The New Zealand education system is broadly divided into:
Tertiary Education Sector:
- Universities: There are eight universities in New Zealand which
run undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Universities
are research-based and state-owned. The academic year runs from
March to November (though some courses may start in January or
- Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics: New Zealand
polytechnics are established under the Education Act 1989 as
amended, and are considered state-owned tertiary institutions along
with universities, colleges of education, and wãnanga. New Zealand
has 22 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics. These Institutes
are state owned and the academic year is the same as universities.
Courses are usually vocational and skills-based, ranging from
certificate level through to Degree and postgraduate level.
Polytechnics also offer short full-time and part-time courses.
These courses are scheduled throughout the year.
- Private Tertiary and Training Establishments:There are a
growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering
an alternative study option. They offer a range of programmes
including professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a
diverse range of subjects including arts, the hospitality industry,
computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management,
ecotourism and others. Over 800 such establishments are registered
with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). About a
quarter of these are Maori owned and operated.
- Teacher Training: New Zealand is internationally recognised for
its excellent education standards and as a provider of quality
teachers. There are six government-funded specialist education
institutions, two operating from within universities and the others
offering their programmes in collaboration with their local
university. They offer training for teachers from early childhood
to primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education)
- Wãnanga: Wãnanga is the term for the Mãori education providers
which provide tertiary education and advanced study on Mãori
tradition and custom, usually in the Mãori language.
English Language Training Sector:
Private English language schools offer a variety of courses for
all ages including adventure, business and academic programmes.
Adventure courses provide a balance of English language tuition and
a stimulating activity of students’ choice. There are courses in
English for business purposes and English to prepare students for
academic study with TOEFL or IELTS testing. Most tertiary
institutions also provide English language preparation for further
study or foundation courses.
New Zealand School Education Sector:
Schooling in New Zealand consists of 6 years of primary
schooling followed by two years of intermediate schooling,
culminating in 5 years of high schooling, for a total of 13 years.
This provides the full-time education to New Zealand children from
six years of age until they are sixteen. All schools are funded by
the New Zealand Education Ministry or are privately owned.
State schools are funded by the New Zealand Government and are
mostly co-educational day schools.
There are many private schools in New Zealand and they all
Conform to the nationally set curriculum. Many private schools
offer single-sex education and have special philosophical or