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 recognized for its excellent study opportunities. New Zealanders are well travelled and have a great interest in people from other cultures, so visitors and international students soon feel more than welcome. Ask any student who has studied in New Zealand. Campuses are very international with students from all corners of the globe, studying and socializing together. The people were formerly a mix of predominantly European and Pacific races. In more recent times, migration has been encouraged from many countries resulting in an exciting international community with a high tolerance of, and interest in, each other’ cultures. With a total population of only 4 million there is a feeling of space and freedom.
The country is a land of great contrasts. New Zealand is a small island nation with a temperate climate. You are never more than a few hours away from the sea. In fact all of the larger cities are on the coastline, with vistas of blue seas and green hills. Further inland are the mountains, the backbone of the two major islands (North and South Island) with activities like tramping all year round and skiing for up to six months of the year.
You may choose to study in a modern city with the shopping, multicultural restaurants, night clubs, live theatre, art galleries, museums, sports stadiums and all the hustle and bustle. Or perhaps you prefer the slower pace of the rural areas, where you’ll find supportive communities, and access to the farmlands and orchards. Many of the key tourist attractions are found in these rural areas, so the pace need not be slow. You may choose to shoot the rapids, jet-boat through narrow gorges, bungy jump from bridges high above gushing waters, explore the forests, gaze at bubbling mud pools or wonder at the geysers. Then there’s the paragliding, windsurfing, mountain biking, horse-riding, fishing, kayaking, four-wheel driving and so much more.
New Zealand Education
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 Zealand graduates. You will find a wide range of options when you consider New Zealand as a study destination.
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, begins 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 specialized courses. The quality of a New Zealand university education is well recognized 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.
Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology
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 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.
Graduate and Post-Graduate Diplomas
Diplomas and Certificates
Short Courses (gap years)
English Language Courses
Student Exchange Program
Polytechnic and Technical Institutes
Certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate course
Vocationally based programs
Specific training – e.g. trades, nursing, journalism
Vocational Education Institutes:
Specific training in areas-
Aviation, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Graphic Design, Dive School, Animation / Film
Other New Zealand Colleges of Education:
Early Childhood Education
Primary & Secondary teacher training
Professional Development for teacher
Adult education and training
Specific needs education