New Zealand

Malaysian Students Department New Zealand
High Commission of Malaysia
10 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, P.O Box 9422
Wellington 6002
New Zealand
Telephone No: 00 64 4 385 2439 Fax No: 00 64 4 384 7339


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International students who undertake long term courses of study are able to apply to be able to work up to twenty hours per week during term lime, or during the Christmas - New Year holiday period.
Students who wish to work must obtain a variation on their student visa from the New Zealand Immigralion Service before they can commence work.

Living Cost

In general, the cost of living is similar to Australia, and less than the UK. The cost of education though. is very competitive, which means that in New Zealand you can afford a World-Class education.
There are student discounts often available to students at the movies, on public transport, and for some other recreational and entertainment activities. All you have to do is ask!
New Zealand has an excellent variety of international and local shops including fashion clothing, sporting and outdoor clothing and equipment, crafts, and international food halls.

Shops in major cities and towns usually open from Monday lo Friday (9 am - 5.30 pm), with late night shopping on Thursday or Friday (until 8-9pm). Many shops are open all day on Saturdays and often on Sundays too. Supermarkets and convenience stores are open seven days a week
Overall, it's recommended that students budget for about S20.000 m accommodation and living expenses one year.

Accommodation Options

New Zealand institutions offering courses to international students must provide accommodation options to students while they  study. There are various types of accommodation available, the most common being accommodation in Home stay, Hostels, or Private Flats.
Home stay Hostels Private Flats
Staying in Home stay style accommodation involves living with a New Zealand family, in a house, with your own room. The host family will welcome you and treat you as a member of their family. Host families are carefully selected and. in accordance with the Code of Practice, they must be vetted by the institution to ensure the environment is safe and caring. Breakfast and dinner are provided. The cost of home stay accommodation starts at approximately NZS180 (RM 473 40). plus a one lime administration fee. Many institutions have boarding hostels on campus or nearby. Rooms are single, or dormitories, with all meals provided in cafeterias. Hostels are normally closed during the holidays and students who do not travel home can stay in home stay accommodation. Hostels are a good way for international students to meet people with the same interests. Costs of boarding hotels vary with each institution but may be around NZS180 (RM473.40) and will include all meals. Students who are eighteen years and older may be able to rent their own flat, or rent a room in a flat with other people. Students are required to pay for power, telephone and food in addition to the cost of renting the room. Flatting provides students much more independence but. of course, the institution is available for support. The cost to rent a room or flat varies significantly  between cities and towns, usually it is more expensive to rent inner city flats as opposed to renting in the suburbs, or m smaller towns. In the cities, a well located flat would cost around NZ$150 (RM 394.50). with food and utilities costing around NZ$100 (RM 263.00).

The New Zealand Experience

New Zealand is a very unique and safe country lo live, study and enjoy!
The landscape itself ranges from rolling green farmland to volcanic plateaus, from white sand beaches to white snow capped mountains - All within a few hundred kilometers!

As New Zealand is a relatively small country, traveling around, in both the city and country, is very easy
In most New Zealand cities and towns there is a range of public transport available, with the most common being buses, trains and taxis Walking is very common in New Zealand, as the cities are reasonably compact and people here like to get out and enjoy the fresh clean air. Cycling is another popular form of transportation and many cities have lanes of the road especially for cyclists. You must wear a helmet at all times while riding a bike m New Zealand and you should always keep your bike in good condition.

Distances between New Zealand towns and cities are short and there is a good transport network. Airlines fly between major cities and towns all over the country, 'with the longest flight being under two hours. A coach or rail service links just about every town and city in New Zealand too; some have both! Modern ferries link the north and the south islands with a variety of services, From a early morning cruise to a late night, starlight service, as well as a few more in between.

New Zealand's climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters, and warm, dry summers. The weather varies between different geographical regions with some places known for having a particular type of weather. One Thing New Zealand is known for is having "Four seasons in one day". In the morning it may be cloudy and look like it will rain but by 3 pm the sky is clear and the sun is shining!

New Zealand people are very friendly and down to earth. They are adventurous people who like to participate in lots of different activities, including extreme sports, which makes New Zealand one of the extreme sports capitals of the world.

Studying in New Zealand

As a study destination. New Zealand offers an education that focuses on equipping students with the skills and knowledge essential for both a career and life on a global scale.
New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. If offers a safe learning environment for international students
Most educational institutions in New Zealand have a devoted international student office with start available to help students during their time in New Zealand. They arrange accommodation for the student, and offer support and advice while they are studying.

Secondary Education Study

New Zealand secondary schools provide an education for Years 9 - 13(13- 19 years of age). New Zealand has over 400 secondary schools (sometimes referred to as high schools. grammar schools, or colleges) that offer a wide range of subjects. Schools set their  own curriculum objectives within the national guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education, which are monitored by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

The secondary school academic year is a four term system, running from late January to mid-December with holidays in April. July and September.

New Zealand secondary schools are almost all state owned schools, funded by the New Zealand Government. Most are co-educational. but about ten percent are single sex boys or girls schools. There are a small number of private (independent) schools outside of the  stale system, often affiliated to a religion. Many offer a history of traditional education and principles. A number of former private schools have become integrated with the sale system and are known as state integrated schools. These schools receive Government funding but keep their 'special character", such as Catholic schools teaching (he Catholic doctrine.

International students are accepted at both state and private secondary schools.
Many international students enroll for senior studies in Years 11-13 (15-19 years of age) in preparation for tertiary studies in New Zealand or other English speaking countries.

The New Zealand secondary education system is consistent across all schools, with entry requirements, courses, educational standards and curriculum being similar and designed lo prepare students for the same national qualifications - The National Certificate of Educational Achievement.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement -The National Qualification

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement programme (NCEA) is New Zealand's main national qualification for secondary students in Years 11 -13.
NCEA replaces the previous qualifications of School Certificate (Year 11). Sixth Form Certificate (Year 12). and Bursary and Higher School Certificate (Year 13).
NCEA enable students to link their secondary education to their tertiary education, with all levels recognized by universities and other tertiary education providers around New Zealand.
There are three levels, 1.2 and 3 that are offered in secondary schools as the first steps of 8 levels in the National Qualifications Framework.
In addition, some students achieve the New Zealand Scholarship qualification. This is offered at Level 4 on the Register of New Zealand Quality Assured Qualifications and is achieved through additional examinations, usually taken alongside Level 3 study
The qualifications are called 'National Certificates' because they are based on "National' standards administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

The New Zealand secondary education system fits well within other secondary educalicn programmes throughout the world.

Tertiary  Education Study

There is a range of educational opportunities at tertiary level. All are of a very high standard and are closely monitored by their governing body, which ensures their good standards are

To gain admission to most tertiary education institutions in New Zealand, students must have an adequate level of English language proficiency and meet  all other academic requirements English language proficiency is usually tested using an English language proficiency test. such as IELTS or TOEFL. Always check the requirements with the institution al which you want to study.

The tertiary academic year runs from late  February to November, with a number of study breaks in between Some institutions operate a semester system, with two intakes each year (second in July) for some programmes The "summer semester'' option is becoming increasingly popular with students as it provides an extra study semester. The 'summer semester* runs from January to March.


New Zealand has eight slate owned universities offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in academic and professional studies.
Generally, universities offer in depth theory of the students chosen course and are able to provide high levels of academic teachings in a huge variety of disciplines, with courses ranging from short courses through to Doctoral level degrees as well as postgraduate Diplomas and Honors programmes.
The New Zealand universities are governed by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee (NZVCC) who also oversee accreditation of the course content.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

There are twenty state funded institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) in New Zealand, with some located in cities and other in smaller regional towns. These provide education and training in a wide variedly of academic and vocational disciplines. Hundreds of subjects are offered within each discipline with courses from certificate level through to some degree and graduate programmes. The length of ITP courses varies greatly from six months to three years, depending on the  level of study.

ITPs maintain close links with New Zealand industry, employers and government agencies ensure ITP courses cover both academic and applied skills. The aim of the ITPs is for students to be ready for work as soon as they graduate

ITPs are governed by institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITPNZ) and their courses are accredited by NZQA. All courses offered by ITPs are of a good standard and their degree programmes are equivalent in merit to those offered through New Zealand



Colleges of  Education

For students interested in teaching, specialized training is available at New Zealand colleges of education, which provide studies in early-childhood, primary and secondary education, as well as special education
Additional university studies may be undertaken as part of the courses if a student wishes to specialize in a specific subject. Now, most colleges of education in New Zealand have merged or are very closely linked with their regional university which makes additional study very simple.

All colleges offer high-quality courses for  the  professional development of trained teachers.


Private Tertiary Providers

There are a number of private providers who offer academic and vocational tertiary education programmes, often in a single discipline For example. a provider might focus on tourism  and hospitality training, and  business courses
The requirements for admission and the Duration of courses vary according to subject.
NZQA accredited private tertiary provider's courses and all are subject to testing on a regular basis.

Foundation Programmes

Each of the eight universities in New Zealand, as well as some other institutions, offer a foundation programme that prepares international students for  undergraduate study.
Programmes range in length from 28 weeks to one  year.
Foundation programmes are an optional study opportunity, aimed at preparing international students for  entry into university degree programmes.
Courses include English, mathematics and ether core subjects that will help the student settle into the New Zealand education system.

English Language Study

International students often enroll in English language courses either to improve their English language skills prior to commencing secondary or ternary study, to develop English language skills for business, lo advance their career, or simply for their own personal development. Most English language institutions offer courses that start as the student arrives, some even every Monday!

There are over 100 private English language providers around New Zealand and 27 English language providers attached to New Zealand secondary and tertiary institutions that students, who are undertaking other study at the institution, find convenient and useful.

English Language providers in New Zealand must be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This ensures that the standards of tuition are high, that courses are well maintained and meet international standards.

International students who enroll m an English language course are tested and placed m the right programme to suit their ability. Classes are small so that the individual student receives as much support as they require. New Zealand uses modern teaching methods, including conversation classes and language laboratory work.

Some English language providers are registered as testing centers for international English language proficiency testing, such as IELTS and TOEFL. The institution provides courses leading up to the test and then students can sit  their proficiency test This is useful for those students who wish to study at tertiary educational institutions in New Zealand, most of  which have a minimum English language proficiency level that must be met to gain admission.

Most English language providers have access to modern technologies, such as computers, and videos and DVD's to make learning English more enjoyable.

Admission Requirements

Each institution sets its own entry criteria (academic and English language ability) for international students. For example, 'while some institutions require a reasonable standard of English ability prior to entering courses, others will accept international students with a lower level of English if they have the ability to provide the student with intensive ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) assistance.

When applying to study at a New Zealand institutions you will be required to send supporting documentation. This may include your education records, transcripts, testimonials, and evidence of English language ability (TOEFL. IELTS, or others). Applications must be accompanied by the original or certified, true copies of academic records (translated into English where necessary and with translations certified).

Pastoral Care of International Students Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand highly values the care of international students and believes that when students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, it is important that those students are well informed, safe, and properly cared for. Accordingly, New Zealand has established the mandatory New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
The Code must be signed by. and applies to, ail educational providers in New Zealand with international students enrolled. It establishes the minimum standards, good practice procedures, and a complains procedure for the providers.
The Code sets standards for education providers to ensure that:
High professional standards are maintained
The recruitment of international students is undertaken in an ethical and responsible manner
Information supplied to international students is comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date
Students are provided with information prior to entering into any commitments
Contractual dealings with international students are conducted in an ethical and responsible manner
International students are in safe accommodation
All providers have fair and equitable internal procedures for the resolution of international student grievances


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