New Zealand Education System

New Zealand's education system is one best and most dynamic in the world and is also one of the best publically funded education systems in the world. 

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5 Diploma
  • Level 6 Advanced Diploma
  • Level 7 Graduate Program
  • Level 8 Post Graduate Diploma
  • Level 9  Master's Degree

What makes education in New Zealand so unique is based on several factors, firstly New Zealandres believe that everyone deserves to be education and secondly the education system focuses both on practical and academic achievements. The education system is open to letting students explore their interests with an open mind. This helps get students get ready for workplace or finishing secondary education.

Primary and Secondary Schools

Primary and secondary schools usually run from 9 AM to 3:30 PM

  • Term 1: February to mid-April
  • Term 2: Late April to early July
  • Term 3: Mid July to late September
  • Term 4: Mid October to mid-December

There is a two-week break between terms a 6 week summer break after te end of Term 4.

There are three types of primary and secondary schools:.

  • State-funded, or public, schools. 
  • State-integrated religious schools.
  • Private schools cost anywhere from $4,000 to $28,000 a year. .

There are differences between primary and secondary school.

  • Primary school. From ages 6 to 12.
  • Secondary school. Referred to as "high school" or "college,".
  • Private schools cost anywhere from $4,000 to $28,000 a year. .

Higher Education

Higher education system in New Zealand is governed by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), which is a government body .There are eight universities throughout the country, along with 18 technology institutions and over 600 training schools which help with specialized skills. Five of the universities in New Zealand are considered to be in the top 50 of the world's universities according to the QS World Top 500 rankings. New Zealand is known for its business, technology, engineering, medicine, and biological sciences, and the schools are world class. 

Like you would expect from the Kiwis, New Zealand's higher education system is also quite laid-back. Even though you have to meet vigorous requirements and have to do particular tasks in order to stay on a student visa.

As you can see, the educational system, from primary school all the way to college, is a big focus for Kiwis. This is why many people decide to allow their children to do exchange programs and why college students will spend their entire academic career in New England. The focus on education plays a very large role in the overall attitudes about education. It is considered to be important, and that attitude rubs off in every aspect of Kiwi life. You can achieve your goals, no matter what education you happen to pursue.

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