Education for everyone
Auckland is home to more than 400 schools and institutions for international students – more than any other city in New Zealand – making Auckland the best place to find the right course and institution for you.
The academic year
The New Zealand academic year matches the calendar year and is split into four ‘terms’ for primary and secondary schools, or two semesters for tertiary institutions. It's best to start your application and enrolment process as early as you can so you have plenty of time to arrange your visas, travel and accommodation.
It’s easy to organise a Student Visa to study in Auckland. Find out more here and start planning.
New Zealand’s universities are state-owned and research-based. They offer courses from certificate level to doctorates.
- English Language Schools
Most English language study schools have flexible start dates throughout the year. English language) courses are offered for all levels and abilities and range from four weeks to 12 months.
- Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics
New Zealand’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are state-owned organisations that provide vocational and applied education and training.
- Private Training Establishments
New Zealand has many Private Training Establishments (PTEs), some of which specialise in a particular discipline such as business or travel and tourism.
- Primary and Intermediate Schools
Most New Zealand Primary and Intermediate schools are state-owned and are typically for students aged five to 12 – Years 1 to 8.
- Secondary Schools
Most New Zealand secondary schools are state-owned, although some are private or integrated (half state-funded).