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Tauranga welcomes over 770 international students
Anne Young, Regional Manager of Education Tauranga, said it has run a welcome ceremony for new international students for many years but due to space restrictions of venues, this has previously only included a select group of 200 participants.
“This year we wanted to include all students to show the whole Bay of Plenty community how large our international student cohort is. We secured a large convention space (850 seats) and invited all of our new students to the welcome!”
The new students, who range from five years old to tertiary students in their twenties, and represent 25 countries, were treated to dance and musical performances from Indian, Chinese and Korean cultural groups, as well as a rousing kapa haka performance from Tauranga Intermediate’s Te Whanau o Te Maro.
A number of speakers were also on hand to welcome them, including a representative from Immigration New Zealand and Mayor of Tauranga city, Greg Brownless. Mayor Brownless shared his own personal connection with the international community through his Taiwanese wife and children, and said it was great to see so many students from different countries in the region.
“You help bring the world to our doorstep, you teach our Kiwi students about your life, your country and your culture. This is so important as we grow the values of global citizenship amongst our community,” he said.
Anne said it was a very important event for the region.
“We not only want to ensure our international students feel welcome as they embark on their study journey but also showcase the many people across many organisations within our region who are here to support them and ensure that they have a positive experience here.”
It can be particularly daunting for primary school families to send young students overseas for school, so Education Tauranga runs a special welcome tour for them.
Held over two days, children and their parents were treated to a powhiri, complete with a chance to mingle over morning tea. They then had a taste of Kiwi cultural activities such as visits to local sites, eating fish ‘n chips and lessons in harakeke (flax weaving).
“It was clear that the international families were impressed – they were smiling and snapping photos to share with family back home,” said Anne.
ENZ Regional Partners Workshop lands in Queenstown
This was ENZ’s twelfth Regional Partners Workshop, coordinated under ENZ’s Regional Partnership Programme which aims to ensure that regions throughout New Zealand increasingly share the benefits of international education.
Jo Keane, ENZ Business Development Manager, said the workshops are a chance to bring together regional representatives of international education to receive professional development training and learn the latest news and updates from ENZ.
“ENZ is committed to the development of international education in the regions. We work closely with our Regional Partners across 15 regions to grow value, deliver an excellent student experience and create global citizenship opportunities – in line with the goals of the International Education Strategy.
“Of course, our regional partners need to ensure their local communities see the benefits of international education too. For this reason, a key focus of the latest workshop was empowering our regional representatives to ‘Tell the Story’ of international education in their communities, with a session on news media and communication skills.”
The group also heard presentations from representatives of Destination Queenstown, Queenstown Resort College and Queenstown Lakes District Council on the opportunities and challenges for the region across tourism, infrastructure and international education.
Representatives from the Secondary International Education Business Association (SIEBA) also presented, focussing on partnership with the regions.
Thailand education expo coming in October
TIECA (Thai International Educational Consultants Association) is Thailand’s only peak body of education agents. It provides quality assurance of more than 70 agent members and ensures high counselling standards for Thai students seeking to study abroad.
The 34th TIECA Study Abroad Expo will run in Bangkok in October, where education providers will meet prospective students and network with TIECA agents for future collaboration.
Jaruwan Pongjaruwat, ENZ’s Programme Manager for Thailand, says the TIECA expo is the best agent-led event in Thailand, making it important to have New Zealand representation.
“Having New Zealand institutions join this event shows New Zealand’s commitment to the Thai market. It’s also a good opportunity for institutions to expand their connections with TIECA agents and interact with students face-to-face – especially in Thailand where agents still play a major role,” says Jaruwan.
“TIECA Expo also runs seminars on the latest insights on the Thai market, providing useful recommendations for institutions to increase enrolments.”
The Expo’s primary focus is high schools, language schools, universities and exchange organisations from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries.
The 2018 Expo had around 400 visitors; 60 percent were school students looking to study abroad, and 45 percent of this group would make a study travel decision within 1-2 years.
New Zealand institutions wanting to attend must download and complete an application form and submit it to email@example.com.
Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019
Venue: The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
First Tier: High schools, language schools and exchange organisations
Second Tier: Universities, technical schools
Visitor Profile: Students, families, professors, teachers
Fees: Single Table $2,145/Table (Early bird rate due Aug 24)
Shared Table $2,789 /Table (Early bird rate due Aug 24)
Korean students study in New Zealand under English scholarship programme
From mid-July, a group of 150 Korean students will attend intermediate and high schools in the Waikato, Nelson-Marlborough, Manawatu and Canterbury regions over eight weeks as part of a Korea-New Zealand English Scholarship Programme.
The scholarship programme is an outcome of a three-year education cooperation agreement (2016-2018), which is part of the Korea New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that was signed in December 2015. Earlier this year, the two governments agreed to extend the programme for one more year to 2019.
Since the scholarship programme’s launch in 2016, 449 Korean students have visited New Zealand. The programme is operated by the Schools International Education Business Association (SIEBA) on ENZ’s behalf.
On 29 June, Korean students attended a pre-departure orientation session in Daejeon, where New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Philip Turner, congratulated the students and gave them an overview of school life in New Zealand.
ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager – Korea, Kay Lee, said it was fantastic to think that at its conclusion the programme will have supported 599 Korean students to experience life in regional New Zealand.
ENZ’s Business Development Manager, Richard Kyle, said: “The scholarship programme is a great opportunity for Korean students to immerse themselves in a new culture, new language, and new experiences in New Zealand, and equally for Kiwi children to learn about the culture and lives of their Korean classmates.”
During their stay with Kiwi homestay families, the visiting students will be encouraged to share photos, study experiences and visit impressions through a mobile app as part of a Study in New Zealand competition.
'Ask New Anything' campaign update
ENZ’s most technologically sophisticated campaign yet, ‘Ask New Anything’, is now live and we invite New Zealand education providers and ENZ Recognised Agencies to join us.
Aimed at prospective students, ‘Ask New Anything’ takes 100 questions frequently asked by international students considering New Zealand as a study destination and provides unscripted video responses from real international students, sharing their first-hand knowledge of studying and living in New Zealand.
All 100 Q&A videos are available on YouTube for New Zealand education providers and ENZ Recognised Agencies to use in your own marketing. The hero video, featuring a series of students answering the question “What surprised you about studying in New Zealand?” is available for download on the ENZ Brand Lab.
Digital media advertising will run for the next six weeks in 14 key markets: Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, USA, and Viet Nam. We encourage you to make use of the content and to leverage the campaign during this time.
- Explore the Ask New Anything campaign page
- Read more about the campaign and how to leverage it
- Browse campaign assets on the Brand Lab
By interacting with Tohu - the Study in New Zealand chatbot, or directly with current students through Instagram Live events and on a new Facebook group, prospective students can ‘Ask New Anything’. The chatbot technology, use of social channels and content localisation mean every prospective student will have a unique and personalised experience.
At time of writing, these Q&A videos are currently trending on Tohu:
- What are New Zealanders like?
- Are there any postgraduate training opportunities in New Zealand?
- What’s the learning style like at New Zealand schools?
- Are the facilities high quality in New Zealand?
- How many different cultures are at a New Zealand school?
The bespoke ‘Ask New Anything’ campaign was launched in China this week, using China-specific technologies and platforms. Read more about the China campaign on the ENZ corporate website.
Wellington International Students Excellence Awards showcase the value of international education
Established in 2016, the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards, held by WellingtonNZ, recognise high-achieving international students based in the Wellington region.
Awardees included Academic Excellence Award winner and Whitireia NZ/WelTec student Matthew Hitchener from England, who was honoured for his project introducing pelvic binders to paramedic services in Wellington. Pelvic binders are commonly used overseas to compress the pelvis to prevent bleeding in those with a pelvic fracture. After a successful trial on a LifeFlight helicopter, the binders will soon be launched on all Wellington Free Ambulances.
WellingtonNZ Workforce and Business Growth Manager, Matt Carrere, says the awards show both what the Wellington region can offer international students, as well as the vast contribution students make to the region in return.
“Wellington is an interconnected, social and diverse region where international students learn and thrive. It’s unsurprising that many choose to remain here after their studies to pursue a career.”
The awards also recognised individuals and organisations that work to welcome international students to the region.
PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, Anna-Marie White, received the Internationalisation Award – Domestic Student for organising regular PhD writing workshops (or ‘bootcamps’) with international students.
She was nominated by a group of PhD candidates from around the world, who said: “Anna has expressed her manaakitanga to her international friends and has increased our feeling of home, our love of New Zealand, and our passion for our research. Bootcamp will always be the highlight of our PhD studies, and Anna is a member of the Wellington community that you can be incredibly proud of.”
This year’s Internationalisation Workplace Award went to Wellington tech company MarginFuel for offering employment and internships to 20 international students and graduates.
“MarginFuel offers the students opportunities to further their careers, and in return we have found the students are intelligent, hard-working and add a rich layer to our team culture,” CEO Andrew Pascoe says. “New hires especially comment on how culturally diverse we are, and how this adds so much to the organisation.”
For the full list of winners, visit the WellingtonNZ website.
Opening new doors for Chilean teachers of English
Two groups of 20 Chilean teachers of English recently spent time at two New Zealand universities, studying diversity and inclusion in the classroom and learning more about the Kiwi style of teaching.
The first cohort, from Chile’s Araucania region, went to the University of Waikato’s Institute of Professional Learning. They were the third group of teachers funded to travel here by Araucanian local government.
University of Waikato Associate Director of International Education and Development, Chris Henderson, describes their programme as “genuinely collaborative”.
“As our relationship with the Chilean Ministry of Education has developed, we progressed from delivering an off-the-shelf programme to co-creating a teacher development intitiative that is bespoke and unique to Chilean teachers’ needs,” he says.
"Our unique point of difference is our inclusion of Māori language and learning methods in mainstream classrooms. This is something our Chilean teachers aspire to achieve for their Mapuche [indigenous] learners. As such, we can inspire possibilities and introduce methodologies that will support their journey."
The second cohort spent four weeks at Massey University in Palmerston North. Funded to come here by the Chilean Ministry of Education’s Programa Ingles Abre Puertas (English Open Doors) programme, their members came from all over Chile.
This course featured classes on pedagogical innovations that promote student-centred instruction, as well as visits to local schools, practical workshops and a two-day stay on a local marae.
One student commented: “Not only this course taught us content, but also it engaged me with your culture. How am I going to learn about New Zealand education if I didn't know anything about you? I feel your culture, traditions and daily lifestyle are now part of my life; I feel I fully understand your system and how to apply it in my own reality. Thank you for making this experience as unique as I thought it would be.”
ENZ Senior Market Development Manager, Javiera Visedo, says she is delighted to continue working with the Chilean Government on teaching initiatives like these.
“Chile and New Zealand are like-minded partners and the education linkages get stronger and deeper every day,” she says. “These groups are perfect examples of the work we have been doing in Chile aligned with our International Education Strategy, and we definitely expect more to come.”
For enquiries regarding opportunities like these in Chile, contact Javiera via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 information for the international education sector
This page is updated regularly. However, the latest official New Zealand Government information with full details on New Zealand’s COVID-19 response are at covid19.govt.nz.
Information for international students who are in New Zealand is at NauMai NZ – COVID-19: what you need to know.
Information for people outside of New Zealand is at World Health Organisation – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Education in New Zealand
New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, known as the traffic lights system, has rules for education that depend on the traffic light setting for each region.
Find information and advice on COVID-19 from:
International education providers have signed New Zealand’s Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. They have an important responsibility to make sure students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.
Find out if you are eligible for financial support using the COVID-19 financial support tool.
Entry to New Zealand
Entry to New Zealand remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The New Zealand Government’s top priority is to keep everyone in New Zealand safe and well. We’re looking forward to welcoming international students into New Zealand again, but we need to make sure we do so in a way that is safe for everyone.
International students can enter New Zealand if they are eligible for one of these border exceptions and if places are still available:
- Border class exception for 1,000 international tertiary students
- Border class exception for 1,000 returning degree and postgraduate international students
- Border class exception for 250 returning PhD and postgraduate international students
If you are eligible for a border class exception, you must be nominated by your education provider and the Ministry of Education. Do not apply to travel to New Zealand until your education provider tells you to do so. Find out more about studying in New Zealand with a border class exception. If you have been given a border class exception, read about arriving in New Zealand.
Find out more about visas from Immigration New Zealand if:
- You want to enter New Zealand
- You want to study in New Zealand
- You are a student visa holder already in New Zealand.
If you have a question, contact Immigration New Zealand.
Those people who are permitted to travel to New Zealand must stay in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) for 7 days. Those who are not New Zealand citizens or residents must pay for it. They will then have to complete a period of self-isolation. There are some quarantine-free travel exceptions to this.
Find out more about:
New Zealand will begin allowing fully vaccinated foreign nationals to travel to New Zealand from 30 April 2022 onwards, with the reopening staged over time and possibly by visa category. The New Zealand Government has not yet announced the date from which any specific group of foreign nationals, such as international students, will be able to travel to New Zealand or to apply for visas to do so. Read more about the next steps to reconnecting New Zealand to the world.
At this stage, in most cases, international students in New Zealand who leave the country over summer will not be able to return for the start of the 2022 academic year.
Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America
Ngā Karahipi a te Pirīmia mō Āhia me Amerika ki te Tonga
Due to the ongoing global travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and Latin America group and individual applicants are currently on hold. We are working towards reopening a round in 2022, subject to the NZ and global travel restrictions.
As soon as a start date is confirmed we will update this page. If you are interested in going onto the mailing list to receive notifications about any upcoming scholarship rounds, please email email@example.com.
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship (PMS) for Asia and Latin America is a government-funded programme that offers Kiwis a more affordable way to study overseas.
He hōtaka pūtea-kāwanatanga ngā Karahipi a te Pirīma (PMS) mō Āhia me Amerika ki te Tonga e para huarahi ana ki te ako ki tāwāhi mā ngā hunga o Aotearoa ka māmā ake te utu.
There are two rounds of funding each year.
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship is awarded to both individuals and groups of three or more.
- Return flights
- Tuition fees
With a contribution towards:
- Internship brokerage fees
- Living costs – including accommodation, your visa and travel insurance.
Criteria - Paearu
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply, provided they:
- Are a New Zealand citizen
- Hold permanent residency
- Have lived in New Zealand for 12 of the past 24 months
Note: You cannot apply for an individual scholarship if you have received an individual PMSA or PMSLA scholarship in the past. However, you may be awarded a second Prime Minister's Scholarship if your previous award was as part of a group programme.
What kind of applicants will be successful? He aha ngā momo kaitono ka angitu?
We’re looking for people who are passionate about what they do – you don’t have to be top of your class.
The ideal candidate would display key qualities like independence, initiative and confidence. They would also be prepared to meet the goals of the scholarship and be an ambassador for New Zealand while they’re overseas.
Still not sure if you’re the right fit for the Prime Minister’s Scholarship? Read our Myth Busters.