Know New Zealand

New Zealand provides quality education which is recognized internationally. It is a safe country where you will find plenty of opportunities to learn and excel in your career. Its support services for international students are also appreciated worldwide.

New Zealand colleges and universities provide new courses and teaching facilities for academic, professional and vocational studies. The various types of universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training organizations exist which open a number of avenues for deserving students.

Education in New Zealand

There is a plenty of options available for students who want to study in New Zealand.

Vocational Study: If you are looking for a specific certificate or diploma, you may pursue a vocational course from New Zealand.

    • Offered at Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and private tertiary and training establishments.
    • Offered at polytechnics and institutes of technology you can study for a certificate, diploma or degree and can also achieve training.

Bachelor’s Degree: If you have completed 12 years of formal education and want to earn your Bachelor’s Degree from New Zealand.

    • Admission process involves your evaluation based on your NCEA (National Certificate Educational Achievement ) results along with other criteria.
    • Duration is almost 3-4 years.
    • You have the option to add an Honours degree if you perform research, for one year, at university for your major subject.

Master’s Degree: If you have completed your Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience, you may go for the Master’s Degree program directly.

    • Admission process involves evaluation of your Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience credentials.
    • Duration is for almost 2 years.
    • If you don’t have an Honour’s Degree, you have the option to add an Honours degree by performing research, for one year, at university.

Doctoral Degree: If you have Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with Honours, you may go for the Doctoral Degree

    • Admission process involves evaluation of your Master’s /Bachelor’s degree.

Who needs Student Visa

If you don’t live in New Zealand but plan to study there for more than three months, you would need a Student Visa and a student permit.

Student Visa Requirement

TOEFL or IELTS is one of the pre-requisites for admission to college/university in New Zealand apart from your academic background. Your academic must meet the New Zealand requirements for international students where very good academic backgrounds are preferred. You may also be required to provide sufficient evidence of relevant work/research experience.

New Zealand colleges and universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency.

Entry criteria for Pre-Degree-Diploma & Under-Graduate Degree.

IELTS (Academic) score – Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or overall 5.5 with no band less than 5.0

TOEFL score: Total score of 213 (Computer based test) with minimum Essay rating of 4.0 or Internet-based – total score of 80

Entry criteria for Post-Graduate Degree

IELTS (Academic) score – There is Overall band score of 6.5  and band score of 6.0 in all bands TOEFL score: Paper-based – total score of 575 with minimum of 4.5 in Test of Written English  or may be Computer-based Test – total score of 233 with minimum Essay rating of 4.5 or Internet-based and  total score of 90

New Zealand Education System

Education sessions commences in Jun-July & Dec-Jan.

In New Zealand, the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics have two semesters

      • February – June
      • July – November

Some universities offer ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, which reduces the number of years it takes to complete a degree.

Each university runs its own timetable split into semesters of about 12 weeks each, with a 2-week break during the semester and a 6-week break in the middle of the year. The so called breaks are only from regular studies – most of the students use this time for their research.