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Best Courses to Study in New Zealand


New Zealand is emerging as one of the most desired study destinations among international students looking forward to studying abroad. According to UNESCO, New Zealand is the preferred study destination after the United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia.

The country offers an excellent education system with extensive research opportunities, at an affordable fee structure, and an excellent support system. 

Education system 

The education system of New Zealand focuses on both educational attainment and practical learning. The tertiary education system comprises of Universities, Wānanga (a publicly owned tertiary institution that provides education in a Māori cultural context) and polytechnics

  1. Universities: Around 600 private colleges and 8 state-funded universities in New Zealand. Public universities offer undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programes to the students.
  2. Wānanga: If you are fascinated in learning about the standard or traditional values of Maori cultures, then Wānanga institutes are right for you. The institutes teach you everything about the culture of the Maori people.
  3. ITPs: Institutes of technology and polytechnics are focused on vocational and practical learning programs in preparing the students for industry. ITPs are state-funded tertiary institutions which provide a good range of education and training programs including full degree and a few postgraduate courses.

Top courses to study in New Zealand for International students 

Universities to Study in New Zealand are well-known for the following degrees. Listed down are some of the top courses in New Zealand:

  1. Information Technology:

The IT sector has became one of the most sought-after proficiency in the modern workplace. IT and computing skills are essential in almost all career paths, especially in New Zealand. Several occupations within the IT category are on Immigration New Zealand’s Essential Skills list.

The country also has some of the most progressive software and intellectual property protection laws.

This course will also provide a solid foundation of knowledge and capabilities suitable for a range of careers involving IT. It will encourage students to keep learning, will constantly help in increasing their knowledge, and also harness the skill of critical thinking required for professional development.

Job prospects:

New Zealand's tech sector is diverse and advanced. As a result of the number of businesses exceeding 11,000 in 2016, direct employment increased to 29,700.

By the end of the IT course, you will find yourself with opportunities in many industry verticals, including core Information Technology companies. Likewise, Datacom, Fujitsu Xero, Theta are some of the top companies in Core Information Technology. Students can even explore more opportunities in real estate, hospitality, healthcare, etc.

Students even have the opportunity to broaden their horizons with opportunities in real estate, hospitality, healthcare, etc.

  1. Animation & VFX:

Has the working behind the animation cartoons always intrigued you? Then New Zealand’s animation and VFX course will help you gain the skills and knowledge to share your imagination and creativity with the real world. You will learn to use the traditional techniques as well as the available advanced technology that fascinates you.

New Zealand is flocked with a large number of video game designs and development companies. Animation and VFX is one of the top courses that are in demand and the demand has exploded in the past decade.

The course covers character designing, 3D modelling, texturing and rigging, storyboarding, compositing, particle generation and dynamics.

Job prospects:

Some of the New Zealand top companies like Yukfoo, The Rig, DeepAnimation are currently working with industry experts like Blizzard, Fox, Sky Network, etc.

So, here is your chance to experience the exciting and rewarding work that goes behind making a real fantasy fiction.

  1. Graphic Design

Graphic design course deals with the practical processes and components of graphic design, with a focus on typography.

Students get the chance to work with the latest technology during their course period. Alongside ‘objet d’arts’ and digital processes, students are also encouraged to investigate other traditional processes like screen printing.

Job prospects:

There are many positions a Graphic designer can choose to explore after completing their course. Graphic designers, professional artists, consultants, illustrators, publishers, marketers, advertisers, lecturers, and art teachers are some of the positions that are available for students majoring in graphic design.

You will also be exposed to emerging opportunities in Holloway Hudson Burgess, Larkin Design, Gecko Creative, HUSK Creative

Graphic designers usually earn between $40,000 and $550,000 a year and the job vacancies for experienced graphic designers have been increasing. 

  1. Engineering and Technology 

Engineering technologists concentrate on practical design and applied technology while working across a wide range of engineering disciplines.

The University of Auckland, University of Otago, University of Canterbury, are some of the top universities offering Engineering & Technology courses with an excellent value proposition. Especially considering the job prospects and global recognition of your degree, it is certainly a good return of your investment.

Students can also explore local opportunities with large engineering consulting firms, while also looking for more opportunities abroad.

Job prospects:

Contact Energy, Fisher & Paykel, Beca, Opus, Vodafone, and Sky TV are some of the companies which can help you gain valuable work experience after your studies.

  1. Psychology

Are you interested in what influences the human mind and the behavioral patterns?

Do you want to study about the human behavior and the common visible patterns, to help them in turn? Then study psychology to learn about the brain, behavior, personalities, people and relationships.

Psychology is a fascinating subject that covers many aspects, from scientific research to a more personal approach. The course will be strongly theoretical or highly practical.  Laboratory and fieldwork is an important part of psychology, and you will develop practical skills in these areas.

Job prospects:

Professional psychologists work in many aspects of mental health care and clinical psychology.

Jobs are available within the business model as well. This involves the use of psychological tests, statistical analyses, or survey and questionnaire development.

Qualified psychologists working for the District health board usually earn between $651,000 and $97,000.

You have a world of opportunities you can explore in New Zealand with the number of interesting courses they have. So, if you are planning to take up a course that interests you, Contact Us and talk to our educational experts to guide you better throughout the process.

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