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New Zealand University Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications

Each institution sets its own entry requirements, and you will find that they vary between the eight universities.

Your application will normally be assessed on your current level of qualification.

For example, if you have UK or Irish qualifications, you may have A Levels, Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers, Irish School Leaving Certificate, BTEC National Diploma, International Baccalaureate, or a degree from a UK or Irish university.

These qualifications are all accepted for entrance to a degree programme at all the universities in New Zealand, although you may have to sit extra tests if you are applying to study medicine or dentistry.

To make sure you meet all the admissions criteria for the course(s) you wish to apply for, contact the International Office at the institution(s) you are applying to and check.

English Language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you will also need to be able to prove that you are reasonably proficient at English.

You can do this by taking an IELTS or TOEFL test, the results of which you will have to submit along with your application form.

For this, there will normally be a minimum score you must achieve in order to be accepted on to the course.