Study in New Zealand

New Zealand is a young country where independence, initiative and resourcefulness are more highly regarded than status or rules. As a student here you’ll be encouraged to be questioning, flexible and to seek your own answers by thinking for yourself.

New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study. Discover their internationally-renowned education system and unbeatable lifestyle.

You’ll need a student visa if you’re planning to study here full time and the course is for longer than three months. Student visa requirements include:

  • an offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • a written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you’re under 18 years)
  • evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
  • a return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.

If you’re spending six months or more here in New Zealand you may need to be screened for tuberculosis. If you’re over 17 and intending to be in New Zealand for over two years, you’ll need to provide a police certificate to show that you are of good character. If you’re studying a short course that’s less than three months, you don’t need a student visa: just a visitor visa.

Why New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean. The country mainly comprises of two islands. These are the North Island and South Island, although there are numerous smaller islands. The closest countries to New Zealand are Australia and the Pacific island nations: Fiji, New Caledonia and Tonga. Made internationally famous through the Lord of the Rings film series, the beautiful scenery of New Zealand is varied thanks to ancient volcanic eruptions. New Zealand offers a rich mix of various cultures, including Maori, Pakeha (people of European descent), Asian and Pacific populations. It is a developed country and does well in national performance rankings. These rankings consider all aspects, including quality of life, health, education and economic freedom. The most dominant sector of the national economy is the service sector, followed by the industrial sector. The top tourist attractions in New Zealand include:

  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Sky Tower (Auckland)
  • Napier Art Deco
  • Kaikoura

We all know New Zealand is a beautiful country, but there’s a lot beyond its picturesque landscapes. It is emerging as one of the topmost preferences among Indian students wanting to study abroad. With an excellent education system, internationally accredited qualifications, ample research opportunities and a matchless quality of life, New Zealand has a lot to offer. While studying here, you can be assured of a welcoming and friendly society with an excellent support system for international students. Here are some of the top reasons why you should go to New Zealand for your further education: Globally recognised qualifications: All eight universities of New Zealand consistently rank high in QS World Rankings and Times Higher Education Rankings, and qualifications from any of these are accredited across the globe, opening doors to prospects everywhere. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also ensures that institutions are registered to enrol international students and comply with qualifications standards. Excellent pedagogy: Influenced by the UK education system, New Zealand focuses on research-based teaching, which means you will learn dealing with situations in a systematic and an organised manner. You’ll be taught how to work independently as well as in a team at various levels. Studying here will encourage you to think critically, question and benefit from student-teacher interaction. You’ll also be implementing the concepts learnt in the classroom and develop different approaches towards solving a problem. Innovation and research: New Zealand provides abundant opportunities in research for students. The country boasts of highly experienced faculty, well-equipped laboratories, access to latest technology, equipments, and opportunities. Its innovative spirit has made it a hub of new technologies, research and development in various fields such as healthcare, physics, geology, engineering, astronomy, computer science, agriculture, etc. Add to it, the Nobel prizes that the country has in its kitty simply reinstate the significance and vast scope of research in New Zealand. Great scope for PhD scholars: Along with the vast research opportunities, as a PhD student you would enjoy additional privileges. You’ll be eligible to pay the same tuition fee as locals and unlike other degree students, you can work full-time during your studies. Safe and peaceful: New Zealand ranks second on the Global Peace Index 2018, which speaks about the social tolerance and political stability of the Kiwi democracy. As an international student, you’ll have the same rights as your Kiwi counterparts. Quality of life: New Zealand offers a wonderful multi-cultural environment that exists in perfect harmony with the country’s outdoorsy lifestyle. Replete with all kinds of natural landscapes ranging from snowcapped mountains and steaming volcanoes to rolling green hills, golden sandy beaches and lush rainforests, New Zealand screams wanderlust. Living here provides every student a chance to grow with its diverse culture and natural beauty all at once. You can work to support your studies: As an international student in New Zealand, you can work for up to 20 hours every week during your semesters and full-time during breaks. In fact, if you’re pursuing research masters or a doctoral degree, you will be allowed to work full-time.

University/Institution Selections

As per the student’s needs, course preference and other factors; we help students to choose the best course provider.

English Language Requirements

Following language requirements are applicable as per the level of studies in NZ:

  • Level 5 – overall 5.5/ 5.0 each
  • Level 6 – overall 6.0/5.5 each
  • Level 7 – overall 6.0/5.5 each
  • Level 8, 9 & 10 – overall 6.5/6.0 each

Academic Requirements

You need to provide the relevant prior educational certificates for the level of courses you are applying.

Here is a list of documents required for New Zealand

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, PTE, etc.
  • Standardised Tests
  • Two academic references & Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Resume/CV
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: Documents required for individual universities and individual courses may vary in New Zealand.

Education System

New Zealand education system is highly regarded around the world and it is known to be one of the best education systems. Every student who wishes to study in New Zealand should have basic information regarding the education system of the country. New Zealand is equipped with 8 state-funded universities which offer degree-level education. All these eight universities were ranked in the top 100 universities in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings in at least one subject. Along with these universities, New Zealand owns 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and almost 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs). ITPs and PTEs are allowed to provide vocational degree-level education. PTEs provide particular vocational courses at certificate or diploma level.

If you choose to study in New Zealand you will be experiencing flexibility, choice and great support. The educational qualifications are well-designed in a series of levels which goes from Level 1 to 10. According to your eligibility and preference, you may earn a certificate, diploma or a degree from New Zealand.

While you study in New Zealand you can be assured of the quality of education as New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) ensures the excellence is provided by non-university and tertiary training providers. NZQA is also responsible for the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications and the National Qualifications Framework. Hence, education in New Zealand can help you acquire a quality education with an availability of great student services.

Students in New Zealand are supported to solve problems, process information, work with others, create and innovate. Whichever level you’re studying at, New Zealand can give you a high-quality education that will enable you to achieve your goals.

Tertiary education Ages 18+

New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools.

Choose the type of institution that’s best for your career path:

  • Universities offer higher degree-level education. Programmes are research-led and generally academic rather than vocational. In the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, all eight of New Zealand’s universities were in the top 100 in at least one subject
  • ITPs and a few larger PTEs offer vocational degree-level education
  • PTEs tend to offer specific vocational programmes, mainly at certificate and diploma level.

Secondary school, Ages 13-18 (Years 9-13)

New Zealand has three types of school:

  • state schools, where 85% of Kiwi children go
  • state-integrated schools, which may be run by a religious faith or use specialist teaching methods
  • private schools

Students at secondary schools – also known as high schools or colleges – work towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Secondary schools also offer some vocational subjects, such as tourism and computing.
Some schools also offer Cambridge International Examinations and International Baccalaureate programmes.
Intermediate school, Ages 11-12 (Years 7-8)
Intermediate schools are a bridge between primary school and secondary school.
Primary education starts at Year 1 and continues through to Year 8. Years 7 and 8 are offered either at a primary school or at a separate intermediate school.
Primary school, Ages 5-10 (Years 1-6)
Primary school students study subjects guided by New Zealand National Curriculum: English, the arts, health and physical education, languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences and technology.
Students’ abilities in reading, writing and maths are regularly assessed against expectations for their age level, as set out by New Zealand’s National Standards.
Early childhood, Ages 0-5
Early childhood education provides education and care for children before they are old enough to go to school.
New Zealand has more than 4000 licensed early childhood education services available, including kindergartens, childcare centres, play centres, home-based care and playgroups.
Education system’s quality and standards
New Zealand government agencies monitor the quality of all areas of the education system.
This ensures students gain the skills they need and obtain qualifications that are relevant and good value for money.
Agencies responsible for quality assurance include:

  • The Ministry of Education, which develops education goals and curriculum for primary and secondary schools
  • the Education Review Office, which checks the quality of education and student support in primary and secondary schools
  • the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which ensures the qualifications offered by secondary schools and non-university tertiary institutions are regarded in New Zealand and around the world as credible and robust
  • Universities New Zealand, which ensures all eight New Zealand universities provide quality qualifications and education


Tertiary education here is delivered by a wide range of providers including Universities, Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics, Private Training Establishments and Industry Training Organisations.
Education providers offer qualifications at every level – certificates, diplomas, graduate and post-graduate degrees. They are all ranked on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The NZQA website has details of the different levels of qualification available and where they fit on the Framework.

Universities, Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics, and Wānanga
New Zealand has eight universities that offer academic programmes, rather than vocational.
All New Zealand’s universities offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. Some universities offer degrees in specialist fields – such as medicine, agriculture, engineering, etc. A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities, and some have overseas programmes.
New Zealand also has 18 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). They provide professional and vocational education and training ranging from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. Many ITPs also offer English language training and postgraduate study options, including up to Doctoral (PhD) level. Courses are more vocationally oriented, emphasising practical experience and application to work situations. A degree from one of these institutions has equal status with a university degree.
There are three Wānanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. These tertiary institutions offer teaching and learning environments that are based on Māori values and principles. Many offer qualifications in te reo Māori (Māori language), teaching, nursing, business, health, English language and Māori arts. Wānanga offer many undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including master’s and doctoral (PhD) level qualifications.
Universities/Educational Institutions
Please find below the list of institutions we represent in NZ

  • New Zealand Institute of Education
  • Edenz Colleges
  • Academy New Zealand
  • Cut Above Academy
  • Elite International School of Beauty & Spa Therapies
  • Information Technology Training Institute (ITTI)
  • North Shore International Academy (NSIA)
  • Pacific International Hotel Management School Limited
  • Yoobee School of Design
  • Animation College
  • South Seas Film & Television School
  • AMES
  • New Zealand school of Tourism       
  • NZMA
  • International College of Auckland (ICA)
  • New Zealand Tertiary College
  • Abacus Institute of Studies
  • Alpha Educational Institute