Education System

The Australian education system is broadly divided into:


It is the highest level of graduate and postgraduate study in Australia. There are 41 universities in total - 38 public (government funded) and three private. You can study at the undergraduate level (Bachelor Degree) or postgraduate study level in Australia (Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters, PhD).


These institutions are closely linked with various industries. As a result, the courses are very practical and skill-based. Vocational courses are provided at both the government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes as well as private institutions. Many courses provide advanced standing into university degrees.


It is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 15, with matriculation exams for university generally taken at 18 years. Australian schools are public (government) or private (religious or independent).

English Language

Courses in English are undertaken for study, travel, immigration or business purposes. There are around 100 private English language centres in Australia. Some top ranking Australian universities and TAFE institutes also offer English language courses.

Australian Academic Year

The Australian academic year begins in early February for school students and late February/early March for vocational and university students. Most schools have three or four semesters. Whereas, universities and vocational institutes have two semesters, with exams at the end of each semester in June and November. There is a two- to four-week break between semesters. The long summer holiday break is from November or December to February.

It is the highest level of graduate and postgraduate study in Australia. There are 41 universities in total - 38 public (government funded) and three private. You can study at the undergraduate level (Bachelor Degree) or postgraduate study level in Australia (Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters, PhD).

Study in Australia

Australian institutions are educating more than 400,000 international students. For many, the most powerful lure is the reputation of quality and the diversity of Australia's education system.

Students are attracted by the country's natural and man-made wonders, the peaceful environment, the cosmopolitan cities, multicultural communities, work & study structure and relatively low cost life style. They enjoy the challenge and freedom of studying overseas and the status that comes from studying at educational institution which have a reputation for excellence.

Studying in Australia promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking for higher education. You will learn the essential skills of teamwork. Your higher education in Australia will teach you to communicate effectively with others and to develop the practical skills and intellectual abilities you need for global success.

Your teachers will encourage you to think of original, practical solutions to real world problems. Upon graduation, your qualification will make you highly sought after by Australian and international employers.

Education System

The New Zealand education system is broadly divided into:

Tertiary Education Sector:

  • Universities: There are eight universities in New Zealand which run undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Universities are research-based and state-owned. The academic year runs from March to November (though some courses may start in January or July).
  • Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics: New Zealand polytechnics are established under the Education Act 1989 as amended, and are considered state-owned tertiary institutions along with universities, colleges of education, and wãnanga. New Zealand has 22 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics. These Institutes are state owned and the academic year is the same as universities. Courses are usually vocational and skills-based, ranging from certificate level through to Degree and postgraduate level. Polytechnics also offer short full-time and part-time courses. These courses are scheduled throughout the year.
  • Private Tertiary and Training Establishments:There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer a range of programmes including professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects including arts, the hospitality industry, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, ecotourism and others. Over 800 such establishments are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). About a quarter of these are Maori owned and operated.
  • Teacher Training: New Zealand is internationally recognised for its excellent education standards and as a provider of quality teachers. There are six government-funded specialist education institutions, two operating from within universities and the others offering their programmes in collaboration with their local university. They offer training for teachers from early childhood to primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education) level.
  • Wãnanga: Wãnanga is the term for the Mãori education providers which provide tertiary education and advanced study on Mãori tradition and custom, usually in the Mãori language.

English Language Training Sector:

Private English language schools offer a variety of courses for all ages including adventure, business and academic programmes. Adventure courses provide a balance of English language tuition and a stimulating activity of students’ choice. There are courses in English for business purposes and English to prepare students for academic study with TOEFL or IELTS testing. Most tertiary institutions also provide English language preparation for further study or foundation courses.

New Zealand School Education Sector:

Schooling in New Zealand consists of 6 years of primary schooling followed by two years of intermediate schooling, culminating in 5 years of high schooling, for a total of 13 years. This provides the full-time education to New Zealand children from six years of age until they are sixteen. All schools are funded by the New Zealand Education Ministry or are privately owned.

Public schools:

State schools are funded by the New Zealand Government and are mostly co-educational day schools.

Private Schools:

There are many private schools in New Zealand and they all  Conform to the nationally set curriculum. Many private schools offer single-sex education and have special philosophical or religious features.

Study in New Zealand

  • New Zealand qualifications are recognised and highly valued by industry and community leaders all over the world.
  • New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), which requires that all institutions enrolling international students be registered and ensures compliance with qualifications standards.


  • A fresh outlook generates fresh ideas. A youthful nation, New Zealand has forged ahead in developing its own ‘kiwi’ identity and innovative ways of thinking.
  • New Zealanders who embody this innovative spirit include Ernest Rutherford and Alan MacDiarmid, both Nobel Prize winners for Chemistry, and Richard Taylor whose Weta Workshop created the stunning visual effects in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.


  • New Zealand has a breathtaking natural environment blended with cities abuzz with excitement and culture.
  • New Zealand’s cities are a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, shopping, movies and nightlife.
  • New Zealand has a vibrant multicultural society, enriched by its own Maori culture and many from around the world.


  • New Zealand offers a range of competitive programs for students when considering tuition fees.
  • Costs like visas, health cover and additional living  expenses offer good value students.

Earn while you learn

  • Students enrolled in a course of 12 months duration or longer can work  part-time for up to 20 hours a week during semester and full-time during holidays.
  • Working provides an excellent opportunity to get work experience and integrate into the community.

Employment prospects

  • With a skill shortage across various sectors in the New Zealand labour market, fresh graduates are in high demand in New Zealand.
  • Students with skills in demand and who wish to stay in New Zealand long-term may apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa which would allow them to live and work in New Zealand permanently.

Safe and Peaceful

  • The 2011 Global Peace Index* ranked New Zealand as the world’s second most peaceful nation, (Source: *Institute for Economics & Peace).
  • New Zealand  demonstrates political stability and social tolerance.
  • The Great Outdoors

  • New Zealand, with its volcanoes, high snow-covered mountains, spectacular lakes, and white sandy beaches, is a land of unparalleled beauty.
  • New Zealand’s pristine landscape provides the backdrop for some extreme outdoor activities. From mountain climbing to the thrill of bungy jumping, skydiving and white-water rafting, New Zealand is the home for lovers of the great outdoors.


  • New Zealand has a high professional standards, a supportive learning  environment, and a focus on student welfare.
  • The New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out the minimum standards for the care and support of international students during their studies in New Zealand.


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