Acamedic System

New Zealand - Academic System

University education in New Zealand finds its roots in the British university system and was established in 1870. New Zealand is home to eight state-funded universities that are respected for their academic rigor around the world. The country has a strong system that checks the quality of education at the level of both, the institution as well as the program. Over and above these universities are known to conduct regular internal checks to ensure that they are providing students nothing less than the highest standards of education.

The system offers a range of courses from arts, commerce and science with a multitude of specialized branches. Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees are all provided at these universities. There are also honors programs that require an additional year of study. Polytechnic courses in New Zealand are also quite famous and discover a lot of takers every year. These courses can be both, academically as well as vocationally focused. These courses are closely associated with employers and government agencies to provide a high sense of practicality to what they teach.

 There are essentially ten levels of education system in New Zealand schools and universities. as mention below:

  • Level 1 to 4 – Certificate
  • Level 5 to 6 – Diplomas
  • Level 7 – Bachelor’s degrees and graduate diplomas
  • Level 8 – Postgraduate certificates and diploma, and bachelor’s degrees with honours
  • Level 9 – Master’s degrees
  • Level 10 – Doctoral degrees

There are also a number of private education institutions in New Zealand. A 1989 amendment to the New Zealand Education Act allowed the tertiary sector to award degrees through the NZQA. The New Zealand Qualification Authority keeps a close eye on these institutes and ensures that the quality of education meets their stringent standards. Private Training Establishments, or PTEs, also need to have their courses registered and approved by the NZQA.

A bachelor degree course usually consists of a preordained number of units, papers and courses. The student must attend the prescribed number of lectures and tutorials before they can be passed to the next year or awarded a degree. Some courses also have field trips and on-site study options. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on self-study skills and minimum supervision. Most courses consider the grades in tests, assignments and practical towards the final grade and there is also a final written exam one needs to clear before being awarded a degree.

A post graduate diploma is a one-year full tie program designed for graduates to build on their previous academic degree. A graduate diploma, however, does not require the students to have studied the same subject matter previously. A master’s degree is open for students that have completed their bachelor’s degree. The course length for a master’s degree can be one or two years depending upon the course. There are also a number of master’s degrees that also include a thesis, especially those taken after an honors course. Doctorate degrees usually take 3 years complete. PHD students pay a domestic tuition fee but there are also scholarships available which cover pretty much all your expenses.

Cost of Student Visa Application

  • Applicants Fees + Immigration Charges   NZ$ 295

Note: The visa fees and other associated charges are subject to change periodically by the respective immigration authorities and other relevant entities. So, to confirm the latest visa fees and charges, get in touch with the migration expert at Fasttrack to Success.

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