About New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the South-Western Pacific Ocean that covers two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some 1,500 kilometers (900 mi) East of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and approximately 1,000 kilometers (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand in term of its beauties and other need-based facilities and opportunities and qualities of education has emerged as a hot destination for students from rest of world. New Zealand, with a total area of 268,680 square kilometers, is comparable in size to Great Britain, Japan, or Colorado.Its closest neighbors to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Its capital city is Wellington, the southernmost national capital in the world.
New Zealand is a modern parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster parliamentary system. New Zealand’s Parliament is currently made up of 120 Members representing eight parties. The present make-up of the Members is 82 men and 39 women and of these 21 class themselves as Maori. New Zealanders go to the polls every three years, with the next election in 2014.Prime Minister is the head of the country. While voting is not compulsory, as a New Zealand resident or citizen you will be required to enroll as an elector.
Primary and secondary schooling is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16, with the majority attending from the age of 5.New Zealand has an adult literacy rate of 99 percent, and over half of the population aged 15 to 29 hold a tertiary qualification.
There are five types of government-owned tertiary institutions: universities, colleges, Polytechnics, specialist colleges, and Wananga. The number of Universities approx. 8, Polytechnics approx.15 & Private Education provider approx. 150.
New Zealand is one of the world’s beautiful countries. Choosing of New Zealand for education would be a great decision because it’s a place of world-class citizens. The magnificence of beauty and serenity of the locale is the perfect panacea to the pressurized existence that most students undergo on a daily basis! The New Zealand approach to education fosters self-reliance, inquisition and fresh thinking with a holistic approach to education.
Why Study in New Zealand?
If you’re wondering whether New Zealand is the right place to study for you, we outline some of the main reasons why the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly in recent years.
- Broad range of study and research opportunities:
The eight institutions that make up the New Zealand university system are located in cities across the country’s two main islands, the North and the South.
This distribution gives students the chance to pursue a wide range of opportunities in study, work, recreation and culture. The proximity of all eight universities to New Zealand’s diverse natural environment offers students the chance to research anything from endangered marine mammals to earthquake engineering.
Although all the universities offer core degrees in the arts, business and science, each also has its own distinctive profile. For example, Auckland and Otago have the country’s two medical schools, featuring hospital-based learning, whereas Canterbury and Auckland have an international profile for their engineering courses.
- A high quality learning experience
The New Zealand university system is research-based, as it is historically based on the British higher education model. This means there are a number of similarities between the 2 systems, such as the names of qualifications, teaching methods, and the look and feel of the university campuses.
All academic staff are expected to be active researchers as well as teachers. This insistence on research-informed teaching ensures a high quality learning experience.
The universities’ representative body, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, has legal responsibility for university course approval and moderation procedures.
The New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit supports this quality assurance method. These systems certify that university education in New Zealand is of a consistently excellent standard.
- A degree is recognized and value all around the world
Moderate entry requirements
Unlike the situation in the UK and many other countries, New Zealand does not have massive competition to enter the first year of a university degree. This is because the New Zealand government has invested heavily in university education over the years. As a result New Zealand has more capacity than it has students. Good students with moderate grades can gain entry to most Bachelor degree programmes without any problems. Therefore, entry requirements are moderate compared with most of the top universities in the UK.
- A welcoming destination
International students are welcomed by New Zealand society, both for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy.
They are gladly received into New Zealand homes and student social networks. New Zealanders are well travelled, with a great interest in people from other cultures, so visitors and international students soon feel more than welcome.
Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying and socialising together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, the UK, North Asia, Japan, South America, India, and Australia, amongst many others.
New Zealand also has a well-developed system of pastoral care for international students, backed by a government-monitored Code of Practice. This means you will be well looked after during your time studying there.
The country has a comparatively low cost of living, abundant fresh food at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options.
Transport is also moderately priced, affording easy access to rivers, mountains, lakes, forests and beaches and the recreational opportunities they provide.
- Beautiful location
New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty and its adventure activities, and all this is readily accessible from all eight universities in the country.
- Latest information technology
- Right opportunities to get employment and residency facilities
- Enhancing facilities to visit and learn other union countries
- Better hospitality
- Employment potentiality
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
- Courses of Information and Communication Technology
- New online visa application system and high rate visa application success
- British-based education system with world class, highly respected qualifications
- Innovative teaching methods and technology
- Universities in the Top 500 worldwide rankings (Times Higher Education Supplement) Personalized learning in a range of class settings and sizes
Education in New Zealand is based on three-tier model, which consists of primary schools, secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at Universities. The Program for International Student Assessment ranks in New Zealand’s education is in 7th best rank in the world. The Education Index, New Zealand as 0.993%(for further details visit UN’s Human Development Index in 2008) lists amongst the highest in the world along with equal positions with Denmark, Finland and Australia.
Ministry of education (MOE) has freed and made compulsory education between the ages of 6 and 16. In other cases, students can get facilities as they apply to MOE. The academic year in New Zealand varies according to institutions. Primary and secondary schools and polytechnics often run from late January until mid-December and for Universities for late February until mid-November.
New Zealand Education System generally includes universities, private institutions, colleges, and polytechnics. New Zealand’s educational institutions offer quality secondary school education, a well-established network of English-language schools, and internationally respected and recognized tertiary education providers. Post- secondary education is regulated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority(NZQA).
As well as state – owned education providers, there are approximately 860 private training establishments (PTEs) in New Zealand. They are privately owned and funded, although some of their courses attract government funding and they include quality English – language providers. They offer a wide variety of courses that lead to qualifications in a large range of vocations from scuba diving to hospitality to business. NZQA requires that Private Training Establishments (PTEs) have adequate protection of student fees and tuition.
Polytechnics offer education and training at tertiary levels ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. They deliver technical, vocational, and professional education. There are 23 polytechnics or institutes of technology in New Zealand.
The National Qualifications Framework is a system of national qualifications available through study in schools, polytechnics, colleges of education, etc. The Framework provides nationally recognized, consistent standards and qualifications. The Framework is endorsed and supported by NewZealand’s education and training providers, employers and national industry and professional groups. It is compatible with similar systems in the U.K., Europe, South Africa, Australia, and North America.
Annual fees for state schools start at about $11,000 for primary schools and $13,000 for secondary schools. Annual fees for private primary and secondary schools start at about $25,000.
Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study for a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering for $18,500 or a one-term Certificate in Computing for $12,425.
Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years.
Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.
International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects.
English language courses
Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study a general English course for $300 per week, or a Cambridge English exam course for $5,100 for 12 weeks.
Cost of Living
If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you‘ll need to prove that you have at least $15,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you’re studying for less than a year, you must have at least $1250 for each month of study to contribute to your living expenses. Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. For example, you may need to travel more in the main centres, and transport costs may be more expensive than in your home country.
As an example of how much to budget for, Victoria University recommends that students allow between $18,000-$27,000 each year, the University of Auckland recommends $20,000-$25,000, the University of Otago recommends $15,000-$17,000 and Massey University recommends $15,000-$18,000.
Cost of Education & Living
It is very important for an international student to be proficient in English to be able to study in a country whose official language is English. New Zealand is no exception. A student must give the IELTS and obtain the minimum score required for his particular course set by the chosen University of New Zealand.
This section provides information about English proficiency requirements and about IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
English is the main medium of instruction in New Zealand, except at Maori institutions. It is therefore important for international students to give proof their proficiency in English to the University they wish to study with.
Tertiary institutions (studies at UG level) will ask for original documents or certified photocopies of one of the following:
- IELTS score of overall band score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. IELTS is a recognized test for most institutions in countries such as NZ, UK, Canada and Australia whose official language is English. It assesses your ability to read, write, speak and listen in academic or general training contexts. It as been developed and managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.
- A pass in English in the GCE (General Certificate of Education) ‘O’ level examination
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