CONDITIONS FOR APPLYING FOR A VISA¬
For entry to under-graduate programs, Universities look at higher first division ranging from 80-85% and institutes of technology are comparatively flexible offering a place with 60% (approx.) for a Bachelor’s program (except MIT and UNITEC). An IELTS of 6.0 is required for admission into these programs. Entry to post-graduate programs requires a higher level of English, normally IELTS 6.5 (different universities have specific sub-score requirement), and acceptable proof that the academic requirements have been met by way of previous qualifications and study. A number of professional courses will have higher entry standards because of the limited capacity. Appropriate work experience can be a factor for prospective MBA students.
New Zealand provides high quality of education and requires the students, taking admissions into the universities/institutes, with at least first division in the qualification on the base of which they want to apply further.
*Different universities and institutes have specific sub-score requirements for English language.
Most Bachelor degrees take three years of study and each degree consists of a prescribed number of units, papers or courses at each level of study. Grades given in tests, assignments and practical work count towards the final grade and most courses will have a final three-hour written examination. An Honors Degree will take another year of study apart from three years of Bachelor Degree. A post-graduate diploma will normally take one year of study after completion of a Bachelor degree and a Master degree normally requires two years of study after the Bachelor degree. It may be possible to gain cross credits towards a degree from previous overseas study where this study is accepted as relevant. Students who already have an undergraduate or bachelor degree may be required to study towards a Graduate Diploma as a first step to confirm their academic level before proceeding to post-graduate studies. The academic year is from mid/late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters. Each University operates slightly different semester dates and some Universities also now offer summer school in the main holiday period in January/February.