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New Zealand is World’s second most peaceful country as per Global Peace Index 2018

Its multi-cultural society shares the spirit of the Maori Principle Manaakitanga. Manaakitanga is all about caring for others with shared understanding and respect

As a medical professional working in New Zealand, opportunities are spread throughout the country, in both rural and urban settings, across 20 district health boards.

There are a number of support systems for international students in New Zealand. Both universities have an international student support department, and each medical school has a regional medical students’ association, which aims to advocate on behalf of all its members. The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) also provides a number of support systems for international students, as well as representing all medical students at a national and international level, and organising a wide range of events.

Education Standards

  • The New Zealand government has strong quality assurance systems to ensure high-quality education. All eight Universities are in the top 3% in the world.
  • If you study in New Zealand as an international student, education providers are responsible for making sure you are well informed, safe and properly cared for.
  • The New Zealand government’s Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out the fair and ethical practices and support systems our education providers must have before enrolling international students
  • International Student Excellence Scholarship
  • New Zealand Scholarships
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships


  • First year is a premedical preparation program designed for the local students, which also calls the international students to hold similar qualification. Bachelor degree in science field like health science, bioscience etc is mandatory.
  • UMAT qualification is mandatory before applying to MBBS. – Health Sciences Admission Test. Students should apply for this test before end of June every year. The actual test is conducted during the month of July.
  • Another mandatory requirement to get eligibility for studying medicine is English proficiency. IELTS or TOEFL score should be a minimum of 7.0
  • However, if you have completed any undergraduate or masters degree in New Zealand, you don’t need to provide IELTS qualification.

The purpose of this scope of practice is to provide students with a 2-year opportunity to train in New Zealand and gain knowledge and skills to take back to their own countries, or the country providing sponsorship.

During this postgraduate training program one can develop his clinical and research skills, gain first-hand experience in his field, get exposure to the various components of your scope of practice and work with mentors


  • Hold a primary medical degree listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Be registered in your own country (or the country providing sponsorship), to which you will return on completion of the training
  • Have held registration and been practicing in your home/sponsor country for a minimum of one year immediately prior to application (excluding Pacific Island graduates, if you had been training in a different Pacific Island health system at the time of your application because recognised medical training programmes are not available in your home/sponsor country)
  • Have been accepted into a formal, recognised scholarship or fellowship programme in New Zealand
  • Satisfy Council's English language requirements.

Additionally, you need to:

  • be sponsored by or on behalf of a country or organization to which you will return after the proposed period of training
  • have a post-graduate qualification, approved by us, which shows you are competent in the branch of medicine in which your practice will be limited to while you are in New Zealand
  • be enrolled in a formal vocational training program in your own country
  • have worked for at least 12 months in an institution with which a New Zealand hospital or medical school has an exchange program

Students are given a personalized training plan with suggested reading. Their plan must include some or all of the following

A program of education and training that may include:

  • clinical observership
  • clinical responsibilities including patient care lectures
  • conferences/courses
  • journal club
  • case presentations
  • research.

A training schedule that will outline their

  • orientation
  • learning objectives
  • clinical competencies, communication skills and their assessment
  • operative programme (if applicable)
  • reflective learning of clinical experience
  • critical appraisal of scientific evidence
  • formal teaching

A log to record the medical education and training you have undertaken including

  • surgical procedures (if applicable)
  • major non-surgical procedures (if applicable)
  • presentations made
  • audit of medical practice
  • continuing medical education – for example, journal club, seminars, tutorials, conferences
  • reflective learning observations
  • critical incidents (if appropriate).

Learning outcomes – you will need to agree to provide quarterly reports evaluating your training and progress made towards meeting your training objectives.

After you graduate from a university in NZ, you become a housing officer for the next two years, i.e. the most junior doctor.

Once you finish your run as a housing officer or a resident you become a Registrar, i.e. a junior doctor. Entry into training programs can take four or more years due to their competitiveness. Once you’re in, expect to train for another four to six years.

Universities of Auckland

Placed #85 in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100.

The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked university in New Zealand for its global reputation amongst both academics and employers. Worldwide, the University ranks #60 for Academic and #129 for Employer Reputation.

University of Otago

The Medical course at the University of Otago takes six years and leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB). After admission to medical school students complete the second and third years of the course in Dunedin where they learn about the basic biomedical sciences and the normal and abnormal function of the body systems. Individual development, social influences on health and illness and the role of the doctor are also covered. Teaching is based around lectures, small group tutorials (which are often case-based) and laboratory classes. The final (clinical) years are completed at the Dunedin, Christchurch or Wellington School of Medicine. The focus of these years is on work in hospital wards, in general practices and other community settings.