Many international students choose to come to New Zealand to finish their secondary education. This normally leads to better English proficiency and affords them better pre-university preparation. Most international students enter the New Zealand educational system between Year 11 and 13 (ages 15-18).
High schools offer help in finding accommodation for international students. They are also required to provide pastoral care for all international students, ensuring their safety and proper guidance in studying and living successfully in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, we have what we call Tertiary Institutes, not to be confused with universities. These educational establishments offer a variety of educational options for adult learners. The programmes in these institutes focus on the transition between school and work and so mainly vocational in nature leading to certificates and diplomas. There are many programmes to choose from, such as Business Management, Computer, IT and Cooking.
The requirements for these institutes are generally more lenient and in one year there can be more than 4 intakes.
University level education in New Zealand meets international standards of teaching and research. Most Bachelors Degree programs are completed within 3 years of full time study. Masters Degrees take one to two years of full time study to complete.
There are several world-class universities in New Zealand, such as Auckland University, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington. Universities in Auckland alone boast more than 6,000 international students from over 110 different countries.