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Education in New Zealand

New Zealand Education System

Education in New Zealand is a student-centred pathway providing continuous learning progression and choice. You can decide what you want to study and how.

The education system in New Zealand is quite simple and is divided into various stages. This is very convenient, as it allows you to gradually move along the educational ladder and at the same time retain the possibility of flexible choice. 

 

PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN NEW ZEALAND

Children have the opportunity to go to kindergartens from birth and up to 5 or 6 years of age, until they go to school. At the same time, from 3 to 5 years, all children have the opportunity to attend kindergartens for free up to 20 hours a week, as it is subsidized by the government. For the rest, a child’s kindergarten attendance costs NZ $ 7-10 per hour.

SCHOOLING IN NEW ZEALAND

A distinctive feature is that a child can start school immediately after 5 turning years of age, and does not necessarily have to wait for the beginning of the next semester. At the same time, compulsory school education begins at 6 years of age. New Zealand schools teach children for 12-13 years, depending on their further plans for vocational training. For children of citizens, residents and holders of working visas in New Zealand, public schools are free of charge, and for foreign students, schools cost NZ $ 12,000 per year.

HIGHER AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN NEW ZEALAND

In New Zealand, there are several types of universities that offer professional education for their students. The state partially subsidizes higher education, so residents and citizens of New Zealand pay only about NZ $ 7,000 per year, whereas for international students, study costs more.

 

 

HIGHER EDUCATION STRUCTURE OF NEW ZEALAND

Vocational education is structured and divided into 10 levels. Each level implies the accumulation of a certain number of Credits (analogous to the training hours for a particular subject). For the academic year, an average of about 120 Credits is a pass. For admission to a higher level, as a rule, the presence of a previous level of education in the same or similar professional sphere is required. Confirmation of the passing of a subject occurs in the form of a test, exam or writing Assignment (analogue of the course work).

Description of the education system in New Zealand on the official website of NZQA 

HOW TO APPLY FOR STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND?

For admission to study in New Zealand, you need to get an invitation from the chosen university, and then correctly draw up all the necessary documents for obtaining a student visa. Kiwi Education helps with these processes for free, so you only need to fill out our questionnaire at the end of the article, after which our managers will select the best options for you and help with all the documents.

PROSPECTS AFTER GRADUATION IN NEW ZEALAND

Most graduates of New Zealand universities successfully find employment after graduation. The most difficult is usually the search for the first job, although most often this stage is successfully overcome by young specialists. With work experience in New Zealand, permanent employment becomes even more real.
To that, if you finish one year of study at levels 7 or higher, or if you graduate in New Zealand over two years of study to levels 4-6, you can get an open work visa for a graduate for a year (Post Study Work Visa), which in the future you can also extend for another two years if you find a job in your specialisation.