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New Zealand

  • Currency : New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
  • Population : 4.7 Million
  • Main Language(s) : English & Māori
  • Capital City : Wellington
  • Largest City : Auckland

Safe, friendly and welcoming, New Zealand is a natural playground full of opportunities for unique experiences. New Zealand is a beautiful, largely untouched country boasting stunning, unspoiled natural scenery in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main land masses and several smaller islands. There is no shortage of warm hearted friendly people, rich culture, unique wild life and awe inspiring views. New Zealand has a low population density with an average of 15 people per square Kilometre due to large uninhabited areas of land.

New Zealand is the home of a world class education system with tertiary education spread throughout modern, vibrant cities. New Zealand education focuses on real-world skills, ensuring you are ready to work anywhere when you graduate.

Over 20,000 international students choose New Zealand universities from some 160 countries. Contact us to learn more about working while studying, where to stay, the cost of living and the course offerings.

Education System

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. Universities and Tertiary institutions follow a strict framework to ensure that degrees are ranked highly and accepted world wide.


There are eight main Universities that are in New Zealand and governed by the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. These Universities vary depending on what programs that they offer, how much they cost, and where in the country they are located. Programmes are research-led and generally academic rather than vocational. All eight of NZ Universities are among the world’s top 500 in the 2015/16 QS rankings. On individual subjects, the 2015/16 QS rankings also placed New Zealand universities amongst the world’s top 50 for teaching accounting and finance, business and management, computer science, civil and structural engineering, agriculture and forestry, veterinary science and nine other important disciplines.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)

Polytechnic provides practical and technical training for the students who want to work after completion of their studies at secondary school. Polytechnic was considered similar to Technical high school in the past but Polytechnic is vastly different in terms of the quality and level of the job education programs. Polytechnic not only offers practical technique sessions for job search, but also provides tertiary education of that of universities. Unitec is a example as from the name it indicate both university and Polytechnic in one and so does the program as it provides theoretical tertiary education and practical programs. Overall, certificate from Polytechnics are recognized in the world as a qualification for university entrance. There are 16 ITPs throughout New Zealand, with over 157,000 students gaining qualifications in all kinds of industries.

Private Training Establishments (PTEs)

Private Tertiary Establishments (PTE) are institutions recognized by NZQA and NZ government. The PTE institutions have diverse types of courses which specialize in particular discipline for professional certificates and practicum styled course related with actual working environments. The qualifications are classified into Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma depending on the level of the studies.

Education Providers

  • Universities
  • ITPs
  • AUT University
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury (ARA)
  • Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawkes Bay) (EIT)
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
  • Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec)
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • Tai Poutini Polytechnic
  • The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
  • Unitec New Zealand
  • Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
  • Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)
  • Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec)
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)
  • Whitireia Community Polytechnic
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