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About New Zealand

New Zealand! Traditionally, along with the sea, rivers and canals were the main means of transporting goods, so history and culture is ripe along the banks of the world’s rivers. Using these ancient highways to explore a destination is a quieter and more relaxing affair than the usual transport of planes, trains and automobiles. Here are some of the finest waterways of the world to float down or up.

Why Study In New Zealand

The New Zealand education system is highly regarded, internationally recognized and has high academic standards. New Zealand's education system offers valuable opportunities for international students and interns looking for an academic and personal challenge.

Studying in New Zealand is a great way to see the country while you gain new knowledge and skills. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics, teachers colleges, secondary schools and private training establishments.

For a totally different outlook to education, there are several adventure schools around the country. Usually sited in beautiful locations, these schools focus on outdoor sports and activities as well as personal development.From scuba diving and rock climbing to leadership and survival skills, the subject choices are inspiring.

Growing Destination
Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, the UK, North Asia, Japan, South America, India, and Australia, amongst many others.

Technically Advanced
New Zealand offers an education to help students take a leading place in the exciting global environment. There are many state of the art facilities that the students are exposed to, and with many institutions spearheading several new technological developments, students have access to advanced technology during their academic tenure.

Student Employment
Depending on the length of your course, you may be able to work during the summer holidays and for up to 20 hours per week during the academic year.

You can work part time while studying full time, under certain circumstances:

-to meet course requirements for practical work experience, or

-during the Christmas and New Year holiday period if you are in a full-time course of study lasting 12 months or longer, and/or

-for up to 20 hours in any given week during the academic year if you are in full-time study:

-at a private training establishment or tertiary institution and taking at least two academic years to complete, or

-culminating in a New Zealand qualification that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category, or

-at a secondary school full year course of study in years 12 or 13, provided you have written permission from your school and written consent from your parent, or

-in a full-time study course lasting at least six months, at a private training establishment or tertiary institution. Your visa or immigration officer has to be satisfied that the main purpose of your course of study is to develop English language skills, and, you have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 5.0 or above (General or Academic Module), or

-at a tertiary level of at least one academic year duration as part of an approved tertiary student exchange scheme

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Health Requirement
If you are studying in New Zealand for between six months and one year you may also need to provide a completed Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate to show you have been screened for tuberculosis (TB).

If you are studying in New Zealand for more than one year then you will need to complete a medical examination and a medical and X-ray certificate.

Understanding the Education System

Primary School Education
Schooling is available to children from age 5 and is compulsory from ages 6 to 16. Primary education starts at Year 1 and continues until Year 8, with Years 7 and 8 mostly offered at either a primary or a separate intermediate school.

Most schools are English language medium, but some schools teach in the Maori medium.

Kura Kaupapa Maori are schools in which the principal language of instruction is Maori and education is based on Maori culture and values. Most Kura Kaupapa Maori cater for students from Years 1 to 8, and a few (Wharekura) cater for students up to Year 13.

Secondary School Education
Secondary education covers Years 9 to 13, (during which students are generally aged 13 to 17). Most secondary students in New Zealand attend Government-funded schools, which are known variously as secondary schools, high schools, colleges or area schools.

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the national senior secondary school qualification. Students are able to achieve the NCEA at three levels via a wide range of courses and subjects, both within and beyond the traditional school. For most students, the three levels of the NCEA correspond to the final three years of secondary schooling (Years 11-13). To gain an NCEA the student must achieve 80 credits on the National Qualifications Framework, 60 at the level of the certificate and 20 others.

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Tertiary Education
The term `tertiary education' in New Zealand is used to describe all aspects of post-school education and training. There are currently 36 public tertiary education institutions, including eight universities, twenty-one institutes of technology and polytechnics, four colleges of education, three wananga (Maori tertiary education institutions). There are also 46 industry training organisations, and approximately 895 private training establishments, which include private English language schools, registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Tertiary education providers meet the needs of learners of all ages, ethnicities, abilities and educational backgrounds. They offer courses at widely different levels, from transition programmes to postgraduate study and research. There are no fixed divisions between the types of courses offered by each classification of provider. The key focus is on their ability to offer programmes to the required quality standards, rather than on their organisational type

Technical and Vocational Education
Technical and Vocational Education is mainly offered at institutes of technology, polytechnics, private training establishments and in the workplace. However, some programmes are also available in secondary schools, wananga, government training establishments, one college of education and several universities.

Higher, or Degree-level Education
Higher, or Degree-level Education is mainly offered at universities, but some degree programmes are also available at institutes of technology, polytechnics, wananga and colleges of education, and at some private training establishments

Academic Calendar

The New Zealand primary and secondary school year usually runs from the end of January to mid-December, and is divided into four terms. The academic year for most tertiary institutions starts in February and finishes in November and is often divided into two semesters. Some institutions now offer a `summer trimester' which runs from December or January through to February.

Useful Links

Education New Zealand

New Zealand Government

Immigration New Zealand

Working & Living in New Zealand

Region Oceania
Currency New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Surface Area 270467 Sq. Km.
Population 4267000
Population Density 15.8 / square kilometre
Capital City Wellington
GDP (million current US$) 116835
GDP per capita (current US$) 27384.4
CPI: Consumer Price Index 127
Temperature °C (min/max) 10.2/16.3
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