Study in New Zealand


New Zealand at a glance

Slightly larger than the UK but with a total population of just 4.5 million (compared to 65m in the UK), New Zealand is famed for its stunning natural landscapes, multicultural society, and laidback approach to life.



If you’re keen on outdoor pursuits, seeking a cosmopolitan setting, and have a penchant for rugby/wine/seafood, then New Zealand could be the study destination for you. Recent statistics show New Zealand is attracting a growing number of students
from across the world, with a 12% boost in international student enrolment reported between January and August 2014 compared to the previous year. Some 100,000 foreign students now study in the country, and national agency Education New Zealand aims to increase this by more than 40,000 by 2025

Higher education in New Zealand

New Zealand’s eight universities are spread across its two main islands – from the multicultural melting pot of Auckland in the north down to the Scottish-influenced and student-centered Dunedin in the south. All eight are featured in the QS World University Rankings®, offering a good selection for prospective international students. If you think New Zealand student life could be for you, read on to find out what steps to take next.

With a strong emphasis on research and personal development and a student satisfaction level of between 87% and 92% in the International Student Barometer, New Zealand offers a very successful higher education system. 

Tertiary qualifications run from certificate to doctorate level, progressing through diploma, bachelor’s, and master’s levels along the way. Typically, a bachelor’s degree will take three or four years to complete and a master’s degree one or two years, while a PhD program takes up to four years. The option of a fast-track master’s degree, which takes less than one calendar year to complete, is also growing in availability and popularity.


As well as a selection of public and private universities, New Zealand also offers around 600 private training schools, for specialized foundation and diploma qualifications.


Admission requirements & applications

The process of applying to study in New Zealand varies, with specific guidelines provided by individual institutions. In most cases, you can submit your application online. 

Generally, you will be asked to submit relevant academic documentation, providing proof of qualifications completed. While qualifications and credit transfers are widely accepted from New Zealand, Australian and UK institutions, some international qualifications must be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), which will cost around NZ$450 (US$300). If your documents are not in English, you will need to provide a translation.

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