New Zealand’s high quality living conditions are well known universally, and accommodation is one aspect of this. In many cases, accommodation will be only minutes away from your place of study. Most educational institutions will assist you to find accommodation.
These are usually located on the campus or nearby, with single or twin rooms. Bed linen and cleaning facilities are provided. Meals are eaten in a communal dining hall, with special dietary needs catered to. A warden lives on site, and social and cultural activities are organized for residents. Hostels usually have computer laboratories and recreation rooms. Some institutions provide “self-catering” hostels where 6-8 students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and living room.
Cost: approximately $200 per week.
Some cities have self-catering private or independent hostels. Cost of a furnished room, shared kitchen and lounge facilities is $90 – $130 per week, plus utilities (power, water, etc.)
This is a room of your own in a suburban house, usually with a garden and lawns. Your host family provides meals. Interacting with your host family and meeting their neighbours and friends is an excellent way to improve your English. The host family helps you make phone calls, read bus timetables, find a doctor and so on. But homestay is not like living in a hotel. Some “give and take” is expected, as you become part of the family. Cost: approximately $180 per week, plus a one-time administration fee of about $150.
This term means renting a house or flat (apartment) singly or with other people. Choose your own flatmates of the same or opposite sex with mixed accommodation, ranging from a two-bedroom apartment to a large house on its own land. Most rental properties are unfurnished, other than an oven, a laundry facility, curtains and carpet. The landlord does not have to provide heating. You pay for electricity, gas, telephone and water, including connection charges. A “bond” of up to four weeks’ rent is held by Tenancy Services and refunded when you move out if the flat is still in good condition. Tenancy Services, a division of the Ministry of Housing has information about dispute resolution procedures and your rights and obligations.
The accommodation office at your tertiary institution will probably have a noticeboard with advertisements for flats. The newspaper classified advertisements list rental properties available, mostly on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Rental agents charge you for services provided.
Flatting gives you more freedom but requires a lot of maturities. You’ll have to co-operate with flatmates to organize cooking and cleaning and paying the bills. For a good overview of the issues involved.
Cost: bond, plus about $120 per bedroom per week (cheaper in smaller cities) plus food, power, telephone, etc.
You will need a student visa if you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for longer than 3 months.You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. If you are studying a long-term course at secondary school, University or Polytechnic you will normally pay your tuition fees every year. The student visa must be renewed each year in New Zealand before the expiry date.
When applying for Student Visa, you will also need to include:
B.TECH / BBA / M.TECH / MBA / MASTER DEGREE AND ALL BACHELOR DEGREES AT GOVT UNIVERSITIES IN EUROPE
New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It offers a safe learning environment which provides excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.
New Zealanders are well traveled, with a great interest in people from other cultures, so visitors and international students soon feel more than welcome. Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying and socializing together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, the UK, North Asia, Japan, South America, India, and Australia, amongst many others.
New Zealand offers a progressive education to help students take a leading place in the exciting global environment, with many New Zealanders working internationally or involved in collaborative research with many prestigious overseas universities. There are many state-of-the-art facilities, and with many institutions spearheading several new technological developments, students have access to more advanced technology than they could wish for. As a result, New Zealand produces top graduates who can take their place with confidence in the international arena.
To ensure that both the Government and individuals are investing in quality education, training and assessment, the Government has set up nationally recognized processes of quality assurance. There are a number of government-appointed bodies responsible for approving qualifications in New Zealand and for the quality that determines the delivery of qualifications. These bodies are :
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
responsible for approving and registering all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments.
New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (NZVCC)
responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by New Zealand universities.
New Zealand Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology are state-funded and provide education and training at all levels ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. A few of them offer PG programmes as well. Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology are efficient tertiary providers offering programmes which can be both academically and vocationally focused. Due to their active engagement with industry, employers and government agencies they provide programmes which are of a high academic standard and are relevant to the rapidly changing workforce on a global basis. Polytechnics offer diverse courses like Arts and Design, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality etc.
In 1989, amendments to the Education Act in New Zealand enabled the private tertiary sector to award degrees through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The key to the legitimacy of the private degree providers is their relationship with the NZQA which has responsibility for course accreditation. The mission of the private degree providers is to provide a quality service to their students and range of skills of value in the work environment.
Private training establishments are registered and their courses approved by NZQA. Institutions and schools in this sector provide a range of courses including English language, aviation flight training, air traffic control, English, business computing, dance, design and arts, religious studies, travel and tourism and training for the hospitality industry.
At most New Zealand universities the course of study for a bachelor’s degree consists of a prescribed number of unit, papers or courses. In each subject there are usually first-year (stage 1 or 100 – level), second year (stage 2 or 200 level) and third-year (stage 3 or 300 level) courses. A second-year course may be commenced only after prescribed passes in the subject at stage 1 and a third-year course only after required passes in the subject at stage 2. In each subject, the student is required to attend a given number of lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory periods per week. In some courses-field trips provide opportunities for the on-site study of natural phenomena or social processes.
These learning contacts are supplemented by personal reading and research. Students are expected to develop independent study skills with a minimum of processes. These learning contacts are supplemented by personal reading and research. Students are expected to develop independent study skills with a minimum of professional supervision. Grades gives in tests, assignments and practical work count towards the final grade for a course. Most courses have a final written examination held either at mid-year (June) or the end of the academic year (October/November).
The first degree a student is able to gain in New Zealand is as elsewhere, a Bachelors degree. With a completed Bachelor’s degree, a graduate may be able to go on to a Masters degree. These degrees may be awarded Honours, an indication both of the challenge the course presents and of the student’s achievement in it.
Postgraduate Diploma: A one-year full-time study, designed for graduates, which builds on the subject matter in the academic field of the previous degree.
Graduate Diploma: A one-year, full-time course of study for graduates. It does not always require its students to have prior learning or experience in the subject matter of the diploma.
Master’s Degree: The Master’s degree is open to those who have completed a Bachelors degree. The course of study is usually of one or two year’s full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The work required normally builds upon the prior knowledge gained in the major part of the Bachelor’s degree, and most or all of it is in that discipline. It is at a more advanced level. That is normally reflected in the content of the work; in the mode of teaching which is likely to emphasize seminar presentation; and in the provision of research experience for the candidate. A thesis component, and in some cases, particularly those which are taken after a four-year Bachelor (Honours) course, the degrees may be thesis-only. However increasingly Master’s degrees by papers, or papers plus research, are becoming available.
The successful student is expected to show, as the title implies, a real grasp of the subject, demonstrated by an understanding of the discipline, a capacity to reflect upon it, and an ability to undertake research into it.
New Zealand Doctorate Research scholarships are a significant educational opportunity. Doctorate programmes generally take at least 3 years of full-time study to complete. It is a full research-based degree. Ph.D. students pay domestic tuition fee which is a ‘benefit’ of fee difference from international fees to domestic fees. Scholarships are also awarded to the students on the basis of academic merit and research ability by the university. The scholarships doctoral degree by research in New Zealand universities. The scholarship funding covers international tuition fee, a monthly living allowance, travel, health, insurance, books and thesis allowance.
Following their New Zealand studies, students of “The New World Class” are paving successful career paths around the world. Their New Zealand qualifications are providing the skill-sets requirer for career development- a foundation created by the “perfect growing conditions” provided in a New Zealand education.
From undergraduate students looking for world quality programmes that will give them the “edge” in the world job market, to post-graduate students choosing a New Zealand English-speaking education to progress in their chosen field, our international students are building a global reputation.
Some of our international students, upon completion of their New Zealand qualification, have built great careers within New Zealand itself. You can view “The New World Class” section of mynzed.com for international alumni’s stories.
New Zealand qualifications are world-class. They are modern, desirable and practical – particularly in terms of the modern workplace. Many of our international students have this in mind when they begin their New Zealand education. Working in New Zealand after Graduation
For students and graduates interested in the career opportunities New Zealand offers, you can refer to www.immigration.govt.nz for information on work permits, New Zealand residency, etc.
If you are studying a three-year course, you are allowed to work during the summer holidays and up to 15 hours per week during the academic year. You will need a ”variation of conditions” to your student permit. This is issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service. A fee may be charged.
These rules do not apply if you are a postgraduate student or need to get work experience in order to fulfill course requirements.
Everybody who works in New Zealand must pay tax on what they earn.
Strict legislation spells out your responsibilities and those of your employer. Employers must not take advantage of or mistreat employees. There is a minimum adult wage, and regulations for holiday pay and health and safety in the workplace. There is no disparity of sexes. Men and women receive equal pay for doing the same job.
Student Job Search is a national organization that helps students find work. It has offices on tertiary institution campuses. For student jobs, such as working in a restaurant or bar, or doing manual labour, you could expect to earn about NZ$9 – $15 per hour before tax.