(Study Abroad) Education In New Zealand

Education In New Zealand


New Zealanders value fresh thinking and teach original thinking. When students educated in New Zealand embark on their chosen careers they're valued for the new ideas they are able to contribute in today's new world. New Zealand bases its education programmes on the British system. Therefore, New Zealand offers students the most prestigious education system in the world without the expense and inconvenience of living in the Northern Hemisphere.

A qualification from New Zealand ranks with the best in the world. It is seen as internationally desirable because students have a high level of practical and theoretical competency when they graduate.

New Zealand is an easy, safe place to live and New Zealanders are as famous as the Irish for their warmth and hospitality. A multiracial, multicultural country, it makes students feel at home, find friends quickly and experience the moving, spiritual culture of New Zealand.New Zealanders are, by nature, inquisitive and adventurous. They encourage new, independent thinking, exploration and research. As a result, New Zealand degrees have a reputation around the world for being practical, modern and desirable.

In areas such as forestry, food processing, biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand qualifications are acknowledged as simply the best in the world. New Zealanders are friendly, welcoming, love travel and enjoy meeting people from other cultures. English is the everyday language of New Zealanders and there is strong English Language support for international students. Both secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment.

A long established democracy, New Zealand offers a safe and stable political environment. A great variety of recreational and cultural experiences are available in a country renowned for its natural beauty. Living and tuition costs compare well with other countries. Travel to New Zealand is easy with direct flights from most major cities. The climate is temperate with pleasant seasonal changes and is conducive to study and recreation. A wide variety of ethnic communities reside in New Zealand.

Education System


New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It offers a safe learning environment, which provides excellent study opportunities, and support services for international students. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments. There are also a number of English Language Institutes and private English Language Schools catering to students of diverse age groups.

Twenty-five institutions in New Zealand are part of the polytechnic system and provide education and training in a broad range of industry and occupation based vocational studies.

New Zealand has seven national universities offering degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in academic and professional studies. All universities offer a broad range of subjects for degrees in commerce, science and the arts. Each university has also developed its own specialist subjects, such as engineering, computer studies, medicine and agriculture. There are also a number of private tertiary institutes and private training providers.

English Language Requirements

English is now a global language. It is the major language of international business, politics, technology, research and sport. New Zealand is an English speaking country with a long tradition of teaching English is an ideal place to learn English. In New Zealand, you can study English at a private English Language School or at a language institute/centre on a University or Polytechnic/Institute of Technology campus. These are located throughout the country in large and smaller cities, giving you a number of choices.

A range of courses is available from short courses of 1 week to intensive academic qualifications; your choice will depend on your own individual wishes and needs.Students are advised to enroll in courses approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for which the issuing of student visas has been approved. These courses meet international standards and are recognised worldwide.

The students must be fluent in the English language if they are to succeed at a university in New Zealand. There are many courses available at public and private institutions in New Zealand and elsewhere to assist international students to reach the required level of English language competence. The universities have specified minimum levels of competence (eg. 6.0 in IELTS or 550 in TOEFL for most undergraduate degrees); details of any higher requirements for specific degrees may be obtained from individual universities.

Applications for admission to universities should include certified copies of the highest secondary school certificates received (e.g. GCE 'A' levels, STPM, IB) and official academic records of any tertiary study undertaken (e.g. university, polytechnic, technical college). The basic level of admission is the same across the New Zealand university system. However, individual universities may require higher standards for admission to courses, which are in high demand.

Application procedure/Where and how to apply

Write directly to the educational institution. The names of the major institutions are available on various websites.

Contact your nearest New Zealand Education Centre or Office. There are some High Commissions and Embassies which have specialised NZECs. If there is no New zealand Education Centre or Office in your country please contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. Contact local agents and representatives. Many New Zealand institutions have local authorised agents and representatives. The names and addresses of these representatives can be obtained directly from the institution and in some countries from the NZEC.

Write directly to or email Education New Zealand Student Enquiry Officer, Education New Zealand, PO Box 10-500, Wellington, New Zealand.Education New Zealand also has a centralised student enrolment system, which helps with the placement of international students. Copies of this form are available through the New Zealand Embassies, High Commissions, and New Zealand Education centers.

Note: When applying to study at New Zealand secondary schools and tertiary institutions, you will be required to send supporting documentation. This may include your education records, transcripts, testimonials, and evidence of English language ability (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS and other tests). English Language Schools do not require evidence of English language ability. Applications must be accompanied by original or certified true copies of academic records (translated into English where necessary and with translations certified).

The following websites have extensive information on studying in New Zealand.

For initiating the process of application the students need to visit these sites. Additionally they may also write to the NZ High Commission on edunz.india@tradenz.govt.nz

For matters pertaining to student visas and immigration, students should write to:
Enquiry@nzis.dol.govt.nz

Visa Formalities


New Zealand has many agreements with other countries, which allow a person to come to New Zealand for 90 days without a visa. During that time, you can study or be a tourist. Please consult your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission for information on visa requirements. The school or institution you choose can also help you with visa information. However, the standard requirements are:Complete the 'Application for Student Visa' Form.

These are available at the New Zealand Embassy or High Commission and your local travel/education agencies.

With the 'Application for Student Visa' you will need to include: A recent passport-size photograph. 

Payment of a non-refundable visa application fee.

An 'Offer of Place' from a New Zealand education school or institution which states that you have been accepted by the school, the name of the course, the minimum time to complete the course, whether a course fee is required to be paid or the student is exempt from the fee (e.g. scholarship students). The New Zealand institution, which has confirmed your enrolment, will send this 'Offer of Place' to you. Evidence of payment of course tuition fee or evidence of exemption from fee.

Note: Students are no longer required to produce evidence of payment of course fees before their applications are approved in principle.

A guarantee of accommodation.

A written assurance from a New Zealand education institution or other persons that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand. Most New Zealand institutions will assist you with accommodation.

Evidence of sufficient funds to cover your living expenses and return travel back to your home country. You will need to provide medical clearance and character references ONLY for courses, which are longer than 24 months. Contact the New Zealand Embassy or High Commission for further information on this.

Students will only be issued with a student visa if they have enrolled in an approved course at an institution or establishment, which is accredited to offer it. If your application for a student visa is approved you will need a passport which will be valid for 3 months beyond your initial date of departure from New Zealand.

Choice of Subject


All universities offer courses in the usual faculties of arts (except Lincoln), science and commerce, while law courses are available at Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury, Waikato and Otago. Music is available at Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Victoria and Waikato. Most universities specialise in certain fields. The University of Otago provides courses in health sciences such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physiotherapy as well as in physical education and surveying; Canterbury in forestry, engineering and fine arts; Lincoln in topics related to agriculture and horticulture; Auckland in architecture, planning, engineering, medicine, optometry and fine arts; Victoria in architecture, public administration and social work; Massey in aviation, agriculture, horticulture, technology and veterinary science.

Conjoint programmes leading to the Bachelor of Education degree and a Diploma in Teaching are available at several universities, in some cases in association with the local colleges of education. The University of Waikato has its own School of Education, created by amalgamation with the former Hamilton Teachers' College, and the Massey University College of Education came into being in 1997 when Palmerston North College of Education amalgamated with the university. Degrees and their Composition All universities offer Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees.

Most Bachelor's degree courses require three years but some may take up to six years. In some faculties a Bachelor's Honours degree is conferred after an additional year of undergraduate study.

In most universities the course of study for a Bachelor's degree consists of a prescribed number of units, papers or courses. In each subject there are usually offered first-year courses (stage 1 or 100 level), second-year courses (stage 2 or 200 level) and third-year courses (stage 3 or 300 level). A second-year course may be commenced in most cases only after appropriate passes in the subject at stage 1 and a third-year course only after the appropriate passes in the subject at stage 2. In each subject the student is required to attend a given number of lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory periods per week. In some courses field trips provide opportunities for on-site study of natural phenomena or social processes. Personal reading and research supplement these. Students are expected to develop independent study skills with a minimum of professional supervision. Grades given in tests, assignments and practical work count towards the final grade for a course. Most courses have a final three-hour written examination held either at mid-year (June) or end of year (October/November).

A postgraduate diploma usually requires one year of study after the Bachelor's degree while a Master's degree usually requires two years' work after a Bachelor's degree or one year after an Honours degree. Master's degrees traditionally consist of a thesis based on the results of original research, but increasingly Master's degrees by papers, or papers plus research, are becoming available.

The PhD degree normally takes at least three years of full-time study and research. The degree is awarded on the basis of the thesis, requiring original research and an oral examination. In special circumstances examiners may also require the candidate to take a written examination. Research in New Zealand Universities Research by staff in New Zealand universities covers an extraordinarily wide spectrum.

Student’s Accommodation


NewZealand takes particular care of students' welfare. NZ institutions assist students in finding accommodation whilst studying in NZ .Various types of accommodation are available.

-Halls of residence, Student Hostels, dormitories - these are usuallylocated on campus with single or double (shared) rooms. Costs range from NZ$ 500 - 600 ie Rs 10,000 - 12,000 per month including food.

Homestay : -
students will live with a New Zealand family with theirown room. As a family member, the student has every opportunityto experience the New Zealand way of life. Cost for this (including food) also ranges between NZ$ 500-600 ie Rs 10,000 to 12,000.

Apartments/Flats:
this is a popular option with Indian students.Most institutions help students find a flat. Students choose theirown flat mates. Costs range from NZ$ 450 - 525 per month ie Rs9000 - 10,500 per month. This includes food + other expenses.

Cost of Living


As far as cost of living is concerned it is advised that students budget around NZ$10,000 per annum ie 2 lakhs per annum. Tuition fees can range from NZ$ 11,000 to NZ$ 18,000 per annum depending on course/programme of study. Details if costs can be obtained from the New Zealand High Commission, any of the approved Education Advisors or direct from the NZ institution.

Health Care


Most NZ institutions arrange health-care and travel insurance for international students while they study in NZ. Some health services in NZ are free while some are not. Insurance can cover the costs of healthcare services not provided by the government. Medical insurance is strongly recommended for students undertaking a course of less than 2 years.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


No scholarships are available. All courses for overseas students are on a full fee paying basis. Department of Education does not offer any scholarship to foreign students. Nor are there any fellowships, research associate ship etc for higher studies in New Zealand. However the overseas students are permitted to work part-time for 15 hours per week providing they are doing a full-time undergraduate course of 2 years or more; or a postgraduate course of 12 months or more.

Future Prospects


New Zealand Education

is a billion dollar industry now. The growth has been phenomenal over the past 5 years. Education now earns New Zealand as much foreign exchange as wool or butter or cheese, which have traditionally been New Zealand's strongest export commodities. The strong growth in expected to continue in years to come. New Zealand holds tremendous opportunities for students to ` staircase ' from secondary school to undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This may be a more sensible and practical option for a number of Indian students.

With effect from March 2002, the New Zealand Ministry of Education introduced a new mandatory Code of Practice for ALL New Zealand education providers. Only institutions that become signatories to the Code of Practice will be allowed to enroll international students or continue existing enrolments.

India is acknowledged by New Zealand as a country with great potential and a superpower in the making. There is excellent scope for a number of collaborative alliances, joint research and innovative exchange programmes between New Zealand and Indian institutions evolving over the next few years. Hence New Zealand's educational institutions welcome contacts from Indian universities, research institutions and the private sector for sharing knowledge and expertise in areas where that country has developed expertise and skills such as horticulture, forestry, animal husbandry, dairy and food technology etc.




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