Study abroad in New Zealand
Foreign students who intend to study in New Zealand should contact the university where they wish to be admitted to study their admission criteria. In each institution usually require different requirements although there are usually some common points.
Entry criteria for universities
English skills. An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a global score of 6 and not less than 5.5 in each part. The IELTS assesses the ability to read, write, speak and understand oral language in general or academic contexts. It is developed and managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.
If you have already started your university studies in your country of origin there is a possibility that you will be validated some subjects. For this you will have to inform yourself at your university and find out which courses can be validated.
The documentation requested will be photocopies collated from the originals and it is possible that official translations will be requested, made by a translation agency approved by the NZQA.
Why New Zealand?
- It is a safe country considered the most peaceful in the world and with the highest quality of life.
- Education is a fundamental pillar for development.
- Its inhabitants are very kind.
- The culture keeps customs of some European countries.
- You can perform different adventure sports and its climate is favorable for it.
Structure of The Educational System
The educational system of New Zealand bases its foundations on those of the British system and is internationally recognized.
English in the co-official language of the country, along with the language of the aborigines, the Maori. The teaching is mostly taught in English and thanks to it, New Zealand has become an alternative country to learn and improve this language, with a culture and traditions different from the Anglo-Saxon European countries.
In some institutions the Maori language is used. Maori Kura Kaupapa primary schools have Maori as their primary language of instruction, and education is based on the culture and values of this aboriginal people. They tend to cover the year from study 1 to year 8 and less widespread are the Wharekura that welcome students up to year 13. The Wananga are institutions of higher education based on Maori principles and which promotes training in the Maori language.
Basic Requirements to Study in New Zealand
Education in New Zealand is based on the British educational system and is recognized in many countries of the world for providing a high quality education, from primary school to the culmination of university studies.
The educational system of New Zealand has the following levels:
- Primary Education for students from 5 to 15 years old.
- High School (Secondary), students from 13 to 18 years old.
- Vocational education, for students of any age with approved secondary education.
- University education, without age limit.
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Cost Of Living
NZ$15000 per year *
An undergraduate degree generally costs between NZ$ 18,000 and NZ$ 25,000 per year. Postgraduate studies can cost between NZ$ 10,000 and NZ$ 30,000. Costs largely depend on your chosen subject. For example, most undergraduate studies, such as arts, humanities, social sciences, management or engineering cost between NZ$ 10, 000 and NZ$ 12, 000 per year whilst science and technology studies generally cost between NZ$ 14,000 and NZ$ 18,000 per year.
You will also encounter some additional costs when studying in New Zealand, such as Overseas Student Health Cover charges and various fees, however these costs shouldn’t take much of your overall budget.