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High quality

There may be lots of reasons you’re considering New Zealand as your study destination.

But naturally you have to be confident about the quality of education on offer.

Be reassured. New Zealand schools, universities and institutes are known worldwide for their high standards. You’ll find our qualifications are internationally recognised and welcomed by employers.

Education in New Zealand | Ministry of Education

A person studying in New Zealand

Quality teaching, small classes

Teaching standards are high and with small class sizes you will enjoy high levels of personal attention.

In our universities, courses are delivered by respected teaching and research staff, even at first year level.

Most university staff combine research and teaching. They come from all over the world and keep their international connections refreshed using sabbatical leave and the other opportunities they get for ensuring regular engagement with the global academic community.

The high-quality teaching New Zealand is known for will make you even more attractive to employers and open up exciting post-graduate opportunities.

Internationally recognised

Our qualifications are recognised by schools and universities internationally, through our participation in the Lisbon Recognition Convention and other inter-Governmental agreements.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

International comparison

It all means that - along with the people you’ll meet, the places you’ll see and the things you’ll do in New Zealand - you can be confident you’ll get an education that will set you up for the future you dream of.

International comparisons confirm you can have confidence in the quality of New Zealand’s tertiary education. 

All eight of our 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.

QS World University Rankings 2015/16 | Top Universities

Welcomed by employers – a smart move in your career

A New Zealand qualification can be a valuable asset, enhancing your career prospects both here and internationally.

Employers around the world respect New Zealand’s education system for its ability to balance academic achievements with skills, producing creative, flexible thinkers who are competent at both practical and theoretical levels. We’re also part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention which means our certificates, diplomas and degrees have international recognition. The NZQA website has more information.

National Education Information Centre | NZQA


Learning English

You can choose from a wide range of training options, from language schools attached to universities through to quality private schools.

English Schools

Quality controlled

When you’re unfamiliar with a country and its education system, it’s hard to know which school, institute or university is going to deliver the best quality.

That’s not really an issue in New Zealand. The education system is regulated with strong quality assurance systems across the board. It creates a consistency that gives you flexibility to pick the institution you want, in the city or town that interests you most, knowing that you will get a quality education.

Universities are quality assured by Universities New Zealand. It’s responsible for monitoring and maintaining standards and approving the qualifications of each university.

All our Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are also state-owned. These, along with private training providers such as English language schools must follow strict quality guidelines monitored by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). NZQA regularly reviews these providers and individual institution reports are available. Always look for proof that the school you’re considering is NZQA registered and that their programme is approved.

To protect overseas students, New Zealand Immigration won’t issue a visa if the course you are planning to do isn’t approved

Quality Assurance | Universities New Zealand

Quality assurance of education in New Zealand | NZQA

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