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Admission requirements and application procedure


There is no established rule for selection of students to various academic degrees and programs. Each university in New Zealand has established its own academic entry criteria for various courses of study. For specific details applicants need to correspond with the university.

Here are some basic requirements.

  • Academic record of AISSCE of CBSE or Indian School Certificate would be equivalent to Form 7 (matriculation) of New Zealand Secondary Education. However, the university may advise the applicant if the scores or subjects are inappropriate. For postgraduate course appropriate graduate academic records are required.
  • Students from abroad may satisfy the general requirement for admission if they are holders of the International Baccalaureate or A level exams of any of the UK examining bodies. All (A) passes must be gained at the same sitting. Passes in 5 approved subjects include 2 at GCE (A), or passes in 4 approved subjects include 3 at (A), or any comptable SAT score may also be considered.
  • Language requirement – Evidence of an adequate level of competence in English is required from overseas students seeking entry to a university in New Zealand.
  • TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language): Undergraduate students require a minimum score of 550 or a scaled score 0-30(80-120).Postgraduate students require a minimum score of 600 or a scaled score of 0-30(80- 120)
  • IELTS( International English Language Testing System): Undergraduate students require a minimum score of 6.0.However, Postgraduate students require a minimum score of 6.5.
  • Application – Enquiries should be made before 1 September from the universities directly.
    Postgraduate students must also submit the following:
    Brief statement outlining the area of research interests, or intended research project.
    Two recent academic references.
    Copy of the Abstract of Evidence from a previous thesis (PhD only)

Colleges of education:

Information is given by the Institutes directly. General requirements are the same as for university admission.

  • Polytechnics: Qualification for entry for Indian students would generally be Class XII in the relevant subjects or an exam recognized by New Zealand Polytechnics. Evidence of English Language proficiency is needed. On an individual basis applicant academic credentials can be evaluated and credits too can be transferred
  • Private institutions: Details of entry requirements are available with the Institutions individually. General requirements are similar to those in universities.
  • Management institutions: For admission to an MBA degree from a recognized institution with a relevant major will be required.

    GMAT score should be around 550+and for English Proficiency IELTS 6.5 minimum, plus sub scores or TOEFL score of 550-600 (100-120) will be required. Work experience of 2 to 5 years is generally asked for.

    Some schools require an interview, which can be conducted by telephone or video-conference. Most schools require referees’ reports from previous employers. The duration of the MBA course is 14 months to 16 months.

  • Tuition cost: NZ$20,000 to NZ$ 30,000.

    Some schools may have an application fee. Fees are usually full program tuition fees. Course Starts in February, July and September.

  • Time for admission: Students may begin soon after applying their results have been received. In July some universities admit students to Commerce courses, e.g., University of Otago, University of Waikato and Lincoln University. Victoria University takes in students in Arts and Science subjects.