Why You Should Consider New Zealand As Your Study Destination

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July 2017

Whether you take up hiking or haka, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the clean, green feel of student life in New Zealand.

New Zealand is a heaven for wildlife and adventure lovers, and also offers plenty for fun-loving city dwellers. This highly developed country remains rooted in the natural world, mixing cosmopolitanism with conservationism, and in an active yet easy-going society.

Recent years have seen New Zealand attract a growing number of students from around the world. There are now more than 110,000 international students in the country, and national agency Education New Zealand aims to increase this by more than 40,000 by 2025.

Those with a taste for outdoor adventure will certainly find plenty to explore. New Zealand is famed for its natural beauty and diverse landscapes, from lush green forests and lakes, to rocky roads, expensive beaches and awe-inspiring mountains. And what it lacks in human population, it more than makes up for in terms of varied and interesting wildlife.

The nation’s culture is equally distinctive, strongly influenced both by its native Maori population and by its modern-day multicultural make-up. As well as having remarkably low crime rates, New Zealand ranks among the world’s most peaceful nations, coming fourth in the Global Peace Index 2015.

Higher Education in New Zealand

With a strong emphasis on research and personal development, New Zealand offers a prospering higher education system. Tertiary qualifications run from certificate to doctorate level, progressing through diploma, bachelor’s and master’s programs along the way. Typically, a bachelors’s degree will take three or four years to complete and a master’s degree one or two years, while a PhD program can take upto two to four years. The option of a fast-track master’s degree, which takes less than one calendar year to complete, is growing in availability and popularity.

As well as a selection of public and private universities, New Zealand also offers around 600 private training schools, for specialized foundation and diploma qualifications. Other options include studying at a ‘ Wananga’ – Maori-led tertiary institutions unique to New Zealand- or at one of the 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), which offer vocational degrees and diplomas.

The highest- ranked university in New Zealand in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 is the University of Auckland, at 82nd in the world. Further seven New Zealand universities feature, with the University of Otago, University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington all ranked among the world’s top 300.

Applications & Visas

The process of applying to Study in New Zealand varies, with specific guidelines provided by each university. In most cases, you can submit your application online, but some institutions require hard copies of documents to be sent by post.

Generally, you will be asked to submit relevant academic documentation, providing proof of qualifications completed. While qualifications and credit transfers are widely accepted form New Zealand, Australian and UK institutions, some international qualifications must be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

If you are not a native English speaker, you will be asked to provide proof of proficiency in English, by either submitting language test results (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS),or demonstrating that you’ve studied in English previously.

Student visas are required for all full-time students from outside of New Zealand or Australia who wish to study in the country for longer than three months. Part-time students should apply for a visitor visa. In order to apply for your Student Visa, you must submit the official application form (online or on paper) to Immigration New Zealand (INZ), along with proof of acceptance to an NZQA- approved university, a valid passport, proof of medical and travel insurance, evidence of sufficient funds to cover living costs (see below), a police certificate, a medical check (for certain students only) and a return flight ticket (or proof or sufficient funds for this).

Recent reforms to visa requirements have now made it easier for international students to work and pursue a master’s by research or a PhD, students are also granted unlimited work rights. Others can work up to 20 hours per week during term-time, and full-time during official holidays, as long as their course meet certain criteria. Qualifying courses include programs lasting at least two years; approved tertiary exchanges of at least one year; qualifications which could lead to an application for a Skilled Migrant Visa; and certain full-time English language courses.

Post-Graduation Careers

If you wish to stay in New Zealand after graduation to seek work, you’ll need to apply for a post-study work visa. This visa allows you to stay in the country for up to one year while searching for a job, with eligibility to apply for an additional visa of two to three years once you are hired.

You must apply for the visa within three months of completing your studies, or within six months for PhD graduates. To qualify, you’ll need to have completed a qualification that meets the country’s skilled migrant criteria.

Unemployment levels have fallen in recent years, reported at 5.8% in 2015. Areas in which skilled graduates are in immediate high demand include accountancy, construction, engineering, dentistry, oil and gas. There is also long-term demand anticipated for a range of medical professionals, veterinarians, ICT professionals, environmental research scientists, spatial scientists and statisticians.

What Edwise Students Studying Abroad Says… ?

“I was very pleased with the service offered by Edwise International. I will like to thank the staff for their outstanding support. This has given me a new prospect in my career. I believe this organization goes on and on supporting millions of deserted students like me who would surely get misguided unless there is someone like Edwise to shelter them. In one line, Terrific Job, Keep it up.”

Name: Megdutt Bhramacharey
Country: New Zealand
University: Massey University

“Truly exhilarating! Not only my counselor was warm and approachable, in her hands I knew my application was in the best place! Will cherish the memories of her guidance and a huge thanks to her for her immeasurable help. Keep up the great work! I was totally at ease and so was my mother as soon as we signed up with EDWISE. 10/10 would and have recommended to others.”

Name: Sagorika Datta
Country: New Zealand
University: Auckland University of Technology

“I am writing this Testimonial as a humble note of appreciation for the quality service provided by Edwise office staff throughout my admission and visa. I must say the correct and prompt support extended by my counselor was appreciable. She answered all my queries and was very polite and helpful throughout the procedure. You should certainly feel proud of such resources, which can bring in goodwill for the organization. I appreciate the way you have trained your staff and the way they are following their duty perfectly. Keep up the good work. Once again thank you for the good service and I wish the company and my counselor a lot of success. Thank you again to my counselor for her help and I also welcome any other suggestion from her that will help me to make my career better.”

Name: Karan Thareja
Country: New Zealand
University: AIS ST HELENS

“Edwise made it possible for me to study in NZ.I cannot thank you enough for guiding me throughout the journey. All the application and fee transfer was done so efficiently that I didn’t have to worry about anything. The counselors are friendly and go out of their way to help. I’ve been suggesting Edwise to all my friends who plan to study abroad. Wish you all the success in your endeavors.”

Name: Zuha Fatima
Country: New Zealand
University: Auckland University of Technology

Overseas Education Consultant

We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 575 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

Start your education overseas with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding a program.

Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

For complete information on Studying Overseas, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

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Author: Edwise International

Edwise is the one stop solution for all your international study needs. Established in 1991, the core activity lies in assisting students to make the right choice with regard to pursuing education in overseas educational institutions. Edwise provides information regarding higher education in various countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Malaysia, Dubai. and has a command over the education system world wide.

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