Waikato Pathways College

New Zealand education

Education in New Zealand

The New Zealand education system is widely recognised as one of the best in the world. New Zealand universities are internationally respected, thanks to high quality teaching and thorough curriculum.

Most undergraduate degrees in New Zealand take three years to complete, less time than in other countries such as the United States.

When studying at university in New Zealand, students learn in groups, smaller tutorial classes, and sometimes on a one-to-one basis with teaching staff. There may also be opportunities for fieldwork or practical exercises, depending on the degree you are studying. You will be expected to contribute to class discussions with your peers on the topics you are learning.

You can expect to participate in:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical work
  • independent study

Waikato Pathways College is the start of your journey to the University of Waikato. The University is widely renowned for excellence, and ranked #266 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

The University of Waikato offers a wide variety of programmes. 11 of the University’s undergraduate programmes are ranked in the global top 300 in their field, including Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, and Development Studies. The University has internationally recognised, pioneering research, and works with businesses and government sectors to lead positive change.

Students in full time study in New Zealand are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during their studies, and full time during Christmas holidays, depending on their course of study. As well as a source of income, you will be able to gain valuable work experience and improve your English language skills. Working as a student is also a great way to make new friends and familiarise yourself with the local area.

When you successfully complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a university in New Zealand, you can apply for a three-year open post-study work visa. This allows you the opportunity to stay in New Zealand for up to three years to look for and take up employment.

Over 90% of our students would recommend us

International Student Barometer 2017

Waikato Pathways College student Maryam from Oman

The teachers are so helpful. They explain everything in the class and ask us to visit them if something is difficult for us. They ask if we understand before they continue, since they know English is not our first language.

Maryam from Oman
Studying Foundation Studies at Waikato Pathways College