MBBS in New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country comprises of 2 main landmasses- the North Island and the South Island along with 600 smaller islands. The scenic and peaceful island of New Zealand lies to the east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and to the south of Pacific Island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. It is the last island to be settled by humans because of its remoteness. But for people looking for the natural beauty and the calmness, relocate to this island. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is also the most populous city of Auckland. The varied topography of the country with sharp mountain peaks like the Southern Alps owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. The developed nation of New Zealand ranks high on caparison of national performance in terms of life quality, health, quality of education, protection of civil liberties and economic freedom. 

The country of New Zealand is made up of two major islands and a number of smaller islands. Cook Straight separates the North and the South island and runs 22kms wide at its narrowest point. Besides the these two major islands, there are 5 largest and the inhabited islands namely-   Stewart Island, Chatham Island, Great Barrier Island, D'Urville Island and Waiheke Island.

The island of New Zealand experiences a maritime climate. The annual mean temperature ranges from 10°C in the south to 16°C in the north. The temperature varies sharply across the regions. It is extremely wet on the West Coast of South Island with semi- arid in Central Otago. The city of Christchurch is the driest with an average annual rainfall of just 640 millimetres.  Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is the wettest region. This also receives ample sunshine throughout the year with regions of Auckland and Christchurch. The South island has a cooler and cloudier towards the southern and the south-western parts while towards the northern and the north-eastern parts, it is the sunniest. Snow season generally starts in the early June and lasts uptil the early October and it is common in the southern parts of the South island and the mountainous regions across the country. 

About New Zealand 

The beautiful and the peaceful island of New Zealand has a very strong and research oriented curriculum which is an advantage for MBBS aspirants. New Zealand’s developed economy, quality of education and life, structured curriculum, laws and premium infrastructure attracts Indian MBBS aspirants to study in the country of New Zealand at affordable cost. 

Key Points

MBBS in New Zealand is a six years course and offers quality education. MBBS schools in New Zealand are fully regulated by the government. Two medical schools in New Zealand – Otago University and Aukland University offer the main MBBS program. Only Otago University is approved by the Medical council of India (MCI). Students passed out from this university are eligible to write FMGE examination. 

The MBBS program Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Qualification is also termed as MBChB. 

International students must qualify the entry requirements. 

1st year of the course is pre-medical program which calls an international student to be a Bachelor degree holder in the field of science like biomedical, health sciences or any such related field.

Qualifying UMAT is mandatory, the forms of which must be filled before June end and the test is conducted in July every year. 

Language proficiency is another mandatory requirement for entry into medicine program at New Zealand. A student must have a good score in IELTS or TOEFL, min 7 bands in IELTS. 

On completion of 1st year pre-medical, the further course is divided into 2 segments

1. Pre-clinical theory course for 2 years

2. 3 years of clinical program with clinical attachments

During the last year of course, students get an option to take an elective subject with 12 weeks of study.

The average cost of studying medicine at New Zealand is about NZ$70000-NZ$80000 per year including the food & accommodation. The cost of pre-medical course is somewhere close to NZ$31000. The degree is internationally recognized. 

Eligibility Criteria

Higher secondary qualification from a recognized board

Scoring minimum of 7 bands in IELTS

NEET eligibility for an Indian student is mandatory

The candidate should have attained the age of minimum 17 years 

Qualifying score in UMAT which is the entrance exam and basic requirement for entry into MBBS.


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Documents required to apply for MBBS in New Zealand

Higher secondary school certificate

UMAT Scorecard

IELTS scorecard

NEET scorecard

School leaving certificate

Proof of Nationality

Record of physical medical check-up

Personal statement

Bank statement 

Certificates of achievement on national or state level in extracurricular activities are an added advantage

Why MBBS in New Zealand

Structured and research oriented curriculum

English as medium of instruction

Exceptionally high standard of living

Internationally ranked universities

Globally recognized degree

Minimal entry requirements for admission

Safe and stable society for living

International exposure

World class education

Low crime rate

University of Otago

Officially founded in 1869, the University of Otago is now located in Dunedin, Otago New Zealand. It is a non collegiate university and known for high quality research. The university in the past has topped the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund evaluation. The university was developed by the committee that was led by Thomas Burns (a prominent European religious leader) and officially established by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council. It started accepting its first batch of students in the year 1871 which made it the oldest university in New Zealand and the third in Oceania. Between the years 1847-1961, the university was a part of University of New Zealand and issued the degree in its name. The University of Otago offers a vibrant students life and its students magazine named “Critic” is New Zealand’s longest running school magazine. The university’s architecture accompanied with its beautiful gardens has made it to be one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

The main campus of the university is in Dunedin which hosts central administration as well as divisions of Health Sciences, Business School, Humanities and Science. In addition to this, the university also has satellite campuses in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Invercargill.

The campus of Christchurch is based at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health and provides training programs in medical and physiotherapy , research, distance education and some postgraduate programs

Wellington campus based at the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Science also provide training programs in medical and physiotherapy , research, distance education and some postgraduate programs

The Auckland campus located at the Auckland Centre on Queen serves as teaching and distance learning centre for various courses as well as the liaisoning office for wider Auckland community and alumni

The university’s Department of Marine Science operates the Portobello Marine Laboratory in the Otago peninsula region. 

The University of Otago has 10 libraries out of which 7 are based in the main campus in Dunedin, 1 in the Southland and two of these libraries each in Wellington and Christchurch. All ofthese libraries have an access to the wireless network.