New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, just south of Australia. The country is not part of Australia and has never been (many people make that error), but it has been its own country since the late 19th century. Before then, the country was actually considered to be part of the United Kingdom, and was under the law and jurisdiction of the crown. New Zealand is actually a number o smaller island, with two main islands (the North Island and South Island) that comprise most of the land area of the country.
The reason that many people enjoy going to New Zealand is because of its biodiversity. The country has a varied topography as well. From the high mountains and volcanoes to the beaches and forests, these islands offer a number of amazing and beautiful views that you can't find anywhere else in the world. There are areas of fertile farmland in the northern areas of the country, and some of the southern areas even have glaciers. On the south island alone, you will find that there are beautiful beaches in the south side, but as you move to further north the beaches become more rocky and jagged. There are very few places in the world that you can find so many different types of biospheres in such a small space.
The country is separated into 16 regions. The top tier of local government, called the regional council, runs 11 regions. Territorial authorities run 5 regions. The 16 regions are as follows:
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New Zealand has several types of post- secondary educational institutions: Universities, colleges, private institutions and polytechnics. There are 8 universities in New Zealand, which all offer high quality education. New Zealand universiteis offer plenty of opportunities to study at all levels, from undergraduate to PHD.
New Zealand's education system allows for flexibility, choice and great support. At its heart is the New Zealand Qualification's Framework (NZQF). This lists all qualifications in a series of levels, from Level 1 to 10, and includes certificates, diplomas and degrees. Being an International student, it's a good idea to check that your study programme will lead towards a qualification on the New Zealand Qualification's Framework (NZQF) because this means it's quality assured. Qualifications on the NZQF lay out a clear pathway to the level of knowledge and skills that you will have gained when you graduate, as well as what further education and employment opportunities the qualification could lead to.
The NZQF is divided into 10 levels, and covers a range of qualifications from certificates to doctoral degrees. The levels are based on how complex the learning is, with a level 1 certificate the least complex. Generally International Students choose from Level 5 to Level 10. Mostly Level 7 Graduate Certificate programme is popular among Indian Students (those who have completed their Bachelor's in India)
When you come to New Zealand to study as an international student, education providers have a responsibility to ensure that you are well informed, safe and properly care for. In New Zealand it is called as 'pastoral care'. You are entitled to be treated well, at all ages and at all levels of education. If you are an international student, your provider must be a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The code sets the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of providers who enroll international students.
In order to study in New Zealand you will have to pay tuition fees. The cost of education can be expensive, so it's worthwhile looking into the various scholarship options available. Each university in New Zealand sets its won tuition fees, therefore the fees you will need to pay will depend on your chosen institution, subject and your level of study. An undergraduate degree generally cost between NZ$ 18,000 and NZ$ 27,000 per year. Postgraduate studies can cost between NZ$ 10,000 and NZ$ 30,000.