Understand New Zealand's education system
At every study level, New Zealand can give you a high-quality education that will enable you to achieve your goals.
Study levels – the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
Higher education providers
All of New Zealand’s universities are ranked among the top 3% in the world. Study at degree level to PhD.
Te Pūkenga - NZ Institute of Skills and Technology
Te Pūkenga offers applied learning that gives you real-world experience. Study from introductory to degree level.
Private Training Establishments (PTEs)
Study a specialist programme focused on a career in your chosen industry. Courses start at foundation level.
Shin Yee Teh, from Malaysia, Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Auckland
Types of schools
Schools in New Zealand are either state schools (where 85% of children go), state-integrated schools (which may be faith-based or use specialist teaching methods), or private schools.
(ages 13-18, years 9-13)
(ages 11-12, years 7-8)
(ages 5-10, years 1 - 6)