New Zealand (or Aotearoa â€“ land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
Facts & Figures:
Capital : Wellington
- Population: 4.5 million
- Dialing Code: +64
- Currency: NZ $
- Official Language: English; MÄori and New Zealand Sign Language.
Why Study In New Zealand?
New Zealand, although it is the same size as Japan or Great Britain, but there are a lot of reasons that you should consider going there for your studies abroad.
New Zealand has 8 state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools.Choose the type of institution thatâ€™s best for your career path:
- Universities offer higher degree-level education. Programmes are research-led and generally academic rather than vocational.
- In the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, all eight of New Zealandâ€™s universities were in the top 100 in at least one subject.
- ITPs and a few larger PTEs offer vocational degree-level education.
- PTEs tend to offer specific vocational programmes, mainly at certificate and diploma level.
New Zealand has signed agreements with groups of European and Asia-Pacific countries that commit to recognising each otherâ€™s qualifications.
These agreements include the Lisbon Recognition Convention in Europe, which has been signed by 50 countries and international organisations including the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada, Russia and Israel.
Working While Studying:
Opportunity After Study:
Once you have finished your study, you may want to stay on and work in New Zealand for a while to gain work experience. You may even consider staying in New Zealand permanently.
There are pathways that make it easier for you to stay, if you meet certain conditions.
New Zealandâ€™s immigration policies include a post-study work pathway for international students who have completed a New Zealand qualification. This lets you find a job and get work experience in a field directly related to your studies, and makes it easier to apply for residence.
There are two types of work visa specifically for students who have completed their tertiary study in New Zealand:
- The Post-study work visa (open). This gives you up to 12 months to find a job that is relevant to your studies.
- The Post-study work visa (employer assisted). This option lets you work in a specific job, which must be relevant to your studies, for two more years.
If you want to stay in New Zealand for longer youâ€™ll need to find a job that is relevant to the qualification you achieved here.
If you decide youâ€™re going to look for work here Seek, TradeMe and New Kiwis are popular job search sites. You should also check out the Careers New Zealand website which has a list of online recruitment sites.