Education system in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education system focuses on teaching students to solve problems, absorb, analyse and apply information, to work with others to create and innovate. The system supports debate, free thinking and flexibility, and our teachers encourage students to be confident, connected and actively involved, lifelong learners.

For more information on the education system in New Zealand visit the Study in New Zealand website.


Why Study In New Zealand

1. Study-to-Residence Pathway
New Zealand offers a clear pathway from education to residency.

Job Search Open Work Visa
New Zealand’s immigration policies include a post-study work pathway for international students who have completed a New Zealand qualification. This makes it possible for you to find a job and get work experience in a field directly related to your studies. This also makes it easier to apply for residence.
To qualify for a 1 Year Job Search Work visa, you will need to have obtained a recognised New Zealand qualification of:

✓ At least two academic years’ (a minimum of four semesters and 16 months total) duration;

✓ A postgraduate qualification of at least one academic year’s duration;

✓ A credit-transferred bachelor’s degree with at least one year’s study in New Zealand (previously announced);

✓ Any level seven qualification of at least one academic year’s duration (including level 7 diplomas and graduate qualifications);

✓ Two SMC points-accruing (level four to six) qualifications in succession of at least one academic year’s duration each provided the second course is at a higher level (e.g. a one-year level five qualification followed by a one-year level six qualification).

Once you receive your Job Search Work Visa, your partner will also be granted a 1-year open work visa.

The open work visas, for the student who has completed a qualification and the partner, will entitle them to work in any occupation, with any employer and anywhere in New Zealand.

If you want to stay in New Zealand for longer you’ll need to find a job that is relevant to the qualification you achieved here.

Once you are given a job offer relevant to your qualification or work experience and you wish to stay in New Zealand long-term, you can now apply for residence visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.

2. Work while you study
Most students enrolled in a course of 12 months’ duration or longer can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during the school term and full-time during scheduled breaks. This allows you to gain practical experience relevant to your qualification or previous work experience.

This can also provide you with an excellent opportunity to integrate in the community and meet new people.

3. World Class Education
New Zealand is internationally known for its education standards and consistently ranks amongst the best in the world.

Studying in New Zealand allows you to gain a qualification that is recognised by OECD and other countries.

4. Quality Standards and Monitoring
New Zealand has an excellent and centrally managed quality assurance system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requires that institutions are registered to enrol international students and ensures compliance with qualifications standards on quality of education and the pastoral care of international students.

5. Safe learning environment in a beautiful country
New Zealand is ranked fourth in the 2014 Global Peace Index Report.

The country is internationally seen as a photogenic and friendly country offering visitors limitless options for adventure and exploration.

New Zealand Education Story Video