New Zealand is a natural playground full of opportunities for unique experiences and an unbeatable place to live and study. The education system in New Zealand is considered to be one of the best in the world, this is due to its diverse education system and its focus on both practical and academic achievement. New Zealand is famous for its majestic mountains, breathtaking landscapes and welcoming environment.
Population: 5.08 million
Area: 268,021 km2
Currency: NZ Dollar NZD$
Popular Cities: Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown
Vibrant Multicultural Nation
New Zealand has a dynamic and harmonious multicultural society. People are friendly, pleasant and welcoming to international students in a warm environment. New Zealand’s population has a variety of cultural backgrounds, the 2018 census shows that its population consists of 70.2% European, 16.5% Māori and 15.1% Asian, which creates a multicultural society.
Living in New Zealand
The size of the UK or Japan but with a population of only 4.6 million people, New Zealand gives you room to breathe and the space to be be yourself.
New Zealand consistently leads world quality of life studies, and a great work-life balance. Kiwis believe in balancing a good day’s work or study with time after work and on the weekends to catch up with family and friends, enjoy hobbies and explore nature.
New Zealand’s higher education system is internationally ranked. All eight of New Zealand’s universities feature in the top three percent in the world. According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings, New Zealand is the only country in the world to have all of its universities in the global top 500. The OECD 2013 Better Life Index rates NZ as a “Top performing country” for the quality of its education system.
The main intakes offered by Universities are in June/July and January/February. Some colleges may also have intakes in March and November.
Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and fund your stay while you’re studying abroad.
Gaining experience of a New Zealand workplace also helps you develop skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping, interpersonal skills and workplace-relevant English language skills.
Balance your work hours with your study obligations, so your academic performance isn’t compromised, and remember that some scholarships set limits on the number of hours you can work.
If you have a Student visa you may be able to work up to 20 hours a week during term time, and Fulltime during scheduled holidays.
If you are a Masters By research or PhD student, you may work, Full time during term time, and during scheduled holidays.
Admission Into New Zealand Universities
To begin studying in New Zealand, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet. Requirements may vary depending on the level of education you want to study.
English language requirements
Applicants are required to provide results of an English language test. The English language skill level might defer from one institution to another or depending on the desired program.
Applicants who completed a 1-2 year Academic studies in the last two years at a recognised university (or similar institution) in English will not be required to provide evidence of English language skill and will be able to enter the program directly.
Undergraduate Admission Criteria
For admission into undergraduate studies applicants are required to be able to show they have achieved a similar university entrance level of education – that can include GCSE, A levels or senior secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent.
Graduate Admission Criteria
Admission requirements vary from program to program, but at a minimum, applicants interested in Postgraduate studies are required to have a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree, or graduate diploma/graduate certificate from a recognised tertiary institution. Qualifications awarded outside New Zealand can also be used for admission but equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution, and qualification.
For entry into a Doctorate degree program, students must have completed their Masters. Students must have the fundamental theoretical knowledge to carry out their independent studies. In order to determine a candidate’s suitability for PhD students
The common grading system used in New Zealand is the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) marking scheme. Universities generally have the system of awarding letter grades (A to D) to the students. The letter grades correspond to percentage mark bands, though these may differ between Institutions and Universities. Thus, thus, the grading measure might be imprecise and the New Zealand educational provider will assess applicants GPA based on the educational institution and country previous studies and qualification been awarded.
Required Documents for Admissions
- Main applicants passport or official translation of birth certificate
- Official translation of Students academic certificates and transcript or records
- Professional academic resume
- Statement of purpose
- English language certificate such as IELTS, TOFFEL,PTE..etc
- Two Academic references (if applicable)
- Official translation of employment letter (if applicable)
- Submit a research proposal detailing the proposed area of research (Research and PhD programs)
If applicant it interested in a full time program (more than 3 months) a student Visa with below requirements will apply:
- A latter of offer from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand qualifications Authority
- A written guarantee of a suitable accommodation is available by an institution or person. (If applicant is under 18)
- Evidence of sufficient funds supporting one year of living and tuition fees, plus Health cover and return tickets.