New Zealand offers the international student a fair mix of both worlds. It has some of the most sophisticated and economically advanced cities in the world coupled up with the excitement that is common to a diversified culture. Students who are keen to enhance their employability on the global scale are choosing New Zealand as their destination to expand knowledge and further enhance their skills. Statistics show that averagely, 100,000 students apply and receive admission in New Zealand higher learning institutions. They are attracted by the safety of the country, the low cost plus high quality of life and the low population of slightly above 4 million friendly persons.New Zealand has a sound educaitonal system that maintain international reputation and quality education. The universities, colleges and intitutes of New Zealand are supported by an integrated education system,courses taught by lectures and seminars, with practical tutorials and fieldwork where needed.

There are many private training establishments in New Zealand providing a wide range of tertiary and vocational courses. Short-term English language courses use modern teaching methods, including laboratory work and conversational classes. Many polytechnics, institutes of technology and universities also offer English language training. Students are advised to enrol in courses approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for which the issuing of student visas have been approved. These courses meet international standards and are recognised world-wide.

New Zealand has a student visa policy that allows international students who have completed their curriculums to obtain a 12months work permit. This makes it easy for students to remain productive as they seek for permanent jobs which equal permanent residency. By working immediately you are through with your course, you also get the chance to recover the amount that you spend in your tuition fees. Visa application processes in New Zealand are the most outright you will find for any country admitting international students. For every denied visa application, applicants are presented with a chance to explain their situation. There are also no personal interviews held during visa application.

There are a minimum of 100,000 foreign students in the New Zealand universities, representing more than 150 countries from all over the world. Unlike popular belief, the Government’s attitude towards students is very positive and welcoming. New Zealand’s education program has a mix of both work and fun, making it suitable for all kinds of studying to socialize and study. This country is a great place to study as it offers a fantastic landscape since it close to the sea, an internationally recognized choice of courses, excellence in sport, a great lifestyle and good standard of living and availability of part time jobs and full time during holidays.

  1. New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA): It is responsible for approving and registering all courses and national qualifications offered at universities, polytechnics or institutes of technology and private training establishments.
  2. New Zealand Vice Chancellor’s Committee (NZVCC): This committee is responsible for all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the New Zealand institutions.

Students who wish to study in New Zealand require good English language skills. A band of 6.0/6.5 for undergraduate & 6.5 / 7.5 for postgraduate courses is desirable. A TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 4 is required.