Tuesday 11 December 2012

Think New Zealand

It is always difficult to make a decision when it comes to further studies, especially doing it overseas. Several questions cloud our mind, for example, what would be the place like, whether people are friendly, and will I be able to settle in, if the University I have chosen will meet my expectations, will I be able to pursue a career after completing my course and so on.

Manpreet Kaur International Market Manager, University of Waikato says “New Zealand is one of the world's most affordable English-speaking destinations and is one of the most racially tolerant. New Zealand has a population of about four million people. The influence of Pacific Island, Asian and European immigrants has helped shape New Zealand into a vibrant and diverse multicultural society”.

Clyde D'souza – a student pursuing his Graduate Diploma in hospitality from the prestigious Auckland University of Technology says ”New Zealand has always been my first choice, especially when it comes to hospitality; I believe no other place defines hospitality better than New Zealand. The toughest decision was choosing the University as there are so many Institutes offering several courses in Hospitality. I chose Auckland University of Technology. The studies at AUT are very practical. The Professors are very approachable and are always ready to help. I must say there are loads of assignments throughout the Semester, which is good as it keeps me busy”.

New Zealand is a popular destination for international students recognised for its safe environment and quality education system.

There are eight government-funded universities providing undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. NZ has popular option to study at any one of the 25 government funded Institutes of Technology. New Zealand programmes offer excellent value for money, especially due to its relatively low cost of living.

Courses at New Zealand commence in February and July but some of the universities and institutes have intakes in the mid year or end of the year. Work hard and play hard is the lifestyle choice of many international students in New Zealand. If you are looking for world-class education and training, and also want new experiences, fun, a relaxed lifestyle and a safe and healthy environment, then you should consider New Zealand as your study destination.

The Ministry of Education operates a Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code). NZQA and other agencies set the academic standards.

International students who have graduated from a course in New Zealand can apply for 1 year work permit to obtain practical work experience relevant to their qualification, thus gaining not just the degree but professional experience as well in the field of their choice. If you have an offer of employment in the same area of your study then you may be able to work upto two-three years.

Edwise has been a NZSA (New Zealand Specialist Agent) specialist and an authorised representative for all universities and institutes in New Zealand. The visa applications will be processed on priority within 10 days for Edwise applicants. There is complete guidance from university selection based on personal and course choices to admission counselling, documentation and visa counselling, to ensure a smooth application process so that the student can start his or her international education on time. So visit your nearest Edwise office and gain more information.

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