Study in NZ

The education system in New Zealand is a three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechnics. The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary schools, secondary schools, and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.

Primary and secondary education
Free primary and secondary education is a right for all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents from a student’s fifth birthday until the end of the calendar year following the student’s 19th birthday, and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16. In some special cases, an exemption can be gained after applying to the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Typically, a bachelor’s degree will take three years, and a further year of study will lead to an Honours degree. Not every degree follows this 3+1 pattern: there are some four year degrees (which may or may not be awarded with Honours), and some specialist bachelor’s degrees which take longer to complete. Typically, Honours may be awarded with first class, upper second class, lower second class or third class, but this can vary from degree to degree. A bachelor’s degree may be followed by a Master’s degree.

Benefits of Studying in New Zealand

  • New Zealand was recently ranked as the world’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.
  • You will receive excellent teaching and earn qualifications recognised and respected around the world.
  • You will become part of a diverse, welcoming and vibrant multicultural society enriched by cultures from around the world.
  • You will feel safe and enjoy our ‘clean green’ country. New Zealand has a small population and wide open spaces.
  • You can get help in finding suitable accommodation with a family (homestay) or in a hostel.
  • Tuition fees and living costs are economical.
  • You will improve your English language skills.
  • You will make new friends easily with relaxed and friendly New Zealanders.
  • You can try high adrenalin sports: bungy jumping, jet boating, white-water rafting, heliskiing, skiing, snow-boarding, indoor rock climbing, mountain climbing, and trail bike riding.
  • You can enjoy relaxing recreation like scuba diving in marine reserves, bush walking and golf. We have over 400 golf courses, more per population head than anywhere in the world.

New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education and demand for study in New Zealand is growing rapidly. New Zealand’s pride of position as one of the best education locations is reflected by the fact that its education export industry is one of the country’s top five export industries. Round the world, students graduating from New Zealand’s education environment are earning a reputation as a new breed of innovative thinkers and are enjoying career success. While enjoying the benefits of a British-based and internationally recognised and accredited education system, students choosing New Zealand also stumble across one of the world’s best kept secrets – easy, affordable access to superb sporting and recreational facilities and a unique natural environment.

Universities in New Zealand:

  • Auckland University of Technology (Auckland)
  • Lincoln University (Lincoln, Canterbury)
  • Massey University (Palmerston North, Auckland, Wellington)
  • University of Auckland (Auckland)
  • University of Canterbury (Christchurch)
  • University of Otago (Dunedin) and (Invercargill)
  • University of Waikato (Hamilton)
  • Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)


Kia Ora New Zealand