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1. About NZ:

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.

During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. Most notable are the large number of unique bird species, many of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and introduced mammals. With a mild maritime climate, the land was mostly covered in forest. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions caused by the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates clashing beneath the earth's surface.

2. Facts:

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Time zone

Summer (DST)

NZST (UTC+12) (May to Aug)

NZDT (UTC+13) (Sep to Apr)

Capital Wellington Total Area 268,021 sq km
Largest city Auckland Population 4,451,017 (2013 estimate)
Official language(s) English & Māori    
Government Unitary parliamentary and constitutional monarchy GDP (Nominal) $36,648 (2011 estimate)
(Per capita)
Calling code +64 Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
3. Higher Education System:

The Education system in New Zealand is a three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechs. The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary schools, secondary schools, and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.

In 2009, the Programme for International Student Assessment, published by the OECD, ranked New Zealand 7th best at science and reading in the world, and 13th in maths. The Education Index, published as part of the UN's Human Development Index consistently ranks New Zealand among the highest in the world.

Post-compulsory education is regulated within the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training. Typically, a bachelor's degree will take three years, and a further year of study will lead to an Honours degree. Not every degree follows this 3+1 pattern: there are some four year degrees (which may or may not be awarded with Honours), and some specialist bachelor's degrees which take longer to complete. Typically, Honours may be awarded with first class, upper second class, lower second class or third class, but this can vary from degree to degree. A bachelor's degree may be followed by a Master's degree. A candidate who does not hold an Honours degree may be awarded a Master's degree with honours: such a degree usually involves two years study, compared to one year for a Master's degree for a candidate who does have an Honours degree. A candidate who has either a Master's degree or a bachelor's degree with Honours may proceed to a doctoral degree.

Entry to most universities was previously "open", that is to say that one only needed to meet the minimum requirements in the school-leaving examinations (be it NCEA or Bursary). However, most courses at New Zealand universities now have selective admissions, where candidates have to fulfill additional requirements through their qualifications, notably with the University of Auckland offering the largest number of selective-entry courses. Mature students usually do not need to meet the academic criteria demanded of students who enter directly from secondary school.

4. Why NZ?:

New Zealand has a lot to offer to international students besides quality education, we have outlined a few reason below for you as to why you would love to study & live in New Zealand:

  • Moderate entry requirements & low cost of education,
  • A vibrant, unique, safe and welcoming destination,
  • High class living standards at reasonable cost,
  • Experience working in an English speaking environment, a country where English is the main language used,
  • A high quality learning experience, earn a degree recognised and valued by global employers,
  • Study at one of New Zealand's globally respected universities or tertiary institutions offering Broad range of study and research opportunities, a quality course that gives you value for your investment,
  • Beautiful locations, Fantastic sports and adventure activities no matter what season, enjoy one of the greatest travel/tourism destinations in the world.

5. Cost:

The cost of living in New Zealand is similar to that in Australia, and less than in United Kingdom. Tertiary students should budget for up to NZ$20,000 a year in living expenses.

  • Tuition fees - between $12,000 - $ 29,000 per annum
  • Accommodation and living costs - between $9,000 - 16,000 per annum

Here are some typical costs for living in NZ:

  • Textbooks and stationery $500 a year
  • Student ID card  $20
  • Students' association membership $30
  • Photocopy cards $100
  • Bus fares $30 to $60 a week
  • Coffee in student cafeteria $1 to $3 a cup
  • Hot meals in cafeteria up to $7 for a one-course meal
  • $100 to $200 a week for accommodation
  • 50 cents to post a letter within New Zealand
  • $4.45 for a Big Mac at McDonald's
  • Free local phone calls from a home phone
  • $10 to $15 to go to the movies
  • $1.60 for a 1-stage bus fare

6. Educational Institutions:

Colleges of education
  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Auckland College of Education
  • Massey University College of Education
  • Wellington College of Education
  • Christchurch College of Education
  • Dunedin College of Education

Secondary Schools - Private
Polytechnics & Institutes of Technology
  • ACG Parnell College
  • ACG Senior College
  • ACG Strathallan
  • ACG Sunderland
  • Auckland International College
  • Chilton Saint James School
  • Diocesan School For Girls
  • Kristin School
  • Rangi Ruru Girls' School
  • Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
  • Springbank School
  • St Catherines College, Wellington
  • St Paul's Collegiate School
  • The Corelli School
  • Aoraki Polytechnic
  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
  • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Institute of Technology
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  • NorthTec, formerly Northland Polytechnic
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Southern Institute of Technology
  • Tai Poutini Polytechnic
  • Tairawhiti Polytechnic
  • Telford Rural Polytechnic
  • The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • UCOL (Universal College of Learning)
  • Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Waiariki Institute of Technology
  • Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Wellington Institute of Technology
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
  • Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Post Secondary Institutions - Private
Secondary Schools - Government
  • Abacus Institute of Studies
  • Academy of Diving Trust
  • ACE Computer Training Ltd
  • ACG - Academic Colleges Group
  • Air New Zealand Aviation Institute
  • AIS St Helens (Auckland Institute of Studies Limited)
  • AMES I.T. Academy
  • Ardmore Flying School Ltd
  • Avonmore Tertiary Institute
  • AWI - International Education Group
  • Canterbury Sports Management College
  • Crown Institute of Studies
  • DAS Training Solutions Limited
  • Design and Arts College of New Zealand
  • Eagle Flight Training Ltd
  • Electec College of Technology
  • Elite International School of Beauty and Spa Therapies
  • Freelance Animation School
  • Hungry Creek Art & Craft School
  • Imperial College of New Zealand
  • Information Technology Training Institute
  • International Aviation Academy of New Zealand
  • International Pacific College
  • International Travel College of New Zealand
  • Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand
  • Lifeway College
  • Linguis International Institute
  • Media Design School
  • National Trade Academy
  • New Zealand Career College
  • New Zealand College of Business
  • New Zealand College of Massage
  • New Zealand Institute of Education
  • New Zealand Institute of Studies (NZIoS)
  • New Zealand School of Dance
  • New Zealand School of Education
  • New Zealand School of Food and Wine
  • New Zealand Tertiary College
  • Newton College of Business & Technology
  • North Shore International Academy (NSIA)
  • NZ College of Chinese Medicine
  • NZ College of Early Childhood Education
  • Pacific International Hotel Management School
  • Phlair International College
  • Quantum Education Group
  • Queens Academic Group
  • Queenstown Resort College
  • Raffles College of Design and Commerce
  • Servilles Academy of Hairdressing
  • Sir George Seymour College
  • South Pacific College of Natural
  • South Seas Film and Television School
  • Taruna College
  • Taylors College
  • The National School of Aesthetics
  • The NZ School of Travel & Tourism
  • The Professional Bar & Restaurant School
  • Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
  • Travel Careers & Training Ltd
  • Vision College
  • Waikato Institute of Education
  • Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
  • Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design
  • Winters The School of Hairdressing
  • Yoobee School of Design
  • Alfriston College
    Aranui High School
    Auckland Girls' Grammar School
    Auckland Grammar School
    Avondale College
    Avonside Girls' High School
    Awatapu College
    Bayfield High School
    Bethlehem College
    Birkenhead College
    Blue Mountain College
    Botany Downs Secondary College
    Burnside High School
    Cambridge High School
    Carmel College
    Cashmere High School
    Central Hawke's Bay College
    Christchurch Boys' High School
    Christchurch Girls' High School
    Dannevirke High School
    Darfield High School
    Dunstan High School
    Edgewater College
    Epsom Girls Grammar
    Francis Douglas Memorial College
    Freyberg High School
    Geraldine High School
    Gisborne Boys' High School
    Glendowie College
    Hamilton's Fraser High School
    Hastings Girls High School
    Henderson High School
    Heretaunga College
    Hillmorton High School
    Horowhenua College
    Howick College
    Hutt Valley High School
    Iona College
    James Hargest College
    Kaiapoi High School
    Kamo High School
    Kavanagh College
    Kelston Boys High School
    Kelston Girls' College
    Kerikeri High School
    King's High School
    Kuranui College
    Lincoln High School
    Lindisfarne College
    Linwood College
    Logan Park High School
    Long Bay College
    Lynfield College
    Macleans College
    Marlborough Girls' College
    Massey High School
    Melville High School
    Mercury Bay Area School
    Middleton Grange School
    Motueka High School
    Mount Albert Grammar School
    Mount Aspiring College
    Mount Hutt College
    Mount Maunganui College
    Mount Roskill Grammar School
    Mountainview High School
    Mt Hobson Middle School
    Nelson College
    Nelson College for Girls
    New Plymouth Girls' High School
    Newlands College
    Northcote College
    Onslow College
    Opihi College
    Orewa College
    Otago Boys High School
    Otaki College
    Otamatea High School
    Otumoetai College
    Pakuranga College
    Palmerston North Boys' High School
    Palmerston North Girls' High School
    Papanui High School
    Pukekohe High School
    Rangiora High School
    Rangiora New Life School
    Rangitoto College
    Rathkeale College
    Riccarton High School
    Roncalli College
    Rosehill College
    Sacred Heart College, Auckland
    Sacred Heart Girls' College, Hamilton
    Selwyn College
    Shirley Boys' High School
    Southland Girls' High School
    Spotswood College
    St Dominic's College
    St Hilda's Collegiate School
    St John's College (Hamilton)
    St Mary's College, Ponsonby. Auckland
    St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls, Stratford
    St Patrick's College, Kilbirnie
    St Peter's School, Cambridge
    Taita College
    Takapuna Grammar
    Tamatea High School
    Taradale High School
    Tauranga Boys College
    Tauranga Girls' College
    Tauraroa Area School
    Te Puke High School
    Thames High School
    The Catlins Area School
    Tikipunga High School
    Timaru Girls' High School
    Tokomairiro High School
    Upper Hutt College
    Villa Maria College
    Waihi College
    Wainuiomata High School
    Waitakere College
    Waitaki Girls High School
    Waiuku College
    Wakatipu High School
    Wanganui City College
    Wanganui High School
    Wellington College
    Wellington East Girls' College
    Wellington Girls' College
    Wellington High School
    Western Heights High School
    Westlake Boys' High School
    Westlake Girls High School
    Whangaparaoa College
    Whangarei Boys' High School
    William Colenso College
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Sources: New Zealand Educated, Wikipedia

About NZ | Facts | Education System | Why NZ? | Cost | Educational Institutions

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