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Education in New Zealand Part I

Study in New Zealand

universities in new zealandJust a hop, skip and approximately 2000 kilometres away from Australia lies New Zealand. New Zealand is also known as the land of the kiwi – christened after their flightless national bird, and the oval-shaped tart green kiwifruit that is so popular today. Anyone who visits New Zealand shouldn’t be surprised if they bump into more sheep than people, as it’s also the land for sheep farming. This clean green country with its blue seas and sandy beaches has been a favorite destination for travellers, specially for those interested in adventure tourism. But not many know that New Zealand is an emerging market in the education sector as well.

Education in New Zealand: The education system

New Zealand’s education system is based on the British system of education. Hence you’ll find a number of British students pursuing varied degrees there. You’ll also chance upon students from the South Pacific countries to those from China, India and South East Asia. New Zealand also has a similar education system as India and hence most New Zealand universities accept the three-year Indian graduation system as a means for entry into an MBA programme or post-graduate studies. New Zealand offers a number of undergraduate, post-graduate, vocational and short courses for international students. It has eight universities which are all part of the international university community and over 860 private training establishments (PTEs) that offer a wide variety of courses from scuba-diving to hospitality to business. And there are 23 polytechnics that help students specialize in vocational training courses like art and design, computing, forestry, health sciences, hospitality, marine studies, music, science sports, trades training, tourism and many more. IELTS or TOEFL examinations are the mandatory entrance tests to seek admission in New Zealand’s universities and other institutions.

Top Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its nursing, management, engineering and hotel management courses. Two of the most popular universities in New Zealand include University of Otago and University of Auckland. When it comes to hotel/hospitality management, a few that enjoy international recognition are Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS- New Plymouth), New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA- Auckland), Auckland Institute of Technology and Queenstown Resort College. The most favored universities to pursue an MBA are Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University (reputed for its MBA finance programme), Massey University, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, and University of Otago. You can pursue courses in nursing from University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, Massey University, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Waiariki Institute of Technology, the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Waikato Institute of Technology, Universal College of Learning, and Otago Polytechnic, among others.

The Lincoln University offers very interesting courses in agriculture, viticulture (cultivating grapes) and wine sciences. There are a number of fascinating courses offered by the Universal College of Learning, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Design and Arts Centre, at Christchurch for those wishing to pursue a graphic design and art course. The South Seas Film School, considered as New Zealand’s best film, TV and media training institution has an excellent animation wing. The Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology offers a course in animal sciences. The Waikkato Institute of Technology offers horticulture courses as does the Waiariki Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology, etc.

Getting your degree in New Zealand

The first step begins with you choosing a course and an institution. Education New Zealand has approved a group of India-based education agents to represent New Zealand in terms of students’ recruitment from within India. The details of agents who are included in the group can be found on the Education New Zealand website via the following link: http://www.nzeducated.com/in/en/blog/entry/local_agents/.
The 2nd step involves submitting an application form at least three months in advance before the commencement of the study program. New Zealand generally has 2 intakes, i.e. Feb. & July. The final step would involve scanning and applying for scholarships or financial assistance.

A little bit about New Zealand

New Zealand is divided into the North Island and South Island and each island has its own distinct personality, holding different advantages for you. In the north you will find Auckland, also known as the ‘city of sails’. It is New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city with a population of 1.2 million. Hamilton which is a stone’s throw away from Auckland offers quality education and isn’t as expensive as Auckland. Rotorua features on every tourist’s list visiting New Zealand. From natural geysers to adventure sports to Maori culture to quality education- Rotorua covers it all. Wellington, which is the capital of New Zealand, hosts the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, once in two years. But if you’re looking for natural beauty beyond your imagination, south island will not leave you disappointed. Christchurch, also known as New Zealand’s garden city (seventy four acres of gardens, lawns, and paths right in the heart of the city) will offer you unadulterated moments to cherish for a lifetime. Christchurch New Zealand is believed by many travellers to be one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Then there is Dunedin also known as a student city that houses the famous University of Otago. And finally no stay in New Zealand is complete without a visit to the famous Queenstown (read as resort town). It is the centre for adventure tourism viz. skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping and mountain biking.

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