6 December 2017

Thailand looks to New Zealand for summer study

ENZ Thailand partnered with local Thai agencies to organise ‘Summer New Zealand’, a New Zealand-themed open house promoting short-term, summer study programmes. 

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James Andersen, Deputy Head of Mission (centre) with alumni and representatives from ENZ, TIECA and KTC.

Summer New Zealand promoted New Zealand as a destination for short-term English language study, and targeted school students who wish to experience study abroad during their semester break.

The event was also a chance for education agents to exhibit different short-term study programmes and promote the benefits of New Zealand teaching to students and parents.

Jaruwan Pongjaruwat, ENZ Programme Manager for Thailand, said having alumni attend and share their study experiences in New Zealand was inspiring for other students to study abroad.

“New Zealand is already a popular destination for Thai school students – each year more than 200 students go to New Zealand for short-term English language study during March to April,” said Jaruwan. 

“Alumni are the best advocates to get more students interested, as they can talk to them about Kiwi life outside of the classroom too, which is a big part of why Thai students are drawn to New Zealand.”

ENZ Thailand partnered with Krungthai Card Public (KTC), Thailand’s largest credit card operator, and 11 members of Thailand International Education Consultants Association (TIECA) to organise the event, which included cardboard sheep, hay bales and green fields.

“We set up the New Zealand atmosphere for the parents and students to be able to visualise the real New Zealand in Bangkok!” said Jaruwan.

Janejit Ladpli, KTC Vice President – Travel & Leisure Marketing, said given the high demand of study abroad students to New Zealand, KTC wanted to partner with ENZ and TIECA to develop special offers to potential students that would make New Zealand the number one choice for their study destination.

“Students who decide to enrol in the programme using KTC credit card for payment will receive a number of benefits, including a 0% instalment payment and a special discount price for a Thai Airways Business Class ticket,” said Janejit.

The event included a cooking demonstration of the New Zealand-style lunchbox, prepared by Turners & Growers Thailand, who gave apple cupcakes to the attendees.

James Andersen, Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy, presided over the opening event and welcomed guests.

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