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Tuition System
in New Zealand

  The tuition system in New Zealand was conceived to be homogeneous, meaning that in any primary or secondary school in the country, the disciplines are the same obeying the same structure of leaning system. It doesn't matter which school the individual attend because the quality will be the same. For New Zealanders the school is free until the end of High School, and from that on, education credits are given by the government to people looking for tertiary or vocational studies. Only when they finish their courses and get a job, they will be paying back the debt. Anyway, for International Students all schools in all levels charge tuition fees for these students.

Until 16 years of age it is compulsory for all parents to enrol the children in a school. After that, the student can decide if continue its studies, look for a job or enter an vocational internship. The system is divided by levels called "YEARS" and are directly related to the age of the individual. For example, a child with 5 years of age will start school at YEAR 1 and will finish the High School at YEAR 13 with around 18 years old of age.

At the Pre-School are the kids up to 5 years of age.They don't go to school but instead they attend a play centre or child care centre or a home-based care centre. Only when completing 5 y.o  kids will start school, usually at the public primary school nearby they live in public or in a private school.

The Primary School starts ate YEAR 1 and goes up to YEAR 5, when the child is around 10 years of age. After that, the student will be enrolled in the Intermediate School, usually in a different institution and location, but still in the neighbourhood,  close to home as possible.

At the Intermediate School the amount of play time and fun activities are diminished, while the academic time spent in the class room is enhanced. The Intermediate School in New Zealand works like a bridge between the primary and the High school. The intermediate runs from YEAR 6 to YEAR 8, when the individual is between 11 and 13 yeas of age. During the Intermediate years, it is normal for the student to attend many complementary workshops, such a learn to work with metal, wood, cooking, and basic activities of the day by day. More about secondary school in NZ

The Secondary School in New Zealand can be referred to in different names such as College, High School or Grammar School. It doesn't matter the name it is called, the disciplines are the same. The run from the YEAR 9 to the YEAR 13 when the student is about 14 and finishes when the students is 18 or 19 years old. Because the study in New Zealand  is compulsory until 16 years of age, many students drop off school at this age and go help mom or dad in a farm or shop, or go looking for a job elsewhere. Anyway, the majority of students follow the studies till the end of the High School and or go to a University or to a Vocational Institution such as the Polytechnics. More info about secondary schools in NZ

 Polytechnics in New Zealand offer a vast quantity of quality professional courses, and are a must to do for many students to obtain a qualification such as nurses, mechanics, plumbers, chefs and many vocational choices. The Polytechnics have a very high reputation in excellence of tuition and because that, they are largely attended by domestic and International students as well. The course offered a range from Certificates levels to Advanced Diploma level. One of the advantages of doing a Polytechnic course in New Zealand is the fact that most diploma courses can be continued in a University in New Zealand (or Australia) to obtain a bachelor Degree. More info about Vocational courses.

 The University in New Zealand is mostly financed by the government. There are 8 Universities, each specialized in a certain subject or careers. For example, if you want to study Odontology, The University of Otago in Dunedin on the South Island will be the one..Some courses are only offered in one university others such as business could have more options. Bachelor and Post Graduation courses done in New Zealand, are recognized in Australia and in many other countries in the world where governmental agreements were made. More about university courses in NZ.

 The evaluation system is based on the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, being "A" the second higher, because there is also the conception of + or - such as  A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- Being C- something like a 5 in a 10 score. Some Polytechnics and Vocational course don't have this evaluation system and are based if the student became " Competent" or not in the subject. D,E, and F,  mean a low score, and "F" usually means Fail.

The Level system varies from 1 to 10 and indicates the level of the course. For example, from 1 to 3 are levels for the secondary or less complex matters (Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III). From 4 to 6, it means a level for Technical studies (certificate IV in workplace and assessment for example). Level 7 and up is equivalent to a University level.

 The government department  in charge to evaluate the Curriculum, work experience and academic achievements is called NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority). So, if you want to know if your studies or diplomas from your country are going to be recognized in New Zealand, you should consult and submit to them. Sometimes an entire bachelor degree can be recognized or not completely, and in this case, you will have to complement your studies in New Zealand to have it fully recognized over there. For example: Doctors from other countries must pass a test to comply with the requirements and get a license and registration to work. 

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