New Zealand

About New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses, the North Island and South Island. New Zealand is situated around 900 miles east of Australia. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

The majority of New Zealand’s population of 4.5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Maori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. In New Zealand, you can study for internationally-recognized qualifications at a wide range of educational institutions. New Zealand is a diverse country of many cultures. We’re easy going and embrace different lifestyles and opinions

In New Zealand you will be looked after. Here we have a Code of Practice for Pastoral Care that helps ensure the safety and well-being of our international students.

Education System

The education system in New Zealand is a three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechnics. The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary schools, secondary schools, and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.


New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so January and February are the warmest months; autumn is from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November. The climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. It’s not sub-tropical, except in the far north. The weather varies a lot between different geographical regions. New Zealand is home to modern vibrant cities with nightlife, restaurants and shops. Of course, New Zealand also boasts some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. There’s always plenty to discover.

Study & Work

During 2005, new immigration regulations relating to a student’s ability to work whilst studying, and to post study work opportunities, were introduced. These student policy changes came into effect on 4 July 2005.Eligible students may apply to work up to 20 hours in any given week, rather than the previous restriction of 15 hours per week. International students undertaking a course of 12 months or more may apply to work full-time over the summer holidays. Students graduating from a two-three year diploma, degree or post graduate qualification will be eligible for a twelve month Graduate Job Search Work Permit. This allows them to search a job relevant to their qualification. Once they have received a job offer the twelve month work permit will be extended to the length of their job offer and also eligible to apply for permanent residence card.

Each year many students come to study and live in New Zealand. Living and studying in a new country away from friends and family can be exciting and scary at the same time. There will be lots for you to learn!

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