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The New Zealand education system is government regulated and has strong quality assurance systems.
You can be certain of gaining a high-quality education that will improve your job prospects in the global marketplace.
This ensures students gain the skills they need and obtain qualifications that are relevant and good value for money.
Agencies responsible for quality assurance include:
The Ministry of Education, which develops education goals and curriculum for primary and secondary schools
the Education Review Office, which checks the quality of education and student support in primary and secondary schools
the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which ensures the qualifications offered by secondary schools and non-university tertiary institutions are regarded in New Zealand and around the world as credible and robust
Universities New Zealand, which ensures all eight New Zealand universities provide quality qualifications and education
the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which is responsible for maintaining professional standards for primary and secondary school teachers.
New Zealand’s teaching style and practical, hands-on way of learning gives graduates strong employability skills — attributes valued by employers across a wide range of jobs and careers.
These highly transferable skills include flexibility, creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, organisational skills and a self-motivated ‘can-do’ attitude. Graduates also gain workplace-relevant English language abilities and learn to be effective in multicultural and Western work environments.
Students in New Zealand are supported to solve problems, process information, work with others, create and innovate. Whichever level you’re studying at, New Zealand can give you a high-quality education that will enable you to achieve your goals.
New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools.
Universities offer higher degree-level education. Programmes are research-led and generally academic rather than vocational. In the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, all eight of New Zealand’s universities were in the top 100 in at least one subject. ITPs and a few larger PTEs offer vocational degree-level education. PTEs tend to offer specific vocational programmes, mainly at certificate and diploma level.
A New Zealand education can give you the qualifications and skills to excel anywhere in the world in your chosen career.
Getting a part-time job while you study can help you pay your
living expenses, meet new people and gain valuable
experience of the New Zealand workplace
Your work rights while studying
If you have a Student Visa you may be able to work upto 20 hours a week during term time and full time during scheduled holidays.
Masters and PhD
If you are a Masters by research or PhD student, you may work during term time and scheduled holidays.
Employers around the world welcome graduates of New Zeland education system because of their strong academic qualifications, practical skills and ability to think critically and creatively.
From the moment they graduate, you are ready to take their place in the global jobs marketplace.
New Zealand is a member of the Lisbon Recognition Convention, which means our certificates, diplomas and degrees are recognised in 50 participating countries. These include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Australia. Bachelor degrees are widely recognised on the job market by employers, and for enrolment in postgraduate programmes.
With a population of only 4.6 million people, New Zealand gives you room to breathe and the space to be yourself.
New Zealand is one of the safest and friendliest places you can choose for your studies. In 2017, named the world’s second most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index, and in 2016, the world’s least corrupt country by Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.
New Zealand consistently leads world quality of life studies, and have a great work-life balance. Kiwis believe in balancing a good day’s work or study with time after work and on the weekends to catch up with family and friends, enjoy hobbies and explore nature.
Most of the cities and towns are relatively small and uncrowded, making your daily commute easier and faster than back home. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from beaches, parks, walking trails and cycle tracks.
New Zealand’s flexible education system has study options to suit every budget. The cost of living is similar to other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, and is teamed with an excellent work/life balance and a high quality of life.