New Zealand is a cost effective alternative to the UK or Australia. It is a good option for students seeking outdoor adventure in an English speaking country. New Zealand is a welcoming nation offering a warm student friendly environment.
New Zealand education is recognized all across the world. The cost of living is much lower as compared to the other countries promoting higher education. Traditionally based on the British Model, the university learning system is research based which ensures a high quality learning experience. All the institutions are based in a lush green setting offering peaceful and a favourable study environment to all its students. New Zealand welcomes international students and the cultural diversity is appreciated by the society. The universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are government funded and focus on research based learning and maintain strong links with the industry.
To ensure the quality of education, government agencies like the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), ministry of Education, The tertiary education commission and many others are directly involved in the management of the New Zealand education sector.
All policy matters pertaining to education are approved by the Ministry of education. NZQA’s role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavors and to contribute to New Zealand society. It acts as a quality check body for the institutions this protecting the interests of both domestic and international students alike.
In order to safe guard the interests of the international student, the code of pastoral Care is enforced by the New Zealand Government thus ensuring that you are well taken care of during your stay in the country. It is a code accounting for the service delivery to the international students. The code ensures that all processes involving the international student are done so ethically and responsibly, that student receives comprehensive, accurate and up to date information before enrolling in the institution. The code is applicable to all education providers enrolling international students. You cannot apply for a student visa to an institution that is not code approved.
As a student who has completed a qualification in New Zealand but does not have a job offer, he may be eligible for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa for a maximum of 12 months. Once there is an offer of employment, he can further apply for a visa upto two or three years under the Study to Work category. Permanent migration is also available to skilled works and students alike. In order to apply for a permanent residency under the skill migration category, an Expressoin of interest (EOI) has to be submitted to immigration where the ability of the potential migrant is judged on the basis of a point system. In case of an application managing the pass mark would be given an ‘Invitation To Apply’. There are three possible outcomes to an immigration application ; decline, permanent residency or a work to residence visa that will help you obtain a skilled job offer.
Disclaimer: Students should note that any printed information on visa processes can become outdated and therefore they are advised to consult the relevant websites before they embark on the visa application process.