Studying in New Zealand
Formal education in New Zealand comprises 8 years primary education and 5 years secondary education. Higher Education courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.
There are 8 state-funded universities in New Zealand.
Most universities specialize in certain fields.
- The University of Otago - health science such as pharmacy and physiotherapy;
- University of Canterbury - forestry, engineering and fine arts;
- Lincoln University - agriculture, horticulture and specialized commerce courses;
- University of Auckland - architecture, planning, engineering, medicine, optometry and fine arts;
- Victoria University of Wellington - architecture, public administration and social works;
- Massey University - agriculture, horticulture, food technology, aviation, business studies and veterinary science;
- University of Waikato - business studies, law and education;
- Auckland University of Technology - communication studies and graphic design.
Terms' duration: January – March, April – June, July – September, October – December
Semesters' duration: March – June, July – November
A qualification equivalent to the New Zealand’s Year 13, or the NCEA Level 3 for University Entrance.
For Malaysians, this means having any of the following:
- STPM - at least three principal passes (C and up)
- UEC - a record of 18 points for six academic subjects
- GCE A Levels - at least three scores of 1 grade at C Level or above
- SAM (or equivalents) - minimum tertiary entrance rank at 74
Applying to New Zealand universities for postgraduate studies and PhD level degrees depend on your prior history of study naturally. For a New Zealand Masters, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma, you must ensure your undergraduate degree is awarded by a recognized tertiary institution.
For PhD doctorate degrees, you must produce an equivalent or closely relevant Bachelor's (Hons) degree or a Master's degree with First/ Second Class Honours.
Admission to tertiary education institutions is generally in February/March, but most of them now operate on a two semester basis so many courses are also available for commencement in July.
Each university has established its own academic entry criteria which vary in the course of study and its availability. Applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation including education records, transcripts, testimonials, and evidence of English Language ability (TOEFL or IELTS).