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Study Destination > New Zealand

Study In New Zealand

The culture, adventure, and an exciting study experience await in the ‘land of the long white cloud’

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New Zealand Education System

Transparent Accountability Mechanisms

The education system in New Zealand is designed, at all levels of studying, in such a manner that they enable their students to;

  • Solve problems

  • Process information

  • Work with others

  • Create and innovate

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) was a premier in creating a qualifications framework in the world, all the qualifications listed under the Secondary and Tertiary level of education are placed at appropriate levels on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) come with an assurance of globally recognized and reliable quality.

Primary and Intermediate School

Students between the age of 5-10 years attend Primary school.

They begin with Intermediate school around 11
-12 years, which is basically a transition bridge between primary and secondary school to familiarize and adapt students to the change in education environment.

Intermediate schools can be offered at the Primary School itself or at a different school as well.

Secondary Schools

Popularly known as High Schools or Colleges, are channeled towards providing students with the National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA).

They often times also offer vocational subjects like computing and tourism.

The Secondary Education in New Zealand provides different types of schools for parents to choose from;

  • Public schools- Attended by an overwhelming majority of Kiwi children.

  • State-integrated Schools- Incorporate special teaching methods, may be under the jurisdiction of a religious faith.

  • Private schools

  • International schools- offering International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International Examinations as well.

Higher education

The Tertiary level of education in New Zealand has a swaggering number of modern universities that showcase global leadership in research and innovation.

Education options include;

  • 8 state-funded universities- offering higher degree level credentials in programs which are research-oriented and academic centric.

  • 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics unified into the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology- Offering vocational-oriented degree level education.

  • About 550 Private Training Establishments which include English language schools- Usually offer specific vocational programs and award students with a Certificate or Diploma upon successful completion.

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Types of Qualifications

Diverse Range of Study Options

Despite being heavily based in the British education system, New Zealand’s is thankfully much lower in cost. In addition, there are various scholarships available for international students, it may require some digging around and investigating and you can always reach out to your university and discuss your options.

Here is a brief review of the prevalent options study in New Zealand across different levels in New Zealand dollars:


Certificates Diploma


Advanced Diploma

Provides specialized knowledge of factual, operational, theoretical and technical detail in a specific field of work or study.


Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelors Honours Degree

Undergraduate programs focusing on specialized academic knowledge in a variety of courses across various disciples, armed with an independent and analytical approach.


Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma

Undergraduate programs focusing on specialized academic knowledge in a variety of courses across various disciples, armed with an independent and analytical approach.


Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma

This education credential empowers learners with advanced knowledge in a distinct area of study and makes you eligible to practice a profession. Requires a bachelors’ degree in any field.


Master’s Degree

Postgraduate programs provide highly specialized knowledge and a broader view of the subject area and available for coursework as well as research merit. It requires a relevant bachelor’s degree from a similar field.


Doctoral Degree

Higher doctoral degree

PhD is a premier research award which require a masters’ degree and a pre-approved research proposal by a panel of institute academics for admission. Holder becomes proficient enough to make substantial contributions to the field of study.


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3-4 years

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6-12 months

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