New Zealand is fast emerging as the first choice for foreign students willing to study overseas for higher studies. The educational institutions in the country are highly regarded the world over for their excellence in imparting quality education. A range of opportunities in higher education makes the country an important overseas study destination for those willing to pursue higher education. Moreover, the people of the country are well traveled and it is the reason why they accept people from different culture with great hospitality. The country has a progressive education system with excellent facilities on offer. There are support services available for international students. A range of academic, professional, and vocational courses is available to students.
New Zealand is an island country situated about 2,000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It has two main islands (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands. The South Island is the largest land mass and is divided along its length by the Southern Alps. The North Island is less mountainous but marked by volcanism.
New Zealand, with a total area of 268,680 square kilometers, is comparable in size to Great Britain, Japan, or Colorado. Its closest neighbors to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Its capital city is Wellington, the southernmost national capital in the world. Students from all over the world come to study in New Zealand.
Education system in New Zealand follows the three-tier model of primary, secondary, and tertiary or post-secondary. This generally includes universities, private institutions, colleges, and polytechnics. New Zealand's educational institutions offer quality secondary school education, a well-established network of English-language schools, and internationally respected and recognized tertiary education providers. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) regulates post-secondary education. As well as state-owned education providers, there are approximately 860 private training establishments (PTEs) in New Zealand. They are privately owned and funded, although some of their courses attract government funding and they include quality English-language providers. They offer a wide variety of courses that lead to qualifications in a large range of vocations from scuba diving to hospitality to business. NZQA requires that Private Training Establishments (PTEs) have adequate protection of student fees and tuition. Polytechnics offer education and training at tertiary levels ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programs. They deliver technical, vocational, and professional education. There are 23 polytechnics or institutes of technology in New Zealand. The National Qualifications Framework is a system of national qualifications available through study in schools, polytechnics, colleges of education, etc. The Framework provides nationally recognized, consistent standards and qualifications. The Framework is endorsed and supported by New Zealand's education and training providers, employers and national industry and professional groups. It is compatible with similar systems in the U.K., Europe, South Africa, Australia, and North America. There are 10 levels of study in New Zealand schools and universities. The lowest level is a certificate and the highest is a doctoral degree. Each level is more complex than the one below it. These are the names of our qualifications and their levels: • Certificates are levels 1 to 4 • Diplomas are levels 5 and 6 • Bachelor’s degree and graduate diplomas are level 7 • Post graduate certificate and diplomas and bachelor’s degree with honors are level 8 • Master’s degrees are level 9 • Doctoral degrees are level 10