- New Zealand provides excellent study opportunities and support services for international students.
- Courses are available in academic, professional and vocational studies at Universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education (teacher training), wananga, private education providers and secondary schools.
- New Zealand secondary schools provide a broad education for students, generally aged from 13 to 18 years. Most schools are established and funded by the New Zealand Government. During their final year of study (usually at age 17 or 18), students may sit for a university entrance examination.
- Twenty-one tertiary education institutions, which are known as polytechnics or institutes of technology, form the New Zealand polytechnic system. These institutions are state-funded and provide education and training at many levels, from introductory studies to full degree programmes. Most universities have agreements which recognise the successful completion of a course of study at a New Zealand polytechnic or institute of technology as an entrance qualification. Some students are able to enter a university programme with credit towards their chosen degree programme.
- There is an increasing number of private tertiary education providers in New Zealand. These offer a wide range of programmes including English language study options. International students often enrol in these programmes either to improve their English language prior to commencing university study or to pass examinations required for university entrance