Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are the minimum academic level that you need to be accepted into a programme of study. They are set at a level that gives you the best chance of succeeding. You can find the entry requirements on the webpage for each programme.

Academic requirements

Academic entry requirements are written as a minimum New Zealand qualification or equivalent.

 ‘Or equivalent’ means another way of meeting the academic requirement. This may include evaluating your work experience (paid and unpaid) and any previous education/training you have completed. You may be advised to enrol in and complete a lower level or foundation programme to better prepare you for success in your chosen programme.


Other requirements

Some programmes have other entry requirements to show capability to succeed in the programme. They require evidence specific to the programme that may be gathered from:

  • interview
  • audition
  • portfolio of work
  • referee reports, endorsing capability (eg. fit and proper person for Nursing Council, physical suitability for working in a commercial kitchen)
  • safety check
  • driver’s licence


English Language requirements (International)

If you are an International student, for all programmes except English Language programmes, you need to have passed an English Language test at a required level. This shows your English is good enough to succeed in the programme you want to study in New Zealand.  

The English Language requirements are written as the score that you must have achieved in an IELTS (Academic) test for that programme, for example:

International: IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent

‘Or equivalent’ refers to other approved standard English Language tests. For a list of these tests see English Language Requirements.


Degree Academic Entry requirements

Entry into Degree level programmes is New Zealand University Entrance, which is currently defined as National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 awarded, with:

  • at least three approved subjects of 14 credits each at Level 3
  • literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing (from NZQA specified list)
  • numeracy: 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required)

For some degrees there are recommended NCEA Level 3 subjects that will help you be successful in your chosen degree. If you have not studied these, you may be advised to undertake some other study before being accepted for enrolment in the degree.   

The equivalent to New Zealand University Entrance for International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International Examination are shown below:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) – award of the full IB Diploma (24 points or higher), including English A1 at either Higher or Standard Level and any mathematics subject
  • Cambridge International Examination
    • minimum 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level
    • grade D or better in at least three subjects (from the NCEA approved list)
    • minimum grade E in AS English and minimum grade D in IGCSE mathematics or any mathematics passed at AS level

For international students who do not have one of the qualifications above, refer to Academic Requirements by Country 

Postgraduate Academic Entry requirements:

To be accepted into a postgraduate level or graduate diploma programme, you need a Bachelor’s degree in the same or related field or equivalent work/professional experience.

You may also need to have a minimum grade average in the undergraduate degree. Check the programme webpage for specific details on what is needed to enrol in your chosen programme.