New Zealand: Dream Destination for Higher Studies
If you are thinking about your dream destination to pursue your further education, New Zealand has everything to match with your expectations. Education system of New Zealand is based on prestigious British system so it is acceptable all over the world. Colleges and Universities maintain International standards in their performance.
Being almost equal in size of United Kingdom or Japan, New Zealand has population just over four millions, making it one of world’s least crowded countries. Natural beauty, Stunning landscapes, vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, Seashores, Beaches, rainforests and many more things make it an ideal place to be. Geographically New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island
Beautiful Landscapes & Beaches
With beautiful beaches, lakes, mountains and clear sky, land of New Zealand is full of mind blowing landscapes. Rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches makes New Zealand a like some heaven on earth. Because it is small land surrounded by water, New Zealand has number of beaches. New Zealand has over 15,000 kilometers of beautiful and varied coastline spread over 2000 Km from cape Reinga in the very north to Bluff in the very south. Its stunning and gorgeous beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, boating, and water sports during summer.
Cultural and Social life
New Zealand is having diverse and multicultural society. People from different nations have migrated to this land during last century. People are peace loving and they are very friendly to each other.
Student Friendly Environment
A supportive and friendly environment plays very important role while choosing New Zealand as destination for higher studies. Small classes, Encouraging students to work in groups, Individual attention for every student, applying theories to real life situation are regular features of teaching system. Innovative thinking, recreational opportunities, safe society, and incredible natural environment make New Zealand one of the best destinations for higher studies.
Land of Long White Cloud
Maori people named New Zealand as ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ . Two main geographical features dominate its climate: the mountains and the sea. It has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. December, January and February are the warmest months where as June, July and August are coldest months. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30 degrees Celsius and in winter between 10-15 degrees Celsius. The South island is cooler than North Island. Weather is extremely variable, commonly described as “four seasons in one day”.
Best Chances for Settlement
If you are having degree or diploma from New Zealand, you can apply for job to have work experience related to your studies. Even you may be eligible for permanent residency if you qualify the point system for permanent residency. International students are offered one year open job search visa after minimum study of 2 year if student is completing level 5 & 6 together. If student is coming in Level 7 Course after Graduation, he/ she has to do one year study to get open work permit of one year. During this period student can do any job available and search right job related with his studies. As soon as he get related job, he will get points that will make him eligible to apply his permanent residency.
- Waiariki Institute of Technology
Waiariki Institute of Technology is a tertiary education facility (or Polytechnic) in the Waiariki Rohe (Bay of Plenty). Institute of Technology has campuses in Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane
- Whitireia New Zealand
Whitireia New Zealand is a government owned and funded tertiary institute of technology, known for its high student success rate and culturally diverse student body. It has campuses in Auckland, Wellington, Kapiti and Porirua.
- Queens Acadamic Group, Auckland
Queens Academic Group is conveniently located in the heart of Auckland City, New Zealand, less than 5 minutes walk to main entertainment and shopping areas of Queen Street. It offer best courses in different streams.
Few Colleges & Universities
New Zealand colleges and Universities offer a wide range of diploma as well degree programs where as vocational and polytechnic courses are quite popular among international students. New Zealand also has government-funded Universities, which provide under-graduate and postgraduate degrees. Some of them also offer foundation courses. There are number of government as well private college providing many popular diploma courses. Links of few colleges are given here.
Living Cost in New Zealand
International students in New Zealand will be required to prove that they have sufficient funds available with them to maintain their living while studying. As per latest requirements, the monthly expenses in New Zealand would be NZ $1250, if the study period is less than nine months. If the study period is longer than nine months then it is calculated on annual basis. Annually it is NZ$ 15,000. This includes food, travel, accommodation, stationery and recreational facilities. Immigration department require $15,000 per annum funds available with you to issue student visa.
Tuition Fees in New Zealand
Tuition fee for international students varies with level and type of studies. Tuition fee also varies with type of colleges. Private sector colleges offer slightly less fee than government colleges and polytechnics. Similarly Universities fee is again slightly on higher side. On average tuition fee for different courses is as under
- Arts and Social Sciences: NZ $ 15000
- Science & Engineerings : NZ $ 20000
All these figures are meant for rough idea. We always recommend you to check with institutions or departments for exact fee.
Funds Transfer Scheme for Indian Student
Very recently New Zealand High Commission in India has introduced Fund Transfer Scheme (FTS) to speed up visa approvals. As per this scheme student has to transfer his living expenses ( NZ $ 15000) to New Zealand bank which will lock that amount and student will get his money back on monthly basis. Under this arrangement student or his parents need not to show proof of funds over six month for approval of his visa
Benefits of the process under FTS
- Allows students’ parents to have control over the amount of money that their child has access to in New Zealand;
- Ensures that the student will have access to sufficient money to meet cost of living in New Zealand
- It is a lot easier than the current alternatives available – where a range of documentation is required and/or a bank loan must be taken out; and
- Applications submitted under this scheme will not be subjected to in-depth fund assessments thereby reducing processing times
Keeping all in mind we can conclude that New Zealand is an extraordinarily beautiful country to visit and to study in. It is renowned as one of the most scenic countries in the world with students from all countries choosing NZ for their University and English language studies.
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© 2010 Jaspal Singh
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