LIST OF UNIVERSITIES IN NEW ZEALAND
The islands of New Zealand lie in the Pacific Ocean, south-east of Australia. Although the land is narrow, there is plenty of variety – volcanoes and glaciers, beaches and forests, open plains. Running the length of the South Island is a mountain range called the Southern Alps. The North Island is mainly hill country with the great expanse of Lake Taupo at its centre.
The coastal climate is mild to cool – it rarely gets very hot, but inland regions can be very cold. Most places receive their fair share of sunny and cloudy days. Winds come mainly from the west and they can be very strong. There is generally plenty of rain, and everywhere rivers and streams twist to the sea.
New Zealand has been isolated from other lands for millions of years. This allowed some animals and plants to develop into fascinating forms, such as giant land snails and flightless birds, including the famous kiwi. Birds, with their distinctive calls, are the most noticeable form of native wildlife. Most are unique to New Zealand.These plants and animals evolved with few browsing animals to compete with, and no predatory mammals.
WHY CHOOSE NEW ZEALAND?
CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL:
Every country has a certain amount of natural beauty to boast about. New Zealand just happens to have more. Wherever you are, the scenery is spectacular. Even in the biggest cities you’re never far from the coasts, the bush and the hills if you’re not actually living there already.
If you’re looking for a more balanced lifestyle, New Zealand’s got the recipe just right. It’s why New Zealand is consistently at or near the top of surveys comparing the quality of life internationally.And it’s also why three quarters of recent migrants decide they want to stay permanently, according to an Immigration New Zealand survey – with nine out of ten prepared to recommend New Zealand to family and friends.
Working hard and getting ahead is considered a virtue in New Zealand. But, just as important is life away from the job.
The pace of life is less frenetic than most places and there are all sorts of opportunities to get outdoors and be as physical as you want – from lazing on un-crowded beaches to getting close to nature in the bush, or becoming involved in sport.
There’s also a lively arts scene that includesliterature, fine arts, music, theatre, film and comedy.
SAFE AND SECURE:
New Zealand is rated in international surveys as one of the world’s most peaceful and least corrupt countries.
The cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to all OECD countries.
Consumer goods are of a similar style and standard to those found overseas and are competitively-priced. Imported items such as cars, electrical and computer equipment and petrol costs are on a par with what you’d find in Australia or other similar countries.
Mercer’s 2012 Cost of Living Survey ranks cities worldwide – 1st place being the most expensive place to live. The survey lists Auckland (56) and Wellington (74) far better than many other major cities. Such cities included Sydney (11), London (25) and New York (33) – showing that comparatively, New Zealand’s major metropolitan areas are more affordable than those in other countries.
A WORLD LEADER IN EDUCATION
According to the UN Development Program’s 2011 Human Development Report, New Zealand leads the world in education. That ranks it ahead of Norway, Australia, Ireland and the US.
“New Zealand is a top-performing country (for) the quality of its educational system”, noted the OECD’s 2011 Better Life report. It also described NZ as “one of the strongest OECD countries” for literacy, maths and science.
The New Zealand education system values both academic and practical, skill-based achievements. Young people are encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek their own answers. Add in a healthy dose of outdoor recreation and sport plus a safe learning environment, and you’ve got a great recipe for producing resourceful and confident young adults.
There are eight universities located in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. There are also 20 polytechnics and institutes of technology in all the main centres and leading provincial cities.
63% of New Zealand’s universities appear in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings, a higher percentage than any other country.
75% of New Zealand’s universities appeared in the Top 500 in the QS Times Higher Education World Rankings.
A bachelor’s degree will take three years, and a further year of study will lead to an Honours degree. However 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. 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.
A Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out the minimum standards for the welfare of students and the way they are given advice.
These standards are required of all education providers who have students enrolled on international student permits. The code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards, which are regulated by the New Zealand government in other ways.
EMPLOYMENT IN THE NEW ZEALAND
International students are allowed to work part time for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time (40 hours) during holidays.
International students have a range of visa options available to them if they want to remain in New Zealand after graduation. Please note, the rules for these visas change regularly. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, refer to the following website or contact your nearest New Zealand Diplomatic Post. (www.immigration.govt.nz)
Academics : 50% and above.
IELTS : 6.5 for masters, 6.0 for bachelors