New Zealand renowned for its pleasant scenery, and the hospitality of the locals, offers a varied lifestyle and a safe, friendly environment to overseas students. It is never overcrowded and has a range of unique cities with unique culture, fun, and entertainment. It is a spectacularly beautiful, scenic, vibrant and an exciting place. It is sporting, friendly and accommodating, greatest experiences and excellent opportunities for study.
The Education in New Zealand has high quality and is aided with innovation. It has great facilities, a safe environment, quality support services, and excellent study opportunities. Eight government-funded universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses and some of these universities provide foundation programs.
Accommodation: Students wishing for an excellent quality education and a good lifestyle will find New Zealand perfect. The education and qualifications of New Zealand is respected all over the world and many educational resources and technologies make New Zealand a desired destination for education and high quality living.
Connoisseurs never underestimated New Zealand for its ever increasing potential in education and now, it stands majestic among other supreme countries, with its head held high and inviting students to cross the frontiers and to embrace it with compassion and their zeal to prosper overseas. Let’s look into those special and unique features which distinct New Zealand from other nations.
NZ is home to various nationalities which include Europeans, Maoris, Pacific Islanders, Asians who generally speak English and Maori. The people are generally Christians and the Literacy rate stands at a healthy 99%. The per capita income is $27,300. And it has low Unemployment rate. There is Arable land where wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, fruits, vegetables are grown. It is a major supplier of wool, beef, lamb mutton, dairy products and fish. It has food processing, wood textiles, paper products, transportation equipment, machinery, banking and insurance, and tourism and mining Industries. It has Natural resources of natural gas, iron ore and coal. It has Australia, U.S., Japan, China, UK, Singapore, and Germany as Major trading partners. It is an active member of Commonwealth of Nations.
It is richly connected and has Communications in Telephones mobiles Internet Service Providers and Radio broadcast stations.
Transportation sector has been its key feature with over 5000 km Railways over 95,000 km Highways and also nearly 1800 km Waterways. Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga, Wellington are the major towns.
It is known to contain many hot springs and beautiful geysers. New Zealand is a place for adventure lovers of purity in nature of imposing mountains and calm lakes. The coast is beautiful and dramatic providing a great view and experience.
The record of history shows that Maoris were the first inhabitants, arriving somewhere in 1000 AD. The original settlers quickly exploited the available hunting and game available. There were Wars for competing for land and other resources.
There was a tradition for preserved history, narratives, songs, chants;where the tribal genealogies were recited. Songs, dance forms, weaving, wood carving were a necessary part of the society.
In 1642, New Zealand was explored by a Dutch navigator Abel Tasman. British annexed the islands in 1840.
New Zealand has set its feet in all major forms of education like Engineering, Science, Medicinal Science, Commerce, Economics, and Social Studies etc via Universities, Colleges and private institutions. There are 8 state government universities in New Zealand apart from which there are private degree providers, private training providers, polytechnics. Let’s look at all of them in detail.
New Zealand has come out with the new policy with an aim to encourage international students to make the right educational choice and experience the high quality education we have to offer. The new policy is expected to help students meet expenses in a difficult global economic situation.
International acknowledgement of education
The institutions in New Zealand are widely accepted in accolade across the globe because of the standards they maintain in the process of providing education. The entire infrastructure available for students in the institutions across the country is simply magnificent and sophisticated.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, in short NZQA, approves each and every program and institution across the country and such are the standards set by NZQA, that a program or an institution approved by NZQA, it implies that it is globally acknowledge for its standard.
Also the students who finish their education in New Zealand are hailed to be creatively high eng personnel and the programs offered by New Zealand institutions are designed in such a way that students receive maximum real time exposure and knowledge in their respective areas of study.
As s, there are 8 state government universities in New Zealand which are braced with global reputation and revere among the literary circles. Though every university in New Zealand offers all the levels of study such as Undergraduate education, Post Grade education and Doctoral programs, every university has carved its own clean niche in their own specializations such as Veterinary Science, Engineering, and Agricultural Science etc;
Polytechnics and other Institutes of Technology are the institutions which are founded with the sole intention of offering vocational courses to students which are mainly career oriented. Some of these institutions offer Post Graduate courses as well which are highly acclaimed for their standards on par with universities. Usually the programs offered in Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology are related to hospitality industry, travel and living courses, fashion & interior designing, modern art etc.
Private Degree Providers
These are the institutions which are totally dependent on the Accreditation of NZQA. They provide education and generate degrees to students which are verified by NZQA and the standards, quality of education and all is under the monitoring of NZQA in these institutions.
Private Training Providers
All sorts of offbeat education which is profession oriented will be offered by Private Training Providers in New Zealand. These are also under the recognition of NZQA and NZQA is the degree awarding body for the students who study in Private Training Providers. Fields like Painting, Dancing, Art, Aviation education, gospel studies, theology, and hospitality education come under the offerings of Private training Providers.
Undergraduate Education pattern
3 years of bachelor courses for students, where commencement to second year is based on 1st year’s passing and commencement to 3rd year is based on 2nd year’s passing.
Post Graduate Education pattern
Post Graduation in New Zealand has got three types of programs namely Post Graduate Diploma, Graduate Diploma and Master’s Program.
Post Graduate Diploma
1 year program which includes full time study. This requires the pupil to have prior knowledge in the field.
1 year program which includes full time study. This necessarily does not require the pupil to have prior knowledge in the field.
Master’s program is the more serious version of post graduate diploma; with prior knowledge of the pupil in the respective area of study is necessary and a full time dedication to the curriculum with many activities like theoretical learning, assignments, project works, and seminars included.
Usually the doctoral program in any of the New Zealand’s institutions is of 3 years. The biggest advantage of doctoral program in New Zealand is that students will be exempted from the burden of paying international tuition fee; there will be only one unanimous fee for PhD courses. And also, students are awarded with stipends for their doctoral program which covers majority of their expenses and this is allotted on the basis of academic performance.
Undergraduate study can cost about NZ$18,000–$25,000 a year, depending on your course. It can cost up to $40,000 a year for postgraduate courses. Your fees cover the following:
1. A passport-size photograph
2. Payment of a non-refundable application fee
3. An offer letter from the University. This will ensure that your name have been accepted by the institute and also gives the details like the name of the course, the time required to complete the course, and whether a course fee must be paid or the student is exempt from the fee (e.g. scholarship students). This will be sent to you by the institution confirming your enrolment
3. Evidence of payment of the fee or exemption from the fee (not necessary if your application is being approved in principle)
4. A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand.
5. Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.
New Zealand is literally the land of opportunities for skilled labor as the country is dearth of skilled personnel and this can be of a great boon for students with good academic skills set.
Part time employment opportunities
There is hardly any trouble for international students to find part time jobs during their course of education. Usually the pay scale is around NZ$11 per hour. Students enrolled for an authorized program in any of the institutions from New Zealand can work for 20 hours in a week. However, this can be extended to 40 hours a week during summer vacations.
Full time employment opportunities
There’s not much hassle when it’s about New Zealand’s visa grants. As soon as a student finishes his academic program, he is eligible to apply for a temporary job search visa which holds for 1 year where he can work for full time.
Upon finishing the 1 year job search visa and by then if he is employed, a 2 year work visa will be granted which can be later extended into Permanent Residency option.
The New Zealand Government offers the following scholarships to candidates of selected developing countries to undertake study in specific areas identified as relevant to the student’s home country:
These scholarships close on 15 July each year.
NZAID: This scholarship is offered to people from selected developing countries by NZAID, the official aid and development agency. The scholarship funds postgraduate study in priority development sectors. It covers tuition fees, return airfare, basic living allowance, health care insurance and arrival allowance.
Citizens of either a Commonwealth country are eligible. You must be under 25, and hold a university degree.
Grants are given for one or three years and cover expenses of travel, tuition fees and living. Financial help with books or clothes and for maintaining you spouse is also available.
The aim of the developmental scholarships is to provide financial assistance to students from developing countries to study courses related to development. Upon completion of the studies, students are supposed to their home countries.
Below is the list of scholarships available for Masters in Newzeland:
Linguistics Master of Arts Research Scholarship
Contact – http://www.auckland.ac.nz/scholarships
University of Otago International Masters Award
University of Otago
Victoria Graduate Award
Victoria Graduate Award
Victoria Masters (by thesis) Scholarship
Below is the list of scholarships for Under Graduate Studies:
Bayer boost Scholarship
CRV Ambreed Scholarship
Dean’s prestigious summer scholarship
University of Otago
English for academic purposes scholarship
English for academic purposes scholarship
International accommodation Scholarship
Southern Environmental Trust Scholarship
Tertiary fees Scholarship
The Waikato MBM Scholarship
University of Waikato
Undergraduate Tuition Fees Scholarship – ASEAN
Victoria University of Wellington