New Zealand, famous for its amazing scenery, is a great country – a fun place to visit and a superb study destination.
The climate in New Zealand is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters, with temperature between 10 and 15ºC, and warm, dry summers where temperatures range from 20 to 30ºC. The summer months are December, January, February, and the winter months are June, July and August. New Zealand also has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It offers a safe learning environment which provides excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Every student in New Zealand enjoys the advantage of a supporting learning environment;. Independent thinking is strongly encouraged, where students are taught to think for themselves. Students get the opportunity to harness their individual strengths and ideas for channelling them towards a productive career.
International students can look for personalized treatment even beyond the classroom. New Zealand was the forerunner in adopting a code of practice that set standards for the care of international students, both in and outside the classroom.
Teaching standards are high and with small class sizes you will enjoy high levels of personal attention. In our universities, courses are delivered by respected teaching and research staff, even at first year level. Most university staff combine research and teaching. They come from all over the world and keep their international connections refreshed using sabbatical leave and the other opportunities they get for ensuring regular engagement with the global academic community. The high-quality teaching New Zealand is known for will make you even more attractive to employers and open up exciting post-graduate opportunities. All students on a student visa can work up to 20 hours per week during semester and full time during vacations i.e. 40 hours. Many New Zealand institutions offer a student employment service called ‘Student Job Search’ to help you find work.
- There are eight universities in New Zealand
- Universities are research based and state-owned
- They offer courses right from certificate levels to doctorates
- The academic year is from March to November
- Some courses may commence in July
- Summer semester courses (January to March) may be available
Institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs):
- New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are state-owned
- New Zealand ITPs offer courses that are equal in merit to those offered in New Zealand universities
- ITPs offer courses right from certificate levels with some institutes offering full degree and postgraduate level studies
- The academic year is from March to November – a July start date may be available for some courses
Private Training Providers (PTEs):
- There are many PTEs throughout New Zealand
- Some PTEs have courses only in a particular discipline, such as business or travel and tourism
- All PTEs need to be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- Most run on a timetable similar to state tertiary institutions
- If you complete your course successfully, you automatically get a 12 months ‘Work Permit’ under the student visa policy. In most instances this permit will be done at your institution itself. This allows you to work full time in any job of your choice. However if you want to get a New Zealand Permanent Residency (PR), then you have to find a job that is relevant to the course that you have completed.
- Once you acquire your Permanent Residency and if you want to study further, then you become eligible for study loans from the Government of New Zealand. You can avail of these loans and pay after you complete the course. Your dependence o your parents can stop after you get your PR. You can also continue to work as much as you like while pursuing your further studies after PR. The 20 hours per week restriction goes away.