General information

regarding countries

This page furnished with information concerning countries including United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and China for the benefit of students going overseas. Below are links to generic facts for each country, incorporated to each site are: an overview, the education system respectively, living expenses and etc.

General information regarding countries

New Zealand


With a population of more than 4 million, New Zealand is situated 1, 500 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. Having most people of European decent, the indigenous Maori are then the largest minority, followed by Asians and non-Maori Polynesians. Currently, the currency exchange ratio for NZD to HKD is approximately 1: 6 respectively.

Main cities

Education system

Primary and secondary schooling is compulsory for children from the ages of 6 to 16, with most of them attending from the age of 5. Attending public schools is free, and students must attend all 13 school years (Primary: 1-6, Secondary: 7-13) in order to fulfill their education. For university, courses generally take up 3 years after the completion of year 13, however, for students who wish to progress from year 11, they must achieve a NECA of 3 levels certificate. In addition, most universities offer a one-year foundation course, which is suitable for both form 5 and form 7 HK students – students can then directly enter universities more easily.

A flowchart to show the New Zealand education pathway

School fees and living expenses(NZD)

High school

$9,000 - $10,000


$12,000 - $17,000


$11,000 - $13,000

Living expenses

$10,000 - $12,000


Entry requirements

High school

Form 3 – Form 5 students
Must attain relevant internal and external exam results

With good conduct


Form 7 graduate
Must attain A-Level certificate of results

Must have a TOFEL score of 580 or above
Must have a IELTS score of 6.0 or above
Must have completed Foundation studies
Must have a Diploma/ Higher Diploma/ Associate Degree


Form 5 graduate
Must attain HKCEE/ A-Level certificate of results

Must have a TOFEL score of 525 or above
Must have a IELTS score of 5.5 or above

Note: Visa application

Type of form

Application for student VISA

Application fee


Required photo

A recent photos


Approximately 5 working days

Health report

If the duration of the course is 6 months or above, students must undertake a health exam by a health clinic which is authorized by the New Zealand consulate

Important documents


Not necessary


Evidence of work experience


Must complete the form for financial undertaking of a student, whilst also having at least NZ $10, 000 in savings. If the course is longer than 20 months, the New Zealand consulate may request to see students’ flight tickets or evidence to prove that they are able to purchase return tickets back to their origin.


Students under 16 must provide an agreement letter from their parents


  • To notify students of whether they have been accepted or not, the school will issue an official letter (along with the receipt of school fees).
  • Travel documents (e.g. passport) must be valid for 3 months or above after the date of course completion.
  • When applying, students 17 years and above, and is enrolled in a course that lasts for 2 years or above, must provide evidence (e.g. contract) that they will abide by residential rules and an official proof that they do not have any criminal records.
  • Should the duration of the course be less than 24 months, students must officially state where they will be heading to after the course is finished.