New Zealand’s education system

This chart shows how New Zealand’s higher education system is organised.

Academic and English language requirements

International students have to meet both academic and English language requirements before they can begin further studies in New Zealand.

Foundation Studies?

If you don’t meet the academic requirements for entry to an undergraduate course, you might have to successfully complete a Foundation Studies course before you can start your further studies. However, it might be possible to avoid Foundation Studies by completing a Certificate or Diploma course and ‘staircasing’ into a Bachelor’s degree course. For advice about this, please contact us.