The education system in New Zealand

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The education system in New Zealand

The education system in New Zealand reflects their unique and diverse society, which welcomes different abilities, religious beliefs, ethnic groups, income levels and ideas about teaching and learning, ensuring the provision of consistent, high-quality education at all levels.

The education system in New Zealand
The education system in New Zealand

Education in New Zealand:

Education in New Zealand is a student-centred pathway providing continuous learning progression and choice so that:

  • students progress every year.
  • their learning at one level sets the foundation for the next steps along a chosen pathway.

New Zealand's education system has 3 levels:

  • early childhood education — from birth to school entry age
  • primary and secondary education — from 5 to 19 years of age
  • further education— higher and vocational education.

The education system in New Zealand
The education system in New Zealand

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is at the heart of New Zealand’s higher education system, ensuring that quality standards are maintained. Many students will be pleased to know that class sizes in New Zealand are small, which means you can expect good levels of tutor/student interaction. The country’s higher education system was ranked 16th in the world in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2016.

Typically, a bachelor's degree will take three years, and a further year of study will lead to an Honours degree. Not every degree follows this 3+1 pattern: there are some four year degrees (which may or may not be awarded with Honours), and some specialist bachelor's degrees which take longer to complete. Typically, Honours may be awarded with first class, upper second class, lower second class or third class, but this can vary from degree to degree. A bachelor's degree may be followed by a master's degree. A candidate who does not hold an Honours degree may be awarded a master's degree with honours: such a degree usually involves two years study, compared to one year for a master's degree for a candidate who does have an Honours degree. A candidate who has either a master's degree or a bachelor's degree with Honours may proceed to a doctoral degree.

The education system in New Zealand
The education system in New Zealand

Fees:

Tuition fees:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years.
  • Postgraduate degree: Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.
  • PhDs: International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects.
  • English language course: A general English course costs $300 per week, or a Cambridge English exam course costs $5,100 for 12 weeks.

Living costs:

If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you‘ll need to prove that you have at least $15,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you’re studying for less than a year, you must have at least $1250 for each month of study to contribute to your living expenses.

Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. For example, you may need to travel more in the main centres, and transport costs may be more expensive than in your home country.

As an example of how much to budget for, Victoria University recommends that students allow between $18,000-$27,000 each year, the University of Auckland recommends $20,000-$25,000, the University of Otago recommends $15,000-$17,000 and Massey University recommends $15,000-$18,000.

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