Why New Zealand?
New Zealand is becoming first choice for an increasing number of international students seeking quality education. New Zealand, an English speaking nation, is famous for its amazing scenery, its sporting achievements with the All Blacks and the America’s Cup, and its hospitable people. It is a great country, a fun place to visit and is increasingly being recognised for its excellent study opportunities. Campuses are very international with students from all corners of the globe, studying and socialising together. And where do they come from? – Europe, USA, Asia, United Kingdom, South America, India, Australia, The Pacific and smaller numbers from many other countries.
You will find a wide range of options when you consider New Zealand as a study destination. 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 studied at New Zealand universities, have since served as senior administrators and also as cabinet ministers in their own countries.
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.
Tertiary Study Options
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.
Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology:
A popular option is to study at one of the 25 government-funded polytechnics and institutes of technology.You may choose a short course teaching a specific skill, or choose from among a wide range of courses resulting in a certificate, a diploma or a degree.Some institutions offer Year 1 of a degree programme, with the subsequent years being completed at a university.
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.
They offer training for teachers to teach from early childhood to primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education) levels.
Private Tertiary and Training Establishments:
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, hospitality industry, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, ecotourism and others.
English Language Training:
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.