India market

The India market has a young, ambitious population who are becoming increasingly affluent and mobile. This has led to significant growth in the number of Indian nationals seeking to study internationally.

INZ’s Mumbai Area Office (INZ Mumbai) primarily assesses student visa applications from applicants’ in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

The visa approval rates reflect the relative ease or difficulty of verifying information across the respective countries, and the level of fraud and misrepresentation present.

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Education agent performance data

Opportunities and risks of the Indian market

Education Code of Practice

New Zealand’s Education Code of Practice emphasises the importance of the safety and well-being of international students, and places greater responsibilities on New Zealand education providers to actively manage and monitor their agents and their activities. This is especially important in agent-driven student markets such as India.

Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

English language requirement

International students from a number of countries (including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) are required to provide evidence of internationally recognised English language proficiency outcomes. This is set out in Rule 18 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules.

Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules