A qualification from New Zealand ranks with the best in the world. It is seen as internationally desirable because students have a high level of practical and theoretical competency when they graduate.
New Zealand is an easy, safe place to live and New Zealanders are as famous as the Irish for their warmth and hospitality. A multiracial, multicultural country, it makes students feel at home, find friends quickly and experience the moving, spiritual culture of New Zealand. New Zealanders are, by nature, inquisitive and adventurous. They encourage new, independent thinking, exploration and research. As a result, New Zealand degrees have a reputation around the world for being practical, modern and desirable.
In areas such as forestry, food processing, biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand qualifications are acknowledged as simply the best in the world. New Zealanders are friendly, welcoming, love travel and enjoy meeting people from other cultures. English is the everyday language of New Zealanders and there is strong English Language support for international students. Both secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment.
A long established democracy, New Zealand offers a safe and stable political environment. A great variety of recreational and cultural experiences are available in a country renowned for its natural beauty. Living and tuition costs compare well with other countries. Travel to New Zealand is easy with direct flights from most major cities. The climate is temperate with pleasant seasonal changes and is conducive to study and recreation. A wide variety of ethnic communities reside in New Zealand.
New Zealand's high quality living conditions are well known universally, and accommodation is one aspect of this. In many cases, accommodation will be only minutes away from your place of study. Most educational institutions will assist you to find accommodation.
The main options are:
These are usually located on the campus or nearby, with single or twin rooms. Bed linen and cleaning facilities are provided. Meals are eaten in a communal dining hall, with special dietary needs catered to. A warden lives on site, and social and cultural activities are organised for residents. Hostels usually have computer laboratories and recreation rooms. Some institutions provide "self-catering" hostels where 6-8 students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and living room.
Cost: approximately $250 per week.
Some cities have self-catering private or independent hostels. Cost of furnished room, shared kitchen and lounge facilities is $100 - $150 per week, plus utilities (power, water, etc.)
This is a room of your own in a suburban house, usually with a garden and lawns. Your host family provides meals. Interacting with your host family and meeting their neighbours and friends is an excellent way to improve your English. The host family helps you make phone calls, read bus timetables, find a doctor and so on. But homestay is not like living in a hotel. Some "give and take" is expected, as you become part of the family.
Cost: approximately $180 per week, plus one-time administration fee of about $150.
This term means renting a house or flat (apartment) singly or with other people. Choose your own flatmates of the same or opposite sex with mixed accommodation, ranging from a two-bedroom apartment to a large house on its own land. Most rental properties are unfurnished, other than an oven, a laundry facility, curtains and carpet. The landlord does not have to provide heating. You pay for electricity, gas, telephone and water, including connection charges. A "bond" of up to four weeks' rent is held by Tenancy Services and refunded when you move out, if the flat is still in good condition. Tenancy Services, a division of the Ministry of Housing has information about dispute resolution procedures and your rights and obligations.
The accommodation office at your tertiary institution will probably have a noticeboard with advertisements for flats. The newspaper classified advertisements list rental properties available, mostly on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Rental agents charge you for services provided.
Flatting gives you more freedom, but requires a lot of maturity. You'll have to co-operate with flatmates to organise cooking and cleaning and paying the bills. For a good overview of the issues involved.
Cost: bond, plus about $140 per bedroom per week (cheaper in smaller cities) plus food, power, telephone, etc.
University education was established in New Zealand in 1870 and has a similar tradition to the British university system. There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance. In addition to a centrally co-ordinated system of quality assurance audits at both institution and programme level, each Institution undertakes internal quality checks.
All New Zealand universities offer a broad range of subject in Arts, Commerce and Science. Each has developed its own specialist subjects such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Computer Studies, Agriculture and Environmental Studies.
There are 8 universities and few exceptionally reputed institutes of technology, polytechnics, private institutes, namely :