New Zealand is a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific. Its scenery sets it apart from the rest of the world while its people have a reputation for friendliness, strength and independence. It has a population of only 4 million and is similar in size to the UK or Japan. New Zealand is primarily a European culture, which has absorbed many of the rich and historic cultural elements from the Maori and Pacific island heritages, and now from its rapidly growing multicultural Asian communities. The country offers a safe learning environment, diverse study options, and excellent support services for international students.
Some of the highlights are:
• Association with Fresh Thinkers: New Zealanders value fresh thinking and are good at teaching that rare and valuable commodity original thinking.
• British Education System: Education programs and degrees are based on the world’s most recognized and accredited system the British System.
• World Class Institutions: A qualification from a NZ institution ranks with the best in the world. In a small country and in small classes, students have the rare advantage of one on one access to tutors many of whom are international experts in their fields.
• High Quality Living Conditions: While living and studying in NZ, you can afford great, modern accommodation that is minutes away from world class study facilities. Public transport is good and cars are affordable. Yu can enjoy the freshest foods, cafes, shopping, theatres and art galleries all at an affordable
cost. The cleanliness and beauty of NZ environment is legendary.
EDUCATION SYSTEM IN NEW ZEALAND
University education was established in New Zealand in 1870. There are eight State funded universities, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance and several exceptionally reputed institutes of technology ,polytechnics, colleges of education (teacher training) and private institutes. All qualifications have to be approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority and can be viewed on www.nzqa.ac.nz.
Although all institutions offer most programs. Each institution has developed its own specialist subject such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Computer Studies, Agriculture,
Environmental Studies, Business, etc. The academic year starts from February to November and most institutions have 2 semester courses. They may have only a single start date in February.
1. Diplomas: These are normally Level 6 qualifications and are 1 to 2 years in duration after 12th Std. Some diplomas which are vocational in nature also accept Bachelor degree holders.
2. Bachelors Degree: These are Level 7 programmers and take 3 to 4 years to complete after 12th standard, depending on the subject. Can do an additional ‘honors’ years upon completion of their degree programs.
Honors are the 1st year of postgraduate work in the student’s field of study.
3. Graduate Diploma: A one–year, Level 7 program for graduate who are not eligible for direct entry into postgraduate study due to their academic grades. It is also like a conversion programme for those who wish to change careers and do not have prior academic learning in the subject area.
4. Postgraduate Diploma: A one–year, Level 8 program designed for graduates, which builds on the subject matter in the same academic field of the previous Bachelor degree. This is also usually the 1st year of a 2 year Masters Degree in NZ.
5. Master Degree: This Level 9 program is usually of 12 years and builds on the subject of the Bachelors degree/ PG Diploma. Most Master’s degrees include a thesis component, and in some cases, particularly those that are taken after a four years Bachelors (Honors) course, the degree may be by thesis only. However, increasingly Master’s degrees by papers or papers plus research, are becoming available.
6. Doctorate: The main Doctorate offered by NZ universities is Ph.D. or Doctor of Philosophy (Level 10) taken up over 3 to 4 years. Admission to PhD is subject to the availability of staff for supervision and appropriate facilities. All international students coming to NZ for Ph.D. may only pay domestic tuition fees even if they have not been awarded any financial aid.
COST OF EDUCATION IN NEW ZEALAND
Students in NZ enjoy low cost of education. Undergraduate courses range from NZ$13,000NZ$ 20,000+ per year. Medicine and density fees are higher.
Postgraduate courses range from NZ$17,000NZ$ 25,000 per year. The cost of living in New Zealand is approx NZ$10,000 per annum.
NEW ZEALAND STUDENT VISA
You will need a student visa if you wish to study any full time course of more
than 3 months. Student Visa applications are processed by immigration New Zealand, New Delhi. Visa application should be lodged at least 2 months prior to
the course commencement date.
PreVisa Document Checklist:
1. Valid Passport
2. Student Visa Application Form+ One recent passport size photographs
3. Visa Fee payable by Demand Draft favoring “New Zealand Immigration Service” payable at New Delhi
4. Supplementary information Form+ Financial Undertaking Form
5. Covering Letter+ Statement of Purpose
6. Offer Letter from the Institution
7. Guarantee of Accommodation or arrangements made
8. Affidavit of Support from Sponsor+ Authorization Letter from Sponsor
9. Evidence of Funds and Income
10. Educational Certificates, Mark sheets, Degrees and Diplomas, IELTS / TOEFL score
11. Work Experience Certificate, if employed.
To know more about student visa, visit the websites mentioned below: