New Zealand has an education system that is highly regarded worldwide.
Secondary or tertiary study through an accredited education provider in New Zealand will mean your qualifications have international recognition and there is confidence in your achievements.
Students come to New Zealand from all over the world. In 2006 there were students from 79 different countries studying in New Zealand. Most came from China or Korea but a significant number were from Japan, Germany, USA, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Malaysia.
In 2006, 66% of the overseas students came from Asia, 16% from Euro countries, 17% from South America and 1% from the Middle Eastern countries.
Your Student Permit
Your Student Permit, issued in your home country, allows you to enter New Zealand. Before you get a Student Permit you need to know where you will stay when you arrive in New Zealand, even if it’s only for a little while. You will not get a Student Permit if you haven’t arranged a place to stay. Your institution may help you organize this.
When you arrive in New Zealand show your passport and Student Permit to the officer. You will be issued with a Student Permit if you meet all the requirements. The Student Permit lets you study in New Zealand until a set date, and has conditions that you must abide by while you are studying.Conditions of your Student
The conditions of your Student Permit mean you must:
• have enough money to live on – at least NZ$15,000 for a year’s study
• Have enough money to get home (or to another country that you are entitled to enter) or have a return air ticket
• Study at the education institute/school and on the course written on your Student Permit
• Make adequate academic progress while you are here (the level of progress will be determined by your institution)
• Pay fees for your study.
It is very important that you always meet the conditions of your Student Permit.