There are a number of excellent universities in New Zealand and these are joined by Polytechnics and private colleges. In this section we will look at examples of all three types so you can get an idea of what you can expect. This is in no way a complete list, but rather some good examples which should help you get some general ideas, though we recommend that you do comprehensive research as there is a wealth of information on the internet. Tuition fees Students have a wide choice of up to 933 diplomas, graduate and post graduate subjects. A staggering 1,567 are available in polytechnics and private institutions. Students can choose from state universities, state polytechnics and institutes of technology and four schools. The scholastic fees for the polytechnics, schools and institutes of technology range from NZ$ 3000-7000 for residents and from NZD$12000-22000 for non residents per annum. For the universities, the fee ranges are from NZD$3000-7000 for residents and from NZD$12000-30000 for non residents per annum. The exact fees and course availability can be found by visiting the website of the education institute of your choice and checking out the courses that interest you. Students make up world ranking and teaching methods approach At any point in time students from over 120 countries are studying in New Zealand’s institutes of higher education since there are many good reasons why they are so attractive. Three of the New Zealand universities rank in the Times Higher list of the top 200 universities worldwide. Five are listed in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500 list. The cost for further education in New Zealand is one of the lowest in the world and living expenses are low too, coupled with the fantastic natural environment and you have a winning combination. Many students rank the lively multi cultural environment as a real plus factor. Following the model adopted from Britain, the New Zealand university approach is based on the research system. What this means is that university professors and academic staff are expected not just to be academics but also researchers in their own right. The results of this approach are that the teaching levels maintain a high standard using up to date material that is refreshed actively and which equips the students with the latest material and most advanced techniques that make the opportunity to find rewarding careers on completion of their studies all the more possible.