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New Zealand is the first major country in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead* of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

We have a long 23 year history in assisting Sri Lankan & Maldivian students to study in foreign countries.

As a student in New Zealand you’ll enjoy focused, personal attention from your teachers and access to the latest technology. You’ll develop the skills to work with others, and be equally capable of working independently. You’ll find a lot of variety in the way you’re taught, which keeps the lessons engaging.

Most importantly your local Consultant “AMASA EDUCATIONAL SERVICES” will be always assisting you with all your needs & requirements offering you a unique follow up and after care service while you are in New Zealand.

New Zealand education maintains a careful balance of practical and theoretical learning. New Zealand graduates have the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to the real world and reap the rewards.

In New Zealand higher education focuses on the individual, challenges to traditional ideas are welcomed, and a climate of healthy, open debate helps you make your own discoveries.

New Zealand’s higher education system is on the leading edge of current trends and up-to-date with what’s happening globally. In fact, academics and teachers from many different countries choose to study and work in New Zealand to take advantage of new thinking. It’s why large numbers of students from all over the world go there to pursue their dreams in life.

International recognition:

New Zealand qualifications are highly regarded internationally, and our programmes are designed with this in mind. Global best practice is our minimum standard.

All New Zealand universities are featured in the 2013/14 QS World Top 500 University Rankings. We ranked in the World’s top 50 in 18 subjects including Accounting and Finance, Engineering – Civil and Structural, Education, Law and Psychology.

Two thirds of New Zealand universities are featured in the 2012/13 Shanghai Jiao Tong top 500. The prestigious Legatum Institute in London has rated New Zealand No.1 in the world for education.

Higher Education System at a Glance:

New Zealand is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to earn a highly valued, internationally recognized tertiary qualification. You can study everything from short trade courses to specialised, high-powered, research based doctoral study.


New Zealand’s universities are committed to maintaining well established international links and to meeting international standards of scholarship.

They undertake significant, ongoing research projects in order to boost their knowledge bases. There are eight government-funded universities, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance.

All of New Zealand’s universities offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, masters and doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. Each university has its own specialist subjects such as medicine, engineering, law, veterinary science, agriculture and environmental studies.

A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities, and some have overseas programmes. Our universities also work closely with the business community, in New Zealand and overseas, to include students in leading-edge research and development.

Highlights of studying at a university in New Zealand:

All public institutions partly funded by government. Private Universities find their own fundings. All offer general degrees with a large choice of subjects and each has strengths in specialized professional degrees. All have flexible pathways between each other in their general degrees. Each is independently governed by its own council. All combine large-group, lecture-style teaching with small-group tutorials, discussions, laboratory and field practice. All mix in-term assessment and end-of-year exams. With strong international rankings, New Zealand universities will help you get the career you want.

Quality and Standards assured Education:

You can be confident that any school or University you’re considering in New Zealand will meet the highest educational standards. The standard our schools adhere to are rigorously monitored and tested by the government, providing a consistently high level of education, wherever you choose to study. Strong quality controls are in place to ensure New Zealand qualifications and schools meet the highest educational standards.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

NZQA assures the standard of education delivered by our institutes of technology and polytechnics, private training establishments and Wānanga through the approval of programmes, training schemes and qualifications and a regular system of external evaluation and review. In addition, private training establishments enrolling international students must be registered with NZQA.

Universities must meet educational quality rules established by NZQA and financial and management quality requirements; set by the government’s Tertiary Education Commission and managed by Universities New Zealand. The process includes regular reviews of academic quality by independent panels including international auditors.

You can access these reports at

Visit the NZQA website for information about the quality of non-university tertiary education providers.

Immigration & Visa

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To enter New Zealand you must have a passport valid for 3 months after the date of your intended departure. You must also be carrying an onward/return ticket to a country you have permission to enter.

AMASA EDUCATIONAL SERVICES will assist you in the process of obtaining your student visa without a hassle.


A guide for applicants in Sri Lanka

Application forms and other forms can be downloaded and other relevant information may be found from the website:


It is important that you provide all the relevant information requested below so the application can be accepted and processed promptly. The processing of your application will be delayed if you do not provide all the documents listed.

Please submit original or certified copies of documents with the application. The VAC will return any original documents to you after processing the application has been completed. Certified copies must be stamped or endorsed as being true copies of the originals by a person authorised by law to take statutory declarations.

If required please obtain permission from the Controller General, Department of Immigration and Emigration to send your passport out of the country before submitting your passport to the VAC.

Documents not in English must be accompanied by an English translation from an independent and recognised translation company.


  1. Valid passport or complete certified copy of your passport
  2. A fully completed and signed application form including the Supplementary Form to accompany the application for a student visa
  3. Application fee
  4. Two recent passport-sized photographs
  5. Offer of a place
  6. Full-time work rights
  7. Evidence of funds or completed and signed Financial Undertaking for a Student Form
  8. Health requirement, if applicable
  9. Character requirement, if applicable

  10. Please note that your application will be returned unprocessed if any item mentioned above is missing.


  11. Covering letter/statement of purpose
  12. Certified copies of your birth/marriage certificates
  13. Academic documents
  14. English language ability
  15. A full work history (if applicable)
  16. A completed Family Declaration form


Please note that your Immigration Officer may ask you to supply additional documents to those listed above, to assist in deciding your application, and/or a phone interview.

Providing the information above does not guarantee your visa will be approved. All applications are subject to an assessment which includes looking at your reasons for travelling to New Zealand, and whether or not you will abide by the conditions of any visa that may be granted to you.

If you withhold relevant information, or provide false or misleading information, your application will most likely be declined.


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Student Accommodation

Whilst studying in New Zealand you will need somewhere to live. Many students live on campus in Halls of Residence, while others opt for a home-stay with a local family, or live with friends (or strangers) in a rented 'flat' (apartment/house). Here is some information on options for student accommodation in New Zealand.

There are several options for student accommodation in New Zealand. Your place of study may be able to assist you in finding accommodation when you apply to study. We always make it a priority and find accommodation to our students at least for the first 6 months so that the student can find much cheaper places after settling down in New Zealand.

Halls of Residence

Most tertiary institutions, and some private secondary schools, in New Zealand have Halls of Residence.

Halls of Residence are generally located a short walk from campus.

Rooms are single or twin-share, with communal laundry, lounge room and dining hall. Meals are usually provided, and all dietary needs can be catered for.

A warden lives on site, and organised sporting and recreational activities are common.

Halls of Residence are great for students who wish to meet new people and live in a secure, safe environment.

Average cost: Around NZ$200 - $300 per week.

Home stay/Private Board

Home stay means you live with a New Zealand family in their home – usually with a room of your own. Your Home stay family provides your meals and helps you with day-to-day life in New Zealand.

Home stay accommodation is an excellent way to meet New Zealanders, and interact with people in English.

As a guest in your host family’s home you are expected to contribute to normal family life, a great way to experience Kiwi culture.

Average cost: Around NZ$200 - $300 per week.

Flatting/Independent Accommodation

"Going Flatting" is the New Zealand term for renting an apartment or house (flat).

Flatting gives you the flexibility to live with as many people as you like – males or females.

Flats range from one bedroom apartments to 4 or 5 bedroom homes.

Rental accommodation is generally clustered around colleges or universities, but flats can be found in most city suburbs.

Many rental properties in New Zealand come with a garden, and have car-parking.

An oven is provided and sometimes other larger appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers. Most New Zealand houses are stand-alone, and do not have central heating. Your landlord does not have to supply heat, so you pay for gas/electricity between you and your flatmates.

Usually a "bond" (2 – 4 weeks rent) is paid to your landlord. This is returned to you when you move out – providing the house has not been damaged in any way.

For advice on rental properties in New Zealand contact the Department of Business, Innovation & Employment.

Average Cost: $70- $150 rent per week, plus expenses (food, electricity, phone, water etc)

What to Wear in New Zealand

Here is a basic what to wear guide to help you prepare for your New Zealand vacation. With some of the harshest UV rays in the world, temperamental alpine conditions, changeable seasons and variable temperatures throughout the country, New Zealand is a land of extremes. Knowing what to wear during your visit will help make your New Zealand holiday even more enjoyable.

New Zealand is a land of extremes so you should bring clothing to cover all seasons and weather conditions, no matter what time of the year you are visiting!

Restaurants and hotels generally accept tidy, casual clothing. Nightclubs accept tidy dress and will often have a dress code excluding hooded tops, caps, scruffy shoes/sandals or ripped clothing. Swimmers at beaches, pools and lakes should always wear bathing suits. When adventuring into the outdoors, no matter how long you are going for, always take a change of spare, dry, warm clothes.

We suggest bringing the following items of clothing to make the most of your New Zealand vacation:

For hot weather (November - March):

  • Swimming gear
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light cotton clothing
  • Short pants and skirts
  • A good sunscreen (SPF 15+)

For hot weather (November - March):

  • Warm woollen clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm gloves, hats and scarves
  • Long pants
  • Thermal undergarments


  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Tidy dress shoes


Even though New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, at times it is far from tropical! New Zealand’s weather is actually extremely variable – commonly described as “four seasons in one day”. When travelling, it is important to carry clothing to suit any condition – from rain to hail to snow. Layering your clothing is a good option – frosty mornings often turn into warm, sunny days.

Weather conditions also differ depending on which part of the country you are in. The north of the North Island is sub-tropical – with warm humid weather. The south of the South Island, on the other hand, is the first port of call for Antarctic blasts. This unique climate makes New Zealand one of the most picturesque and diverse countries in the world – alpine ranges, tropical rainforests and golden beaches, all in one compact place!

New Zealand also has one of the highest UV ratings in the world. Our clear, clean environment makes the sun extremely harsh. It is important to wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are spending extended periods of time outdoors, no matter what time of the year or weather conditions. New Zealand sun can burn even on a cloudy day.

New Zealand's Seasons

As a southern hemisphere country, New Zealand’s seasons are the inverse of Europe and North America:

  • Summer: December - February
  • Autumn: March - May
  • Winter: June - August
  • Spring: September - November

Social & Night life

New Zealand’s main cities offer a vibrant and eclectic mix of night-life and activities. Lively entertainment precincts such as Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour and Britomart and Wellington’s Courtenay Place offer a variety of music scenes and live entertainment so there’s something to suit everyone from pub-goers and night clubbers to those seeking to unwind at day’s end with a quiet drink in a cosy bar. The city has a range of shopping, dining and entertainment options including cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. Summertime comes alive with music festivals and gigs taking place throughout the country in quintessential Kiwi holiday spots. Concerts are often held in the unique settings of natural bush amphitheatres, beaches and farmland and they feature popular Kiwi entertainers as well as international acts. Food and wine festivals also draw large crowds for a celebration of local cuisine and New Zealand-produced wine.

Sport is an integral part of the New Zealand psyche. From motor racing to rugby, get caught up with the hype and passion at a variety of sporting events and international games held throughout the year. Race-days at Ellerslie Racecourse are a favourite not just for punters but also for the chance to get dressed in your best. Dress-ups of a more creative variety can be seen in the crowd at the popular International Rugby Sevens tournament held in Wellington in February.

Ferry companies offer a variety of harbour cruises and trips to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf beyond the harbour. Kayaking and windsurfing are also popular activities. More rugged than the Waitemata Harbour, the Manukau Harbour does not enjoy the popularity of its across-town cousin, but it does have much to offer. Good fishing and excellent wind-surfing are to be had.

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College Web Address
The International Aviation Academy of New Zealand
International Travel College Auckland
Pacific International Hotel Management School New Plymouth
Natcoll Auckland
Natcoll Wellington
Natcoll Christchurch
Unitec Auckland
Manukau Institute of Technology Auckland
Music Audio Institute of New Zealand Auckland
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
International College of New Zealand Auckland
New Zealand Tertiary College Auckland
Quantum Education Group Auckland
AIS St Helens Auckland
Raffles College of Design and Commerce Auckland
CPIT Christchurch

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