New Zealand is fast emerging as an attractive study abroad destination for international students.
New Zealand welcomes international students into all sectors of education.
Tertiary education is available through:
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.
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
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:
ITP Quality, under delegation from NZQA, is the organisation responsible for quality assurance of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) through processes of:
New Zealand has 8 universities. All are state-funded and respected around the world for academic and research success.
New Zealand universities offer:
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