New Zealand is a young country where independence, initiative and resourcefulness are more highly regarded than status or rules. As a student here you'll be encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek your own answers by thinking for yourself.
New Zealand is the home of some of the world’s top research facilities and academic institutions. Imagine learning in supportive academic environments where professors are approachable and classrooms reflect the cultural diversity of land. Imagine entering the workforce with qualifications that are recognized and respected the world over.
This is what it means to study in New Zealand!
Why Study in NewZealand?
- New Zealand bases its education programmes and degrees on the world's most recognised and accredited education system-the British system.
- New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education.
- It has a progressive education system with many state of the art facilities.
- It offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students.
- New Zealanders are famed for their friendliness, hospitality and warmth to overseas visitors, and enjoy meeting folk from other cultures.
- Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at New Zealand institutions - universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.
- The cost of studying in New Zealand is also much cheaper than the USA, Australia, UK, or Canada.
- The quality assurance practices that the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has in place gives both local and international students confidence when it comes to choosing a course of study in New Zealand.
- Combining the benefits of a deveLORed country with the charm of a quiet and peaceful countryside, New Zealand offers some distinct advantages over other countries as a destination for education.
Requirements to Study in NewZealand:
To enter university and polytechnic programmes, international students must demonstrate that they are both academically qualified and sufficiently proficient in English to cope with the demands of their proposed course of study. Each institution has specific English language entry requirements, such as suitable scores in the IELTS or TOEFL examinations. Information about academic and language requirements is available from the individual institutions.
Living In NewZealand
New Zealand is a beautiful country situated in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of two main islands, and is roughly the size of Japan, California or Great Britain. Our cities, scenery and cultures are vibrant and diverse. New Zealand has a multi-cultural population of 4 million and is home to people from the Pacific Islands, various parts of Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Indigenous Maori make up around 14 percent of the population.
Most major religions are represented in New Zealand and Human Rights Legislation guarantees freedom from discrimination on the basis of religion, which is seen as a matter of personal choice. Major cities have churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other centres of worship for most religions. Homestay families and student hostels can ensure that religious dietary requirements are respected.
Some people say that, because the country is in a small corner of the world that doesn’t really get bothered by anyone, that New Zealand seems to be secluded from the rest of the world. This isn’t true at all. As mentioned above, the people are really welcoming to outsiders. But, it can also be a great thing! The economy is actually incredibly stable, the cost of living is low, and the government is more stable (and less argumentative) than the governments that you will see in other countries.
New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so January and February are the warmest months, autumn is from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November. The climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. It’s not sub-tropical, except in the far north. The weather varies a lot between different geographical regions.
There are plenty of work opportunities available for international students. On a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week through the semester; during vacations you can work up to 40 hours. So, instead of having to worry about finances, you get to supplement your education with income. You may even be able to nab internships and other practical work. The international studies office at your university can help you find a job to sustain you during your time in New Zealand. Another great thing is that you can get a permit at the end of your degree program and work for 12 or 24 or 36 months (depending on the level of your qualification and where you studied) in the country under a special “work permit” that is alongside your student visa.
Ease of visa acquisition and residency:
If the job you are working at is related to the degree that you received, you can actually apply to get permanent residency, which you will most likely get within 6 months of your application.