Studying in Nursing - an excellent pathway to settle in New Zealand

Nursing is part of the Health and Medical sector - a high-demand industry group in New Zealand. Nursing is in the top 50 most settled professions, especially Nurse (Aged care) ranks first in this ranking. Nursing professions all have an almost absolute percentage of applications accepted for settlement with 99-100% approval rate (INZ, 2020), making studying Nursing here an option not to be missed.

Studying Nursing in New Zealand

Graduating as a Nurse in New Zealand, you can find jobs in such industries as Nurse (Aged Care), Resident Medical Officer, Registered Nurse (Medical), Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency) and Registered Nurse (Preoperative).

Bachelor's Degree Nursing Course

To be able to practice as a nurse in New Zealand, you need a Registered Nurse Certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Before that, you need to complete a bachelor's degree nursing course. Here are some of the featured courses:

1. Studying in Nursing with Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) course at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is the second largest university in New Zealand, with a history of more than 120 years. In 2020, Times Higher Education ranks AUT in the top 1% of universities in the world, 16th in social impact and New Zealand's fastest growing graduate program provider.

Duration: 3 years

Admission: February, July

Tuition fees per year (120 credits)

For international students: NZ$35,310/year


  • Complete 1 year of undergraduate studies from an AUT-accredited school,

  • Or High School Graduation, minimum GPA of 8.0 from the schools on this list

  • IELTS ACADEMIC 6.5, all skills are 6.5 or higher, or equivalent

2. Bachelor of Nursing at University of Auckland (UOA)

The University of Auckland (UOA) is the #1 school in New Zealand and #83 in the world according to the QS Rankings 2020. With a reputation affirmed over the years, UOA is always one of the first choices when international students. Consider going to New Zealand to study. More specifically, the School of Nursing is ranked #36 in the world according to QS Rankings 2019.

Duration: 3 years

Admission: March

Tuition fees per year (120 credits)

For international students: NZ$34,361/year

General requirements

  • If you have just graduated from High School overseas, you need a High School Diploma and a minimum GPA of 8.0 or 80% from the specialized schools on this list.

  • If you are studying at University, you need to have successfully completed at least 1 semester of Bachelor's degree from a New Zealand institution, or 1 year of certificate study at a NZ institution. Minimum GPA 4.0 GPE, convert GPA to GPE here.

  • IELTS 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

For details on conditions to apply for Bachelor of Nursing chemistry at UOA, see here.

In addition, UOA allows students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing to study a dual degree program with a number of majors such as Advanced Science (Honors) or Health Sciences.

3. Bachelor of Nursing course at Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec Institute of Technology is the largest institution in Auckland with nearly 17,000 postgraduate students and a member of the International Association of Universities.

Duration: 3 years

Admission: February, July


For international students: NZ$24,000/year

General requirements

  • IELTS ACADEMIC 6.5, all skills are 6.5 or higher, or equivalent

  • Postgraduate nursing courses are usually for registered nurses in NZ or outside NZ who want to improve their knowledge in the profession.

4. Graduate Diploma in Nursing at Ara Institute of Canterbury

Ara Institute of Canterbury is one of New Zealand's largest institutions with over 100 years of experience. Ara provides practical knowledge, hands-on learning methods in an open environment, helping students to be fully equipped and ready to enter the job market.

Duration: 1 year full-time

Admission: February

Tuition fees:

For international students: NZ$23,040/year

General requirements:

  • IELTS ACADEMIC 6.5, all skills are 6.5 or higher, or equivalent

  • A course for New Zealand Registered Nurses with a Practicing Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council or a foreign nurse assessed by the Nurses Council as having been passed. meet academic and language requirements, can take a competency assessment (Competence Assessment).

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