Study in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.

WHY NEW ZEALAND?

New Zealand offers a world-class education in a postcard-perfect environment. New Zealand has an excellent, centrally managed quality assurance system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requires that institutions are registered to enroll international students and ensures compliance with qualifications standards.

Five New Zealand universities were ranked in the top 400 universities in the world by the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


New Zealand has always been internationally recognized for its excellent education standards and for training high-quality teachers, which makes it rather a given fact that the institutions in New Zealand provide one of the best world-class teaching faculties. Apart from this, New Zealand also has a high quality of amenities and research facilities for its students.

EDUCATION SYSTEM IN NEW ZEALAND

From expert teaching staff to world-class facilities and a rich pool of natural resources, New Zealand is popular among students seeking a secure study environment and outdoor lifestyle.

For students looking for a secure study environment and an outdoorsy lifestyle, New Zealand provides an expert teaching staff with world class facilities and an abundance of natural resources. With a number of institutes for technology and polytechnics, private tertiary and training institutes, teacher training facilities, English language training centers and eight public universities, New Zealand has a plethora of study options for students pursuing their higher education. Additionally, the education system in New Zealand is centrally managed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which requires the registration of institutes that enroll international students. The NZQA ensures that the education in the various universities and institutes are in compliance with global qualifications standards in order to maintain the integrity and high quality of the courses being taught in New Zealand. Five of the eight New Zealand universities have also been featured in the top universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University rankings. An epitome of education, New Zealand promises an unmatched learning experience for all its students.

Tests

English is the main medium of instruction in New Zealand, except at Maori institutions. It is therefore important for international students to give proof their proficiency in English to the University they wish to study with.
 
It is very important for an international student to be proficient in English to be able to study in a country whose official language is English. New Zealand is no exception. A student must give the IELTS/PTE/TOEFL and obtain the minimum score required for his particular course set by the chosen University of New Zealand.

Duration of Bachelor's

Unlike countries like the United States that take four years to complete a bachelor’s degree program, New Zealand actually lets you finish within three years. This is because there are very few if any, general education classes. You may have to take classes that are not directly in your major (nursing students may have to take an algebra class, etc), but every single class you take is geared toward your course of study. You aren’t wasting any time with classes that are not directly related to the major at hand. These degrees will give you a well-rounded education that will prepare you for the work world or for higher education pursuits.

Duration of Master's

Traditional Masters programs in New Zealand usually last for two years. The first year is taught by coursework, the second year is research-based.

Intakes

Just like the rest of the southern hemisphere, New Zealand begins its academic year in February. The academic calendar is split into two semesters, running from February to June and from July to November.

As a Masters student, you can potentially begin your degree in either semester. Masters courses are usually available to start in either February or July, although some professional courses are only available to start in semester 1 (February).

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Prerequisites at a Glance

These vary between study programs and levels. For each course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Along with that, a minimum academic record of 65% and above in Class XII will be required. Foundations and Diploma programmes are available for students who have secured below 60%. Students should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree programme.

It is important to note that these numbers are just for reference purpose, the actual numbers may differ from university to university.

  • Attested copies of mark sheets of Class X, XII, and Bachelors degree (if applicable)
  • At least, two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently
  • If you have work experience then two letters of recommendation from the employer/manager who know you well and can comment on your professional abilities
  • Portfolio (in case of students applying for art and design courses and architecture programmes)
  • Others (Certificates/achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities)
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