Destination - New Zealand

Country Education System

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New Zealand has many excellent higher education institutions that offer a world class education to international students through its focus on academic rigor, practical style of education and research that lead to the employability of graduates.

New Zealand has around 8 universities and 18 Institutes of Polytechnics and they are categorized as:

Universities: New Zealand has around 8 universities. All New Zealand universities feature in the QS World TOP 500 University Ranking due to its focus on excellent quality of education, infrastructure facilities, cutting edge research and development, close connections of universities working alongside with companies and large number of program options offered ranging from the sciences to business to IT/Computer science to engineering and hospitality etc. Universities also offer a range of qualifications from certificates to diplomas to bachelors and masters degree. All the courses and qualifications offered enjoy quality assurance status.

Institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs): New Zealand has 18 polytechnics serving more than 150,000 students. New Zealand polytechnics offer a wide range of opportunities from a range of programs to choose from, including media and communication degrees, nursing, computer science, engineering and many more available at the certificate, diploma, bachelors and masters level. The key advantage of pursuing an education from an Institute of Technology and Polytechnics is that the programs offered have a strong emphasis on practical out of class industry level learning experience through small class sizes that focuses on personal attention. As a result of this, many institutes of technology and polytechnics offer classroom learning experience and conditions that are similar to industry settings which lead to a high employability for its students and also enables these institutes to have strong industry connections for the advantage of its students.

Private training establishments (PTE): New Zealand has approximately 600 private training establishments offering a wide range of programs and qualifications which are both accredited and approved. PTE serves around 75,000 students in New Zealand which offer a high quality practical based educational experience. As a result many institutes have strong ties with companies from many sectors to help its students gain deliver industry level knowledge and skills that match industry requirements which lead to good employment opportunities for its students.

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The immigration laws of the country permit international students to pursue only those courses that are approved by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), which ensures that the education provided at New Zealand is valued both nationally and internationally. The New Zealand Vice- Chancellors Committee (NZVCC) is responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programs. Courses, which are not approved by the NZQA, will not be considered a recognized course. The New Zealand government is keen on providing the best education facilities to both its national and international students. Additionally, New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is a comprehensive list of all quality-assured qualifications in New Zealand. All qualifications listed on the NZQF have been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as being high quality, relevant and fit for the purpose of education.

  • √ Undergraduate: All tertiary institutions have a wide range of undergraduate study programs. These can range from 1-year Certificate programs, to 2 year Diplomas and 3 or 4-year degrees. Most degrees are 3 years in duration.
  • √ Diploma: On completion of an undergraduate program, students who do not qualify for an admission to a Master’s degree program may opt to be admitted into a Diploma or a Graduate diploma program which are offered by all leading private and public institutions. These programs usually do not exceed a year in duration and are widely accepted for employment and future academic pursuits.
  • √ Masters Degree: A Master's degree in most New Zealand universities is divided between coursework and research. During the first year, class-work and projects are mandatory. Depending on the department and course chosen, a student is allowed to select certain topics of interest. The consecutive year of study is largely based on research and the completion of a thesis.
  • √ Academic Year The University academic year of most universities is divided into two semesters.
    • Semester 1: Late February - End June
    • Semester 2: Early July - Mid November

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