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Study New Zealand

New Zealand is the right destination to study for young Vietnamese to pursue further studies. It is fast becoming a first choice of international students who wish to get quality education at affordable cost.
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Study in New Zealand Overview

Did you know that New Zealand is the ‘youngest country on earth’? The island country was the last piece of land to be discovered by humans (initially populated by the Māori) only around 800 years ago. A few centuries later, visitors from all across the world began to arrive and enjoy the country’s rich culture and beautiful environment.

Today the ‘Kiwi’ country has far more sheep (about 20 million) than kiwi birds (around 68,000). Its human population (4 million) is also outnumbered by rams and ewes, but the landscape is full of other wildlife too. New Zealand is famous for its vast stretches of hilly plains and farmland, with an area size roughly equal to Japan’s. The island country is well-known for its dynamic lifestyle. You will never find a shortage of activities amongst all its outdoor pursuits (skiing, sailing, rafting, hiking, and terrain cycling…) as well as entertainment like live music, outdoor movies, parks, gardens, museums and galleries. The country also offers a distinct and varied cuisine, influenced by the Pacific and Europe.

New Zealand is one of the safest, least corrupt and most hospitable destinations in the world. It is also ahead of the U.S, England, and Australia for prosperity levels. If all of that wasn’t enough to capture your attention, New Zealand was also the first country to put laws in place explicitly and exclusively for international students’ welfare and interests. This Code of Practice (for the Pastoral Care of International Students) was recently updated in 2019. It requires all educational institutions in New Zealand to; maintain high professional standards, provide international students with up-to-date information, recognise the individual needs of each student, ensure safe accommodation, and guarantee transparency in costs.

The country boasts a high-quality education system with top facilities and teaching staff that are consistent with international standards. New Zealand is above average for high-achieving students (according to the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA). PISA shows that New Zealand’s students’ scores in Literature, Mathematics and Science are among the highest in the world. Advanced teaching methods give students the opportunity to achieve their personal best, and maximise their individual skills and abilities. Dedicated, top-tier teachers deliver thoughtful, personal guidance and use methods that encourage creative, independent analysis and critical thinking.

From Grades 1 to 10, students are taught according to the national curriculum (NZC) which covers many fields and provides students with a solid foundation encompassing life skills and values.

Students begin to receive guidance on how to choose their future career path halfway through grade 10. Schools provide the vital and relevant information for students to distinguish and decide between the different options of higher education at university, or vocational training.

NCEA, IB, or Cambridge Exams

High school (which is also be referred to as secondary school, high school, or college in NZ), ends with students receiving the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). It is the equivalent of a High School Diploma in Vietnam.

The NCEA is designed with flexibility in mind, helping students study a program that is adapted to their individual abilities and interests. It is delivered through credits, and comprises 3 levels which correspond to Grades 10, 11 and 12 in Vietnam (Grade 13 in New Zealand is equivalent to Grade 12 in Vietnam.) After the students complete levels 1 and 2, they can either continue to level 3, or transfer to an apprenticeship or vocational training.

Importantly, the NCEA is recognised by many other countries, including the U.S, U.K, and Australia (as well as all universities in New Zealand). NCEA level 3 is equivalent to A-Levels in the U.K and the Australian Certificate of Education (ACE). Many institutions in New Zealand offer other school-leaver qualifications as well as the NCEA.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is offered as an alternative qualification at 21 schools across New Zealand. The IB is an internationally accepted qualification for entry to higher education. Around 60 schools also offer the Cambridge Examinations qualification, which mainly focuses on external exams.

English language entry requirements

Note that different primary and secondary institutions require varied evidence of English language proficiency, and often offer additional training programs in English upon arrival (if necessary).

Many schools are flexible and do not always require IELTS or TOEFL certificates. Extra language courses are allocated following international students’ interviews with the school. You may also have to take a language proficiency test, in order for the school to determine your language level and if they need to provide extra help.

Don’t hesitate to contact StudyLink today for further information on schools and scholarships in New Zealand. Our dedicated staff can help you attend orientation sessions, obtain information, gather materials, collect reports and hear from school representatives from New Zealand.