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  Study in New Zealand:


  New Zealand Education System  

New Zealand has an internationally reputed education system providing quality education. Education in New Zealand follows the three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechs.

The Programme for International Student Assessment ranks New Zealand's education as the 7th best in the world. The Education Index, published with the UN's Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists New Zealand as 0.993, amongst the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark, Finland and Australia. Also, for 2011, the Education Index showed that New Zealand was the first, with 1.000, the highest alone.

The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary schools, secondary schools, and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.

Primary and secondary education

Education is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16, although in very special cases an exemption can be gained after applying to the Ministry Of Education (MOE). Children almost always start school on their 5th birthday, or the first School Day after it. Many children attend some form of early childhood education before they begin school. Free primary and secondary education is a right for all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents from a student's fifth birthday until the end of the calendar year following the student's 19th birthday.

  • Years 1–6: Primary School (Ages 5–10)
  • Years 7–8: Intermediate School (Ages 11–12)
  • Years 9–13: Secondary School (Ages 13–18)

Tertiary education

Universities There are eight government-funded universities providing undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in academic and professional studies. All universities offer degrees in a broad range of subjects like commerce, science and arts etc. Universities also have specialist subjects such as Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine and Agriculture.

The quality of a New Zealand university education is well recognized internationally. Many New Zealand graduates have gone on to achieve international recognition in their field.

Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology There are 23 government-funded polytechnics and institutes of technology in New Zealand. Programs offered in these institutions can be both academically and vocationally focused. Some institutions offer Year 1 of a degree program, with subsequent years being completed at a university.

Private Tertiary and Training Establishments There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer a range of programs including professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects including art, the hospitality industry, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, ecotourism and others.

New Zealand National Qualifications Framework (NQF) The NQF is made up of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications. NQF standards and qualifications are developed by nationally recognized standard setting bodies (SSBs) and quality assured by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

All Qualifications within NQF are divided into levels based on complexity of the skills and knowledge imparted. The levels do not equate to ‘years spent learning’ but reflect the content of the qualification.

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