Advantages of Studying in New Zealand
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Advantages of Studying in New Zealand
Education New Zealand
New Zealand’s education system is based on the British system, which makes it recognised in a number of countries so students can either progress to further education in New Zealand or other English speaking nations, or move to further study or employment back in their home countries easily.
Studying in New Zealand is about more than getting a good education. The school system is well-respected around the world, and very consistent between schools. But a student who comes to New Zealand goes home with more than just a qualification. Most will tell you that their experience of the culture, landscape and lifestyle in New Zealand was as important to them as their schooling there. It’s that complete experience that makes the long trip to the bottom of the world worthwhile.
New Zealand is around the same size as Japan or the Britain, but with a population of just over 4 million. That leaves a lot of open space, and a chance for every single person to make their mark. Smaller cities, smaller classes, and a more relaxed approach to life influence the student experience all around the country.
New Zealand Qualifications
Education in New Zealand focuses on equipping students with skills and knowledge essential for both career and life on a global scale.
The New Zealand Government works with officials worldwide to ensure our qualifications are recognised. This provides you with an assurance that whether you continue studying in New Zealand or move to another country’s education system, you will be able to credit your New Zealand qualification towards your future study.
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement programme (NCEA) is New Zealand’s main national qualification for secondary students. Entrance to degree study at New Zealand tertiary education institutions is achieved by gaining a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA level 3 or higher, and fulfilling specific subject and level requirements, and literacy and numeracy requirements.
However, international qualifications considered equivalent are accepted.
New Zealand’s university degrees and other tertiary qualifications are recognised around the world. Students who gain tertiary qualifications in New Zealand can use them as a step towards further education in other countries, or as final qualifications to put to work in the international job market.
New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system. All institutions enrolling international students must be registered and maintain very high standards of course quality and pastoral care.
This system means students can move between sectors of education easily. A student can begin their New Zealand education in a secondary school and move through to tertiary study by only providing evidence of identity and a single sheet of paper outlining their NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) approved qualifications. Similarly, a student can move between tertiary education providers easily as the system ensures papers or qualifications completed can be credited to their new institution. Where needed, English courses can be arranged to bring a student’s ability up to the required standard for entrance.
All New Zealand institutions who enrol international students must be a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
This system creates a depth of quality right across the system. A student contemplating study within New Zealand does not have to worry about which institution to study at so much as which course and part of New Zealand they want to be in.
The New Zealand Difference
In New Zealand, we pride ourselves on being inventive and thinking outside the box. This is seen in our educational system, as we encourage students to think for themselves and solve problems. We find this more practical than memorisation or rote learning. Lively discussion and debate are part of the normal classroom experience here.
With a New Zealand education, students are able to enter the competitive working world prepared to face difficult decisions and complex problems.
Also, New Zealand’s smaller population means that students have more personal experience here. Class sizes are smaller, cities are compact and easy to get around, and nobody gets lost in the crowd. International students here are often surprised by the amount of personal attention they receive from their teachers and tutors, giving them a chance to make the most of their education.
Further information about studying in New Zealand can be found at www.newzealandeducated.com
Around 90,000 international students come to New Zealand each year to pursue their studies and to experience a lifestyle that is warm, welcoming and relaxed. The high quality of the education offered in New Zealand, combined with a safe learning environment, makes New Zealand an ideal choice for students who want to combine a valuable qualification with an unrivalled overseas experience.