Study in New Zealand
A guide for international students
Students 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.
There 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.
A 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.
New 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.
There 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
The 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.
Work 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.
What 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.
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