New Zealand is fast emerging as an attractive study abroad destination for international students.

  • New Zealand universities, polytechnics and other educational institutions are known for the unique learning environment they provide.
  • New Zealand is modern, secular, democratic, without an entrenched class system. It has a clean, green, warm, friendly and safe student destination.
  • New Zealand proposes education at a comparatively low fee. The expenditure of living is low and the quality of life is fine.
  • World class education provided.
  • Excellent opportunity to work and reside in New Zealand after the end of your course.
  • New Zealand’s education system is based on the British system, which makes it recognised in a number of countries
  • Education in New Zealand focuses on equipping students with skills and knowledge essential for both career and life on a global scale.
  • The New Zealand Government works with officials worldwide to ensure the qualifications are recognized globally.
  • The National Certificate of Educational Achievement programme (NCEA) is New Zealand’s main national qualification for secondary students.
  • New Zealand’s university degrees and other tertiary qualifications are recognised around the world.
  • Quality Assurance New Zealand has an excellent centrally-managed quality assurance system. All institutions enrolling international students must be registered and maintain very high standards of course quality and pastoral care.
  • New Zealand, prides itself on being inventive with its out of the box learning methods.
  • New Zealand’s smaller population ands smaller class sizes means more personal student experience and attention.
  • Around 90,000 international students come to New Zealand each year to pursue their studies and to experience a lifestyle that is warm, welcoming and relaxed. The high quality of the education offered in New Zealand, combined with a safe learning environment, makes New Zealand an ideal choice for students who want to combine a valuable qualification with an unrivalled overseas experience.

Education System

New Zealand welcomes international students into all sectors of education.

Tertiary education is available through:

  • Universities
  • Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)
  • Private training establishments (PTEs).

Students will find English language training at specialist language schools, most secondary schools, private training providers, institutes of technology and polytechnics and universities.

The following chart shows the New Zealand education system and study pathway options.

Private Training Establishments (PTEs)

There are many private training establishments (PTEs) in New Zealand. They often specialise in a particular area of education like business or tourism. PTEs are run as private businesses though most receive some state funding.

Many PTEs offer English language programmes. They may also offer foundation studies or diploma courses that can lead to university or ITP degree programmes. Some also provide postgraduate study. They follow a similar timetable to other tertiary education providers. Length of study ranges from 1-2 months to 2 years.

All PTEs must be approved and accredited with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority – see www.nzqa.govt.nz – Find Education Providers

Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics (ITPs)

There are 21 Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics (ITPs) in New Zealand which offer academic and applied education at all levels. They are all state-funded. Students can choose from certificate (entry) level courses to postgraduate qualifications. These are of equal status to university courses. Learning at an ITP tends to be of a more practical nature.

Features of ITP learning include:

  • emphasis on practical and flexible learning – in technical, vocational and professional fields
  • strong connections to industry
  • extra student support services
  • small classes

ITP Quality, under delegation from NZQA, is the organisation responsible for quality assurance of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) through processes of:

  • course approval and accreditation
    • degree monitoring
    • periodic external evaluation and review (EER).



New Zealand has 8 universities. All are state-funded and respected around the world for academic and research success.

New Zealand universities offer:

  • Foundation courses (6 months – 1 year)
  • Undergraduate degrees (3-4 years)
  • Postgraduate programmes (1-3 years)
  • PhD doctorate programmes

The Universities New Zealand previously known as The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee represents the interests of New Zealand’s 8 universities – Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago. See www.nzvcc.ac.nz

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