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About New Zealand

In 2015, China remained the leading sending place of origin for the thirteenth year in a row. Over seventy percent of international students studying in New Zealand in 2015 were from Asia.

Fast Facts: New Zealand

  • There were over 50,500 international fee-paying students enrolled with public and private education providers in New Zealand in 2015.
  • The top five places of origin in 2015 were China, India, United States, Philippines, and South Korea.
  • Almost 29,000 international students study Business and Management (37 percent).
  • The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students is a nation-level policy that higher education institutions and other education providers are required to adhere to.

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Education


Inbound/International Student: Individuals studying in New Zealand without New Zealand or Australian citizenship or permanent residence status and who are required to pay international fees for their study or who have specific fees exemptions set in regulations. Students studying off-shore at higher education providers that are registered in New Zealand are considered international students unless they hold New Zealand citizenship. Off-shore students are excluded from data reported for Project Atlas. Excluded education forms include: non-formal learning and on-job industry training; students on exchange schemes and foreign research based post-graduates.

Outbound Student: A New Zealand student enrolled in overseas public higher education institutions. New Zealand supplements outbound mobility data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Higher Education Institution (HEI): Also referred to as Tertiary Education Organizations (TEO).

Public HEI: Or public providers are all TEOs that are approved by the Crown (government), and are funded by the government depending on the number of students and type of study. Public providers include universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and wānangas (HEIs providing education in a Māori cultural context).

Private HEI: Referred to as Private Training Establishments (PTE), these are HEIs that provide post-school education and vocational training. Some PTEs are partially funded by the government depending on the number of students and type of study.

Data from the New Zealand Ministry of Education include students from vocation and technical post-secondary institutions.

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