Study in New Zealand
New Zealand is home to one of the most beautiful natural environments in the entire world; the people are famous for their kindness and willingness to accommodate all kinds of visitors; and its relative geographic isolation has allowed it to avoid many of the problems faced by other nations today.
The education system in New Zealand encourages inventive thinking and teaching techniques that reach far beyond traditional rote learning. NZ Qualifications are highly valued by the world’s business and community. As a former British colony, New Zealand’s education system is based on the prestigious British system. NZ offer world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff, and the qualifications are valued and transferable throughout the world. The OECD (Organisation for cooperation and development) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranks New Zealand’s school system very highly. PISA is a 3 yearly survey of the achievement levels of 15-year old students in major industrialized countries. New Zealand consistently ranks at or near the top across a range of student achievement indicators. In the latest PISA studies, New Zealand’s 15 year olds ranked second in literacy and third in the world in numeracy skills.
Why Study in New Zeland?
The OECD Better Life Index rates New Zealand as a ‘top performing country’ for the quality of its education system Innovation and optimism shapes the education system of New Zealand, producing creative and successful graduates. Strict government controls and high standards ensure the best quality education at all levels.
1. GLOBAL RECOGNITION
New Zealand has one of the best living standards in the world. It has been ranked as the best country for doing business, by Forbes magazine and has also gained recognition by the World Bank for being ranked the best country to start business, as the country has policies to protect the investor. New Zealand has lately evolved into a great study destination attracting students from across the globe for its flexible education system, providing quality and worldwide recognized degrees. New Zealand Graduates are best equipped for today’s world having the right amount of academic standing and practical exposure. Acknowledged as the new breed of innovative thinkers, New Zealand’s graduates enjoy success the world over.
2. PROVIDER OF QUALITY EDUCATION
New Zealand also 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, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments. 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.
3. BRITISH BASED EDUCATION SYSTEM
The New Zealand education programs and degrees are based on the world’s most recognized and accredited education system- The British System- without the same expense.
4. COMPETITIVE COST
New Zealand offers very affordable tuition fee compared with many other countries around the world. Competitive tuition fees coupled with a low cost of living represents a good value for your money.
New Zealand has a dynamic and harmonious multicultural society. Kiwis are friendly and pleasant and are opening their doors to offer you warm and welcoming environments. International students are highly respected in New Zealand and you will feel most welcome here.
6. SUPPORT SERVICES
New Zealand has a long history of teaching international students and New Zealand institutions are sensitive to the needs of international students. The “International Office” in tertiary institutions provides a high quality support service to help you adjust to your new environment and successfully complete your studies.
7. STUDENT VISA
Immigration NZ does not set any English language requirements for students. Some Education Providers (especially at tertiary level) require a certain level of English before an offer of place will be given to you. You should contact your school/institute for more information on this.
New Zealand Fact File
No part of New Zealand is more than 128 km from the sea.
New Zealand gained independence from Great Britain in 1907.
New Zealand, one of the youngest countries of the world is located in the South Pacific Ocean.
Capital of New Zealand: Wellington
New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
KIWI, New Zealand’s national emblem, is a flightless bird with hair-like feathers and a long, slender bill which it uses to pull worms and insects out of the ground. Found only in New Zealand, it is active at night in the wilderness areas of the country
Inspite of being located in the southern part of the globe New Zealand doesn’t experience extreme weathers. The country has a temperate climate all year round. January – March is summer, July – September is winter.
Unemployment: 3.8% in early 2008. This is one of the lowest in the developed world.
Literacy rate: 99%
New Zealand Currency NZ$
Cost of Living
The cost of living usually depends on each student spending habits. However a student should be able to live in New Zealand for a total cost of living of between NZ$8,000 and NZ$10,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment. Current minimum wage rates. The minimum wage rates are reviewed every year. The current adult minimum wage rates (before tax) that apply for employees aged 16 or over are: $14.75 an hour; which is:
$118.00 for an 8-hour day or
$590.00 for a 40-hour week or
$1,180.00 for a 80-hour fortnight.
The minimum rates that apply to starting-out workers, and employees on the training minimum wage (before tax), are: $11.80 an hour; which is:
$94.40 for an 8-hour day or
$472.00 for a 40-hour week or
$944.00 for a 80-hour fortnight.
English Language Requirement
New Zealand colleges & universities accept IELTS/PTE scores as a proof of English Proficiency.