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Study in New Zealand - International Student Services
International Student Services: Regardless of your educational background or age, we can provide you with the necessary information and support to help make your stay in New Zealand unforgettable! With our experience of the New Zealand education system, applicants of all ages and education achievements can be assured to receive the best services and knowledge of the New Zealand education system, and excellent opportunities for international students.
Benefits when you apply to study in New Zealand through Go To New Zealand - we can help with:
- Free relocation services (assistance with finding Accommodation, Health Insurance, Bank Accounts, Public Transport, Student Benefits) Preparation of all your application forms – you only need one set of documents for all your applications (Certified copies of your academic and work results, references, original English test results etc.)
- Translation of your documents, organising additional certified copies and submitting your educational applications for free! We also offer on-going support after your application has been submitted
- Support on visa issues - such as application, extension or renewal.
- Free relocation services (assistance with finding Accommodation, Health Insurance, Bank Accounts, Public Transport, Student Benefits)
- Information on internships, work placements and work experience in New Zealand, and information on how to get New Zealand qualifications recognized overseas (Credit Transfer)
- Complete support on all New Zealand-related questions (e.g. Finding shared accommodation, pet travel arrangements, finding child-care facilities, etc?
- On-Arrival Service (Airport pickup/transfer if required, accommodation, student support)
- Emergency Contact at all times
- Dedicated personal contact during your entire stay in New Zealand
To help you fully, we are dedicated education agents, we are here to answer all your questions and help with issues during your stay.
- Win a travel Scholarship, or book cheap and convenient flights to and from New Zealand!
- Get a free night at a hostel of your choice when you study via us for more than 3 months.
- Free work placements for students with writing and internet skills!
- Get a free English Test/Certificate
- Get free translations of your documents
- ... and many other international student services!
Study New Zealand - Free International Student Services
New Zealand is a beautiful island nation with a diverse natural environment and vibrant indigenous culture. The different regions of New Zealand offer varied and unique experiences, and their universities are considered amongst the best in the world. If you’re considering moving to this gorgeous country, you won’t be disappointed.
Go To New Zealand is an educational service providing guidance, assistance and information to students of all ages and backgrounds. But don’t be mistaken by their educational background – Go To New Zealand also provides a range of services that go beyond the merely educational.
When you make contact with a representative, they can help you with:
- Guidance on how to apply for a course – your team member will research the universities and courses that best match your educational background. They will then present this information to you so that you can choose the one that suits you.
- Information on English language tests – if you speak a language other than English, you will need to prove your English speaking abilities before you are accepted into a New Zealand university.Go To New Zealand can inform you about English language schools and tutors or organise IELTS or TOEFL examinations for you.
- Help with your application – they will complete and lodge your application for you. All you need to do if provide the necessary documents. They also provide translation services and ongoing support.
- Support with student visa issues – Go To New Zealand can help you apply for, extend or renew your student visa, and also provide you with the necessary additional information like the conditions of your visa.
- Assistance with finding accommodation – Go To New Zealand can provide limited accommodation in emergency situations. Otherwise, they will help you to find suitable accommodation before you arrive.
- Information about flights to and from New Zealand
- Information about life in New Zealand – whether you want practical information on bank accounts, finding a job and tax requirements, or are wondering about the New Zealand lifestyle, Go To New Zealand strive to answer your questions. You can e-mail a representative at any time with any questions you may have.
- Recognition of New Zealand awards – the New Zealand educational system follows the British model, which means most qualifications earned in New Zealand are transferable in English speaking environments. If you have any problems with this,Go To New Zealand can help.
- Ongoing support – once you arrive,Go To New Zealand continues to be there for you. You can e-mail them at any time during your stay.
- Go To New Zealand dedicated agents are trained to help you with every aspect of this exciting new journey.
Are you thinking about studying or working in either New Zealand or Australia? If so, you have come to the right place!
At Go To New Zealand, many of our team members have already had related experiences with either studying, traveling or working in either New Zealand or Australia. Therefore, our team understand that there are heaps of things to be done before, during and even after your exciting adventure!
If you would like to be educated in one of the worlds' best locations, explore the breathtaking sites, and become acquainted with one of the friendliest people of the world, then start planning your trip to New Zealand or Australia today!
Our Services (FREE of charge)
It doesn't matter how old you are and what educational or cultural background you have, our knowledgeable and experienced staff at Go To New Zealand are able to provide on-going support for you before, during and after your stay in New Zealand or Australia.
Our services are as listed below. However, if you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff via email or telephone.
Go To New Zealand can help you with:
1) Program selection and application
2) International and National flight information
3) Organisation of English tests
4) Document translation and foreign certificate verification
5) Visa application, extension or renewal
6) Finding accommodation
7) Healthcare information
8) Opening bank accounts
9) Internship/ Workplacement information
New Zealand Universities and polytechnics
New Zealand is recognised as an outstanding provider of excellent education with a world-class international education system in place. This excellent reputation is reflected by the rapidly growing number of international student population.
There are 8 universities in New Zealand and they offer a wide range of studies at various levels from foundation studies through to PhDs. However, if you are looking for institutions that provide a more practical and hands on training, then New Zealand polytechnics may just be the thing for you. There are currently about 17 polytechnics in New Zealand.
If you are interested in furthering your studies and developing skills in a country where quality education is provided and continually improved, if you are looking for a second to none lifestyle and if you would like to experience the unique culture and history of New Zealand; don't wait any longer, Contact us today!
Our friendly staff at Go To New Zealand will do our best to ensure that your travelling and studying experience in New Zealand will be one of the most positive high lights of your life!
Studying in New Zealand can be a thrilling and exciting experience
Unfortunately, the paperwork and other arrangements that accompany such a move can take the thrill right out of your journey.
That’s why Go To New Zealand provides an all inclusive service that assists travellers before, during and after their stay in New Zealand. If you’re considering moving to New Zealand, you should consider dealing with Go To New Zealand.
Some of the things they can help you with include;
Choosing your course
First things first – before you start packing your bags, you will need to decide what you want to do when you arrive. If you’re commencing or continuing study, Go To New Zealand will provide you with all the information you need to choose a university and an area of study. As a registered educational agent, they take your previous study and background into consideration before presenting you with the best options. This way, you can make an informed decision about your future.
The Enrolment Process
Once you’ve chosen your course load, Go To New Zealand start work on your university application. They will complete and lodge the form for you; all you need to do is provide the relevant documentation, which they will then have certified. They also offer translation services and assistance with English language proficiency exams.
Go To New Zealand supplies ongoing support throughout the enrolment process. Plus, any applications lodged through Go To New Zealand are fast tracked, which means you’ll receive an answer sooner than you would if you’d lodged the form yourself.
Go To New Zealand will contact you as soon as they receive an offer on your behalf. They will also send you the original offer of placement as well as an information pack about your university and other details you need to know.
Your university enrolment isn’t the only application you’ll need to complete. Once you’ve received an offer, you’ll need to organise a visa and travel insurance. Go To New Zealand will help you with all of this. They can also provide any further information you may need, such as the conditions of your visa.
Their job isn’t over yet. Now that you’ve got all the official details underway, you might start to worry about the ‘little things’, such as how do I find a job? What if I get homesick? Go To New Zealand can provide answers to all of your questions, either through the comprehensive information on their website or through personal contact with a team member.
Once you’ve arrived in New Zealand, please feel free to contact Go To New Zealand with any more questions or concerns you may be having. Their support services cover you before, during and after your stay. At all times, anGo To New Zealand representative is just an e-mail away.
Why study in New Zealand?
Not only is New Zealand a friendly, diverse and beautiful country. You can learn so much from just being in this country as it is so culturally diverse. Living or staying in New Zealand will show you a different way of life. Being so closely linked with Australia everything in New Zealand is world class, with some of the best schools, universities and career options available in the world.
One of the other reasons to decide to study in New Zealand, is the international scholarships that are on offer. Each year the New Zealand Government offers 100 doctoral scholarships and up to 100 for those undergraduate students. This is a huge opportunity as it funds your education for the following year.
If this isn't enough for you then how about the fact that New Zealand's Qualifications are some of the best in the world, this means once you are qualified you could pack up your bags and be able to work anywhere in the world. Post graduate courses also offer a range of seminars, workshops, conferences, cooperative and independent research to help you through your course and learn more along the way.
Some of the study fields such as Biotechnology, Forensic Science and Marine Engineering Degrees have been acknowledged as world leading.
So why not come and study in this beautiful country, not only is it stunning to look at but there is so much to learn just from being here.
There are many advantages of choosing to study in New Zealand as an international student...
There are many advantages of choosing to study in New Zealand as an international student. Firstly, the educational institutions are world class.
The University of Auckland, for example, has regularly freatured in The Times Higher Education lilst of the 100 top Universities in the world. Furthermore, Auckland was recently rated by the Mercer Consulting Group as being one of the world's top 25 cities to live in, making Auckland a truly world-class place to live and study!
As well as provdiding a world-class education, New Zealand's Universities are much more affordable than most other English speaking tertiary institutions around the world.
Finally, with extensive support networks in place for international students, the transition into a new University and life in a new country is a very easy and well supported process.
Study New Zealand
Study New Zealand is an international agency designed to support students wishing to come and study at schools in New Zealand. We wish to promote the invaluable education gained from stepping outside of your comfort zone and meeting new people from across the globe.
Study New Zealand is a highly respected agency with an in-depth, practical knowledge of the New Zealand education systems, as well as specific knowledge on the culture and day-to-day life in NZ.
Travelling can be a daunting experience for a young person or first-time traveller – especially when it involves moving to another country to study. But this can also be an uplifting, life-changing adventure and our job is to make that adventure as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Our services are of the highest standard – we will find the best pathway for you and your individual study needs, explain every step of the application process, guide you through the documents you will to complete and recheck them before dispatching, ensuring nothing is overlooked.
After 24 hours of submission we can let you know the status of your application.
- Our services are FREE – we provide the following to all prospective school students -
- Help and advice on the most appropriate educational institute and course for your needs – how to apply, when to apply and where to apply.
- Further information on how to fill in all of your forms - translation if necessary, certification of forms and help on submitting.
- Assistance with visa application and all other visa questions.
- Advice and assistance with English tests
- Advice on travelling to New Zealand, booking flights and transfers
- Support and information about living in Australia and what to expect – getting work, opening a bank account, getting health cover, public transport, student life and anything else that comes up.
- Ongoing support on any questions or concerns that come up during your trip – anything from finding housing, to help dealing with culture shock, to the best places to sightsee and enjoy new activities.
You are never alone – our agents look forward to hearing from you at any point in your adventure, and are always there to give advice. We will guide you through the entire process from beginning to end and
We also give advice to students wishing to study in New Zealand at a tertiary level, students who wish to take a gap year, gain work placement, study a short course, complete an internship or just have a travel adventure – check out some of our pages for inspiring ideas on educational travel or contact us!
Pathways to the New Zealand Experience
Free Application Process and Student Counselling
International students make up a high proportion of the student body of New Zealand institutions. Our student counsellors will assist students to understand the requirements of studying in New Zealand.
International students who like to study in New Zealand can contact our free of charge education agency for personal assistance and admission to study programs.
Win a travel Scholarship or book cheap and convenient flights to and from New Zealand!
Get a free night at a hostel of your choice when you study via us for more than 3 months.
Free work placements for students with writing and internet skills!
Our International Student Support Services include:
- Information on studying in New Zealand
- Recommendations, helping you select the appropriate Educational Institute (University, College, TAFE, Language School, High School)
- Information on English Language Tests
- Preparation of your application forms – You only need one set of application forms (certified copies of your academic and work results, references, original English test results etc). We translate the documents for you, organise additional certified copies and submit your application at the Australian Education Institutes for you.
- Guidance on how to apply at an New Zealand Education Institution.
- On-going support after an application for study has been submitted.
- Support on Visa issues like application, extension or renewal.
- Information helping you to organise cheap and convenient flights to and from New Zealand.
- Assistance in finding accommodation.
- Information and support to help you get set-up in New Zealand (Health Insurance, Bank Accounts, Public Transport, Student Discounts).
- Information how to get Australian awards recognized at your home Education Institutes (Credit Transfer).
- On-Arrival Service
- Continuous contact with AA Education Network and information on special offers from Education Institutes
- Cost-free membership in the New Zealand-Education Club to ensure complete support on all student related questions (e.g. How can I find shared accommodation? Can I take my pet with me? How do I find child-care facilities in New Zealand? How do I handle communication problems with my co-students, cultural differences, stress etc.).
- Emergency Email.
- Dedicated personal contact during your stay in New Zealand.
The most important issues to consider when planning your study are:
- your present English level
- your previous education
- what qualification you want to achieve
- the entry requirements of this qualification
- whether this is the most appropriate and realistic qualification for you
- how long you wish to study in New Zealand
- the cost of study and living
- what you want to do when you complete your study in New Zealand
The Path to Study and Residence in New Zealand for International Students
New Zealand exports knowledge because it is a knowledge society. In fact, the New Zealand Department of Labour states on its website that the education export market alone contributes over two billion dollars in foreign currency.
International students gain an internationally recognised qualification and New Zealand institutions benefit through the exchange of ideas as well as the financial gain.
The international labour market is very competitive and demand for skilled workers is no less competitive than in New Zealand. This is especially so if the qualification is in high demand by New Zealand employers.
New Zealand like most other pro-immigration countries seeks to attract highly skilled young talent to study and stay on in New Zealand.
This is achieved through relaxed immigration policies allowing students to stay on after graduation as well as the recognition of their skills in the local job market.
This attitude towards international students stems from the fact that many international students intend to stay on after graduation in New Zealand rather than return to their home country.
Studying in New Zealand
New Zealand research shows that the study of the English language is most commonly studied subject across the NZ education sector as a whole. English language study also forms a cross-study pathway between tertiary institutions with English language being the common link.
Making the switch from study to work and living in New Zealand
NZ research has revealed that the most common pathway to residence from study is studying at a high school but including English language and tertiary studies also gives students an overall high rate of making it to residence in New Zealand after study. Among the factors influencing this decision is age (younger people have a higher rate of success than older people) and their study choices.
The most common option for younger people has been to apply from residence after school in contrast to older people who had different education experiences prior to starting work.
Living in New Zealand
NZ research has also revealed that those who were successful in gaining residence in New Zealand were more likely to stay on than those who were granted work permits. They achieve this either though the skilled or business category of immigration.
Study in New Zealand - International Student Support
- Can I study in New Zealand
- Why study in New Zealand
- How do I plan to study in New Zealand
- What to study in New Zealand
- Where to study in New Zealand
- How do I apply to study in New Zealand
New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. New Zealand 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 universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments Language Schools, High Schools, Universities, Politechnics, Technical Schools and Institutes. This website is supported by New Zealand schools, New Zealand English language schools eg. and offers New Zealand education information, including information on New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Universities.
Schools and Universities in New Zealand:
There are many private training establishments in New Zealand providing a wide range of tertiary and vocational courses. Short-term English language courses use modern teaching methods, including laboratory work and conversational classes. Many polytechnics, institutes of technology and universities also offer English language training. Students are advised to enroll in courses approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for which the issuing of student visas have been approved. These courses meet international standards and are recognised world-wide.
Benefits for studying in New Zealand include:
- Whilst New Zealand is a small and distant destination, it is a unique country in which to study and gain a qualification. You'll find the rewards are well worth making the journey for, as well as training that simply can't be found anywhere else in the world.
- No wonder New Zealand is the ultimate outdoor adventure playground, offering every kind of thrill and degree of blood-pumping adrenalin adventure to pure hedonistic relaxation and pleasure.
- New Zealanders are famed for their friendliness, hospitality and warmth to overseas visitors, and enjoy meeting folk from other cultures.
- You can expect a high standard of living conditions.
- Secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment. The institutions are diverse in size and location, and offer a wide range of general and specialist courses
- The quality of a New Zealand tertiary education is well-recognised internationally.
- Many New Zealand graduates go on to postgraduate study in other countries, prior to taking up careers overseas or in New Zealand.
- New Zealand offers a safe and stable democratic political environment.
A great variety of recreational and cultural experiences are available in a country renowned for its natural rugged beauty, yet without any dangerous animals
- Living and tuition costs compare well with other countries.
- Travel to New Zealand is easy, with direct flights from most major cities.
- Of course, there are many sports activities: schools, universities and colleges offer excellent sport facilities for students who want to play tennis, squash, cricket, basketball, soccer, netball, softball or rugby. Many of these activities and sports are within walking distance or easy traveling time from student campuses.
Choosing the Best Course to Study in New Zealand
For most international students the idea of moving to a new country is a very daunting experience. With so many options available in the way of courses and educational institutes there is alot to consider. It is best to check which courses you qualify for, do some research on all courses and institutes and decide from there which is best for you.
Quality Institutions and World Class Education
There is a range of English Language course providers as well as Universities, Colleges and Institutes to choose from. To help with any concerns NZED helps by recommending only quality and highly regarded institutes.
All supported English Language Schools must be signatories of the 'Ministry of Education's Code of Practise for the Pastoral Care of International Students', as well as having a New Zealand Qualifications Authority Registration and Accreditation. This qualifications authority also known as the NZQR maintains and regulates the standards for all education qualifications. To find a list of the private training providers registered with the NZQR contact our agents.
All educational institutes must provide counselling services to students. These counsellors help students to determine what they would like from their education and in doing so make an informed decision into course selection. All counsellors are authorized to guide students with their course selections and enrollment procedures.
Courses in New Zealand - Qualifications and Exams
New Zealand follows a British-based educational system, which means that most academic qualifications earned in New Zealand are recognised at other institutes in English speaking countries.
All New Zealand schools are English speaking environments (although some schools offer Maori language components.)
English Language Schools
English language courses are often undertaken by foreign students preparing for university studies. Even if your English is competent, it is a good idea to enrol. Many universities offer an English for Academic Study course. Courses generally run between four and twelve weeks.
Foundation studies are bridging courses that prepare you for the New Zealand educational system. They are usually undertaken by students who do not have the qualifications for tertiary study, or who have limited English skills. Most universities and some secondary schools offer foundation studies.
New Zealand high schools are either private or state owned. State owned institutes are free to attend. Private schools charge a fee for attendance and may be single sex or aligned with a particular religion.
The academic year follows a calendar year, from February till December. Students enjoy a two week break in April, July and September and a longer break over summer, from mid December till the beginning of February.
Year levels are named accordingly, and most high schools start with Year Nine (for students, typically aged thirteen, in their ninth year of schooling) and end with Year Thirteen (for students, typically nineteen, in their thirteenth year of schooling.) Students begin earning their Secondary School Qualification in Year Eleven.
Entry and language requirements
Tertiary entry requirements
The criteria may vary in relation to entry to tertiary study, this depends on the institution that has been chosen by the student. In most respects or cases where students are under the age of 21 sufficient evidence will need to be proved that the student is reasonably proficient at English or evidence of your English test score.
Sufficient evidence of qualifications will need to be provided in relations to certain level of study, such as:
- A New Zealand ‘B’ Bursary or better, or NCEA Level 3
- GCSE ‘A’ Levels
- STPM (Malaysia)
- Hong Kong ‘A’ Levels
- Australian Matriculation Year 12 Certificate
- Canadian Pre – University Programme
- Latin American students entry is determined by the institution.
In relation to your qualification assessment you will be advised by your institution, if you require your qualifications to be asses by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The assessment costs of NZ$450. You may download the form from the NZQA website. The standard assessment process will take up to 8 weeks, these timelines are subject to a number of provisions and you should view full details of assessment timeline before you decide to proceed.
It is your responsibility to provide original documents or certified photocopies of 1 of the following information;
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6 with no band less than 5.5. The IELTS is used in various tertiary institutions in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America. This assesses your ability to speak, listen, read and write in relation to the academic or general training context. This was developed and managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.
- A Pass in English in the New Zealand Bursary examination or NCEA Level 3
- A Pass in English in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ level examination
- A TOEFL ( Princeton Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper test (not the computer test) score of 550 and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 4 (paper – based test) or 213, Essay rating 4.0 (Computer – based test)
- Grade C3 or above in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English 322
- Other recognised English proficiency test, copies of either your public examination certificates or your latest school, university or college transcripts.
If you require any further help please talk to us about exact requirements.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Please contact us about cross credits and exemptions.
- For secondary schools, the admission criteria normally includes English language proficiency and academic background plus any extra-curricular pursuits.
- For tertiary institutions, the entry criteria normally includes English language proficiency and academic qualifications and background that determine your suitability for your preferred course. Your qualifications may need to be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Besides your academic qualifications, your work experience and life experience may also be taken into consideration. This is called RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
For more information, please contact us!
English Proficiency for International Students to Study in New Zealand
Students planning to study at a high school, college, university, or vocational institute must attain a certain level of proficiency in English. There are various English-testing exams conducted throughout the world to check the standard of English.
Importance of English Proficiency for International Students to Study in New Zealand
Students coming from non-English speaking countries who would like to study in New Zealand must attain a certain score in an English testing assessment, such as International English Testing System (IELTS), TOEFL, or Cambridge Tests. The expected score depends on the institute, subject, and degree that the student has applied for studying.
Although the educational department has stipulated English competency levels for each degree that must be attained by international students, many institutes, especially universities have their own standard as well that must also be met for admission. The requirement also changes depending on the course the student wishes to study.
While IELTS Academic and TOEFL test results are usually accepted by all education providers, other tests (e.g. Cambridge Tests) might not be accepted. Therefore you need to check with your institute, which tests you can do to be accepted.
English Testing Assessments
IELTS is not the only benchmarking test to assess English competency. There are others in the group as well. To study a pre-degree course, certificate, diploma or Foundation courses, usually an IELTS (Academic) of 5.5 with no subtest below 5.0 is enough to be accepted. Undergraduate degrees require usually an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5. A student with an Internet-based-TOEFL score must attain at least 80 points. For Postgraduate courses, students must usually acquire at least 6.5 average score (no sub-test below 6.0 or 90 in Internet-based-TOEFL. However, please keep in mind that these are only guidelines and each institute can set higher requirements.
Students taking up vocational courses at colleges or polytechnics as well as at university must be eligible for a minimum level of English language competency. English is a must to understand lectures, books, and customer requirements while at work.
When Minimum Score Not Met
There are occasions when students meet academic qualifications but fail to acquire the minimum score in their English test. In fact, there may be occasions where students get the “letter of offer” from the institute but cannot study as their English proficiency is too low. For such students, bridging courses in English are conducted. English bridging courses can be for duration of 3 to 9 months. They are usually offered fulltime as students come on a student visa.
There are many language schools which offer different types of English learning courses. Some schools arrange for English testing assessments, in other schools the student is responsible to arrange it himself.
Study English in New Zealand
Many students study English in an intensive course in a regular classroom environment on a Student visa in New Zealand, to improve their English fast in a very short time. Alternatively students can study short terms (up to 3 months) on a Visitor Visa or 3-6 months on a Working Holiday Visa.
To save living costs, many students choose to work part-time as Demi Pairs next to their English studies. In this way they improve their English even faster through learning English at school and practicing English within their New Zealand family in the afternoon and weekend by living in an English speaking environment.
Popular language schools helping international students to be proficient in English include Dominion English Schools, Fern Language School, Kaplan International College, New Zealand Language Centres, Southern Lake English Centre, University of Otago Language School, and NZLA Auckland.
If you are planning to hone your English competency to study abroad in New Zealand, check with our student adviser for a convenient course.
The language of instruction at most New Zealand institutions is English and you may have to provide documentary evidence of language proficiency in any one of the following ways:
- An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) band score of 6 with no band no less than 5.5
- A pass in the New Zealand bursary examination (NCEA Level 2)
- A pass in English in the GCE (General Certificate of Education) 'O' level examination
- A TOEFL (Princeton test of English as a foriegn language)
- Grade C3 or above in SP3 (Suli Pejaran Malaysia)
- Or some other English language proficiency test
The language requirements for schools may differ as they may also take beginners. English language schools offer tuition from beginners to advanced and private tuition can also be arranged.
For more information, please contact us!
Study in New Zealand - Course Requirements
Study in New Zealand - Course requirements - Requirements for study programmes
To be eligible for a Student Visa or Permit you need to have an offer of a place from a New Zealand education provider.
To meet the New Zealand Immigration Service requirements, an offer of a place made by a New Zealand education provider must include:
- the name of the course and the minimum time required for completing it
- proof that the course and course provider meet New Zealand’s requirements for international students
- the amount of the fee for the complete course, or, if the course is longer than one year, the annual fee
- whether or not the student has to pay course fees.
Want to see the wording of the policy?
- Go directly to the Operations Manual.
- Find out about the requirements for courses offered to primary and secondary school age students.
- Find out about the requirements for tertiary courses offered to students who’ve completed or left secondary school. Source: www.immigration.govt.nz
Study in New Zealand Requirements
Before you can enrol at a New Zealand educational institution, you first need to provide evidence of your academic and English speaking abilities. These requirements differ according to the institute and level of study (obviously, a university is going to have higher standards than a secondary school.)
Secondary Schools generally accept English speakers of all abilities. The school will assess your abilities and place you in appropriate classes.
Universities require a certain level of English speaking proficiency. This can differ between institutes. Nearly all New Zealand universities accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as evidence of your ability. An IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 500 is the usual bare minimum requirement.
Some universities will accept previous study undertaken in English in place of IELTS or TOEFL scores. You can also supply proof of a pass in English in the New Zealand Bursary examination, or General Certificate of Education O level examination.
Academically, you must prove that you are able to study at a tertiary level. For undergraduate students, this generally requires a pass mark in your schools
Secondary Schooling Qualification, such as:
- UK A levels
- Hong Kong A levels
- Australian Matriculation Year Twelve Certificate
- Canadian Pre-University Programme
- American SAT scores.
Postgraduate applicants must have a relevant undergraduate degree. For some courses, you may be required to possess and/or maintain a certain grade point average.
New Zealand offers many language schools for foreign students who have basic English skills and can understand the alphabet. These have a running time of anything from two weeks to an academic year.
Students who originate from countries that don’t use the ABC alphabet might prefer the one on one attention of a private tutor.
Can I study in New Zealand?
We welcome people who wish to study in New Zealand, and are proud to offer high quality, internationally recognised courses. To keep up our good standards and reputation, there are some definite rules and requirements that students from other countries have to meet.
You may need to get a Student Visa and/or Permit to study in New Zealand as an international student Some people do need a student visa, some people don’t. But, most international students will need a permit that sets out the conditions of their stay here. Before you check whether you’re eligible for a visa, find out whether you need one because… If the course you want to take runs for less than three months, you could apply for a visitor’s visa. You must ensure your course is NZQA approved. Find out about visiting New Zealand.
What is required - Students
To be eligible to come to New Zealand as a student your course must meet the New Zealand requirements for international students. And there are requirements you must meet as a student.
What are the requirements my course has to meet?
The most important requirement is that you have an offer of a place from a New Zealand education provider such as a school, polytechnic or university. Study programmes offered to international students must meet specific course requirements
What requirements do I have to meet?
There are a number of general requirements you need to meet before you get here and others you must meet during your stay.
If I’m joining my family temporarily can I study in New Zealand?
Partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residents and holders of work Permits who wish to study here. Find out more.
To be eligible to come to New Zealand as a student there are a number of conditions you need to meet before you get here and others you must meet during your stay.
Before you get here…
To enter New Zealand you need:
- to have an offer of a place from a New Zealand education provider such as a school, polytechnic or university
- evidence that you’ve arranged accommodation through the education provider or through another person
- a guardian who is eligible to accompany you, if required
- to be in good health and of good character.
- If your stay is longer than six months, in some cases you may need to complete a TB clearance. And if it's longer than two years, you'll have to provide medical and police certificates
a passport that’s valid for at least three months past the date you are to leave New Zealand
- proof that you plan to leave New Zealand once you’ve completed your study
- you’ve paid any course fees that you’re required to pay or
- you’re exempt from paying fees or
- you have a scholarship or an award that covers your fee
proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay
- to have the right visa for your visit.
While you’re here…
If you’re granted a Student Permit you need to meet certain conditions during your stay:
- attend the place of study noted in your permit. However you can apply to us to change your course or the institution. Want to know more?
- live with your guardian, if required
- make progress in your study – pass your course
- you may only undertake work allowed by your Student Permit
- keep within New Zealand’s laws
- stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your permit.
If you break any of these conditions the New Zealand Immigration Service may revoke your permit!
Students coming from non-English speaking countries must attain a certain level of competency in English to study in New Zealand.
Taking the Right English Language Assessments to Study Further in New Zealand
The recent amendments by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have changed the English language requirement in recent times.
As per the new ruling of (NZQA), the private tertiary education providers must abide by certain conditions for assessing English learning for international students to enroll the competent ones from or after March 1, 2013. The tertiary education providers in the country can have further conditions on English language after meeting the basic conditions. So, before taking up a course to study abroad in New Zealand, here are some quick facts about English language tests in New Zealand.
Approved English Language Test
Foreign students planning to study tertiary education in New Zealand can appear for the following English testing assessments, such as:
- Cambridge International Standard Tests of English as Foreign Language – Included in this category are:
- CAE -- This test is conducted by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations under the name of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE). It is also known as the Certificate in Advanced English. To study tertiary education, the student must attain grade B or higher.
- CPE – Known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), the test is organized from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The grade of B or above is a must for admission to tertiary education.
- FCE -- The test is conducted by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and known as Cambridge English First or First Certificate in English (FCE). The students must attain grade B and more to study in colleges and universities.
- IELTS -- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is co-owned by British Council, Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. It is one of the prestigious and popular English language testing assessments available for international students to study abroad in New Zealand. To study tertiary education, a student must attain a score of 6.0. Universities can have their individual score rate as well. The score is valid for 2 years.
- NZCEL – The students can also sit for New Zealand’s own benchmarking test, the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) that is listed on the NZQF. This assessment has been developed by NZQA. Students planning to take up courses, say Masters Degrees, must attain a Level 5 in this test. Level 4 is required for acquiring diplomas.
- TOEFL –The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is monitored from the US and checks the English language proficiency of international students. Students must attain 587 points to qualify for tertiary studies. The Test of Written English (TWE) score must be 4.5.
Changes Bring in Strict Parameters
The recent changes are not that lenient to those who don’t have strong command over English language. For instance, the earlier exemptions on countries which indicated English as the official language but did not have citizens with good command over the language have been lifted. This would mean that the students from these countries would need to appear for the aforesaid English testing assessments to study in New Zealand.
Relief on Students Studying English in New Zealand
Students who visit New Zealand to first enroll to an English learning course from a certified education provider can get relief from the new ruling by NZQA. So, if you are interested to take up higher studies in New Zealand but don’t have the English language competency, here is a solution. You can proceed cautiously with the help of our student adviser who would give you the optimum solution regarding your studies in New Zealand.
Study in New Zealand Requirements
The Study in New Zealand Requirements can be complex. Our registered NZ education agents help international students for FREE to understand all the study in New Zealand requirements. Please note, you must be accepted into an approved course and show proof of evidence that you have enough money to study and live in NZ.
We will inform you how to:
- meet the requirements before applying for your student visa.
- meet the language, health and character requirements.
- have a parent or legal guardian with you on a guardian of a student visitor visa while you're here if you're under 13.
- be accepted into an approved course.
- apply for approved medical and travel insurance.
- show that you have enough money.
We will assist you to:
- to be accepted into a course at an education institute approved by the Ministry of Education or NZQA
To get started, please send us details of your budget:
- money for your tuition fees
- proof you have enough money to live on while you’re in NZ
- NZD$1,250 for each month if your programme of study is less than 9 months
- NZD$15,000 for each year if your programme of study is longer than 9 months
OR one of the following
- a scholarship, such as a New Zealand Aid Programme scholarship.
- a sponsor or family member who's agreed to accept financial responsibility for you while you're in NZ.
- that you have money to by your ticket in and out of NZ.
Study in New Zealand without IELTS
Do you want to Study in New Zealand without IELTS? We will explain to you the conditions you’d have to fulfill to be able to give the IELTS a miss. If you can't sit your IELTS exam in your home country, many language schools offer IELTS preparation courses. If you require further information about the programs, IELTS tests or entry requirements, please contact our International team!
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has put in place certain exemptions to IELTS by non-university tertiary education providers for international students whose first language is not English.
You can receive all details from our team for free. Apply now!
Apply to Study in New Zealand
AA Education Network's role is to help students quickly and successfully achieve their New Zealand education goals using AA Education Network's proven free international student services, expert multi-lingual counsellors and our relationships with key education institutions throughout New Zealand.
We recommend the following steps:
Planning Your Study
Read the information under this heading and throughout the relevant sections of the AA Education Network's website to understand the study options suitable for you.
Complete Online Enquiry Form
This form gives AA Education Network your personal information and you have the opportunity to ask questions to help you decide on your study plan. Proceed to complete the Application section when ready.
Choosing a School or Institution
AA Education Network will advise you what institutions are most likely to meet your requirements and will help you to select the best school or institution for you. Decide what institutions you prefer.
AA Education Network will review and discuss with you your study plan if necessary and then make an Enrolment Application to the institution nominated or AA Education Network's will apply for the course and institution it considers is the best option for you. AA Education Network's will also advise you if further information or documentation is needed to support your application.
Please send us an email to recieve applications for international students and attach the following documents.
Undergraduate course, or vocational training (diploma or certificate)
The following documents must accompany your application form:
Certified copies of all your academic transcripts and/or work experience endorsed by an appropriate person, for example, school results certified by the school principal. If your documentation is in a language other than English, an official certified translation must be provided.
Evidence that you meet the English language requirements (IELTS test scores etc).
If you are applying for credit for previous studies, you must complete the credit transfer section on the undergraduate application form. You’ll need documents to support your application for credit, including certified copies of all official transcripts or results from previous studies, plus copies of the subject syllabuses.
Postgraduate degrees by coursework
The following documents must accompany your application form:
Certified copies of all your academic transcripts and/or work experience endorsed by an appropriate person, for example, academic results endorsed by your former academic institution. If your documentation is in a language other than English, an official certified translation must be provided.
Evidence that you meet the English language requirements (IELTS test scores etc).
Postgraduate degrees by research
Two copies of the following documents must accompany your application form:
Certified copies of all your academic transcripts and/or work experience endorsed by an appropriate person, for example, academic results endorsed by your former academic institution. If your documentation is in a language other than English, an official certified translation must be provided.
Evidence that you meet the English language requirements (IELTS test scores etc).
Curriculum vitae/resume detailing your work and personal history.
An outline of your proposed research.
Evidence of any government support or scholarship or your own financial sitution.
Offer of Place
The institution will send to AA Education Network's an Offer of Place confirming your acceptance and enrolment. The Offer of Place will detail the course, tuition fee, course dates and any conditions you must fill before you can begin study. Normally AA Education Network's will obtain your Offer of Place within 5 days.
AA Education Network's will send to you the Study-NZ Pack which includes
- original Offer of Place
- institution prospectus and information
- Living in New Zealand online information
- AA Education Network's Visa Assistance Information: Student visa documentation, individual preparation instructions.
Visa Approval & Fee Payment
The procedure following visa approval is as follows:
AA Education Network's will email/fax to you a detailed fee invoice to include all fees for tuition, accommodation, medical insurance, any other school/institution fees. All fees are to be paid to the institutions account detailed on the fee invoice in NZ$. AA Education Network organises fee receipts and the other documentation required in the visa approval to be forwarded to the NZIS visa officer. Your passport should also be forwarded to the visa officer by this time. The student visa is then issued and the passport collected by, or sent back to, you in your home country.
Student Visa Processing
AA Education Network's counsellors will help with you to complete and lodge your student visa application. Visa processing can take from 2 to 12 weeks depending on the location.
Arriving in New Zealand
You can now make arrangements to travel to New Zealand. It is important to review the course/semester timetable to ensure you arrive just before your course commencement date. You can contact AA Education Network to discuss your travel arrangements and we will organise your airport meeting, accommodation, medical insurance and other requirements ready for your arrival.
Study in New Zealand Applications
Application Procedure for international students
- Complete and hand in your application form for your preferred course.
- If successful, the institution will send an "Offer of Place" letter plus an invoice for tuition fees.
- Pay the tuition fees.
- The institution will confirm enrolment and payment.
- Apply for a student visa if you intend to study for more than 12 weeks. This can be done at your nearest diplomatic mission.
- Inform us about your New Zealand travel plans in advance of arrival.
Advice & Assistance
For information and advice about studying in New Zealand contact us.
AA Education Network strives to adhere to the New Zealand Ministry of Education's Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
Study in New Zealand helps you find a suitable English school in New Zealand, High School, College or University and gives information about studying and living in New Zealand.
Study in New Zealand/School Age Students
Who offers places to school age students?
New Zealand primary and secondary schools can offer education to international students provided they have been accredited by New Zealand’s Ministry of Education. All international students enrolling for courses of three months or more need a Student Permit to attend New Zealand primary and secondary schools.
There are two main kinds of primary and secondary schools in New Zealand. The main difference is the way they are funded, which affects their ability to offer courses to international students:
State or integrated primary and secondary schools - schools funded by the New Zealand government. Accredited schools can offer places to full fee-paying international students after all New Zealand domestic and NZAID scholarship students, are placed. Courses or programmes offered for mainly international students must be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Private primary and secondary schools - schools funded mainly through student fees. These schools can offer places equally to international and New Zealand students. Courses or programmes offered for mainly international students must be approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA).
Schools offering courses to international students must have signed the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of Students.
Code signatories are listed on the International Education pages of the NZ Ministry of Education’s website.
Study in New Zealand - Plans to leave New Zealand - Evidence of arrangements to leave New Zealand
Before granting you a Student Visa or Permit the New Zealand Immigration Service may want evidence that you have plans to leave New Zealand once your study is finished. Evidence that you have travel plans to leave New Zealand after your stay can include:
confirmed or open-dated travel tickets out of New Zealand to a country you may rightfully enter
a letter from an airline or travel agent to say your travel has been booked and paid for
sufficient funds held in New Zealand, additional to the funds you’ll need for your living expenses
an approved undertaking from a New Zealand sponsor that, if necessary, they’ll meet the cost of your travel back to your home country at the completion of your training
an undertaking from someone else that, if necessary, they’ll meet the cost of your travel back to your home country at the completion of your training. We’ll need this before considering you for a visa
financial assistance available to you under an aid programme operated in New Zealand by a government agency.
New Zealand Course Fees
New Zealand Course Fees
Each institute offers different fees and payment methods, it is best to check with an institute prior to enrollment. New Zealand offers world class education but it may be more pricey then other countries.
Due to Student Visa requirements, international students must pay all fees up front. Each institute will require an Application or Administration fee, this is a non refundable fee and is payable even if the application is unsuccessful.
Methods of Payment
School fees can be paid either through the Institutions Agent in your country, by credit card, a funds transfer from your bank account into the institutes New Zealand bank account or via bank draft or bank check. Remember fee amounts will be in NZ $.
Cancellation and Refunds
Each institute is different when it comes to refund policies. Usually if a cancellation is required prior to commencement of a course the student will get a full refund. Due to different visa requirements a full refund prior to the commencement of a course will depend on whether your Visa has been granted yet and if you are transferring to a different Institute. If the student cancels within the first week of the course there will be a part refund, although any further into the course there will be no refund available.
What your fees cover
School fees will cover Government Service Tax or GST, Registration, Enrollment, Student Health Services, Counselling, Language Support, Use of Campus Facilities.
For those studying at University course fees will be between NZ $18,000 to $25,000 per year for an Undergraduate Course, and up to $40,000 a year for those studying a Postgraduate course.
Fee's for those attending Secondary School will add up to NZ $10,000 per year.
Study in New Zealand-Cost of living funds
Evidence of funds to support yourself
To gain a Student Visa or Permit we want to see that you’re able to meet your living costs during your stay.
Evidence may include:
- sufficient funds held in New Zealand by you, or on your behalf or
- an undertaking by another person to cover your accommodation and living costs. We’ll want to see this before you leave for New Zealand or
- an undertaking by a New Zealand sponsor to cover your accommodation and living costs or
- financial assistance available to you under aid programmes operated in New Zealand by a government agency.
Additional cost: living cost incl. accommodation appr. 750 USD/month, flight appr. 1500 USD. Please provide here proof of evidence of funds for your stay in New Zealand!
If you’re taking a course lasting less than nine months…
you’ll need to show us you have access to:
- NZ $1000 for each month of your stay or
- NZ $400 for each month, if your accommodation is already paid for. You’ll need to show us that you’ve paid or
- a letter from your education provider that your accommodation and other living costs are included in the package you’ve already paid for.
If you’re taking a course that’s longer than nine months…
you’ll need to show us you have access to:
- NZ$10,000 per year to cover your costs during your stay in New Zealand or
- if you’re a citizen of Samoa or Tonga, a written guarantee from a relative who is a New Zealand citizen or resident that they will cover your living costs.
Evidence of funds can be:
- travellers cheques
- bank drafts
- a recognised credit card with sufficient available credit.
Fee International Student New Zealand
How much does it cost to study in New Zealand?
The cost of studying in a New Zealand English Language school is generally less than that of other English speaking countries. The above prices are a general guide only.
Cost of Study for New Zealand University Programs
The below costs are average, annual tuition fees.
- Bachelor: NZ$15,000
- Masters degree: NZ$18,800
- Ph.D: NZ$21,200
Cost of Study in a New Zealand Polytechnic or Institute of Technology
The below costs are average, annual tuition fees.
- Bachelor: NZ$15,000
- Diploma: NZ$14,800
- Certificate: NZ$14,200
Cost of Study in a New Zealand High School or Primary School
The below costs are average and are for one years tuition fees.
Registration (enrolment fee) Once only: NZ$260
- Secondary school fees are generally around NZ$10,000 a year.
New Zealand’s education system is classified as followed:
New Zealand Universities: all are research-based and state-owned. The certificate-to-doctorate courses are provided in the academic year running from March to November academic year. Some may be available the other time.
Institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs): ITPs are state-owned with courses being of the same value to university’s. Certificate-to-postgraduate courses run from March to November. Some courses may start in July.
Colleges of education: content and start of courses are similar to university’s.
Private Training Providers (PTEs): a large number of PTEs are providing courses in majors including business, travel or tourism with a timetable similar to tertiary institutions. PTEs must register with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
English language providers: both state-owned and private. The flexible timetable-based English courses are offered year around. Many overseas students sit for English for Academic Study courses prior to formal academic courses.
Foundation studies: offered by lots of tertiary institutions and secondary schools. Often those of good English command enroll in short-term foundation or pre-university orientation studies which provide useful information about the national education.
Secondary schools and colleges: most are state-owned. Some may be single-sex or religion-affiliated. Secondary schools/High Schools are mostly for teenagers so students in years 11 to 13 study towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. Academic year runs from February to mid-December with breaks in April, July and September.
New Zealand Academic year
Each University provides quality service and support to its students through the efforts of range of departments and providing information for visitors including governance and management, organisational structure and units where you can put your strategic policies and plans to fruition. The timetable for University students is split into 2 semesters for around 12 weeks each, with 2-week break during the semester and a 6-week break in the middle of the year. Students may use the break periods for study and research or just relax and catch up with friends.
The University year period begins in late February or early March witch ends in October of each year.
Most university courses are full year courses
A possibility to start University study in July is acceptable
Classes are held Monday to Friday, with well equipped library and resource centre witch are designed to provide a high level of support to the learning programs with services open on weekends.
Exams sometimes take place on a Saturday.
In relation to some Universities where summer school courses from November to February, which reduces number of years to take to complete a degree.
Each semester begins with an action-packed orientation week featuring live music and events where loads of information is provided for students before they commence courses, this is a great time to meet other colleagues and expand your knowledge in education.
If you wish to claim subject exemptions, you must do so when you enrol. To do this you must send evidence of you examined knowledge of course content with certified copies of this evidence.
Academic support is provided to students in relation to subject relation and career choice.
Institutes of technology and polytechnics
Institutes of technology and polytechnics have two semesters – February to June and July to November – where holidays are similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses start in July.
Private Training Establishments
Most run on a time table similar to state tertiary institutions
Language schools run all year.
Courses may be as short as 1 or 2 weeks or as long as a whole academic year, classes run Monday to Friday. Sometimes there are extra – curricular activities and outings at the weekend.
So why don’t come and see what New Zealand offers where you can study in the most beautiful and varied landscapes on earth that offers a distinct culture and heritage for you to lean and discover.
General commencement dates
Secondary schools run on four ten-week terms, starting in February and ending in mid-December. There are two-week holiday breaks in April, July and September. Normally, classes are held Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 3.15pm with an hour of lunch break.
The New Zealand university calendar begins in late February or early March and includes the orientation week and ends in October. International students should note that each university has its own timetable. Classes are normally held from Monday to Friday.
Technical institutes and polytechnics have two semesters, February to June and July to November. Language classes run all-year round and may have no fixed duration. Classes normally run from Monday to Friday.
Daylight savings start on the first Sunday of October in every calendar year and ends on the third Sunday of March when clocks are wound back one hour.
Study in New Zealand
New Zealand has always welcomed international students to study a subject of their choice in the country. English training, job-savvy courses, outdoor study tours, and internship programs are part of the education that makes studying in New Zealand an attractive proposition.
Studying in New Zealand gives students from all parts of the world a foothold into the international job market. Education is quite a lucrative option for many and the system offers standard learning in all spheres. Most of the programs are job-oriented, keeping in mind the needs of the industries. For instance, tourism is an important industry in this country as students come over each year to take part in adventure sports, bungee jumping, river rafting, and other water sports.
The country’s picturesque beauty also attracts hundreds of pro photographers, videographers, and film-makers. There is also a great need for skilled people, students who are ready to take up industry-required careers and pursue their dream career in New Zealand.
Outdoor Study Programs
The students go on camps, stay at farmlands, or work at a hotel to learn about the mannerisms that is accepted in the country. Tourism and hospitality sector, cuisine jobs, and agro-based jobs are quite lucrative job options for the foreigners. The students learn the New Zealand culture, language, and etiquette while staying in with the New Zealand families. Southern Lake English Centre at Queenstown for instance, is a language school that teaches students from non-English speaking countries to learn the language, communication etiquette, and culture while going on outdoor study program.
Some top universities and technical institutes are placed in North Island. Hundreds of international students enroll each year at University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and New Zealand College, Auckland. Other universities making the mark are Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, and Victoria University of Wellington.
Each year, students from these institutes bag university grants for various projects that are catered for the tertiary students and post-graduate researchers. Some are on medical science, ecological balance, sustainability, and Maori culture. In fact, the yearly Legatum Prosperity Index has ranked the country as one the top education providers in the world.
New Zealand also ranks one of the top contenders for entrepreneurship and hands-on activity. Wellington Business School, Waikato Institute of Education, Unitec, Northtec, and NMIT are some of the useful and popular colleges in New Zealand that offers internships after completion of a course, semester-end hands-on project, or summer camps.
Students study and work on various vocational courses that allow them to get suitable jobs in New Zealand. Even at a high school level, students are given options to take up courses that make them viable for entry-level vocational jobs. It is even possible to earn credits and study further at universities through these courses.
All in all, from internship programs to vocational trainings, New Zealand offers a perfect platform for foreign students to hone their skills and interests for a formidable career that is suitable in the international market.
Study in New Zealand Options
What can you study in New Zealand
You can study English in a language school. Or you can enrol in post-graduate study in one of our universities. You can take courses in a high school, polytechnic, an institute of technology, or a college of education.
State owned: Universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and wananga (Maori centres of learning) are institutions that have been set up by the Government and approved by the Minister of Education. They are government funded and market responsive institutions that offer programmes of study and research in demand by both domestic and international students. All of these institutions, universities, polytechnics, colleges of education offer a variety of qualifications including degrees that share the same quality assurance status.
Privately owned: As well as state-owned education providers there are approximately 860 private training establishments (PTEs) in New Zealand. These PTE's are privately owned and funded, although some of their courses attract government funding. They offer a wide variety of courses that lead to qualifications in a large range of vocations from scuba-diving to hospitality to business.
Study in New Zealand FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Study in New Zealand FAQ
Study in New Zealand - FAQ: read all about how to apply to study in NZ. Check answers of popular questions on tuition costs and more in this page.
How much are the tuition fees in New Zealand?
Type of Tuition Fees ($NZ)
- English Language Courses approximately NZ$320 - NZ$400 per week
- Secondary School normal tuition fees are from NZ$8,000 - NZ$10,500 per year for most schools but some private schools are more expensive
- Polytechnic Courses these range from NZ$10,000 - NZ$15,000 per year depending on the course or degree
- University Degrees from NZ$10,500 - NZ$16,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees
- Post-graduate Degrees begin from NZ$15,000 per year and MBA Degrees are about NZ$22,000
What is the cost to live in New Zealand?
The total cost depends on each students spending habits. However a student should be able to live in New Zealand for a total cost of living of between NZ$8,000 and NZ$10,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment.
What is GST Tax?
GST stands for Goods & Services Tax. All goods and services in New Zealand including tuition fees have GST Tax of 12.5% included in the fee. There are some items that do not have GST and these include bank fees and residential rental payments.
Applying To Study in New Zealand
How do I apply to study in New Zealand?
The first step is to select an institution and course and then make an enrolment application for that course. The easiest and quickest way is to us and AA Education Network will locate a suitable institution and course to meet your requirements.
Is there an age limit to study in New Zealand?
There is no limit on the age of a person wishing to study in New Zealand however the New Zealand Immigration Service needs to be satisfied that the applicant is a genuine student when they process the student visa application.
How many education institutions are there in New Zealand?
New Zealand has 8 Universities, 25 Polytechnics and/or Institutes of Technology and about 440 secondary schools.
What is the difference between Universities and Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology?
Historically the main difference had been that Universities focussed on academic programmes and the Polytechnics focussed on practical training. Over recent years both types of institutions have expanded their range of programmes and now there is significant overlap between Universities and Polytechnics. Over recent years the Polytechnic programmes have been expanded to include a wide range and number of degree programmes. A number of Polytechnics have also merged together and have changed their names from Polytechnics to Institutes of Technology to better reflect their focus. Cross-credits for courses completed at the Polytechnic can be credited to ongoing University study in most instances.
What is the difference between secondary school, high school and college?
There is no difference between these names. They all refer to the same type of institution - a secondary school offering classes from Year 9 to Year 13. Students graduate from Year 13 and proceed to study at tertiary institutions.
What is a tertiary institution?
This is the collective name given to all institutions like Universities and Polytechnics who offer course for students to continue their studies after secondary school.
Do I have to wear a school uniform at secondary school?
Most schools will have a uniform code which is likely to include the wearing of a standard school uniform up until Year 13. An increasingly large number of schools have a different school uniform or allow acceptable casual clothing in senior school. A small number of schools have a no uniform policy and all students at these schools can wear casual clothing although there are still dress regulations.
Do I need to have a good level of English to enter secondary school?
It is not necessary to have a good level of English to enter secondary school however some schools do require this. In this situation a student can attend an English School for a few months prior to entering the secondary school or alternatively AA Education Network will place the student in a school which has additional English learning resources so that students can improve their English within the school before attending mainstream classes.
Do I have to live in the school hostel or homestay while I am at secondary school?
AA Education Network only acts for secondary schools which have high standards of academic tuition and care and administration of international students. Our experience has confirmed that students achieve best while they are at secondary school if they are in a properly administered homestay or hostel situation. When a student has completed secondary school they are able to select whatever accommodation option meets with their personal wishes.
What happens if I do not graduate from secondary school?
In this situation you have several options. Firstly you could repeat Year 13 at secondary school and hopefully pass the course. Alternatively you could enrol in a Foundation Studies course at one if the Universities in New Zealand to prepare students for entry to University. You still need to have an acceptable English level and pass the course before you will be admitted to University. Foundation Studies Courses are for approximately one year. Another option is to enrol in a Certificate or Diploma programme at a Polytechnic and pass this Certificate or Diploma then get entry into the Degree programme which follows.
How long does it take to get a Degree in New Zealand?
Most degrees in New Zealand are for 3 years but there are also a number of degrees which take 4 years.
Are New Zealand degrees recognised internationally?
New Zealand degrees are recognised internationally and will be accepted when applying for post-graduate study in most countries.
Working in New Zealand
While I'm at secondary school or English school can I work in New Zealand?
No. You cannot work in New Zealand unless you are enrolled in a course of 2 years of longer at a tertiary institution. In this case you can work for up to 15 hours a week and can apply for a variation of your visa to work full-time in the long summer holiday in December and January.
How much can I earn when I work in New Zealand?
Those students who are able to work under their visa will probably work in casual jobs either tutoring at their institution or working in restaurants or other service industries. The normal hourly wage rate will be from NZ$8.00 - NZ$15.00 per hour and you will have tax deducted from your wages before you receive your payment. On these amounts the tax will normally work out at about 20 cents per $ and you should be able to obtain a full tax refund at the end of the financial year in April.
What happens when I finish my degree?
Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can obtain a work visa for another 2 years to work in the job they have been offered as may qualify for residence.
Can I extend my student visa in New Zealand?
There is no problem in extending your student visa in New Zealand and this should be done in 1 or 2 days. You need to obtain a new school offer of place and pay the tuition fee, complete the student visa application and show that you have sufficient money or a financial sponsor to cover your living expenses in New Zealand.
Can my student visa be cancelled?
Yes. Your student visa can be cancelled and you requested to leave to New Zealand if you do not meet the requirements of your student visa. The main requirements are that you must attend the classes and do not commit any crime or unlawful acts in New Zealand. If you have your student visa cancelled this is very serious as it will be noted in your passport and you will have difficulty travelling out of your home country in the future.
What happens if my student visa expires?
This is very serious. You should make every effort to extend your student visa before the expiry date. If your student visa expires you have to make a special submission to the New Zealand Immigration Service which they may or may not approve. There is total responsibility on you to extend your student visa and keep the visa current at all times.
Can I change my student visa in New Zealand?
If you have completed your course of study and you wish to remain in New Zealand as a visitor or apply for residence this is possible providing you have not got a Limited Purpose Visa.
What is a Limited Purpose Visa?
A Limited Purpose Visa is issued when the New Zealand Immigration Service considers the applicant does not meet the normal criteria to study in New Zealand but is prepared to allow the applicant the opportunity to show they are a genuine student or a genuine visitor as the case may be. Limited Purpose Student Visas are issued for a specific period of time to allow the applicant to study a particular course. The applicant must meet the requirements of the visa and return to their home country before the expiry of the visa. If their course has not been completed they are able to obtain a short-term extension to complete their course. In some special circumstance it may be possible to extend or change a Limited Purpose Visa to a normal visa.
Can I apply for New Zealand Residence?
If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. In particular the immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to proceed to apply for permanent residence.
What happens if I lose my passport?
In this situation you should report the loss to the local Police Station and then forward a copy of the Police Report your Consulate or Embassy to complete the requirements to have a new passport issued.
Can my parents visit me in New Zealand?
It should be no problem for parents to apply for a visitor visa and to visit their children in New Zealand providing they meet normal visitor visa policy requirements.
How long can I study in New Zealand?
Providing you pass your course and continue to meet the requirements of your student visa you can continue to extend your visa for as long as you wish. There is no limit on the time you can spend in New Zealand as a student.
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New Zealand and Germany, two as far away from each other as possible; two different kind of cultures, that it is a real challenge for all exchange students to concentrate more on school than on the rest of the country.
I was an exchange student for 8 months myself and my experiences “on the other side of the world” were quite positive. I attended classes of year 12 and year 13 at Linwood College in Christchurch, although I was just in year 11 back in Germany.
But because New Zealand pupils start primary School 2 years earlier (with 5 years) than the Germans (with 7 years) I was the same age as my class mates. In Germany, you have compulsory subjects which you attend from 8am to 1pm. Even though school days are longer in New Zealand, I enjoyed the variety of courses I could choose from.
Subjects like Drama, Tourism or Media are not found in Germany although they would be helpful for someone’s future working life. Collecting credits between NCEA level 1 to 3 (year 11 to 13) is the most important task for pupils, especially when they want to go to University.
To be able to study at Uni, New Zealanders need 80 credits after they finished school with their final exams. The difference with Germany is that New Zealanders can go to University even when they did not achieve enough credits by the time they turn 20 years old.
This obviously differs a lot from the system in Germany, where the final exams in the “Abitur” are basically what your certificate of graduation and your New Zealand University entrance depends on.
In my opinion, the New Zealand school system is more easy-going, but it is not as esteemed as the German one worldwide.
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Remembering Sunsets - Study in New Zealand
At one time or another we have all encountered the feeling of being just one more body in the crowd, as we jostle down a jammed city street or squash ourselves into a crammed train carriage. So how do we cure the big-smoke blues? We run for the hills, of course.
If you are in the market for such a sea change, New Zealand offers some of the world's greatest regional study experiences. This island nation is famous for its breathtaking natural attributes; its towering mountains, mighty rivers, geothermal springs and picturesque beaches.
And you can find all of these stunning features within an hour of Hamilton, home of Waikato University. With its modest population, here an international student can enjoy the liberation of a provincial lifestyle, while taking part in the buzz of a student town.
"In big cities like Berlin you can get lost in your ambition," Marie Balleux, an engineering student at Waikato University says, "you have your eyes on the pavement or in the books. Here you are apart of the world " it doesn't just spin around you."
If you see yourself packing your swag as well as your satchel, visit University of Waikato.
Living & studying in Auckland, New Zealand – a Great Place to EXPLORE
New Zealand has a population of approximately 4.2 million people spread across two main islands in a geographical size similar to Japan, California or Great Britain. The main population is European with indigenous Maori making up around 15% of the population. The language of instruction in New Zealand is English and there are many ways to learn about Maori ‘tikanga’ (culture) as well.
Studying in New Zealand is ideal because of its:
- English speaking western – style democracy
- British-based, world class education system
- Warm and welcoming environment
- High quality living conditions
- Value for money
- High quality education leading to positive outcomes
- Inspiring, clean & green countryside
- Safe environment
- Wide variety of cultural, recreational and sporting activities
- Recognition as a high quality international tourist destination
- Vibrant restaurants and café culture
- Exciting night life
- Secular-based society
Auckland City – a Great Place to STUDY
Auckland City is the largest city in New Zealand with over 1.5 million people and is the most vibrant and culturally diverse city with Pacific, Asian, Indian, African and European cultures. The city is built around the ocean and provides many public access beaches and facilities to enjoy. There are so many different things to experience such as vineyards, public parks, music concerts and art galleries. From the Viaduct Harbour, you can take the 30 minute ferry across to Waiheke Island fora distinctly different experience.
Auckland offers a main international airport and from here, easy transport links are available to the city and to Unitec.
To be collected from the airport on arrival, make sure you complete the Arrival Form that is included in your Offer pack.
Being a large city, there are plenty of opportunities for part-time work. Many of our graduates choose to work in Auckland once they complete their studies.
Studying at Unitec New Zealand - Mt Albert, Waitakere City & Takapuna, North Shore
Unitec New Zealand has three campuses in Auckland. The main campus is located in Mt Albert while two smaller campuses are located in Waitakere city and Takapuna on the North Shore. Mt Albert and Waitakere are within 15 minutes drive from each other and are serviced by the free Unitec shuttle bus. Unitec’s Mt Albert campus is one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. The campus is set in 55 hectares of park-like grounds, flanked by green reserves, birdlife and the activity of a busy campus. It is just a few minutes drive away from beautiful beaches and the buzz of downtown Auckland city. The Waitakere campus is 10 minutes drive from Mt Albert campus. Courses that are taught here are mostly in the health science area.
The Takapuna campus is our newest campus and is situated very close to beaches and cafes! This campus offers short courses in trades, business and English. We welcome you to come and see for yourself the truly unique living and learning experience at Unitec.
Study options at unitec
Regardless of your study or work experience background, there is a programme at Unitec for you. Whether you want to study English, a degree or a diploma, we can offer a pathway programme for you. Your experience and qualification that you gain from Unitec will be measured both in New Zealand and overseas whether you choose to do further study or look for employment. Many of our graduates remain in Auckland and other parts of New Zealand, because employers are looking for the recognised combination of both theory and practical skills.
This is what makes Unitec students so special because they bring experience to the work place. For those students that are enrolled in a Bachelors degree, there is also the opportunity to study overseas as part of the degree. Opportunities for study is between 1 semester and 1 year, with exchange countries such as the US, Chile, Germany, Mexico, China, UK, Sweden and Australia to name a few.
We encourage you to take full advantage of all the opportunities that are open to you, whether they be academic, social or sporting.
Whether you want the security and buzz of living on-campus, or prefer the independence of your own place, there are many quality accommodation options for international students. Information will be sent to you in your offer pack and you can visit www.unitec.ac.nz for more information. You can apply online.
If you stay in the village for at least one semester, you will receive free membership to the Unitec gym.
Unitec Residential Village
The Residential Village contains 34 separate, self-contained, fully-furnished apartments (although students must supply their own bedding). Each apartment or ‘flat’ has five bedrooms, a shared lounge, kitchen and bathroom. Walkways connect the Residential Village with Unitec III, creating a fun student community. The apartments are self-catered and the kitchens include a stove, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Unitec III opened in 2003 and is a 134-bed, fully-furnished accommodation village offering a mix of living options, ranging from single-bedroom apartments to five-person flats. The apartments are situated close to fields, which the
students can use for exercise or relaxation. Walkways across Oakley Creek connect with the Unitec Residential Village on Great North Road, creating a fun student community.
Students enjoy all the comforts and enjoyment of family life. Living in homestay is also a great way to practise English language skills. All homestay students have their own room, including 2 meals a day during the week and 3 meals a day
in the weekend. Students can be met at the airport and taken directly to their homestay family.
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Globally Recognized Universities in Auckland Offer Suitable Tertiary Education to Foreigners
Tertiary education in Auckland is quite well-known in the educational market. Students often plan to enrol in universities in this city of sails or take up study pathway programs in colleges to get a degree. The reason is not just one, but many.
Popularity of University Education
A useful tertiary education is something that not only helps you to get a prosperous career but also gives you the opportunity to promote all your talents. The education offered in Auckland universities are entertaining, research-oriented, and rewarding.
Naturally, students looking for an international career prefer to study in these institutes instead of going elsewhere. Some top reasons why universities are flanked by students from various countries are:
- Top global ranking
- Partnership with well-known global institutes
- Study-work programs
- Study abroad and student exchange programs
- Job-ready vocational courses
- Study pathways for research work
- Extensive student support, such as affordable fees, friendly environment, safe homestays or student hostels
Keeping Pace with International Requirement
The government of New Zealand has set up many educational and administrative bodies to look into the growth and development of tertiary education in the country so that it meets international standards.
Internship programs are available to ensure students get a first-hand experience about the industry they are about to venture during their career. Such programs are in engineering, hospitality, animal care, design works, and creative art.
Auckland universities have pathway programs that allow students from non-English speaking countries to study further in the institutes. For instance, students are allowed to take up English learning courses to improve their English. Some courses train students for English testing exams. There are direct pathway courses which allow students to study further once they successfully complete the English curriculum.
Research Options and Grants
Not only Maori students, but international students also get scholarships to take up research work in top universities in Auckland. The grants are presented each year to meritorious students to conduct research work in marine life, ecosystem, cell technology, and lot more.
Competing with International Universities
Almost all universities in New Zealand rank among the world’s best ones. The universities in Auckland are one of those elite educational institutes which are highly sought after by students.
Extra-curricular activities are done in form of student tours, outdoor educational trips, competitions, and workshops that require students to create an indigenous work of their own. From cuisine delicacies to intricate machineries, various competitions and project works are organized from time to time. The candidates, who successfully compete in the projects, get selected in the industry.
All universities in Auckland offer counselling and mentoring to students to help them get the best from their association with the educational institutes. Multi-cultural environment, free facilities, and social interactions also attract foreigners to study tertiary education in Auckland.
There are hundreds of courses to study in Auckland universities. If you are keen to associate yourself with a versatile institute that offers career-boosting and detailed tertiary education, inform our student counsellor for suggestions and details.
Energetic High School Students to Avid Researchers have Scope to Study in New Zealand
New Zealand has always welcomed international students to study a subject of their choice in the country. English training, job-savvy courses, outdoor study tours, and internship programs are part of the education that makes studying in New Zealand an attractive proposition. Studying in New Zealand gives students from all parts of the world a foothold into the international job market. Education is quite a lucrative option for many and the system offers standard learning in all spheres. Most of the programs are job-oriented, keeping in mind the needs of the industries. For instance, tourism is an important industry in this country as students come over each year to take part in adventure sports, bungee jumping, river rafting, and other water sports. The country’s picturesque beauty also attracts hundreds of pro photographers, videographers, and film-makers. There is also a great need for skilled people, students who are ready to take up industry-required careers and pursue their dream career in New Zealand. Outdoor Study Programs The students go on camps, stay at farmlands, or work at a hotel to learn about the mannerisms that is accepted in the country. Tourism and hospitality sector, cuisine jobs, and agro-based jobs are quite lucrative job options for the foreigners. The students learn the New Zealand culture, language, and etiquette while staying in with the New Zealand families. Southern Lake English Centre at Queenstown for instance, is a language school that teaches students from non-English speaking countries to learn the language, communication etiquette, and culture while going on outdoor study program. Higher Education Some top universities and technical institutes are placed in North Island. Hundreds of international students enroll each year at University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and New Zealand College, Auckland. Other universities making the mark are Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, and Victoria University of Wellington. Each year, students from these institutes bag university grants for various projects that are catered for the tertiary students and post-graduate researchers. Some are on medical science, ecological balance, sustainability, and Maori culture. In fact, the yearly Legatum Prosperity Index has ranked the country as one the top education providers in the world. Hands-on Learning New Zealand also ranks one of the top contenders for entrepreneurship and hands-on activity. Wellington Business School, Waikato Institute of Education, Unitec, Northtec, and NMIT are some of the useful and popular colleges in New Zealand that offers internships after completion of a course, semester-end hands-on project, or summer camps. Students study and work on various vocational courses that allow them to get suitable jobs in New Zealand. Even at a high school level, students are given options to take up courses that make them viable for entry-level vocational jobs. It is even possible to earn credits and study further at universities through these courses. All in all, from internship programs to vocational trainings, New Zealand offers a perfect platform for foreign students to hone their skills and interests for a formidable career that is suitable in the international market.
Top Ten Reasons Why Canterbury Remains the Ideal Location to Study for International Students
- Safety – A friendly community helps to provide safety for students of various age groups. English language taught to the international students also include introduction to culture, history, and mannerisms expected in Canterbury.
- Transport – The urban spot has train, bus, and cab service. Dedicate school service are offered by Sydney Buses.
- Career-oriented course -- The courses are at par with international standards and registered by ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). The curriculum is also supported by Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) and Member of Tertiary Assurance Scheme (TAS) for protection of Fees of overseas students.
- Internship programs – Job opportunities are available aplenty in Canterbury. From part-time baristas to waiters and chefs, you can find suitable internships and short-term work in the urban area.
- Vocational Courses – Vocational subjects include learning in Printing & Graphic Arts, Electronics & Communications, Software Development, and Business. Non-accredited work-based programs are also offered to international students to work in local communities.
- Student Exchange Programs – Student exchange programs allow students to get degree from the partner institute. You can learn overseas by paying for the amount you would at Canterbury.
- Good environment zoology -- Pristine topography and unique flora and fauna have made Canterbury a prime spot to do research work on ecology, environment zoology, geology, and marine life.
- Government keenness – Government-introduced lucrative options such as, Christchurch Educated, travel discounts through student cards, and free information and advice help to invite foreign students
- Safe friendly accommodation – Safe, furnished, and amiable accommodation is available at Canterbury through Campus Living Villages, homestays, and student hostels.
- Recognition of Prior Learning – Canterbury provides a medium to identify and support skills or work experience that a student has acquired irrespective of where and when the learning happened. So, international students can quickly get their value for their learning at Canterbury institutes to study further.
To study abroad in plush urban locality at Canterbury, write to our student adviser for details.
Top Ten Reasons Why Napier is a Popular Spot for Education for International Students
Greenery along with industries has made the city a prime spot for youngsters. Here are some more reasons why Napier attracts international students.
Industrial Belt – As Napier is a sea port, it is commercially viable. International students looking for various types of entry-level, part-time, and career-oriented jobs, get it right here. Top industries include manufacturing or heavy machinery, metal or woodworks, textiles, wineries and fruit exports.
Low Tuition Fees – Tuition fees are comparatively low compared to other countries. The cost of living is also less that helps the students to survive in a foreign country.
Tertiary Education – There are many technical institutes which provide tertiary education to international students at par with international standards. Care is taken to help the students get internships or hands-on training in the industries.
Hilarious Activities and Pastime – The city is a beautiful spot for travelers and youngster who love to enjoy a hilarious nightlife. Students loving sea-sports are also attracted here as they can pursue the sports activities.
Highest Sunshine Hours – Warm, dry temperature allow youngsters to enjoy outdoor activities in Napier. The sunshine hours are also greatest here.
Useful Infrastructure and Teaching Facility – Surveys have pointed out that the infrastructure of the city is robust and teaching facilities in educational institutes are often equipped with labs and practical workshops.
Opportunity to Learn English and Settle – Culturally vibrant, foreigners from non-English speaking countries get a suitable environment to study English and imbibe Kiwi culture. There are study tours, social events, and pleasure trips that encourage students to communicate in English and learn the language faster.
Strong Connection between Study, Work, and Permanent Residency – The New Zealand administration has strongly supported those coming from abroad to study, work, and ultimately settle in the country. In Napier, useful industries have invited international students to start work or take part in internship programs just after their studies. Care is taken to ensure immigrants working in the country to settle permanently.
Easy Policy to Get Visa – The processing time to get student visa is less in New Zealand. The students who want to study in Napier need to furnish the “Offer of Place” document to apply for Student Visa Approval in Principle (AIP) if necessary.
Policy followed on Affordable and Secured Student Accommodation -- Institutes often arrange for student’s accommodation prior to their coming to Napier. A dedicated team is often directed to take care about the visa formalities and pastoral care of the students.
In short, Napier administration, especially the education sector is committed to provide safety and support to the international students. To study in this city, write to our student adviser for more information.
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