There are approximately twenty-four higher education institutions that award degrees in New Zealand. These consist of university-type and polytechnic institutions, both of which are funded by the government. For these institutions, the tuition costs are shared between the student and the state. The educational system is builds on the Anglo-Saxon tradition (see below), with the language of instruction being English.
Conditions for international students are subject to individual universities’ regulations, and further requirements of residency. Generally speaking, being a home to a spate of world class universities as captured by QS World University Ratings, New Zealand is a sought-after destination for higher education, being home to over 175 000 university students, with over 20 000 international students choosing New Zealand for their studies. For more information please refer to https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/.
New Zealand educational system strongly builds on Anglo-Saxon educational tradition. It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’; nonetheless in contrast to the UK, a greater stress is placed upon the importance of examinations as a means of tracking academic progress.
The length of Bachelor’s degree usually comprises three years, with a fourth year leading to an Honours degree. Specialist degrees, however, may take longer to complete. Notably, three-year undergraduate programmes often do not contain research component. Postgraduate programmes in New Zealand are taught either via research, coursework or both at Master’s level, and via research with a maximum one year of coursework component at Doctoral levels. Its admission requirements are usually a Bachelor’s Honours, and either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree respectively.
Entrance requirements vary across institution, study level and subject area. For undergraduate courses, there are three ways to meet the admission requirements, the most common way of which is a possession of a secondary education certificate. Cambridge International Examination and the International Baccalaureate also qualify. Generally speaking, applicants are assessed against their academic background and previous academic achievements. For competitive courses, an entrance exam and/or interview may be required. An English language certificate (B2 minimum) is also required, as the language of instruction is English for virtually all of the programmes.
In terms of financing the studies, the better portion of tuition costs for home students is provided by the government, with student contribution being approximately 25%. This is not the case for international students, however, with the tuition costs for a full Bachelor’s degree between £10 700 and £15 600. This number is even higher for medicine, engineering or law degrees. Postgraduate tuitions are even higher, amounting to between £12 700 and £18 000 for the entirety of the course.
There is a number of government-sponsored sponsorships and loans made available to home students, some valued up to £17 600. New Zealand’s government, however, offers a plenty of scholarships for students all over the world, some of them covering most of the costs of tuition as well as living costs. For more information about these, refer to the governmental website specified in the introduction.
Information for International Students
New Zealand is a sought-after destination for higher education with over 20 000 students coming from abroad. As a country with an international outlook, advice as well as support is readily available for most countries.
The admission process is usually administered by the university of one’s choice. The documents such as of previous education transcripts, language certificate copies, and a copy of the applicant’s passport are an integral part of each admission process. For international citizens, relevant visa requirements also apply. It is usually possible to apply for a student visa only once the applicant has secured a place and paid the university fees. A payment of a processing fee, medical and travel insurance details, and other information will be required.
Total living costs for a week of university study have been estimated at approximately £162 for Auckland, the capital. This includes national median rent for a single room of £105 per week, with basic dietary requirements being priced at £32. Regional bus card, with discounts, may cost around £11.5 per week, with an average meal when dining out costing approximately £6.5. In New Zealand, it is possible to work along the studies, however some scholarships impose restrictions on the number of hours you can work.