The former University of New Zealand ran from 1870 to 1961. It was a federal university composed of the six earliest universities as constituent colleges, and issued degrees to their students. In 2013, the universities provided tertiary education to over 180,000 students or 132,553 equivalent full-time students. New Zealand has 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). They provide professional and vocational education and training ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. Many ITPs also offer English language training and postgraduate study options, including up to Doctoral (PhD) level. Courses are more vocationally oriented, emphasising practical experience and application to work situations. A degree from one of these institutions has equal status with a university degree.
Tuition fees cost in New Zealand is about $15000-$35000 depending upon course and university. Cost of living is about $12000 including lodging, boarding and transportation. Student can work 20 hours per week while studying.