The NZ education system can be divided into distinct levels:
Early childhood education:
Around 96% of children attend between birth and school entry age. These programs support children’s development, help them build the skills they’ll need, and ensure the transition to primary school.
Primary and secondary education:
Children typically attend primary school from 5 to 12 and secondary school from 12 to 18.
NZ’s higher education system offers undergraduate courses, including bachelor’s and postgraduate studies, including master’s and doctoral degrees.
As an international student, you can apply for pathway programmes in
order to improve your English skills while accessing foundation courses to consolidate your knowledge prior to enrolling in university. This will ensure you acquire both the English and academic qualifications you need to get access to better universities.
Undergraduate courses include bachelor's degrees, certificates, and diplomas:
Certificates and diplomas:
Certificates are usually completed full time or part time over a period of up to two years while diplomas can take up to three years to complete. Both qualifications are usually a great option to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of a specific trade and can lead to a bachelor’s degree.
Depending on the universities, you’ll be able to tailor your curriculum and adapt it as you discover new options and subjects. Bachelor’s degrees typically run from mm three to four years.
Note that if you completed most of your education in another country, you must discuss the admission requirements with your educational institution as you’ll most likely be required to provide specific test results.
If you are ready to take the next step in your education and career, a postgraduate course may be right for you. There are four main types of masters programs in NZ, including:
Traditional Masters Programmes
build on a related undergraduate program. These courses are taught by specialist academics with deep expertise.
Change of direction Masters programs
allows you to make a switch between careers or from academic to professional life.
Graduate entry-level professional qualifications
, which teach advanced vocational skills and qualify you to enter regulated professions (i.e., teaching). If you are considering enrolling, first check that your qualifications will be recognised in the country you ultimately plan to work in.
Professional development qualifications
, designed for professionals with relevant work experience. They provide additional skills and training to enhance or modify an existing career path.
Masters by Research
require an extended independent dissertation under supervision.
Doctor of Philosophy
Note that The University of Auckland ranks in the top 50 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 for archaeology, education, nursing, geography, and performing arts.
Tuition fees will greatly vary depending on your location, the institution you’re studying at, the study level, the program, and its duration. A master's program for international students in NZ generally costs NZ$26,000 - 37,000 pa. However, most PhDs are around