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Study in New Zealand

If you have a desire to further your education, then you might want to give consideration to going to study in New Zealand. Tertiary learning in New Zealand is offered by a broad range of providers comprising Universities, Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology, Industry Training Organisations and Private Training Establishments.

Education providers grant qualifications at all levels – diplomas, certificates, graduate and postgraduate degrees. They are all listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The NZQA website has details on the different levels of qualification obtainable and where they fit on the Framework.

Another excellent source of information is the careers.govt.nz website. It has a job library that you can make use of to look for descriptions of what people actually do in that nature of job, what aptitudes and qualifications you require, what you might make as income and what prospects there are for work.

Universities, Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics, and Wānanga

New Zealand is home to eight higher academic institutions (universities) that provide academic programs, rather than vocational.

All New Zealand’s universities provide a wide range of subjects for undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral (PhD) degree programs in science, commerce, and the humanities. Some universities deliver degree programs in expert areas like agriculture, medicine, engineering, and so on. Many schools have over one campus, usually situated in different cities, and some have foreign programs.

Also, New Zealand has 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). They deliver expert and vocational education and training ranging from foundational programs through to full degree programs. A lot of ITPs as well provide English language training and postgraduate studies up to Doctoral (PhD) stage. Programs are more vocationally adapted, placing emphasis on practical experience and application to work circumstances. A degree program obtained from one of these schools possesses the same status with a university degree program.

There are three Wānanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. These higher academic institutions provide teaching and schooling settings that are on the basis of Māori values and ideologies. A lot of these institutions offer qualifications in te reo Māori (Māori language), nursing, teaching, health, business, English language and Māori arts. Wānanga provide a lot of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, comprising master’s and doctoral (PhD) level qualifications.

Admission requirements for Study in New Zealand

To study in New Zealand for degree programs and diplomas at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, scholars with backgrounds from New Zealand’s high school system usually need NCEA Level 3 qualifications.

Students coming to study in New Zealand from abroad need to be able to show they’ve achieved a similar University entrance level of education – that can comprise GCSE A levels for candidates from the UK, Hong Kong ‘A’ Levels, STPM /Malaysian Higher School Certificate Australian Matriculation Year 12 Certificate. They also are required to prove their English language skills.

Domestic candidates over 20 don’t require formal qualifications to apply for study in New Zealand.

Applying to Study in New Zealand

The academic year is from March to November. However, a July start date may be possible for some programs and summer semester programs (January to March) may be available.

When you have decided on the institution and program you want, you will need to complete and send back the necessary paperwork. When you have been granted admission, the institution will mail you an ‘offer of place’ letter and once you have paid the necessary fees, the institution will mail you a ‘confirmed offer of place’.

If your program is for less than 12 weeks, or your nation has a visa-free agreement with New Zealand, you don’t require a visa.

In all other circumstances before you can study in New Zealand, you’ll be required to apply for a New Zealand student visa and be able to tender the confirmed offer.

Fees and allowances

Candidates with ‘domestic’ status have their fees financed by the government, although they’re required to contribute around 30% of the cost of their program. That is only for New Zealand nationals and holders of residents’ visas. There are some other classifications of people qualified for domestic status – go to the Ministry of Education website for additional information.

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