For information about studying in New Zealand and help with your application you can:
Contact an official New Zealand government office through either
Basic Steps for Applying to a New Zealand Institution are:
- Identifying universities and the course of your interest.
- Request universities for application forms.
- Taking various required tests like IELTS, etc.
- Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters.
- Completing and sending application forms along with required documents.
- Applying for VISA after obtaining Offer Letter from the college.
TertiaryHow you are assessed will often influence the way you study. The two main types of assessment are examinations and class work. Sometimes your overall mark will be a combination of the two.
ExaminationsThese usually involve writing essays or short paragraphs or answering multiple-choice questions. Examinations take place at the end of each semester. During an exam, students are not permitted to communicate with other people or eat or drink anything except water. Supervisors check everybody’s student ID card. For each exam there are different rules about what kind of dictionaries, books and calculators are allowed. There are also regulations about pre-empting the exam and what to do if you are sick on the exam day. The student learning centre at your institution will run workshops about exam techniques and dealing with stress.
Class WorkThis includes essays, assignments, laboratory reports, spot tests, fieldwork, presentations, special projects and practical work. Active participation in class may also be taken into account. Take note of the criteria for assignments. An essay must not exceed the word limit given, and must be handed in on or before the deadline, otherwise you may lose marks or fail the course. Your lecturer may approve an official extension of time if you give a reason and do not ask at the last minute. If you are having difficulty with an assignment, discuss it with your tutor or get help from the student learning centre. They want you to succeed and will be happy to help. It is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is a normal part of student life.
Learning to Speak up for YourselfSome university courses involve relatively few hours per week of formal lessons. A high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline is needed since you will be expected to do a lot of reading so that you can participate in class discussions. Students are expected to have original thoughts and be able to defend them in debate. This is how we show respect for our teachers – by participating fully in the academic process. In some cultures, it is not appropriate to challenge teachers, however it’s an important part of the British-style education system.
New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so the academic year is in sync with the calendar year.Secondary schools have four ten-week terms, beginning in February and ending in mid-December. Some of the qualifications in the last three years of secondary school are dependent on assessment of the whole year’s work, so students enrolling late may not be eligible. There are two-week holiday breaks in April, July and September. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, from approximately 08.45 am to 03.15 pm, with an hour for lunch. Sport and other extra-curricular activities take place after school and on Saturday mornings. The University year begins in late February or early March with an orientation week, and ends in October. Each university has its own timetable but generally the year is divided into two semesters of about 12 weeks each, with a two-week break during the semester and a six-week break in the middle of the year. The breaks are not always holidays – you may find you need some of the extra time for research and study. Most courses are “annual” courses, i.e. they last through both semesters, but some courses only take one semester, so that it is sometimes possible to start university study in July. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with libraries and some other support services open over the weekend. The exam timetable sometimes makes it necessary for exams to take place on a Saturday. Some universities offer “summer school” credit courses from November to February, which lessens the total number of years it takes to complete a degree. Institute of Technology and Polytechnics classes have two semesters, February to June and July to November, with holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses may start in July. Language schools run throughout the year. The courses may be as short as one or two weeks or as long as a whole academic year. Classes run from Monday to Friday. Sometimes there are extra-curricular activities and outings at the weekend.
Daylight SavingDaylight Saving time starts on the first Sunday in October each year, when the clocks are put forward by one hour, and ends on the third Sunday in March when they are put back one hour.
For language schools, you may be able to enrol as late as a month before the course commences, but you might not be able to get a timely visa. It is best to start the application and enrolment process as early as you can. For tertiary institutions and secondary schools, which all begin early in the year, you will need to start the application process part way through the previous year. The institution’s deadlines will probably be in about November, but check carefully because it depends on the specific course. You need to allow time to get documents copied and the copies certified, and to have certified translations made by a registered translation agency, if required. If your qualifications have to be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, this takes eight weeks (in simple cases). If you are applying through an agency, the deadline for completing your application may be earlier than the institution’s deadline. If you meet the academic requirements for a programme and get your application in before the deadline, it is likely that you will be accepted. See Application Procedures and Commencement Dates.
Tertiary StudyThe criteria for entry to tertiary study vary, depending on the institution. In general, if you are under 21, you will need to provide:
- Evidence of your English Proficiency
- Evidence of your suitability to study at this level.
- The institution will advise you if it wants you to have your qualification assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. This costs NZ$450 and takes up to eight weeks.
Recognition of Prior LearningIf you do not meet one of these criteria, you may be eligible for admission if the institution is satisfied that you are able to meet the demands of the course. Assessment is based on educational qualifications, life experience and work experience. This is called RPL (Recognition of prior learning).
The quality of a New Zealand education is well recognised internationally and because the education programmes and degrees are based on the British education system, it is possible to do an undergraduate degree in New Zealand and a post-graduate degree in another English-speaking country. In developing countries of Asia it is not unusual to find senior executives and administrators, including cabinet ministers and even prime ministers, who have been educated in New Zealand. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, part of the Ministry of Education, keeps the register of all quality assured qualifications available in New Zealand tertiary institutions.
A New Zealand qualification has a reputation globally for being practical, modern and desirable – in some niche areas such as biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand degrees are acknowledge as simply the best in the world.
Approved (quality-assured) CoursesThe New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) was established to develop the quality of the education programmes offered by colleges of education, polytechnics and institutes of technology (all of which are state institutions) and private training institutions. It does this by:
- Requiring private training institutions to register if they offer programmes whose duration is 12 weeks or more
- Requiring all the institutions to maintain the standard required to achieve accreditation
- Approving the programmes they deliver
Fees ProtectionNZQA requires private training establishments to have an arrangement for the protection of student fees in the event that a course stops before its scheduled completion.
ComplaintsIf you have a complaint about your course that cannot be resolved with the provider, NZQA may be able to assist (toll – free 0800 QA HELP / 0800 724 357). If you have a complaint about the pastoral care provided for you, try first to resolve it within your institution, using your own institutions international students’ office or grievance procedures. If this is not successful, the Ministry of Education has set up the International Education Appeal Authority to investigate complaints about pastoral care and enforce the standards in the Code of Practice.
If you want to get credit for prior study, this is called “cross-credit” or “exemption”. It means that if you have done the first year of a course in your own country and want to go straight into the second year in New Zealand, you can apply to do so. This must be negotiated with the institution you are applying to study at. If your previous study was in an English-speaking country, the process will be easy. If not, it may simply be a matter of providing the faculty department (Science, Hospitality, Geography, etc.) with a detailed description of the course you have studied so far. In other cases, it may be necessary for the Qualifications Evaluation Service at NZQA to assess your incomplete qualification. They will only do this if the purpose is further study, i.e. if you intend to complete the qualification by studying in New Zealand. The fee is NZ$450 and the process takes around eight weeks. You will have to provide certified photocopies – or, for some countries, the original documents – and translations from an NZQA-approved translation agency. In certain cases, the assessment may be “prioritised” and may not take quite so long.
As their first welcome, to New Zealand, students are usually met at the airport and taken to their accommodation by the institute representative. The type of orientation programme offered depends on the size of the institution.
Language SchoolA typical language school orientation would involve a tour of the building and introduction to staff, followed by a talk – probably in your language – about life in New Zealand and what is involved in the homestay programme. Academic advisors, counsellors and study skills advisors provide ongoing support.
Tertiary StudentsSpecial orientation programmes are provided for first-year international students. These are mandatory compulsory. The programme will mostly include an official welcome to the institution. Course advice and enrolment; an introduction to university life (student facilities, policies and procedures, and your rights as a student); tours of the university campus and the city, information about living in New Zealand, and a beach trip or other picnic. It is a good chance to meet other international students and the people who work in the institution’s international office. At the beginning of the academic year, tertiary institutions organise a general orientation week for all students, to introduce them to the diverse cultural and social life on campus. There are cultural festivals, international food courts, wine tasting, concerts, bands, DJs, films and comedy performances. All the institution’s clubs and societies set up stalls.
General InformationOnce you have settled in, your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau (toll-free 0800 367 222) (0800 FOR CAB) is a good “one-stop shop” for finding out where to go for help. The volunteer staff provide up-to-date information on consumer, budgeting, employment, tenancy, personal and family issues. The service is free. Some of the staff speak languages other than English.
Universities in New ZealandUniversity education was established in New Zealand in 1870 and has a similar tradition to the British university system. There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance. In addition to a centrally co-ordinated system of quality assurance audits at both institution and programme level, each Institution undertakes internal quality checks. All New Zealand universities offer a broad range of subject in Arts, Commerce and Science. Each has developed its own specialist subjects such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Computer Studies, Agriculture and Environmental Studies. There are 8 universities and few exceptionally reputed institutes of technology, polytechnics, private institutes, namely:
- University of Auckland
- University of Waikato
- Massey University
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Lincoln University
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Canterbury
- University of Otago
- Manukau Institute of Technology
- Waikato Institute of Technology
- Wellington Institute of Technology
- Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
- Eastern Institute of Technology
- Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
- Otago Polytechnic
- Pacific International Hotel Management School
- Design and Arts College
- Auckland Institute of Studies – St. Helens
- Universal College of Learning
- Academic College Group
Bank Loans are easily available for higher studies anywhere in the world. Loans should be preferably taken from a Nationalised Bank. The term & condition for educational loans may vary from Bank to Bank.
Above Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR + 1%*
EligibilityAll Professional / Technical job oriented courses offered by reputed Universities.
Loan AmountMaximum Rs.20 Lakhs.
- For Loans up to Rs.4 Lakhs, no collateral security is required.
- For Loans above Rs.4 Lakhs & Upto Rs. 7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security in the form of satisfactory Third Party Guarantee.
- For Loans above Rs.7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security is required.
RepaymentCourse period + one year or 6 months after getting a job, whichever is earlier. The loan is to be repaid in 5-7 years after commencement of repayment.
Rate of InterestUpto Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR
Above Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR + 1%*
- Loan application
- Admission Letter from College/University
- Academic documents of the student
- Photograph, Residence proof of borrower and guarantor
- Covering letter stating sources of owned funds
- Fee receipts or proof of payments made
- Title Deeds of the ownership property to be mortgaged as security
- Copy of passport & Visa, if student is going abroad for higher education and related documents
- Income proof of the applicant in the form of last 3 months salary slip/Certificate or copy of the last 3 years IT returns filed with computation details of personal assets & liabilities
- Two guarantors with their latest salary Slip / certificate in case guarantor belongs to service class or latest income tax returns filed with the computation of income in case the guarantor is a businessman, professional or self-employed
New Zealand’s quality of education produces qualifications that are recognised around the world. At language school As well as preparing for TOEFL / IELTS tests, you can also take business and professional qualifications such as: International Air Transport Association (IATA); Universal Federation of Travel Agents Associations (UFTAA); Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO); City and Guilds International and Pitman qualifications. You may be able to credit some of these courses towards qualifications at other New Zealand institutions.
At Tertiary InstitutionsA university bachelor degree usually takes 3 to 4 years. Most degree structures give you the opportunity of combining your “major” subject with “minor” subjects. After that, you can take post-graduate qualifications such as a Graduate Diploma, Master Degree or Doctorate. A master’s degree requires more demanding and intensive study and includes supervised research. Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics also allow you to study for a certificate, diploma or degree. These institutions offer more practical and vocational courses with input from the relevant industry. Colleges of Education offer degrees in education combined with study leading to registration as a teacher.
New Zealand is a beautiful and unique country in the South Pacific, where exciting things are happening in Education. Its scenery sets it apart from the rest of the world while its people have a reputation for friendliness, strength and independence. There is abundant beauty and diversity in scenery, lifestyle and culture. From rolling green farmlands to barren volcanic desert areas, from golden beaches with clear blue water to majestic snow covered mountains, New Zealand offers a sample of every possible landscape within a relatively small country. New Zealand is a Parliamentary democracy, offering a safe political environment for international students and visitors. It has a population of only 3.8 million and is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan. New Zealand is primarily a European culture, which has absorbed many of the rich and historic cultural elements from the Maori and Pacific Island heritages, and now from its rapidly growing multi-cultural Asian communities. New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. The country offers a safe learning environment, which provides excellent study opportunities, and support services for international students. Courses are available in academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education (teacher training), private education providers and secondary schools. With a well-educated population New Zealanders excel in many areas – arts, science, technology and manufacturing.