Study in New Zealand
A guide for international
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. 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.
New Zealand produces
top graduates who can take their place with confidence in the
international arena in many disciplines. Sir Ernest Rutherford, who
first split the atom, and Dr Bryan Barrett-Boyes, prominent
international heart surgeon, are but two examples of the calibre of New
You will find a wide
range of options when you consider New Zealand as a study destination.
EducationStudents commence secondary education (Years 9 - 13) at
approximately 13 years of age. They may 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,
commences in early February and finishes in mid December. Many
international students complete the final year of secondary school (e.g.
Year 12 & 13) in New Zealand before proceeding to tertiary study.
UniversitiesThere are eight government-funded universities providing
undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Some also offer
foundation programmes. Whilst all offer a broad range of degree
subjects, each university has its own specialised courses.
The quality of a New
Zealand university education is well recognised internationally. Many
New Zealand graduates have gone on to achieve international recognition
in their field. Many of the international students from developing Asian
nations, who have studies at New Zealand universities, have since served
as senior administrators, including cabinet ministers in their own
and Institutes of TechnologyA popular option is to study at one of the 25 government-funded
polytechnics and institutes of technology. They offer a wide variety of
programmes which can be both academically and vocationally focused. You
may choose from a short course teaching a specific skill, or from a wide
range of courses resulting in a certificate, a diploma or a degree.
offer Year 1 of a degree programme, with subsequent years being
completed at a university.
TrainingNew Zealand is internationally recognised for its excellent
education standards and as a provider of quality teachers. There are six
government-funded specialist education institutions, two operating from
within universities, and the others offering their programmes in
collaboration with their local university.
They offer training
for teachers from early childhood to primary, secondary, special and
tertiary (higher education) level.
Tertiary and Training EstablishmentsThere are a growing number of private tertiary and training
providers offering an alternative study option. They offer a range of
programmes including professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in
a diverse range of subjects including art, the hospitality industry,
computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, ecotourism
Language TrainingThe choices are endless. Private English language schools offer
a variety of courses for all ages including adventure, business and
academic programmes. Adventure courses provide a balance of English
language tuition and a stimulating activity of your choice. There are
courses in English for business purposes and English to prepare you for
academic study with TOEFL or IELTS testing.
institutions also provide English language preparation for further study
or foundation courses.
and Cost of LivingSome secondary schools offer boarding facilities, while others
arrange homestays for international students.
and polytechnics offer student accommodation on campus. Some students
prefer to live off campus and will seek advice from the student support
services, provided by most tertiary institutes, to help with arranging
homestays or give advice on finding student flats.
It is generally
recommended that international students allow NZ$9,000 to $10,000 per
year for living and accommodation costs. This includes accommodation,
food, travel, textbooks and limited entertainment.
In SummaryWork hard and play hard is the lifestyle choice of many
international students in New Zealand. If you are looking for
world-class education and training, and also want new experiences, fun,
a relaxed lifestyle and a safe and healthy environment, then you should
consider New Zealand as your study destination.
Where Can I
New Zealand Education Centres within some of the New Zealand Embassies.
They are in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore,
Taipei, Tokyo and Hamburg.
wish to contact Education New Zealand (ENZ). ENZ is an organisation
whose role is to co-ordinate the promotion of quality New Zealand
Educational services to international students, institutions,
governments and international organisations.
do I have to provide to get a Student Visa or Permit?
Student Visa and Permit requirements are found on the
Study in New Zealand form, under the heading The Student's Guide.