Australia and New Zealand
Australia is an island continent of approximately 7.7 million square kilometres, making it the sixth-largest country in the world. Located between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean, it is the oldest, lowest (apart from Antarctica), and driest continent. Australia is mostly flat, but has some notable mountains and long beaches. Canberra is the capital.
Australia's living conditions are generally quite good. Australia consistently ranks in the top five when it comes to quality of life. Housing and accommodation is of good quality, public transport is available, food and water are high quality, and many public amenities are accessible. Students can experience a wide range of leisure and sporting activities, and can expect low crime rates and a safe environment.
The average tuition fee for one year of university is $33,400 AUD (based on 2016 information). Students will require roughly $20,000 AUD per year for living costs outside of tuition.
Post-secondary education comprises two sectors: vocational/technical education and higher education. Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector must meet the nationally agreed standards of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
In 2016, 554,179 international students were enrolled in Australia, with 4 in 10 of these students in higher education, 26% in VET (vocational education and training), and 21% in English-language training programmes. There are 43 Australian universities, and many other recognised higher education institutions, located in capital cities and many regional centres. Australian courses are of very high quality and recognised worldwide by employers and other institutions.
New Zealand is an island country situated about 2,000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia, with a total area of 268,680 square kilometres, is comparable in size to Great Britain, Japan, or Colorado. Its closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Its capital city is Wellington, the southernmost national capital in the world.
Living conditions in New Zealand are very good due to its thriving economy, low crime rate, and relative lack of congestion and poverty. The cost of living, including accommodation, in New Zealand is often more reasonable than that found in many parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. The government is active in supporting immigration, which includes helping people find good homes and suitable living conditions for their budgets.
New Zealand recorded that 117,248 international students from more than 170 countries studied in New Zealand in 2018.
The New Zealand higher education system includes universities, private institutions, colleges, and polytechnics. Post-secondary education is regulated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
As well as eight state-owned education providers, there are hundreds of private training establishments (PTEs)in New Zealand including quality English-language providers. They offer a wide variety of courses that lead to qualifications in a large range of vocations from scuba diving to hospitality to business.
Bachelor's: "Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years."
Postgraduate: "Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science."
PhDs: "International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects."
Most New Zealanders are generally friendly, helpful, and fair-minded. New Zealand is a popular destination because English is the medium of instruction and a lot of our universities, polytechnics, and degrees are internationally recognized.