Students who have studied are earning a reputation of being called innovative thinkers and are being addressed as "The New World Class". It has a progressive education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. There are wide range of study opportunities, including state administered primary, secondary schools, universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and private training establishments. The NZQA assures the quality of programme offered by state institutions and a private establishment, which in turn ensures that programmes offered in New Zealand, maintains international recognition.
New Zealand, an English speaking nation located in the Australian continent, has become a study destination of students from more than almost 190 countries around the world. Recently, with the changes in student visa policy and with continuous economic growth in the country, NZ has become one of a hot cake amongst Nepali students aspiring to continue their studies overseas. There are convincing reasons for such growing interest in NZ study.
Education in NZ study is based on more practical and less theory. Education providers in NZ adopt a practical approach to teaching by situating all learning in real life situations. Students are taught on ‘how to do’, gradually shifting students’ cognitive domain towards ‘how to think’; this places students at better position in the job market when they graduate. It is the interest of all to get ready for a job upon graduation and NZ education has given proper focus on this by devising the course and programs that address any workforce shortcomings in the real world.
With 8 universities, 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic (ITPs) and around more than 600 Private Training Establishment (PTEs), NZ as a nation ranks in the top 5 in the world for quality education. With this quality mark on the world education, this time around, Nepali students are drawn up towards undertaking programs with ITPs and PTEs more than that of universities. The reason behind this is the fees of each category of education providers on offer.
Why New Zealand?
New Zealand is a relatively young country where independence, initiative and resourcefulness are more highly regarded than status or rules. As a student you will be encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek your own answers by thinking for yourself.
The island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean, New Zealand offers education with globally certified degrees. A country where the students graduate as highly skilled and groomed individuals, New Zealand is one of the best destinations in terms of quality and cost of study as well as living in comparison to USA, UK, Canada, Australia or other European countries. New Zealand has beautiful climate, less crime, and lower cost of living. The students who choose to study in New Zealand can easily enjoy a more relaxed and comfortable lifestyle. New Zealand’s institutes and courses are accredited by the New Zealand Qualification Authority. (NZQA)
New Zealand qualifications are recognized and highly valued by industry and community leaders all over the world.
New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), which requires that all institutions enrolling international students be registered and ensures compliance with qualifications standards.
A fresh outlook generates fresh ideas. A youthful nation, New Zealand has forged ahead in developing its own ‘kiwi’ identity and innovative ways of thinking.
New Zealanders who embody this innovative spirit include Ernest Rutherford and Alan MacDiarmid, both Nobel Prize winners for Chemistry, and Richard Taylor whose Weta Workshop created the stunning visual effects in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
New Zealand has a breathtaking natural environment blended with cities abuzz with excitement and culture.
New Zealand’s cities are a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, shopping, movies and nightlife.
New Zealand has a vibrant multicultural society, enriched by its own Maori culture and many from around the world.
New Zealand offers a range of competitive programs for students when considering tuition fees.
Costs like visas, health cover and additional living expenses offer good value students.
Earn While you learn
Students enrolled in a course of 12 months duration or longer can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during semester and full-time during holidays.
Working provides an excellent opportunity to get work experience and integrate into the community.
With a skill shortage across various sectors in the New Zealand labour market, fresh graduates are in high demand in New Zealand.
Students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long-term may apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa which would allow them to live and work in New Zealand permanently.
Safe and Peaceful
The 2011 Global Peace Index* ranked New Zealand as the world’s second most peaceful nation, (Source: *Institute for Economics & Peace).
New Zealand demonstrates political stability and social tolerance.
The Great Outdoors
New Zealand, with its volcanoes, high snow-covered mountains, spectacular lakes, and white sandy beaches, is a land of unparalleled beauty.
New Zealand’s pristine landscape provides the backdrop for some extreme outdoor activities. From mountain climbing to the thrill of bungy jumping, skydiving and white-water rafting, New Zealand is the home for lovers of the great outdoors.
New Zealand has a high professional standard, a supportive learning environment, and a focus on student welfare.
The New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out the minimum standards for the care and support of international students during their studies in New Zealand.
The educational system in New Zealand is extremely varied and is one of the best in the world. According to scores, it has the highest levels of literacy, mathematics, and sciences in the country. The public educational system is one of the best funded in the world; New Zealand offers the highest percentage of public funding in education in the world. Several indices rate New Zealand as the number one country in the world for education.
There are 10 levels of study in New Zealand schools and universities. The lowest level is a certificate course and the highest is a doctoral degree.
Level 1 to 4 - Certificates
Level 5 and 6 - Diplomas
Level 7 - Bachelor's degrees and graduate diplomas
Level 9 - Master's degrees
Level 10 - Doctoral degrees
An agreed set of criteria defines every qualification type. The criteria include: the level at which the qualification is listed the qualification’s purpose learning outcomes the number of credits required at each level. Each of the different levels of qualification type has a different purpose, outcomes, and credit requirements.
Cost of Education
The tuition fees in New Zealand vary from course to course and university to university.Here are some details of course fees for studying for a Bachelor’s/ Under Graduate Degree in New Zealand:
Arts/ Humanities/ Social Studies - NZ$ 10, 000 – NZ$ 12, 000 per year
Commerce/ Administration/ Management - NZ$ 10,000 - NZ$ 12,500 per year
Computing & Mathematical Sciences - NZ$ 13,000 - NZ$ 15,000 per year
Engineering - NZ$ 16,000 - NZ$ 17,500 per year
Science / Science Technology -NZ$ 14,000 - NZ$ 16,000 per year
Technology - NZ$ 14,000 - NZ$ 18,000 per year
Course fees for studying for a Master’s/ Post Graduate Degree in New Zealand:
Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences - NZ$ 14,000 - NZ$ 16,000 per year
Master of Business Administration - NZ$ 18,000 - NZ$ 24,000 per year
NZ$ 18,000 - NZ$ 24,500 per year
English is the main medium of instruction in New Zealand, except at Maori institutions. It is therefore important for international students to give proof their proficiency in English to the University they wish to study with. The Basic requirements to study in New Zealand are:
Diploma / Advanced diploma - 5.5 Bands
Bachelors program - 6.0 bands
Masters program - 6.5 Bands
Few institutes provide admissions based on IELTS equivalency test score.
For all undergraduate programs, the admission is based on the marks scored in HSC with IELTS or TOEFL. To get admission in Master Program valid university degrees once can apply to different universities. There are no application fees to apply. The admission application and document is easier than any other foreign countries.
There are a lot of opportunities available for international students so that they can further their education and get proper opportunities that will help them bring their education home. Here are list of few scholarships which can be availed in both under-graduate and graduate studies.
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships
New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships
New Zealand Development Scholarships, which were developed for those pursuing postgraduate study in New Zealand. These scholarships are from those who are coming from parts of Central America, South America, Africa, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, and a small number of Chinese provinces.
ASEAN Scholar Awards, which are for students from Southeast Asia that performed well academically during their secondary schooling and are looking to attend university in New Zealand. These scholarships were developed to nurture diplomatic relationships with those countries and New Zealand.
Some of the international students live on-campus in Halls of Residence, while others opt for a home stay with a local family, or live with friends in a rented flat /apartment / house. Plenty of options are available near all the institutes and university campuses for the students to accommodate while in New Zealand. The student may select the type of accommodation as per their requirements and budget.
Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets, etc.
Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
Other Certificates ∓ Achievements of Extracurricular Activities
Note: Documents required for individual universities and individual courses may vary in New Zealand.
All International students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week, during study sessions and full-time during vacations while their stay in New Zealand. It is the only country that provides a one year job search visa, regardless of the course pursued by a student.
Permanent Residency (PR)
During the Job search visa the students can plan their work visa and then as per the skilled occupation list they can plan the further stay. If you are the principal applicant of the original residence application, you can obtain a Permanent Resident Visa if you:
Have held your resident visa for at least two years
Have met required conditions of your Resident Visa
Had shown commitment to New Zealand in one of the five ways that met their requirements.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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