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Introduction About NewZealand

States and Territories


Geography

Population

Language

Culture

Economics

Leisure

Student Visa Policy

Education System

Entry Requirements

States and Territories
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington, situated at the southern tip of the North Island. Other major cities and towns are: Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

Geography
New Zealand is a South Pacific country located midway between the Equator and the South Pole, and approximately 1600 kilometers east of Australia. The country consists of two main islands, the North and South Islands, which are together similar in size to Japan or Britain. New Zealands climate is oceanic, without extremes of hot or cold. Most parts of the country enjoy ample sunshine and rainfall, although the weather is changeable. There are almost 4 million New Zealanders of all races, but predominantly European and Polynesian origin. The Maori population is around 13% of the total. 75% of all New Zealanders live in the North Island. English is the common language of business and everyday usage, but Maori is an official language recognized in the courts and of increasing significance nationally.

Population
Population of newzealand according to 2012 is 4,427,441, of which approximately 78% identify with European ethnic groups New Zealand immigration policy is relatively open; its government is committed to increasing its population by about 1% annually. In 2008–09, a target of 45,000 was set by the New Zealand immigration Service (plus a 5,000 tolerance). Twenty-three percent of the population was born overseas, one of the highest rates in the world.

Language
English is common and everyday language of New Zealanders. New Zealand is a multi-cultural society and you may hear many other languages including Maori, which is also an official language of New Zealand

Culture
New Zealand scenery sets it apart from the rest of the world while its people have a reputation for friendliness, strength and independence. There is abundant beauty and diversity in scenery, lifestyle and culture. New Zealand is primarily a European culture, which has absorbed many of the rich and historic cultural elements from the Maori and Pacific Island heritages, and now from its rapidly growing multi-cultural Asian communities.

Economics
New Zealand has a prosperous and well-developed economy with a very high standard of living. The economy is heavily dependent on trade. New Zealand’s key export products include agriculture, horticulture, fishing and forestry. The principal export partners are Australia, the US, China, Japan and the UK.

Leisure
New Zealand is often considered an adventure playground and mountain biking, surfboarding, bungee jumping, snowboarding, skiing and hiking are popular ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Common sports include rugby, netball, cricket, squash, sailing and soccer. New Zealand maintains a high professional standard in a number of sports notably Sailing (The Americas Cup holders) and rugby (The All Blacks). New Zealand is well known for its natural beauty and for being the stunning location for many big budget films (e.g. The Lord of the Rings), offers an incredibly diverse environment. New Zealand offers geographical diversity with the volcanic plateau in the middle of the North Island to the coastal beauty of the lower North Island, the golden sands of the top of the South Island and the breath-taking mountains of the Southern Alps then the rugged country and fiords of the far south.
New Zealand offers a temperate climate all year round but the many mountains offer skiing and snow-boarding in the winter and in the summer it is possible, in the same day, to surf in the morning and visit a glacier in the afternoon.

Student Visa Policy
  • International students who have graduated from a course that would gain points under Skilled Migrant Category are eligible for 1 year open work permit.
  • Once Graduates have gained work this way, they can go on to apply for either a post-study 2 year work permit or, proceed directly to apply for residency under the Skilled Migrant Category.
  • Students are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week.
  • Anyone undertaking a course of 12 months or more are able to apply to work full-time over the summer holidays.
  • Partners of students studying in areas of absolute skill shortage and partners of all postgraduate students are able to apply for an open work permit valid for the duration of the student's course of study.


    Education System
    New Zealand is well known for its wealth of natural beauty and for being a wonderful place to visit. The country also has a reputation as a provider of high quality education. Owing to its history as a British colony, New Zealand’s education system is based on the esteemed British education system. Qualifications earned in New Zealand are valued throughout the world. The country offers world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff.
    1. A unique aspect of studying in New Zealand is that the class sizes are smaller than elsewhere in the world, guaranteeing an extremely supportive environment and personalized attention from the teachers.
    2. Institutes in New Zealand offer state-of-the-art facilities with access to advanced technology, with many institutions at the forefront of exciting technological developments.
    3. New Zealand offers a safe and secure learning environment with excellent support services for international students. The country is a popular destination for students from Europe, Japan, India, the UK, and Australia; and it makes for a truly international learning experience.
    4. On the whole, New Zealanders are friendly and have a keen interest in different cultures. With such warm hospitality, international students are bound to feel at home.
    5. The temperate climate and stunning natural locales provide the perfect setting for a range of recreational activities, including sailing, swimming, trekking and skiing.


    Entry Requirements
    For entry to under-graduate programs, Universities look at higher first division ranging from 80-85% and institutes of technology are comparatively flexible offering a place with 60% (approx.) for a Bachelor program (except MIT and UNITEC). An IELTS of 6.0 is required for admission into these programs. Entry to post-graduate programs requires a higher level of English, normally IELTS 6.5 (different universities have specific sub-score requirement), and acceptable proof that the academic requirements have been met by way of previous qualifications and study. A number of professional courses will have higher entry standards because of the limited capacity. Appropriate work experience can be a factor for prospective MBA students. New Zealand provides high quality of education and requires the students, taking admissions into the universities/institutes, with at least first division in the qualification on the base of which they want to apply further. Different universities and institutes have specific sub-score requirements for English language.