Study in New Zealand

NZ uses one of the most recognised education systems in the world. Numerous international students travel each year to the Land of the Long White Cloud to study English or to add international education to their curriculum.
And what can you study?

English Courses

New Zealand has 4 categories of English Schools and that is one of the principal criterias that you should take into account when it comes time to elect your school.

The NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority) assign the categories to schools based on their quality of teaching, equipment, teachers and variety of courses. Category 1 is the highest grade.

Why is the category of the school where you are going to study important? As well as a high category assuring you of high quality learning, you will also need to take it into account for your visa.

The student visa that gives the right to work is granted if you attend an English course full time (at least 20 hours per week), for a minimum of 14 weeks ( 3 ½ months) in a category 1 school.

In case you have an IELTS certificate, a very useful international certificate in English recognised in NZ, with a note of 5.0 you could opt for a student visa with the right to work and attend a school that is not category 1.

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What English course can I choose?

If you have no idea or a level of “ I understand how to get to the hostel and nothing more”, you can study a General English course. This course will give you the skills you will need to improve your knowledge of the language in day to day settings. There are various levels, from the elementary to the advanced. Relax, the school will give you an exam and assign you to a class that is at your level.

If your English is already good, you can enjoy bringing out an official certificate like the IELTS, the Cambridge (FCE, CAE, or CPE) or the TOEFL (used more in the U.S.)

Another option is to study a Business English course that will give you the tools needed to develop in a work environment, qualified in business.

For those that want to practise as English teachers, they can study an English course named TESOL  (teaching English to adults) or TEKSOL (teaching English to children)

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Vocational courses

They are courses where you will be able to study a specific vocation. To opt for them you will have to complete certain requirements in English and have previous experience.

There are three types of education institutions in NZ where you can attend the vocational course that interests you:

  1. The PTE’s or PRIVATE TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT
    They are private institutions. Inside their education proposals you can find courses on business, information, marketing, cooking and up to nursery teachers
    The requirements of entry are not usually very demanding. And they are characterised by having timetables that combine well with work.
  2. The ITPs or Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics
    They are education institutions run by NZ government. The students that elect to study in these schools will be able to have a real kiwi experience, as most of the students are locals.
    They are characterised by a high quality and educational recognition. The requirements of entry are more demanding than the PTE’s.
  3. The universities
    NZ has 8 universities of great international prestige. Whether you want to study an academic course, achieve a master’s, or to study a doctorate, the kiwi university can be a good option for you.

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