NZQA's role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavours and to contribute to New Zealand society.

NZQA is responsible for:

  • managing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
  • administering the secondary school assessment system
  • independent quality assurance of non-university education providers
  • qualifications recognition and standard-setting for some specified unit standards

International Students in New Zealand High Schools

If you are an international high school student looking to further your education at a New Zealand Institute of Technology or Polytechnic, you will need to provide us with the minimum English Language Requirement as stated on your programme regulations.

International Students with Qualifications gained outside New Zealand

If you are applying to a New Zealand Institute of Technology or Polytechnic on the basis of a qualification gained outside of New Zealand, you can use your official results from one of the following to meet the English Language Requirement.

For students from a country with a visa decline rate of less than 20 per cent

  • Evidence you have achieved NCEA Level 3 and have met the New Zealand university entry requirements
  • Evidence you have been awarded one of the qualifications listed in Rule 18.3, provided that (a) the qualification was obtained from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States; and (b) The language of instruction was English
  • Evidence you have achieved, within the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment, the required outcome for one of the internationally recognised proficiency tests listed in the Programme Regulations for which you are enrolling
  • Evidence you have completed all primary education and at least three years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction
  • Evidence you have completed five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.

For students from a country with a visa decline rate of more than 20 per cent

  • Evidence you have achieved NCEA Level 3 and have met the New Zealand university entrance requirements
  • Evidence you have been awarded one of the qualifications listed in Rule 18.3, provided that (c) the qualification was obtained from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States; and (d) The language of instruction was English
  • Evidence you have achieved, within the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment, the required outcome for one of the internationally recognised proficiency tests listed in the Table in the Appendix for the level in which the student is enrolling.

The current student visa decline rates can be viewed at the Immigration New Zealand's website.

 

Unitec English Language Programmes
Unitec's English language programmes will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. From elementary to advanced English speakers, you can study English as a second language at different levels.
 
For more information, please visit the NZQA website.