for admission to university degree programs. Academic English.

Timetable

  • from 10:00 to 12:00 New Zealand time
  • and from 13:10 to 15:50 New Zealand time.

Start date

November 23rd. Duration from 12 weeks or more.

The cost

NZ $ 364 per week.

 


Waikato University

Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL). Preparation for admission to university degree programs.

Start date

From February 15 to April 30, 2021.

The cost

NZ $ 5,200 for a 10-week block.

More details on the official website of the university.

 


English Language school Languages International

2 courses to choose from:

1. Conversation for Lower intermediate to intermediate (B1 to B1 +). Duration of training is at least 2 weeks.

2. English for University Primer for Intermediate to upper-intermediate (B1 + to B2).

The course includes: Academic vocabulary, read academic articles, develop writing and practice listening and speaking. Duration is from 2 to 6 weeks.

Timetable

Classes are held from Monday to Friday from 13:00 to 15:00 New Zealand time.

The cost

NZ $ 150 per week

Learn more about the program on the school’s official website.

 


ELA English Language Academy

Courses of study

  • Academic English
  • General English
  • University pathway programs

Timetable

8:15 am to 12:30 pm New Zealand time, for the higher level

13:00 to 17:15 New Zealand time, for the lower level

The cost

  • Academic English NZ $ 5,195 (10 weeks).
  • General English NZ $ 465 per week (3-11 weeks), NZ $ 450 (12 weeks or more).
  • University pathway programs NZ $ 5,405 (10 weeks).

 


ICL Institute

English Language Program for Secondary School Students (11 years old and above).

Timetable

5 days a week, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm New Zealand time.

The cost

NZ $ 280 per week + NZ $ 250 enrolment fee + NZ $ 10 per week material fee.

IELTS Preparation Online

IELTS preparation online in a small group + personal consultation with teachers. Course for students with an Intermediate level of English (IELTS 5.0).

Timetable

5 days a week, from 14:00 to 17:00, New Zealand time + 30-minute personal consultation with a teacher once a week.

Course duration: 6 to 12 weeks.

The cost

NZ $ 320 per week + NZ $ 10 per week Material fee and NZ $ 250 Enrolment fee (once).

 


Mainstream PROGRAMS

 

SIT

Convenient conditions for online + offline learning. Bachelor, Postgraduate diploma, Masters programs are available.

Areas of study: Applied Management, Project Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Agri Business Management.

Start date

February 8, 2021, you must apply before January 18

March 29, 2021, you must apply before March 8

June 14, 2021, you must apply by May 24

August 2, 2021, you must apply before July 12

  • Bachelor of Hotel Management, 3 years of study (360 credits)

You can study for a bachelor’s degree online for up to 2 years (240 credits) + 1 year of study on campus in New Zealand (120 credits) to have the opportunity to apply for a Post Study Work Visa.

Start date

34 weeks full-time

February 8, 2021, you must apply before January 18

March 29, 2021, you must apply before March 8

June 14, 2021, you must apply by May 24

August 2, 2021, you must apply before July 12

40 credits of online study + about 146 credits of compulsory study on campus in New Zealand (including writing a dissertation), for the student to have the opportunity to apply for a Post Study Work Visa.

Start date

17 weeks full-time

January 25, 2021, you must apply before January 4

March 22, 2021, you must apply before March 1

June 7, 2021, you must apply by May 17

August 2, 2021, you must apply before July 12

34 weeks full-time

February 8, 2021, you must apply before January 18

March 29, 2021, you must apply before March 8

June 14, 2021, you must apply by May 24

August 2, 2021, you must apply before July 12

60 credits of online training + 120 credits of compulsory study on campus in New Zealand (including writing a thesis on the project), for the student to have the opportunity to apply for a Post Study Work Visa.

Start date

February 8, 2021, you must apply before January 18

March 29, 2021, you must apply before March 8

June 14, 2021, you must apply by May 24

August 2, 2021, you must apply before July 12

 

The cost

  • Bachelor Degree NZ$ 75 per credit
  • Postgraduate diploma NZ$ 85 per credit
  • Masters NZ$ 100 per credit

The standard cost of programs is NZ$ 15,600-21,600, depending on the level.

 


Toi-Ohomai

Discount on popular diploma programs; the opportunity to study for trial 14 days (before paying for tuition), to understand whether the online format is suitable or not; refund of tuition fees if for any reason the student is unable to continue their studies in New Zealand.

The cost

Payment is made only for the online part of the program (15 credits) – NZ $ 1,995

If a student is unable to obtain a visa and continue their studies in New Zealand (the same program on campus), the tuition fee is refunded, except the administration fee of NZ $ 250.

Programs:

Graduate Diploma in Health and Rehabilitation Studies Level 7

Graduate Diploma in Infection Risk Management Level 7

Graduate Diploma in Immigration Advice (Level 7)

The full cost of programs

NZ $ 19,950

 


NMIT

Diploma Programs + additional discount of NZ $ 2,000 and NZ $ 3,000 for further studies in New Zealand.

While the borders are closed, a student joins the course and takes a certain number of credits. Further, when the borders are open, the student applies for a visa and travels to New Zealand.

If for any reason a student cannot come to New Zealand, for example, because the border remains closed or there are problems with obtaining a visa, they can continue online studies with a discount of NZ $ 2,000 or NZ $ 3,000. Upon completion of such an online course, NMIT will issue an official qualifying diploma.

Programs and cost

Graduate Diploma in Management

(part-time 30 credits) Level 7 – NZ $ 4,725

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

(part-time 30 credits) Level 7 – NZ $ 4,725

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management

(part-time 30 credits) Level 8 – $ 5,225

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management

(part-time 30 credits) Level 8 – $ 5,225

Masters of Applied Management Level 9

(part-time 30 credits or full-time 60 credits) – $ 9,450

Start date

February 22, 2021 (Graduate Diploma).

February 22, July 12, 2021 (Postgrad, Masters)

 


Yoobee School of Design

One of the top schools of design and creative technology also provides online learning opportunities. Upon completion of the online programs, a student can enrol in the second year of the Bachelor Degree or the Diploma Level 6 and Level 7 programs.

Bachelor of Animation / Diploma in Animation Level 5

Upon completion of this course, the student can enrol in the second year of Bachelor of Animation on campus in New Zealand.

Start date

February 9, 2021.

The cost

NZ $ 20,500.

 

Certificate in Information Technology and Client Support Level 5

Upon completion of the course, the student can enrol in Level 6 Diploma in Systems Administration and Level 7 Diploma in Cloud Engineering on campus in New Zealand.

Start date

February 22, 2021.

The cost

NZ $ 3,365.

 


EIT

Areas of study: Business, Applied Management, Veterinary Nursing, Viticulture and Wine Science, Arts (Māori), Professional Creative Practice (Honours), Oenology, Health and Wellbeing, Professional Creative Practice, Health Science.

Levels of study: Bachelor Degree, Masters, Postgraduate Diploma / Certificate, Graduate Diploma.

Programs and their cost

A complete list of online programs can be found on the Institute’s website. Admission in 2020-2021.

 


Waikato University

Waikato University has announced online training for a number of popular programs. Start of study – March 2021. Students can save up to 20% of the total tuition fees when studying online + offline (when borders open).

Areas of study: Business, IT, Marketing, Supply Chain, Accounting, Arts, Law, Social Science, Education.

Levels of study: Bachelor Degree, Masters, Graduate and Postgraduate Certificate.

Programs and cost

A complete list of online programs can be found on the university website. Admission in 2020-2021.

 


AUT University

More than 14 areas of professional education, which are available online from one of the most modern universities in the country.

Areas of study: Art and Design, Business, Creative Technologies, Education, English Language, Engineering and Computer Science, Health, Hospitalities, Languages and Culture, Law, Social Science, Sport and recreation, Philosophy and others.

Levels of study: Masters, Postgraduate Diploma / Certificate, Bachelor Degree.

Programs and cost

The cost of the study depends on the level and area of the program. For a complete list of AUT online training options, please follow this link.

 


University of Canterbury

Areas of study: Art, Commerce, Data Science, Engineering, Sports Coaching, Applied Finance and Economics, Business, Civil Engineering, Professional Accounting, Education, Linguistics, Strategic Communication.

Levels of study: Bachelor Degree, Masters, Certificate.

Start date

February 2021.

Programs and cost

The cost of training depends on the level and area of the program. For a complete list of online learning options, visit the University of Canterbury’s official website.

 


FOUNDATION COURSE

For students who want to study at New Zealand universities after graduating from school in other countries, a Foundation Course id compulsory. This program helps school graduates to acquire the academic and linguistic knowledge necessary for enrolment in undergraduate programs and is already partially focused on future specialisation.

Up Education

Due to the closure of the borders, the school announced the launch of online education for students outside New Zealand. The certificate of completion of the online course will be accepted by the leading universities in the country:

  • University of Auckland
  • AUT University
  • Victoria University of Wellington

The cost

From NZ $ 28,800 for 1 year of study. The Institute provides discounts up to 50% on programs. You can take 2 weeks of trial training online.

Start date

Dates for 2021 will be announced later.

 


Waikato University Foundation

Academic and language preparation for admission to undergraduate programs at Waikato University.

Start date

February, July, October 2021.

Requirements for admission

Certificate of Completed secondary education, IELTS 5.5 overall (not lower than 5.0-5.5 each part).

The cost

Accelerated (5 months) – NZ $ 11,515

Standard (8-9 months) – NZ $ 23,720

 

University Transfer Program

Language and academic preparation for admission to the Bachelor Degree programs for schoolchildren. The university provides several areas of study that are equivalent to the first year of study of a bachelor’s degree. Thus, upon completion of the online program, the student is automatically enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor Degree.

Areas of study: Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Product Design.

Duration of training: 1 year.

The cost

  • Commerce – NZ $ 27,900
  • Computer Science – NZ $ 29,700
  • Engineering – NZ $ 39,800
  • Product Design – NZ $ 32,720

Scholarships

Students can apply for scholarships and receive from NZ $ 10,000 to 20,000 tuition discounts.

If you want to start studying online, contact us or fill out an application form for a free consultation.

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