Study in New Zealand
New Zealand has always been well known for its picturesque locations with breathtaking landscapes varying from snowy mountains ranges, steaming volcanoes, icy glaciers and rolling green hills. Whether you prefer an outdoorsy life and recreation, or you want to live a multicultural, relaxed and fun-loving city life, New Zealand provides you with a breath-taking environment along with cities abuzz with excitement and culture. A cosmopolitan blend of cafes, shopping, sports, nightlife and a beautiful “outdoors”, New Zealand is a diverse and vibrant society enriched by the many cultures around the world.
Studying abroad in New Zealand is extremely popular for students from all over the world with the country’s exotic locations and high quality education system. An education degree from New Zealand is respected and accepted all over the world. Students in New Zealand have the opportunity to combine their university studies with living in a unique culture in a stunning natural environment with endless possibilities of adventure.
Qualifications gained in New Zealand or partial qualifications can often be transferred freely within New Zealand and with institutions in both the UK and Australia. All education institutions must be accredited through The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
New Zealand has a number of Institutes that offer vocational and skills-based courses to postgraduate level courses. In addition, there are also courses for professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a wide range of subjects including the arts, hospitality, ecotourism, etc.
New Zealand’s higher education institutions are split into universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education and Private training providers. Universities are largely research based and state owned. They offer courses from certificate to doctorate level with most courses lasting a full year. Some courses will run only one semester, and these can sometimes be started mid-academic year.
Polytechnics and institutes of technology are also state owned and offer courses equivalent in to those offered at universities. These institutions are more vocationally oriented and offer a more practical approach to learning than many university courses. Polytechnics and institutes of technology offer education from certificate level to degrees. Many also offer postgraduate courses of very high standing on the international scale. Colleges of education are teacher training institutions most commonly closely affiliated with or merged with the nearest university.
Private training Providers often offer training in a specific discipline, such as tourism management, hospitality management, cooking or business. These institutions are also vocationally oriented and aim to get you into qualified employment after graduation. Private Training Providers are also very welcoming of international students and often offer many distance learning options.
Due to its geographic location, New Zealand is a popular study destination for international students from non-English speaking nations. The official language of New Zealand is English, and there are a wide variety of English language courses available at all levels of study. Students can take summer courses to learn English as a part of their holiday, or as part of a formal course in preparation for accredited levels of English language. Business and Management courses are also well-represented in the institutions of New Zealand. All manners of Bachelors and Masters Business related courses exist, as well as MBA programs. It is advisable to pursue a subject of study that interests you, as opposed to choosing an education course based on New Zealand’s Skilled Occupations List in an effort to migrate to the country upon graduation. The student visa process is separate from skilled migration, and professions on the SOL list change over time. Education in New Zealand is a unique opportunity to pursue studies at some of the world’s top universities and other schools in a beautiful, friendly country.
The degree structure within higher education corresponds very closely to the British system running from certificate to doctorate level, although the complete span is only offered at university institutions. Polytechnics and institutes of technology generally start at certificate level and run up to postgraduate courses. Private training generally offer certificate and diploma qualifications.
A bachelor degree generally takes 3 to 4 years to complete. After this, you are free to enter a postgraduate course getting you a Graduate diploma, Master Degree or Doctorate. The Masters in New Zealand takes 1 to 2 years to complete and will require a higher level of study, including some research not generally included in the diploma courses. Further continuance with more research etc. will grant you a doctorate.
Postgraduate study is based on your previous degree, and requires for you to stay largely within the same field of study.
The school year in New Zealand corresponds to the calendar year starting in late February/ early March and ending in October. Some universities may offer summer school courses and the possibility to start university in July. In general, the education system is based on two semesters.
All higher education in New Zealand requires you to pay a certain fee per year of study. Although it is a substantial amount of money, compared to fees of many other developed countries, fees are relatively low.
Fees for undergraduate study can cost about NZ$18,000–$25,000 per year. Costs vary depending on your course.
Postgraduate courses can cost up to $40,000 per year.
Living costs can amount to: $100-200 per week for accommodation plus food
Text books and stationary: $500 a year
Photocopy cards: $100
Bus fares: $30 to $60 per week
In order to be granted a student visa, you will have to prove that you can not only pay the university/school fees during your time of study, but also that you can support yourself during that time.
Entry into undergraduate education in New Zealand requires a high school diploma equivalent to the education provided in New Zealand. In some cases, the institution may need the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assess the student’s qualifications. For Postgraduate education, the same applies to translation and assessment, although most countries with a similar degree structure will be acceptable for entry. Students generally need a bachelor’s degree within the same field. The other main requirement for education in New Zealand is proof of English proficiency, whether through previous English-speaking education or a TOEFL test result of 550 (paper based) or 85.0 (Internet based) or equivalent. Study in New Zealand is an exciting opportunity to pursue a university or other school degree in a beautiful, secluded country.