Education in New Zealand

New Zealand's educational institutions are well regarded throughout the world. There is a great range of opportunities available to international students here: quality secondary school education, a well established network of English language schools, and internationally respected and recognized tertiary education providers.

Under Graduate and Post Graduate Programs

Under Graduate Programs

All tertiary institutions have a wide range of undergraduate study programmers. These can range from one year Certificate programmers, to two year Diplomas and 3 or 4 year degrees. Most degrees are 3 years. You can select your undergraduate study course either by course, institution or location. Students must submit documents to confirm their previous study record to ensure they meet the academic entry requirements. If these documents are accepted most institutions will issue an Offer of Place confirming acceptance into the course conditional on satisfying the English requirement.

See Entry to University for full information on how you need to qualify for entry to tertiary studies in New Zealand.

Because most tertiary institutions also have English language institutes it is normal practice for the institution to issue two Offers of Place, or one combined Offer of Place, which includes an English programme with the undergraduate course offer. The normal English requirement is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or 6.5 average depending on the course. Institutions sometimes also require a minimum mark of 6.0 in the Writing module. A good option is for students to initially apply for a 6 month English programme and once they are studying in New Zealand they will be better able to review their future study options. They will also have a better idea about how long it will take for them to achieve the English entry level and can plan their future study accordingly.

Post Graduate Programs

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in their home country must submit this documentation for review by the institution they are applying to enter. The institution will review the degree course transcript, the reputation of the issuing institution, when the degree was completed and the relevance of the degree to the course applied for when deciding the enrolment application.

If the previous study is in an area not relevant to the course applied for it is likely the institution will first offer a place in a Graduate Diploma programme. This is an undergraduate qualification and students who complete this qualification (may take 1-2 years) with acceptable grades will be allowed entry into Master degree programmers. Master degrees normally take 2 years.

See Entry to University for full information on how you need to qualify for entry to tertiary studies in New Zealand :

Alternatively students may be offered entry into a one year postgraduate diploma programme initially and if they complete this course successfully they can continue for one further year of study to obtain the Masters degree.

Some students may receive an offer of direct entry into a Masters degree if their meets all prerequisite requirements.


New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It has a progressive education system with many state of the art facilities. It offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at New Zealand institutions - universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.

New Zealand produces top graduates who can take their place with confidence in the international arena in many disciplines. Sir Ernest Rutherford, who first split the atom, and Dr Bryan Barrett-Boyes, prominent international heart surgeon, are but two examples of the calibre of New Zealand graduates.You will find a wide range of options when you consider New Zealand as a study destination.

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