New Zealand offers wide range of professional and vocational education programs which are, regarding level of qualification, positioned between secondary education and undergraduate studies.
These programs are offered at 18 technical and polytechnic institutes (ITPs), over 600 private colleges as well as on Wänanga institutions. They are tailored to offer professional skills, qualification and practical experience to students so they are prepared for a job anywhere in the world. These institutions offer different levels of qualification, certificates and diplomas. The most popular fields of study are business, IT, design, cookery, medical and social care, tourism, engineering, agriculture and forestry.
Wänanga high education institutions are based on Maori values and principles and these institutions include study programs for Maori language, Maori art, education, medical care and business.
Levels of professional programs:
- Certificate I-IV
- Advanced diploma
Tuition fees for vocational programs
Tuition fees depend on study area and program you choose as well as on institution. Fees range from 10.000NZD to 18.000NZD annually and can be paid in installments.
Conditions and benefits of taking a vocational program in New Zealand
- The main condition to enroll to some vocational program in New Zealand is that you have completed secondary education and passed IELTS test (average score depends on study field, but it’s usually 5.5 or 6.0).
- At public institutions school year starts in February and July while private institutions offer more intakes during the year.
- Vocational programs offer professional and practical skills and qualifications for a job in fields that are vital for a society.
- Employers from New Zealand value practical knowledge and skills which can be very helpful for employment and career advancement.
- These qualifications are recognized worldwide.
- Vocational programs last and cost less than undergraduate studies.
- These programs can be introduction to undergraduate studies: universities recognize passed exams so studying is shorter and easier.
- Student visa gives you opportunity to work part-time during your studies (up to 20 hours a week) and full-time on holidays.
- After completed studies, Post-Study Work visa allows you to temporarily live and work in New Zealand. If you completed your studies in Auckland you can stay one year and if you studied at other cities in New Zealand this visa is issued on a period of two years. Work experience you gain on this visa can help you to settle permanently in New Zealand.