Auckland University of Technology
University of Auckland
University of Canterbury
The University of Waikato
University of Otago
ACG-NZ International College
International Pacific College(IPC)
Nelson Malborough Institute of Technology(NMIT)
U of Otago-Language & Foundation Year
Why study in New Zealand
Studying in New Zealand is about acquiring a world-class education and in a nature caressed environment. New Zealand’s topography is almost like pictures out of a book and is known for this classic natural beauty the world-over. It’s easy to learn and acquire more when you have a pleasing ambiance and also when you have highly experienced and effective teaching staff, with modern facilities and developed resources. New Zealand is all this and a lot more and is being known increasingly as a leader in higher education. The number of students from India going to New Zealand to study has increased from 1200 in the beginning years of the year 2K to almost 7000 students in 2009-10. India sends the third largest number of students to New Zealand after China and South Korea.
In New Zealand the education quality assurance system is managed centrally and The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)requires that all educational institutions are registered with them before they can enrol international students. This body ensures that all the institutions comply with qualification standards. Out of the universities in New Zealand, five have been ranked in the top 400 universities across the world in a study conducted in 2013-14.
The Education System
Students who seek top class education with a secure environment and a lifestyle that is fun and affordable, will find New Zealand congenial to these requirements.
The tertiary education system is divided into six categories:
1. Universities – These use teaching and research based methodology and there are 8 public universities.
2. Polytechnics and Technology Institutes – these are 22 in number and use vocational and skill based methodology and the courses range from certificate level to bachelor’s degrees and postgraduate level.
3. Private tertiary and training providers – These are growing in number and offer alternative study options. They teach a range of subjects and offer professional diplomas, certificates and degrees. There are around 800 such providers already registered at NZQA.
4. There are a total of 6 teacher training institutions that are funded by the government and offer high-class teacher training.
5. There is a sector that teaches the English language – a number of private schools offer a large number of courses including English for business and courses that help students prepare for IELTS.
6. The final sector Wananga, is Maori providers (the natives of New Zealand) who offer tertiary education and studies on the Maori traditions and customs. The medium of instruction is normally Maori.
The Cost of Studying
The biggest advantage of studying in New Zealand is that is relatively cheaper and more affordable than the other countries for international students. Both living expenses and tuition costs are lowers and depend on the type of course, duration and the place of living.
The national median rental guide of May 2013 shows that the rental charges of a 3 bedroom home is around NZ$360 per week and could go up to NZ$660 per week depending on the location.
To ease the burden of education, most full time students enrolled for at least 12 months in a course, can work for up to 20 hours a week in part time jobs both during course session and holidays. Not only do students earn enough to supplement their finances but are able to counter feelings of loneliness and aloofness by integrating with the locals and getting a chance to meet like-minded people.
After graduating too, students can expect to get jobs as there are skill shortages in the labour market across all sectors in New Zealand. There is also a demand for skilled professionals in areas like IT, health, farming and others. Students that have the necessary skills and qualifications in the short supply sectors can stay on and live in New Zealand permanently after being granted a skilled migrant visa. International students also receive the same rights and benefits that apply to all workers. They are entitled to a minimum wage, adequate number of breaks and equal number of holidays and leave as everyone else is entitled to.
Cost of Living
The cost of living depends on where you live and the lifestyle you choose. Students can live a fairly inexpensive life here by using the local produce and goods and avoid imported products.
The average cost of rent is around 105-145NZ$ per week, Groceries around 70NZ$, Gas / Electricity around 20NZ$ per week and internet around 180NZ$ (for 40 weeks). The other costs that must be factored in are textbooks, clothing, transport, toiletries, food, bedding, furniture, other requirements for the accommodation and entertainment.