New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand is ranked one of the most peaceful and least corrupt countries in the world. It is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean comprises of two main landmasses; the North Island and the South Island and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is about 2,000 KM east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. It ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties and economic freedom

Relatively small and uncrowded cities and towns make daily life easier and faster in New Zealand. Cities are offering live music, theater, film, dance, free festivals, international sports fixtures makes the life enjoyable and vibrant.

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Education System of New Zealand

Education in New Zealand is a student-centered pathway providing continuous learning progression; their learning at one level sets the foundation for the next step along a chosen pathway.

New Zealand’s education system has 5 levels:

  • Early Childhood Education – from age 0 to 5.
  • Primary School Education – from age 5 to 10.
  • Intermediate School Education – from age 11 to 12
  • Secondary School Education – from age 13 to 18.
  • Tertiary Education – ages 18+

New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institute of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which includes English Language Schools.

  • Universities offer internationally recognized research-led academic education of higher degree rather than vocational. Each university offers a large choice of subjects and has strengths in specialized professional degrees. They work with universities in other countries on research and teaching programs and with the business community in New Zealand and overseas on research and development.
  • ITPs and few larger PTEs provide high-quality vocational degree and training focused on practical skills and hand-on experience. All ITP qualification from certificate to post-graduate level includes internships, work placements, industry projects and highly focused on specific job outcomes that help to further career of graduates and be more employable. New Zealand ITP qualifications are recognized internationally that provide widest possible job market.
  • PTEs tend to offer specific vocational programs, mainly at certificate and diploma level. All qualifications offers practical workplace training, real world company projects and focused on achieving real job outcomes..

Students in New Zealand are supported to solve problems, process information, work with others, create and innovate. Whichever level you’re studying at, New Zealand can give you a high-quality education that will enable you to achieve your goals.

Why Study in New Zealand

New Zealand provides flexible and supportive education systems that allow gaining the ability to work well with people from different culture and backgrounds. Student can experience and get chance to learn another culture, have new adventures and make lifelong friendships in one to the world’s cleanest and beautiful natural environment.

The New Zealand Education system provides practical and hands-on learning style, skills such as punctuality, time management and confidence help students a head start in the workforce and to become successful and independent human beings. Graduates gain a combination of internationally recognized qualification and valuable personal skills such as critical thinking ability, well communication skills, and confidence for team building and leading, valued by global employers.

Top 3 reason to choose New Zealand for abroad study:

  1. New Zealand is one of the perfect study destinations for international student due to lower annual tuition fees and low cost of living expenses. The living expenses in New Zealand are cheaper than other study destination like the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia.
  2. New Zealand government has invested heavily in higher education over the years. As a result New Zealand universities and education providers have more capacity than the number of students. Students with moderate grade can get entry to most bachelor degree programs easlily. Hence the entry requirements are minimal compared to most of the top universities in the world.
  3. The government of New Zealand has excellent quality assurance systems to monitor and ensure quality education. Students can immensely benefit with their practical oriented education and excellent teaching standards, as a result graduates from New Zealand have a high employment rate.

Opportunities After Study

If any students complete Level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, then they apply for a Post-Study Work (PSW) visa to work in New Zealand. Depending on qualification and location of study, the PSW visa varies from 1 year to 3 years. A Post-study work visa lets you work for any employer and in almost any job. Your partner can apply for a work visa and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students. For the student getting visa after 8 August 2018, period of PSW visa depends on where student studies.

  1. Studied in Auckland
  2. If student complete Level 7 Bachelor’s degree or higher, then they are eligible to apply a PSW visa for 3 years.
  3. If student complete Level 7 Graduate Diploma, then they are eligible to apply PSW Visa for 1 year. Student can apply for 1 more years if they are working toward occupational registration with a registration body included in a list of acceptable registration authorities.
  4. If Students have complete 1 or more qualification at Level 4, 5 and 6, they are eligible to apply a PSW visa for 1 year.
  5. Studied outside Auckland
  6. If student complete Level 7 Bachelor’s degree or higher, then they are eligible to apply a PSW visa for 3 years.
  7. If student complete Level 7 Graduate Diploma course on or before 31 December 2021, they are eligible to apply PSW visa for 2 years.
  8. If student complete Level 7 Graduate Diploma course after 31 December 2021, they are eligible to apply PSW visa for 2 years.
  9. If student complete 1 or more qualification at Level 4, 5 and 6 on or before 31 December 2021, they are eligible to apply PSW visa for 2 years.
  10. If student complete 1 or more qualification at Level 4, 5 and 6 after 31 December 2021, they are eligible to apply PSW visa for 1 years.
New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF)

All qualifications on the NZQF have a credit value. The credit value relates to the amount of learning in the qualification. A typical learner can usually complete 120 credits of learning in a year. All academic qualification has been classified into level 1 to level 10.

Level Name of Qualification
1 Certificate
2 Certificate
3 Certificate
4 Certificate
5 Certificate Diploma
6 Certificate Diploma
7 Diploma Bachelor Degree Graduate Diploma
8 Post Graduate Diploma Post Graduate Diploma and Certificates
9 Masters
10 Doctoral Degree
Scholarship

The New Zealand Government, New Zealand Universities and colleges provide a number of scholarships for international students. These scholarships are highly competitive and usually in recognition of academic excellence. These scholarships include full tuition fees, a living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical insurance when you are in New Zealand, travel to and from your own country and New Zealand at the start and end of your scholarship, travel insurance, travel home during your scholarship (one or two trips home are allowed, depending on the length of your scholarship), and help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students, depending on the eligibility of an applicant, type of scholarship and program of study.

Area of Study
  • Art & Humanities
  • Business
  • Computing & Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health & Medicine
  • Tourism
Fees & Cost

New Zealand’s flexible education system has study options to suit every budget. Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the type of course, where you study and how long you study for. In general, fees for undergraduate level ranges from NZ$ 22,000 to 32,000 per year and for graduate level it ranges from NZ$26,000 to 37,000 but fee for medicine and veterinary sciences are higher. No application fees will be charged for offer letter from any education provider and most importantly tuition fee will need to pay only after receiving visa approval letter or AIP (Approval in Principle) from Immigration New Zealand.

Student need to provide financial evidence to cover living expenses while studying in New Zealand as a compulsory part of student visa application. But if student get scholarships or any family member or sponsor has agreed to accept financial responsibility during their stay in New Zealand, they may not be required to show proof of funds. Any student applying in New Zealand for more than one year, they need to prove that they have at least NZ$ 15,000 to support themselves for the first year. If anyone applying for less than a year, they must have at least NZ$ 1,250 for each month of study to support their living expenses.

Living costs will depend on student’s lifestyle and which part of the country student live in. But, student may be able to offset some of the costs by working. Most student visas have a right to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during scheduled holidays. But for the student of Masters by research or PhD, they are allowed to work full-time.

International students have the same legal minimum rights and entitlements as anyone else working in New Zealand. Wide ranges of industries offer part-time and casual work for international students, some educational institutions also offer part-time teaching work, tutoring or carrying out administration duties to their students. Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience, such experiences are helpful to develop skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping, interpersonal skills and workplace-relevant skills.

Rules and Obligations of Student Visa
  1. When student arrive at the New Zealand border, they must apply for entry permissioneven if they already have a visa or NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). This process is usually quick, but immigration officers may ask some extra questions before giving a permission to enter New Zealand. Student must answer these questions truthfully.
  2. Entry permission can be refused if
  3. student don’t meet character requirements
  4. Circumstances of a student have changed since they were granted a visa.
  5. Students refuse to let authority to take photo, or provide fingerprints or an iris scan, if they ask.
  6. Student can work in almost any job for any employer in New Zealand, but they are not allowed to cross the minimum working hour limitation.
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