About New Zealand
New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It has a progressive education system with many states. It offers you very safe learning surroundings with excellent and brilliant study opportunities and support education services for international students.
New Courses and teaching facilities 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 organizations.
You will find a wide range of options when you consider New Zealand as a study destination :
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- Studying in New Zealand
- Reasons for Studying in New Zealand
- Education System in New Zealand
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If you are outside New Zealand and planning to study full time for more than three months, you will need a student Visa and also a student permit, unless you are from a country that has a special agreement with New Zealand.
Secondary Education in New Zealand
Mostly Students starts secondary education between (Years 9 – 13) at approximately 13 years of age. They may also choose to study at either a state or private school. There is a wide choice of subjects at 400 schools throughout the country. The school year, based on four terms, begins in early February and finishes in mid of December. Mainly Many international students complete the final year of secondary school (e.g. Year 12 & 13) in New Zealand before proceeding to tertiary study.
Tertiary Education in New Zealand
Offered at Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and private tertiary and training establishments.
Offered at polytechnics and institutes of technology you can study for a certificate, diploma or degree and can also achieve training.
During the admission process all students get evaluated on their NCEA results as well as other criteria.
A Bachelors degree typically lasts for almost 3-4 years at university.
An Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research at university for combining or using your ‘major’ subject with supporting subjects known as ‘minor’ subjects.
Graduate study in New Zealand
A Masters degree typically last for almost 2 years at university.
An Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research, however it is only awarded to students who do not already have an Honours degree.
Requires a student to have either a Masters degree or Bachelors degree with Honors.
Requires a student to have qualification of graduate, diploma and masters degree
To be eligible to study in New Zealand as a student your course must meet the New Zealand requirements for international students. Universities prefer applicants with very good academic background and decent scores in TOEFL or IELTS for admission Postgraduate and Masters Programs may vary between Faculties, Applicants may also be required to provide evidence of relevant work/research experience. For postgraduate applications where the student will be undertaking a thesis, a research proposal will be required.
Main intake every year commences in Jun-July, Dec-Jan.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics have two semesters – February to June and July to November – with holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses start in July.
Each university has its own timetable but generally the year is split into 2 semesters of about 12 weeks each, with a 2-week break during the semester and a 6-week break in the middle of the year. The breaks are not necessarily holidays – you may need the time for research and study.
Some universities offer ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, which reduces the number of years it takes to complete a degree.
Applying for a Visa
If you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for more than 3 months, you will need a student Visa. The Visa allows you to enter a country and allows you to stay in the country based on the terms & conditions given in your Visa. When you enter the country the Visa or custom officer at the airport will check to confirm & validate your Visa and passport is also valid. They will then issue or stamp your passport with a permit. You must have a valid permit at all times while you are in that country.
Permits can be renewed and converted at the Immigration Service Office on completion of the application requirements. Each student Visa and student permit will specify the course of study, the school or institution and its specific location.
In some countries Visa itself is a permit. You will need a student Visa if you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for more than 3 months. You can only get a student Visa to study in an option at an education institution, which is registered and authorized by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Your student Visa will be issued for the span of time till your course tuition fees have been paid. If you are studying a long-term course at a secondary school, University or Polytechnic you will normally pay your tuition fees every year. Visa application should be lodged for at least 2 months preceding to the course commencement date.
Accommodation and Living Expenses
In many cases, your accommodation will be only minutes or very near from your place of study. Our institution can help you find your accommodation before you begin studying. The total cost depends on each student spending habits.
The cost of living in New Zealand is similar to that in Australia, and less than in Britain. Tertiary students should budget for up to NZ$20,000 a year in living expenses.
$100 to $200 a week for accommodation
50 cents to post a letter within New Zealand
$4.45 for a Big Mac at McDonald’s
Free local phone calls from a home phonee
$10 to $15 to go to the movies
$1.60 for a 1-stage bus fare
New Zealand colleges and universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency.
Pre-Degree-Diploma & Undergraduate Degree.
IELTS (Academic) score – Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or overall 5.5 with no band less than 5.0
TOEFL score:Paper-based – total score of 550 with minimum of 4.0 in Test of Written English (TWE)or Computer-based – total score of 213 with minimum Essay rating of 4.0 or Internet-based – total score of 80
Postgraduate Degree IELTS (Academic) score – Overall band score of 6.5 & band score of 6.0 in all bands TOEFL score: Paper-based – total score of 575 with minimum of 4.5 in Test of Written English (TWE)or Computer-based – total score of 233 with minimum Essay rating of 4.5 or
Internet-based – total score of 90
Employment in New Zealand
New Zealand felt like a dream we wouldn’t be able to achieve but after attending the expo everything becomes very clear & easy in mind.
The job market in New Zealand is still hot. It is a very good and suitable place to find work with good salary levels. New Zealand is the only country that provides a one-year job search Visa, In spite of the course pursued by a student.
“Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success”.
Once you get a job, you can apply for two years of work permit, regarding through which you can apply for permanent residency.
New Zealand offers you a safe and stable democratic political environment. Living and tuition costs compare quite well with other countries.
We want to ensure you investigate all your possibilities and opportunities in New Zealand. Consequently, we have decided to combine all the Working In expos under one team.