What should I study in New Zealand

Admission requirements to study in New Zealand

Whether for a full course or just a few weeks - anyone who wants to study in New Zealand must meet certain admission requirements. Thanks to the clearly structured New Zealand study system, international applicants know very quickly which degree they need for the respective study program. However, the exact admission requirements vary, depending on the length and type of the program.

Meeting the admission requirements is the first step in starting the application process for studying at a New Zealand university. International students apply directly to the universities in New Zealand for study. The general higher education entrance qualification usually enables the first entry into the tertiary education sector of New Zealand. This consists of universities, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), Wānanga and Private Training Establishments (PTEs). At the ITPs or PTEs, as well as for certain courses or shorter programs, the technical diploma can also be sufficient for admission. Applicants without a high school diploma stand by Crediting of professional experience or preparatory courses. Opportunities to study in neighboring Australia are also available.

Besides some individual requirements are for admission in New Zealand Sufficient knowledge of English is essential. After a successful application, prospective students will receive this Confirmation of Placement / Offer of Placethat you submit with the visa application.

Requirements according to type of study

Just like in Germany, the New Zealand degrees build on each otherso that a degree allows graduates to advance to the next higher level. However, depending on the type of study, the other requirements for admission to a full degree or a shorter study program in New Zealand differ.


For a three-year bachelor's degree in New Zealand, applicants need this Abitur and sufficient language skillsin order to be able to follow the lessons without any problems. A high school diploma is often sufficient for a bachelor's degree at ITPs. Partly is here too Work experience or an apprenticeship accepted. Some New Zealand higher education programs have additional admission requirements, such as certain advanced high school courses, a portfolio, a letter of reference or a face-to-face interview. Medical degree programs often require a first aid course.

Students with a good to very good grade point average are admitted to the advanced degree Bachelor of Honors.


Applicants for a two-year master’s degree in New Zealand should have a very good command of English in addition to a first academic degree feature. The Master by coursework requires a bachelor's degree. The higher degree Bachelor of Honors, a one-year research-based postgraduate course after the bachelor's degree, is required by students for the Master by thesis.

A Master by course work and thesis requires a bachelor's degree in a similar field of research. This also applies to the Master of Laws (LLM), which requires an academic degree in law. This includes, for example, the first state examination completed with at least satisfactory. If the GPA is too low, applicants can use the New Zealand Postgraduate Certificate in Law still an authorization.

Often the universities set for admission to the master’s degree good to very good grades in the Bachelor's degree ahead. This applies to the MBA, for example. For this purpose, applicants submit a transcript of records. In some cases, MBA applicants have to achieve a good or satisfactory result in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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Graduates of a degree in law receive admission to the LLM with promising future prospects, for example at the VUW.

In addition to these requirements, a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation or reference letter from a lecturer may be required for admission to the Masters program in New Zealand. Often New Zealand universities expect Two to five years of professional experience for admission to the MBA-Program. Since this criterion varies from person to person, the universities decide at their own discretion whether applicants meet the admission requirements.


New Zealand University only admits applicants who have a Master’s degree with a research component and corresponding language skills in English be able to show. In some cases doctoral programs start afterBachelor of Honorsso that the later dissertation builds on the research work of the master's.

Another prerequisite for admission to the doctorate are at least two years of research work. For a job-related doctorate, the university expects around five years of professional experience.

Similar to the MBA program New Zealand universities decide more individually on admission to a doctorate. In addition to the topic of the doctorate, the capacities of the university play an important role, i.e. the availability of supervisors and the necessary facilities.

At some New Zealand universities, applicants for a doctorate must take the DELNA (Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment) exam for admission.

Shorter study programs up to a year

A shorter study visit is the cheaper alternative to a full degree in New Zealand. In this way, international students still benefit from the high-quality educational institutions on site. New Zealand universities offer a wide range of courses so that Studies at the home university optimally complement or expand becomes.

Many students choose to spend a semester or two abroad in New Zealand. In doing so, applicants should at least in the second university semester are located. Also are sufficient language skills in English Requirements for admission. The same applies to the application for the summer session. A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for one semester during the master’s program.

Applicants only need that to take a course for study preparation or further education Abitur or technical diploma as well as sufficient language skills.

In New Zealand, the postgraduate courses leadCertificate and Diploma on degrees that complement a bachelor's and master's degree or qualify for entry into a career. In Germany these are not recognized as academic degrees, but they do offer one high quality and practical trainingwhich is very much appreciated on site. In some cases, professional experience can count for admission to a postgraduate course instead of an academic degree.

After a bachelor's degree or with a Graduate Certificate as Graduate Diploma is the admission to Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma possible. The prerequisite is that the degrees build on each other in terms of content

Linguistic admission requirements of the universities

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Sufficient knowledge of English is essential for studying in New Zealand and can be refreshed in language courses, for example by the NMIT.

For admission to a study program in New Zealand, students must have sufficient knowledge of English. To prove this, serve Minimum scores in general language tests, like the TOEFL or IELTS. The requirements vary depending on the university and study programso that applicants should obtain information directly from the university. Some universities also accept the DAAD language certificate or 13 points as the final English mark in the Abitur for short-term study programs. For admission to the semester abroad, ten points as an Abitur grade in English or even a letter of recommendation from a professor are sometimes sufficient.

With the help of language courses, applicants can do the required Gaining language skills on site. Many New Zealand universities offer preparatory language courses themselves. In this way, they prepare applicants specifically for a specific language test or for studying at a university in the island state.

Other relevant selection criteria and procedures for approval in New Zealand

Some degree programs in New Zealand, especially in the creative field, require an application Portfolio at. In this way, the prospective students show their creativity and manual skills.

PTEs sometimes want to get to know their applicants better in advance and use them Telephone interview advance for admission. These conversations also test the English language skills, so that no further proof is required.

If you don't have a high school diploma or an academic degree, you don't have to write off your studies in New Zealand immediately. Applicants without a high school diploma can obtain a so-called Foundation programs graduate from a New Zealand university. After successful participation, you can apply to study in New Zealand. Some New Zealand universities also accept professional experience for admission. This is usually decided on a case-by-case basis by the responsible employee.