New Zealand Education
New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education within a safe learning environment. Programmes offered to international students are subject to audit and scrutiny by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
The academic year in New Zealand is usually on a two-semester basis: February to June and from July to December. There is a wide range of programs and courses of study available from the following education providers within the country. Courses of study are available for academic, professional and vocational.
New Zealand universities are research based and government owned. They offer courses from certificate level to doctorates.
Entry Requirements for Degree Courses:
- English requirement: minimum IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 (Some courses require higher scores)
- Equivalent university entrance from an acceptable overseas institution
- Pass a one year University Preparation Studies Course, equivalent to year 13
INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY AND POLYTECHNICS
- New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are government owned, and offer courses that are equivalent in merit to those offered in New Zealand universities. Courses range from certificate level with some offering full degree and postgraduate level studies courses.
PRIVATE TRAINING ESTABLISHMENTS
Private Training Establishments must be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Courses Offered include
- English Language study
- English for Academic Purposes [EAP]
- IELTS Preparation
- Business English Certificates
- University Preparation Foundation Courses
- Diplomas and Certificates
- Vocational Courses
Most New Zealand secondary schools are state owned
- Some are private or integrated (partly state funded) and may be single-sex or affiliated to a particular religion
- New Zealand secondary schools are typically for students aged 13 to 19 (Years 9 to 13)
- Students in Years 11 to 13 study towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Note: Concordia Institute of Business, National Technology Institute, New Zealand Institute of Learning and Development and The College of Future Learning NZ are Private Training Establishments.