New-Zealand is not just famous for its scenic beauty and ranches but for its education. It is emerging as a great destination to study for various degree and vocational courses. Every year thousands of students apply for its degree and vocational courses. The polytechnic courses are quite famous in New-Zealand and a large number of students from abroad opt for these short term or 1 year courses. New-Zealand is an English speaking country hence, it is crucial for international students whose mother tongue is not English to qualify TOEFL/IELTS for admission and for their visa as well.
The education system in New-Zealand has made a remarkable progress in the last five years. The degree from New-Zealand is recognized world-wide and it has one of the best education standards and excellent staff. New-Zealand has eight government-funded Universities which provide under-graduate and postgraduate degrees. Some of them also offer foundation courses. While the tertiary education system of New-Zealand is the 25 government funded polytechnics and institutes of technology. The academic courses in New-Zealand are available at almost levels in Universities, educational institutes, polytechnics, Colleges etc.
Top five colleges in New-Zealand
- University of Auckland
- University of Otago
- Massey University
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Lincoln University
As far as cost of living and accommodation are concerned in New-Zealand, some secondary schools offer boarding facilities to international students while other institutes arrange for home-stays. If you a University or Polytechnic student then you would be offered accommodation on campus. While some students may opt to live off campus, they can seek advice from the student support services, which helps them to arrange home-stays or give advice on searching student flats. Student support services are provided by most of the tertiary institutes.
The monthly expenses in New-Zealand for international students would be NZ $1000, out of this NZ$400 for the accommodation. If you calculate it yearly then the minimum fund you be around NZ$ 10,000 to $12,000. This includes accommodation, food, travel, stationery and recreational facilities. However, the tuition fees of different courses differ from each other. . This is to be noted here that New-Zealand has lower cost of living than other developed nations.
New-Zealand has number of specialized (academic and polytechnic) courses. Some of them are given below-
- Agricultural Business/commerce
- Ancient history
- Arts Administration
- Conservation Studies
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Tourism./ tourism Management
- Wool Science
- Pulp and Paper Technology
- Manufacturing Technology Management
- Library and Information Studies
- Farm Management
- Computer Science
- Demography / Population studies