Why Study in New Zealand

There may be lots of reasons you’re considering New Zealand as your study destination. But naturally you have to be confident about the quality of education on offer.

Be reassured. New Zealand schools, universities and institutes are known worldwide for their high standards. You’ll find our qualifications are internationally recognized and welcomed by employers. You’ll enjoy the benefits of quality teaching and small classes and we’re a great place for your English language training. Strict quality control means you can be sure of a consistently high standard of education wherever in New Zealand you choose to study.

Teaching standards are high and with small class sizes you will enjoy high levels of personal attention. In universities, courses are delivered by respected teaching and research staff, even at first year level. Most university staff combines research and teaching. They come from all over the world and keep their international connections refreshed using sabbatical leave and the other opportunities they get for ensuring regular engagement with the global academic community.

The high-quality teaching New Zealand is known for will make you even more attractive to employers and open up exciting post-graduate opportunities. In New Zealand higher education focuses on the individual, challenges to traditional ideas are welcomed, and a climate of healthy, open debate helps you make your own discoveries.

Our higher education system is on the leading edge of current trends and up-to-date with what’s happening globally. In fact, academics and teachers from many different countries choose to study and work in New Zealand to take advantage of new thinking. It’s why large numbers of students from all over the world come here too. New Zealand qualifications are highly regarded internationally, and our programmes are designed with this in mind. Global best practice is our minimum standard.

All New Zealand universities are featured in the 2013/14 QS World Top 500 University Rankings. We ranked in the World’s top 50 in 18 subjects including Accounting and Finance, Engineering – Civil and Structural, Education, Law and Psychology. 

Two thirds of New Zealand universities are featured in the 2012/13 Shanghai Jiao Tong top 500. The prestigious Legatum Institute in London has rated New Zealand No.1 in the world for education. New Zealand is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to earn a highly valued, internationally recognized tertiary qualification. You can study everything from short trade courses to specialised, high-powered, research based doctoral study.

New Zealand’s universities are committed to maintaining well established international links and to meeting international standards of scholarship. They undertake significant, ongoing research projects in order to boost their knowledge bases. There are eight government-funded universities, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance. All of New Zealand’s universities offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. Each university has its own specialist subjects such as medicine, engineering, law, veterinary science, agriculture and environmental studies.

A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities, and some have overseas programmes. Our universities also work closely with the business community, in New Zealand and overseas, to include students in leading-edge research and development.


  • Each is a public institution and part funded by government.
  • All offer general degrees with a large choice of subjects and each has strengths in specialised professional degrees.
  • All have flexible pathways between each other in their general degrees.
  • Each is independently governed by its own council.
  • All combine large-group, lecture-style teaching with small-group tutorials, discussions, laboratory and field practice.
  • All mix in-term assesment and end-of-year exams.