New Zealand Education

Why Study in New Zealand?

New Zealand has its reputation as a provider of quality education. It has a progressive education system. It offers very safe learning surroundings with brilliant study opportunities and support education services for international students.

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Under-Graduate study in New Zealand

Bachelors Degree
During the admission process all students get evaluated on their NCEA results as well as other criteria.
A Bachelors degree typically lasts for almost 3-4 years at university.
An Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research at university for combining or using your ‘major’ subject with supporting subjects known as ‘minor’ subjects.

Graduate study in New Zealand

Masters Degree
A Masters degree typically last for almost 2 years at university.
An Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research, however it is only awarded to students who do not already have an Honours degree.

Doctoral Degree
Requires a student to have either a Masters degree or Bachelors degree with Honors.
Requires a student to have qualification of graduate, diploma and masters degree


To be eligible to study in New Zealand as a student your study must meet the New Zealand requirements for international students. Universities prefer:

  • Applicants with very good academic background and
  • Above average scores in TOEFL or IELTS for admission Postgraduate and Masters Programs,
  • Applicants may also be asked to provide evidence of relevant work/research experience.
  • Main intake every year commences in Jun-July, Dec-Jan.

Each university has its own timetable but generally the year is split into 2 semesters of about 12 weeks each, with a 2-week break during the semester and a 6-week break in the middle of the year.
Some universities offer ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, which reduces the number of years it takes to complete a degree.

Accommodation and Living Expenses

The cost of living in New Zealand is similar to that in Australia, and less than in Britain. Tertiary students should budget for up to NZ$20,000 a year in living expenses.