New Zealand is a small island nation home to around 4.5 million people located in the Pacific Ocean; New Zealand is famous for its national rugby team, its indigenous Maori culture and its beautiful landscapes. It is also a country with a unique culture and a stunning natural environment with endless possibilities within adventure and sports. Wellington -the capital city-is home to the New Zealand government, while Auckland, being the commercial capital is the largest city with an estimated population of 1.3 million which is almost one third of the country. Auckland is the economic hub and the country's biggest, most cosmopolitan city. It is consistently named one of the top cities in the world to live and study in. The country is famous for its beautiful harbour, excellent cafes and nightlife, and many professional opportunities. It is the home of art and culture and there's always something for everyone. New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, living Standards, Income, economic freedom and quality of life.
New Zealand welcomes international students from all around the globe to our education institutions. Students in New Zealand often rave about the fantastic time they had studying abroad there. New Zealand's qualifications are world-class, and they have a number of systems in place to make sure that international students are looked after well. There were more than 29,000 Indian students enrolled to study there in 2015; that's a 150 percent increase since 2010.
New Zealand experiences high rainfall, particularly in winter. The East Coast of New Zealand is the driest area, while the West Coast of the South Island has one of the highest annual rainfalls in the world. January and February are the warmest months in New Zealand; July and August are the coolest. New Zealand has a temperate climate in the south island and sub-tropical climate in the North Island and the nature of the terrain, the prevailing winds and the length of the country lead to sharp regional contrasts. Maximum daytime temperatures sometimes exceed 30°C and only fall below 0°C only in the elevated inland regions. Generally speaking, rainfall and humidity is higher in the west than the east of the country due to the north-south orientation of the mountain ranges and the prevailing westerly/north westerly winds.
New Zealand has a unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Māori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific and their love of the outdoors, sport, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world. The culture of New Zealand has developed from the nation's distinct demographics, its unique geography and ecology, and Māori and colonial history. New Zealand has for most of its modern history been an isolated bi-cultural society. In recent decades an increasing number of immigrants have changed the demographic spectra. In the larger cities this change has occurred suddenly and dramatically. There has been an increasing awareness of multiculturalism in New Zealand in all areas of society and also in politics.
New Zealand is an affordable study destination, with a high standard of living but with lower costs than Sydney or London. You should allow approximately NZ$15,000 per year or NZ$1,250 per month for living costs. Many students are eligible for working visas for part-time work during their stay.
Living costs can amount to: $100-200 per week for accommodation plus food
Text books and stationary: $500 a year
Photocopy cards: $100
Bus fares: $30 to $60 per week
New Zealand has been ranked as having one of the top education systems in the world. It is currently ranked as number 7 in the world – far better than many OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. Higher education is incredibly important, and we will explore it more in our sections that focus on the higher education systems. There are eight universities throughout the country, along with 18 technology institutions and over 600 training schools which help with specialized skills. Five of the universities in New Zealand are considered to be in the top 50 of the world's universities according to the QS World Top 500 rankings. New Zealand is known for its business, technology, engineering, medicine, and biological sciences, and the schools are world class. The higher education program is subsidized by the New Zealand government for permanent residents
New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It has a progressive education system with many state of the art facilities. It offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at New Zealand institutions – universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.
New Zealand's higher education institutions are split into universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education and Private training providers. Universities are largely research based and state owned. They offer courses from certificate to doctorate level with most courses lasting a full year. Some courses will run only one semester, and these can sometimes be started mid-academic year.
Polytechnics and institutes of technology are also state owned and offer courses equivalent in to those offered at universities. These institutions are more vocationally oriented and offer a more practical approach to learning than many university courses.
Polytechnics and institutes of technology offer education from certificate level to degrees. Many also offer postgraduate courses of very high standing on the international scale.
Colleges of education are teacher training institutions most commonly closely affiliated with or merged with the nearest university. Private training Providers often offer training in a specific discipline, such as tourism management, hospitality management, cooking or business. These institutions are also vocationally oriented and aim to get you into qualified employment after graduation. Private Training Providers are also very welcoming of international students and often offer many distance learning options.
New Zealand generally has two intakes i.e. January and July, with few universities offering multiple intakes in September and November. You should start your admission process around six months before the application deadline. Typically, most universities have three deadlines during one intake. It is up to the convenience of the students which deadline to aim for. You should be done with your language and aptitude tests by three months before the deadline. The last three months should be dedicated to filling out the application form properly.
It is essential to ensure that the 'complete application process' along with appearing for interviews and visa application process should be complete by Oct-Nov for the February intake.
If you are looking to get admission into vocational courses, then some courses may have admissions open even in March, April, May or July.
The tuition fees to study abroad in New Zealand vary from course to course and university to university. An undergraduate or Bachelors degree can cost anywhere between NZ$ 18,000 and NZ$ 25, 000 approximately per year. The cost of studying a Diploma or Post-Graduate Diploma in New Zealand may cost NZ$ 10,000 to NZ$ 20,000 approximately per year, while cost of studying for a Post Graduate Diploma may be anywhere between NZ$ 20,000 and NZ$ 40,000..
Most institutions will be happy to help you to find accommodation before you arrive. You have several options on where to stay. Halls of residence or student hostels are usually located on campus or nearby. These will have you living close to classes together with lots of other students from all over the world in a very socially active setting. Rooms are single or twin, with basic furnishing, bed linen and cleaning provided. In many cases you will also be served meals in the communal dining hall. At some institutions you will have the option of living in self-catering hostels where 6 to 8 students live together with own rooms and sharing kitchen and living room areas.
Home stay or private board gets you a room with a family, normally in a suburban house with gardens. Meals will be provided by the family. What you must keep in mind here, is that you are living with the family and will be expected to respect them as your own family. It is not a hotel setting where you can simply come and go as you please, but instead you get a family that will include you in their life and culture and help you adjust to your new life in New Zealand.
Private renting of a house or apartment (flat) together with other students is also a common option. This is often referred to as 'flatting'. This can be difficult to arrange for when you first arrive, as private lets are usually rented unfurnished with only the kitchen basics provided. Also, many choose to wait and get to know some other students to share a rental with. It is also worth considering that all utilities are usually extra and heating is not always provided in New Zealand. You will find listings on notice boards at your new school, in local newspapers and on the internet. Letting agencies may take up to a month's rent in advance as deposit when you move in.
It is possible to be granted an extension on your visa for part time work up to 20 hours per week in term time and full time during holidays. – You will however have to prove that you can pay your way even without the job.
If you are intending to stay for a period longer than six months, or intending to work, you will require an IRD number. This is your individual tax number supplied by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD). The reason you need this number even if you are not working, is that if you have money in a New Zealand bank, resident withholding tax (RWT) will be withdrawn from any interest you earn. Without an IRD number, this tax will be deducted at a higher non-declaration rate.
The education system in New Zealand is based on the British model, so is very recognisable. All New Zealand universities are consistently ranked amongst the world's best by QS World University Rankings, and rank in the world's top 100 in 31 subjects. Universities in New Zealand offer a wealth of programmes, with the most popular subjects including business, Economics, Education, Engineering, Finance, Management, and Tourism. New Zealand generally achieves positive employment outcomes for new migrants. Positive labour market experiences for former international students play an integral role in New Zealand's ability to attract and develop students who have the skills and talents New Zealand needs. New Zealand has seen significant growth in the areas of construction and utilities industries. The usual hospitality roles in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown. Construction jobs in Christchurch. International students play an important role in New Zealand's economy, generating an economic benefit of over $2.3 billion annually and supporting over 32,000 jobs.
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