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We help international students to successfully apply to study at a University in New Zealand

Our registered New Zealand university agents provide free application counselling! For further information, please contact our New Zealand university agents! Accredited Universities in New Zealand offer various undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses for international students. Our Universities in New Zealand are internationally recognised and hold the highest rating by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Universities in New Zealand offer diverse education pathways and qualifications. Apply with us!

International Universities in NZ

New Zealand Universities have a diverse international community from all around the world - from over 80 different countries! We are delighted that you are considering studying at a New Zealand University and can offer you many interesting courses.

Our team will work with you to help you achieve your educational goals and prepare you for a successful career.

When you come to your New Zealand University, you will begin a new chapter in your education. You can be certain it will be full of stimulating challenges, interesting people and wonderful opportunities.

Before you fly out to New Zealand to begin your studies in New Zealand, you will need to make sure you apply for the right course and correct student visa and that you have a current passport.

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Application Procedures

Important: New Zealand Universities cost around NZ$ 8000 - 14.000 per semester for international students. Living expenses such as rent and food are around NZ$ 350 per week.

The basic level of admission is the same across the New Zealand university system. However, individual universities may require higher standards for admission to courses which are in high demand.

All students must be fluent in English language if they are to succeed at a university in New Zealand. Study Travel Work New Zealand can assist international students to reach the required level of English language competence. The universities have specified minimum levels of competence e.g. 6.0 in IELTS or 550 in TOEFL for most undergraduate degrees; details of any higher requirements for specific degrees may be obtained from individual universities.

Applications for admissions to New Zealand universities should include:

  • certified copies of the highest secondary school certificates received
  • official academic records of any tertiary study undertaken

Universities in New Zealand have an established policy on the engagement and use of education agents for the recruitment of international students to its programmes.

Universities in New Zealand have selected a number of highly regarded education agencies in New Zealand and overseas to assist prospective students and their families with course advice, travel and visa information.

Go to New Zealand is one of the registered education agents and accepts applications directly from prospective students.

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Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students

As part of their contractual agreement with Universities in New Zealand, all Education Agents and their staff are required to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Ministry of Education's Pastoral Care of International Students.

The Code establishes the standards, procedures and a complaint/feedback framework for the care and protection of all international students studying in New Zealand.

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About the Universities in New Zealand

There are 8 Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand University Programs

Higher Education
Higher, or Degree-level Education is mainly offered at a university in New Zealand, but some degree programmes are also available at institutes of technology, polytechnics, wananga and colleges of education, and at some private training establishments. University education in New Zealand was established in 1870 and resembles the British university system.

The academic year
The academic year in New Zealand begins in late February or early March (end of summer) and finishes in November (spring). Most of the universities in New Zealand operate on a semester system, although a few divide the academic year in trimesters or quarters.

Research in New Zealand Universities
Research by New Zealand university staff covers a wide spectrum and forms a vital aspect of university teaching. Research is the principal characteristic that distinguishes universities from other tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. New Zealand universities maintain a high level of research activity that continues to be internationally recognised.

New Zealand Universities
There are eight government-funded universities in New Zealand, some of which have become famous in specialist subject areas such as Medicine, Engineering, Law, Veterinary Science and Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

New Zealand has eight national universities offering degree programs in academic and professional studies and study abroad programs.

All universities offer a broad range of subjects for degrees in commerce, science and the arts. Each university has also developed its own specialist subjects, such as engineering, computer studies, medicine and agriculture.

New Zealand universities have an international reputation for the success of its international students and provides a friendly and welcoming environment for students from over 60 countries.

If English is your second language then Universities Language Institutes offer you pathways into University study at degree level. The Language Institute teaches Academic and General English, and IELTS preparation.

For international students the benefits of studying in New Zealand are numerous and given its multicultural base it makes integration easy.

Our International Centre supports international students, who like to study in New Zealand.

  1. an international orientation programs each semester
  2. a Drop-In Centre with free tea, coffee and Internet access
  3. advice on other support and academic services at the University
  4. advice on visa requirements, medical insurance and general concerns
  5. airport pick-ups through the Accommodation Office

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Private and State Funded Universities in New Zealand

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There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand and they are partners in the international community as far as learning and research is concerned.


These are institutes of technology which provide highly specialised vocational training in response to local industry and labour demands. Many polytechnics also have research portfolios, mainly in the field of applied sciences and other technological areas.

English General Certificate of Education (GCE)

English General Certificate of Education (GCE) for students studying NCEA Level 1 English A Levels and Australian higher school certificates for students studying NCEA Level 3 University entrance examination for students intending to use credits for purposes of gaining tertiary entry.

State owned

These educational institutions include universities, colleges of education and wānanga (Maori education centres). They are state-funded and highly responsive to local and international student demand for coursework and research programs.

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About the Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand University Study Abroad Programs

University Study Abroad Programs in New Zealand

New Zealand universities offer an outstanding study abroad experience. The flexibility of the New Zealand university system gives you a great selection of courses and subjects, as well as the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the Kiwi culture. Consider taking at least one Maori studies course to learn about the diversity of New Zealand’s history and population.

more about the study abroad program

Every international student who wants to study abroad in New Zealand is granted a student visa. These courses must be listed for Overseas Students. Whether you want to study English abroad or take a Master Degree, you will certainly gain a student status in New Zealand. International students granted a student visa abroad in New Zealand are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and even full time during vacations.

New Zealand's eight universities are part of the international university community. Degree programmes from New Zealand universities are recognised internationally by all leading universities. Within the scope of a Study in New Zealand Abroad Program / Open Semester Program international students study in New Zealand and are regularly enrolled at a university in New Zealand, taking regular exams. At the end of their studies in New Zealand, they receive a certificate listing all the taken courses and grades. An application for a Study Abroad Program is relatively unbureaucratic. However, the courses are chosen on the spot at the university in New Zealand, therefore it is difficult to design a course schedule before taking up studies in New Zealand.

Visiting Student Programs:

Within the scope of Visiting Student Programs, international students are enrolled as guest students/guest auditors at a university in New Zealand. They have to “apply” for the specific courses at the university in New Zealand, which can be a quite bureaucratic procedure. However, compared to the Study Abroad Program, international students know in advance which courses they take.

Summer Sessions / Summer Schools:

Summer Sessions or Summer Schools are a good value alternative option to Visiting Student and Study Abroad Programs in New Zealand. Courses are held during summer vacations wasting no valuable term time. In most cases, the home university will treat these courses like „normal“ courses which last a whole term. Summer Sessions run from January to March, alternatively, some universities in Australia also offer Winter Sessions running from July to November.

To learn more about our dedicated on-site staff and student services in New Zealand, contact our New Zealand Experts.

The New Zealand University Rankings & Quality Assurance

The quality of a New Zealand university education is well recognized internationally and New Zealand Universities are among the highest ranking in the world.

New Zealand University Rankings 2019

University of Auckland

Ranked 85

University of Otago

Ranked 175

Victoria University of Wellington

Ranked 221

University of Canterbury

Ranked 231

University of Waikato

Ranked 274

Lincoln University

Ranked 317

Massey University

Ranked 332

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Ranked 464

According to QS World Univeristy Rankings

New Zealand Universities Rank Highly

New Zealand universities get top ranking each year. No wonder: They are excellent in education tradition and equipped with technology to help local as well as international students to be successful in a global environment.

There are 8 state-funded universities in New Zealand:

  • The University of Auckland
  • Massey University
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • The University of Otago
  • University of Canterbury
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Lincoln University
  • The University of Waikato

All 8 universities in New Zealand offer the full range of internationally recognized university qualifications: From bachelor degrees through to master and doctoral programmes.

In general, each university has its own specific point system. Each course is associated with a set of points which is equivalent to the workload of the course. The students have to obtain sufficient points to be granted a degree.

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Many New Zealand graduates are awarded prestigious prizes and scholarships for further study in countries other than New Zealand. The living costs and cost of university study in New Zealand compare favourably with those of other countries and their universities.

Universities in New Zealand

  • have an international reputation as a provider of quality education
  • offer a safe learning environment
  • provide excellent study opportunities and support services for international students
  • are internationally respected for their academic and research standards.
  • have a co-ordinated system of quality assurance audits and undertake internal quality checks.
  • are international and have dedicated International offices with primary responsibility for student recruitment and welfare.
  • offer Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral degrees.
  • maintain a high level of research activity recognised internationally
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University Courses & Degrees New Zealand

Get help choosing the right University Course in New Zealand! New Zealand University courses are internationally recognised and easily transferable.

University Courses & Degrees in New Zealand

Accredited Universities in New Zealand Offer Many Courses

The numerous accredited universities in New Zealand offer various undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses to both domestic as well as international students. The tertiary education provided by New Zealands universities is recognized internationally.

Students Planning to Take up Tertiary Education in Universities must Fulfill Conditions Specific to the Courses

Surveys point out that New Zealand universities are quite well known in the international market as many of them have made it to the top 200 list of global universities. The benchmark is based on popularity of the courses and quality in imparting education by the universities. However, it is not easy to vie for a seat in one of the universities as the competition is high and conditions are quite stringent.

University Learning
Top universities, such as Auckland University, Waikato University, Auckland University of Technology, and Victoria University have an attractive campus with student facilities, libraries, halls, and study centres. From accommodation to round the clock assistance, and counselling centres, the universities have all the basic amenities to impart tertiary education to the students.

Generally, universities offer a 3-years Bachelor's degree. The students can study further for another year to earn an Honors course. On completion, various levels are awarded, such as first class, upper second, lower second, or third class. Graduates with an honours degree can study further for a year to acquire a Master's degree. Those who don’t have an Honors degree would need to study a couple of years to get the Master’s degree. The highest degree awarded by the universities is the Doctoral degree.

Courses Offered by Top Universities
The courses offered at the university are varied. For instance, it is possible for high school leavers to take up an undergraduate course at the university. Some can even take up foundation or preparatory courses if their academic qualifications don’t attain the qualifying marks. International students, for instance, can take up a bridging course to study brush up their English language learning to take up further studies at the university. Waikato University, for instance, offers such a foundation course to those who do not qualify in the first chance.

Admission Criteria – Selective Entry
To get admitted to a university in New Zealand, a student must primarily qualify for a University Entrance ranking. The score would help in assessing students studying secondary education from different colleges. After the students are ranked, the students must qualify for selective admission that depends from one university to another. The University of Auckland offers career-oriented courses which are mostly based on selective admissions.

Role of English Proficiency
English proficiency is essential to study in New Zealand. International students must attain a qualifying score in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to get admission to universities in New Zealand. Those who do not qualify for the test can attend a bridging course to get the required qualification.

The education ministry has taken measures to ensure qualified students who can contribute to the economy of the country, get a chance to pursue tertiary education in New Zealand by enrolling to various universities in the country.


Arts, Sciences, Business, Health Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Law, Fine Arts/Architecture, Education

New Zealand University Tuition Fees

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New Zealand University Fees

New Zealand University Tuition Fees for International Students

You will need to pay your tuition fees in advance, as the New Zealand Department of Labour (the government institution that processes visa applications) requires proof of payment.  Universities usually give you a certain date to cancel your enrolment; if you do so before this date, most or all of your fees will be refunded.

Your university should offer a full refund if you application for a visa is denied.
Undergraduate study can cost about NZ$18 000 - $25 000.  Postgraduate courses can cost up to NZ$40 000.

This includes registration and enrolment, student health and counselling, language support, the use of most campus facilities and taxes.  Some universities may charge additional fees for things such as student union, buildings levy and activity fees.

If you are applying for university accommodation, you will generally have to pay application fees, a deposit and rent (paid weekly or monthly.)  Some other fees may apply.

Fees can be paid by credit card, banking transfer, cheque made out to New Zealand dollars or (for all fees except tuition fees) in person at your university.

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