New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study. New Zealand is a young country where independence, initiative and resourcefulness are more highly regarded than status or rules. As a student here you'll be encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek your own answers by thinking for yourself.
Where & what to study?
Education providers offers qualifications at every level - certificates, diplomas, graduate and post-graduate degrees. They’re all ranked on what’s called the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The NZQA website has details of the different levels of qualification available and where they fit on the Framework. Another great source of information is the Careers NZ site. It has a ‘job library’ you can use to search for descriptions of what people actually do in that sort of job, what skills and qualifications you need, what you might earn and what opportunities there are for employment.
Universities, Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics, and Wānanga: New Zealand has eight universities that offer academic programmes, rather than vocational.
All New Zealand’s universities offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. Some universities offer degrees in specialist fields - such as medicine, agriculture, engineering, etc. A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities, and some have overseas programmes. New Zealand also has 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). They provide professional and vocational education and training ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. Many ITPs also offer English language training and postgraduate study options, including up to Doctoral (PhD) level. Courses are more vocationally oriented, emphasising practical experience and application to work situations. A degree from one of these institutions has equal status with a university degree.
Fees and allowances:
Students with ‘domestic’ status have their fees subsidised by the government, although they’re expected to contribute about 30% of the cost of their course. That applies to New Zealand citizens and holders of residents’ visas. There are some other categories of people eligible for domestic status: check the Ministry of Education website for more information.
Other students can access tertiary education in New Zealand but they pay international fees.
Fees can vary widely depending on the course and the institution, so check the websites of the institutions you’re considering.
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