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Education System in New Zealand

The New Zealand education system is categorized in universities, institutes of technology & polytechnics (ITPs) and private tertiary training establishments.

The private tertiary establishments offer higher education in areas such as tourism, English, international studies, etc., whereas ITPs offer higher education in form of vocational and professional courses. These institutes have a more hands-on practical approach in their education format to suit various industry needs.

A common misconception is that degree from a New Zealand University is more qualified or prestigious than one earned at ITPs. Nothing can be farther from the truth. These institutes are governed by NZQF and each have their own merits.

Do remember that NZQF is globally valued and recognized as it lays emphasis on both – academic and practical achievements. This is one of the key reasons students should choose New Zealand for graduation / post-graduation programs. 

There is little or no difference in the benchmark of education offered at public and private educational institutes in New Zealand. Equal importance is given to both in employing the quality of facilities, faculties, research and technology.

Academic intakes

Feb intake:

Starting in February, colleges and universities in the New Zealand accept admission applications for a vast number of study programs during this primary intake. Being a more popular study intake, students are expected to start application process 6-8 months in advance.

July intake:

This is a secondary intake, starting in July, offering programs in various disciplines. This is also a popular intake for students aspiring to pursue higher education in the New Zealand. Students would be well-advised to start application process 6-8 months in advance for this intake as well.

Students should take note of the fact that ITPs and private institutes have multiple Intakes for different courses. As a result, there is practically an intake every month in some or the other institute

Popular Courses

The New Zealand society is quite progressive and liberal. It understands that education must prepare the young people for challenges and opportunities that the ever-changing world presents.

Don’t let the size of this beautiful pacific nation fool you. What it lacks in landmass, it more than compensates through quality of life and quality of education. How so?

Each and every university from New Zealand ranks in the global top-500 list; it ranks 7th for highest performing graduates, it is the 2nd most peaceful country in the world. The list of reasons is long. And so is the list of popular courses to study in New Zealand.  

  • Business & Commerce
  • Management
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Civil Engineering
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Digital Business & Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
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