Admission Requirements To New Zealand Language Schools And Universities

There are all sorts of training options: bachelor’s, master’s, postgraduate, diploma programs. There are also shorter-term training for advanced training (certificates), and, of course, language courses. To enrol in any of the programs, a number of conditions must be met, the list of which depends on the chosen program and educational institution.



How To Apply For Language Courses

You do not need to take any exams to enrol in language courses. Upon arrival at the school, you will be asked to take a test to determine your level in order to assign you to an appropriate level group. Some schools conduct tests online in advance of the student’s arrival.

You can choose the duration of the course yourself, since classes in schools are most often not tied to specific dates, and training begins every Monday. For students with basic English, we recommend that you devote 6 months (24 weeks) to studying at a language school. If you assess your level of English as average, 6 months is also the best option, 3 is the minimum.

We have collected all the basic information regarding language courses in this article.

Cancellation Of Internal Tests And Recognised Language Certificates

For admission to diploma programs, an important condition is the availability of a language certificate. Previously, some institutes conducted their own internal tests as an alternative. However, as of January 1, 2019, internal tests have been cancelled and now only recognised international tests approved by the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) are accepted for admission and student visas.

List of language certifications recognised by NZQA:

English Level Requirements For Admission

The standard requirements for admission are written on the IELTS score scale. When passing analogue exams, you need to focus on the equivalents of the following passing scores:

  • Diploma level 5 – IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
  • Diploma level 6 – IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • Bachelor – IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • Graduate Diploma / Diploma level 7 – IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • Postgraduate diploma – IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0
  • Master – IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0

To choose the level of the program, which will be optimal in your case, we advise you to fill out the questionnaire on our website and carefully read the article “New Zealand Education System”

How To Apply For The Diploma Program

In New Zealand universities there are no competitions for admission and restrictions on the number of places are extremely rare. This means that institutes themselves are interested in attracting students, and for this reason, there are no entrance examinations. Each educational institution has requirements that are described in detail on the institute’s website in the Entry Requirements section. As an applicant, all you need to do is pass the language exam, fill out the application form for the program and send it along with other documents to a Kiwi Education manager. Why us? In this way, we can speed up the process of your enrolment by double-checking each submitted document, and in the future help you with obtaining a Student visa, which in most cases we do free of charge.

Consideration Terms And Deadlines

The standard dates for the start of studies at universities are February, July. In private institutes, you can start training several times a year. English courses start every Monday.

The term for consideration of documents can take from 1 week to 1 month, depending on the educational institution, read more about the categories of education providers here.

We receive the most prompt answers from private institutes. State institutes can consider an application within 1-2 weeks since the process is tied up by the whole Admission Team. The big universities close the list: countless interesting programs attract a large number of students, plus some bureaucratic issues slow down the process of accepting a student and you can wait a whole month for a response from the university.

By the way, it is best to apply for enrolment 6 months or at least 3 months before the start of training, since you need to keep another 2 months for obtaining a visa. There are no deadlines in institutes, except some universities.

Requirements For Admission To Certain Specialties

Now let’s move on to those cases when the applicant needs to meet special requirements for admission. Of all the spheres, we can say for sure that the most stringent criteria are for specialists in the medical field. This includes general practitioners, nurses and veterinarians.

We would like to note that studying to be a practising doctor in New Zealand, in most cases, is possible only from scratch since foreign medical education is not recognised in New Zealand universities! The most you can count on is a cross-credit for the first year of General Medicine (Health Sciences) in the undergraduate program for doctors. That is, you will start studying from the second year when you choose a specialisation, and you will still need to study for another 5 years.

To enrol in programs in medical areas, including nursing and veterinary medicine, you will need:

  • after school, to finish the Foundation Year at ACG or Taylors College with a major in medicine
  • or have a diploma of higher medical education
  • pass IELTS Academic at 6.5, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • have recommendations and two characteristics (for nurses)

Read more about immigration and training for healthcare professionals in our article.

For lawyers you will need: 

To work as a lawyer in New Zealand you need to know local laws. If you want to work in this direction, the best option for you is to obtain a local Master of Laws for one year. To enrol in a master’s program you will need:

  • diploma of previous education and work experience in jurisprudence
  • IELTS Academic with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and no band score lower than 6.5
  • may require an assessment of your previous diploma from NZQA

Read more about immigration and training for lawyers in our article.

For designers required: 

In New Zealand, you can study various areas of design, such as graphic design, animation, film and visual effects, game design and development, interior design and much more. To enrol in diploma programs of level 7 and above, you will need:

  • diploma of previous education in the creative field
  • IELTS Academic 6.0 and above (depending on the level of the program)
  • portfolio
  • pass an interview

Read more about immigration and training for designers in our article.

For teachers you will need: 

To work as a teacher in a New Zealand school, you need an IELTS Academic at least 7.0 for each band, a license and a diploma. In the first case, just a teacher’s diploma, in the second, a teacher’s diploma, who specialises in a particular discipline. To enrol in diploma programs of level 7 and above, you will need:

  • relevant diploma of previous education
  • police certificate
  • fill out an application for lack of physical and mental disability
  • assessment of the diploma of your higher education from NZQA
  • IELTS Academic with an overall score of 7.0

Read more about immigration and training for teachers in our article.

Difference In The Process Of Admission To PhD 

The application process for a PhD program is similar to the usual procedure. The main difference is the need to write a full-fledged Proposal, which is a research plan on the topic of future research, which will be the main document for selecting a candidate.

We are not looking for PhD programs, as the student must contact the university themselves so that they can be assigned a supervisor to discuss the future research topic. It makes no sense for an agent to act as an intermediary since all communications must go directly.

For PhDs in New Zealand, there is a good website It contains detailed information on how to apply and what documents are required for this.

* We help with visa processing when you are already admitted to the university. A student visa application with our help will cost 395 NZD.

Why Should You Contact Us For Help In Obtaining An Offer Of Place From Educational Institutions?

We advise free of charge on the list of requirements for each specific program, give samples of documents and take on all the burdens of communicating with educational institutions on your behalf. We regularly try to get the most favourable cost conditions for our clients. In some cases, we can also facilitate faster processing of the application.

Most importantly, when you receive an offer of place through Kiwi Education, you will get free support in applying for a student visa.

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