New Zealand is internationally recognised for the quality of its education system, including its universities with many graduates going on to postgraduate study at universities overseas -- Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States being the most common destinations. Many New Zealand graduates attract prizes and scholarships to attend foreign universities.

Throughout Asia and the South Pacific it is not unusual to find senior people in business and government who have attended New Zealand universities.

For a comprehensive list of course information, requirements, study centres, and general information on why New Zealand is a great place to further your education, please go the Education New Zealand (external link) website or the Ministry of Education (external link).

Center for Australian and New Zealand studies

The Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies (external link) is part of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The Center was established in August 1995 with funding from the Governments of Australia and New Zealand.

The Center offers a program of courses about Australia and New Zealand in such disciplines as history, government, international affairs, sociology, literature and fine arts. The Center also has an extensive outreach program of lectures, conferences and meetings each semester, many of which are organized jointly with other elements of Georgetown University, with the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, or with organizations such as the Asia Society and the Brookings Institute.

For information about the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies (external link), at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, visit the website. (external link)

Fulbright New Zealand

Fulbright New Zealand (external link) promotes educational and cultural exchange between New Zealand and the United States, and administers the range of prestigious Fulbright awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, scholars, and professionals.

Fulbright New Zealand also administers the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy, Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Eisenhower Fellowships programmes in New Zealand.

If you're an American considering a New Zealand university education, the Fulbright website provides useful information about the university system, student visas, scholarships, etc. It also contains information for New Zealand students wishing to study in the United States.

Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy

Ian Axford Fellowships (external link) in Public Policy give outstanding mid-career American professionals opportunities to research, travel, and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand, including firsthand knowledge of economic, social, and political reforms and management of the government sector.

Three to four fellowships per year are awarded for six months of research in New Zealand. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with at least five years of experience in their profession, and submit a formal application package.

Fellows will be based at a relevant host institution and carefully paired with a leading policy expert who will serve as their mentor. They will conduct research towards developing a policy paper for publication and public presentation in New Zealand before they return to the United States.

Studying in the United States

EducationUSA operates around 450 advising centers, which can be located on the EducationUSA (external link) website. The website contains or links to information on much of what prospective students need to know about studying in the USA, including finding the right program, applying to universities, obtaining financial assistance and acquiring a student visa. The book series, "If You Want to Study in the United States", can also be downloaded from the website in a number of languages.

The College Board's bigfuture (external link) website is another source of information on finding, financing and enrolling at a US university or college.