New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises of two main landmasses – North Island, or Te Ika -a- Maui and that of South Island, or Te Waipounamu and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated 1500 Kms east of Australia. New Zealand’s Capital city is Wellington while its most populous city is Auckland. The official languages spoken in New Zealand are English and Maori.
New Zealand has a mild maritime climate. The Southern and the south-Western parts of the south island have a cooler and cloudier climate and the Northern and north Eastern parts of the south island are the sunniest areas of the country.
New Zealand’s education system is world-class, modern and responsive. It has a combination of traditional principles as well as education with innovation and creativity. Education is New Zealand is focused on the life-long learning needs so that each student can develop their own potential and walk along a number of possible pathways. It also focuses on various innovative learning techniques, experiences and media to encourage critical thinking.
The Ministry of Education is the central government agency responsible for guiding the education sector to deliver a world –leading education system that equips all the students with the knowledge, skills and value.
New Zealand Universities are well-recognized internationally. More than half are ranked among the top 500 universities in the world. They also have very strong international connections and collaborate with universities in other countries for research and teaching programs. Each university is a public institution and is partly funded by government. The Higher Education combines large-group, lecture-style teaching with small group tutorials, discussions, practical and field experience.
New Zealand is a popular destination for international students recognized for its safe environment and quality education system. Students want to study in New Zealand university need to meet a University Entrance (UE) standard. For international students, they need to fulfil minimum English language requirements for enrolling in tertiary institutions.
The Ministry of Education operates a Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code). All education providers that enroll international students must sign and follow the Code.
The Code defines standards expected for: delivery of pastoral (personal) care
Student accommodation (housing)
Information given by education providers and their agents giving advice
Internal procedures for resolving student grievances.
The Code does not cover academic standards. These are assured by NZQA and other agencies. An International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA) has the power to investigate any complaints and see if the Code has been breached. IEAA can set remedies when a breach has occurred.