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New Zealand Universities

In recent years, the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly. New Zealand is now offering impressive institutions and a progressive education system.

The eight institutions which constitute the New Zealand university system are located in cities in the country’s two main islands and this geographic spread gives students the chance to pursue an enviable range of lifestyle choices around study, work, recreation and culture. The proximity of all eight universities to New Zealand’s superb natural environment affords students the scope to research anything from endangered marine mammals to earthquake engineering.

For our recommended universities, see the list at the bottom of this page.

If you think you don't have the English proficiency, or the knowledge to enter a New Zealand university, why not consider one of the pathway programmes?

ACG Pathways the stepping stone to university in New Zealand for the following universities:
Auckland University of Technology
Auckland University
Victoria University of Wellington (also direct access).

Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year for the following universities:
Auckland University
Auckland University of Technology
Massey University 

University of Waikato through the Waikato University Pathways College

Victoria University of Wellington direct access

For more information, please contact StudyNewZealand EU <- click for e-mail

New Zealand consistently comes out near the top in ratings of the world’s best places to live in terms of quality of life. It has an appealing climate, stunningly beautiful natural landscapes, friendly people and cities which are modern and multicultural.

The academic year for higher education in New Zealand runs from March to November. However, some courses may also allow students to start in July. Most universities in New Zealand have just two terms (semesters), with the exception of Victoria University of Wellington, which has three terms (trimesters). 

As well as having completed secondary level qualifications recognized by New Zealand’s universities, applicants also need to prove English language proficiency, usually by taking the IELTS or TOEFL exams. 

Deadlines for this are set by each institution. After you’ve been accepted and paid your fees, the university will send you a ‘confirmed offer of place’ letter, which you’ll need when applying for your student visa.