Modeled on the highly regarded UK educational system, New Zealand offers world-class facilities, resources and expert faculties to international students. NZ qualifications are widely recognized and transferable across the world.

Why New Zealand?

Institutions in New Zealand rank highly on the global scale with many of them featuring in international university rankings such as the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 500 and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500.

Every student in New Zealand enjoys the advantage of a supporting learning environment; with relatively small class sizes enabling more personalized attention from teachers. Independent thinking is strongly encouraged, where students are taught to think for themselves. Students get the opportunity to harness their individual strengths and ideas for channeling them towards a productive career.

International students can look for personalized treatment even beyond the classroom. New Zealand was the forerunner in adopting a code of practice that set standards for the care of international students, both in and outside the classroom.

Every institution catering to international students have staff members dedicated solely to the well being and success of these newcomers.

Education system & qualifications in New Zealand

Students in New Zealand are imparted education in an English-speaking environment. They share classes with locals and are encouraged to actively participate in different facets of learning. New Zealand operates on a British-based erudition system that is recognized globally, so as to facilitate student movement between institutes in New Zealand and other English-speaking countries during the course tenure.


  • There are eight universities in New Zealand
  • Universities are research based and state-owned
  • They offer courses right from certificate levels to doctorates
  • The academic year is from March to November
  • Some courses may commence in July
  • Summer semester courses (January to March) may be available

English language providers:

  • Most tertiary and private English language providers have flexible start dates throughout the year
  • Many international students enroll in English for Academic Study courses before commencing formal academic studies
  • Special English language courses are available throughout the year ranging from 4 weeks to 12 months
  • Students proficient in English often opt for short-term foundation studies or pre-university orientation studies

Institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs):

  • New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are state-owned
  • New Zealand ITPs offer courses that are equal in merit to those offered in New Zealand universities
  • ITPs offer courses right from certificate levels with some institutes offering full degree and postgraduate level studies
  • The academic year is from March to November – a July start date may be available for some courses

Foundation studies:

  • Many universities and certain secondary schools offer foundation studies
  • These are generally a preamble to the New Zealand education system and its various courses
  • They are useful for students considering tertiary education

Private Training Providers (PTEs):

  • There are many PTEs throughout New Zealand
  • Some PTEs have courses only in a particular discipline, such as business or travel and tourism
  • All PTEs need to be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • Most run on a timetable similar to state tertiary institutions

Global Reach Advantages: 

  • Represents all NZ universities and several Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).
  • FREE counseling provided by ENZ certified counselors.
  • Regular face-to-face student interviews conducted by university representatives.
  • An approved Education New Zealand Recognized Agency.
  • Scholarships, bursaries & fee waivers.
  • Pre-departure sessions.
  • High visa success.
  • Forex & air tickets.

List of NZ Universities represented by GR:
Global Reach proudly represents all New Zealand Universities:

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