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Find out about the academic, language and visa requirements you have to meet in order to be admitted into a NZ higher education institution


Admission requirements for universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics

Course entry requirements














Admission to study at the first-year level

To be admitted at the first-year level in a university, institute of technology or polytechnic, you need to have completed in your home country a qualification which is recognized as the equivalent of the New Zealand university entrance standard (i.e. generally NCEA level 3).

Alternatively, you may also qualify for admission by completing a foundation programme at a university in New Zealand.

Admission to complete a New Zealand degree after starting university elsewhere

Requirements are variable depending on programmes and institutions. Your Koru consultant will help you find the right programme at the right academic level for you.

English language requirements

A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (or TOEFL: 79-80) is required for admission at the first-year level.

For admission at the graduate level, a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS (or TOEFL: 90-100) is required.

Visa requirements

If your course is less than 3 months long, you will only need a visitor visa to come to New Zealand. However, if you plan to study for more than 3 months you will need to apply for a student visa. Your Koru consultant can guide you through the visa application procedure or even apply for your visa on your behalf.


Tuition fees vary widely depending on courses and institutions, but are relatively affordable compared to other English-speaking countries. International fees for a full academic year at a university usually range from to NZ$ 25,000 to 30,000.

Application process

With the expertise and guidance of our consultants, applying to one of our partner universities or institutes of technology is a very simple process.

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