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The Education System in New Zealand

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Do you wish to study at the ‘Paradise of the Pacific’? If yes, you’ve made a great choice!

New Zealand, as you may all know, has a world-class education system for international students. All of the 8 New Zealand universities are amongst the top 3% in the world according to the QS World University rankings. The system is well known for its academic excellence and personalised learning. As an international student, a qualification from a New Zealand university is recognised and respected globally.

According to the Global Index 2020, New Zealand is the world's most peaceful country. The country offers an unbeatable lifestyle to improve the work and life balance. New Zealand is a place where people can dive into a new adventure every day.

With a multicultural society in place, New Zealand shares the spirit of Maori principle Manaakitanga! (Manaakitanga is about caring for others with shared understanding and respect)

Why study in New Zealand?
New Zealand is a welcoming and friendly environment, full of opportunities and unique experiences. And it doesn’t stop there! You can also work while you study, thereby supporting your studies with paid work. A part-time job also can offer you valuable experience.

There is always something for everyone in New Zealand! New Zealand is not just about grasses and mountains. Apart from the education aspect, New Zealand also lets you explore a stunning environment; snow-capped mountains, white sandy beaches, picture-perfect lakes and stunning fjords - and more!

Keep reading further to know all about the education system in New Zealand.

Education system
The government of New Zealand has strong quality assurance systems to ensure high-quality education at every level of the education system, both public and private.

The New Zealand government agencies monitor the quality of the education system in all areas. They also make sure that students gain the skills they need to obtain qualifications that are relevant.

The Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Universities in New Zealand and the Education Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand are some of the agencies responsible for quality assurance.

New Zealand has 8 state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) which have been unified into the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST), and around 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools as well.

The New Zealand education system focuses on both educational achievement and practical learning. The tertiary education system has 3 types:

  1. Universities: About 600 private colleges and universities and 8 state-funded universities in New Zealand. Public universities in New Zealand offer undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes to the students.
  2. ITPs: Institutes of technology and polytechnics are focused on vocational and practical learning programs in preparing the students for industry. ITPs are state-funded tertiary institutions which provide a wide and a good range of education and training programs including full degree and a few postgraduate courses.
  3. Wānanga: If you are someone who is fascinated in learning about the standard or traditional values of Maori cultures, then Wānanga institutes are right for you. The institutes teach you everything about the culture of the Maori people, from the languages to Haka (a type of ceremonial Māori dance).

According to the QS World University Rankings 2020, 7 of New Zealand’s universities have been listed in the top 100 in at least one subject.
Scholarship - Financial support/ Aid!
There are several expenses to consider before you study in New Zealand. So, a scholarship is the best way to reduce that pressure. Scholarships also help you stand out in a career of your choice and add value to your resume.

New Zealand offers many scholarships for international students - including PhD scholarships and scholarships for Masters’ degrees. If you are a PhD student, you simply have to pay the same tuition fees as New Zealanders. Moreover, you can also work full-time while completing your studies.

Here are a few government offered scholarships for international students:
New Zealand Scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate study

  • This scholarship is eligible for international students who wish to study full time at a New Zealand education institution or a Pacific university.
  • The eligibility requirements for the scholarship differs for each university.

PhD Scholarships in New Zealand

  • As an international student, you must not hold PR or citizenship status in Australia to be eligible for this New Zealand Scholarship.

Does this information trigger your eagerness to know more about studying in New Zealand? If yes, then don’t hesitate to talk with our AECC Global Educational experts for assistance!

We at AECC are here to guide you throughout the process for your educational journey![:]


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