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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 (ages 18+)

Universities and higher education

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Schools (ages 5-18)

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.

Secondary school

(ages 13-18, years 9-13)

Intermediate school

(ages 11-12, years 7-8)

Primary school

(ages 5-10, years 1 - 6)

Quality and standards

Deciding what to study isn't always an easy decision. Would you like some help?

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