Study in New Zealand Requirements

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Study in New Zealand Requirements

International students aspiring to study in New Zealand have to attempt and pass two types of tests – English proficiency and academic entrance requirements test.

To enter any institution, international students have to receive an offer of place or conditional offer of place.

If the students hold an offer of place conditional on English, they can enter the pathway English language course at the university’s English language academy. This is another way to enter the desired institution.

Apart from English proficiency tests, students need to score well in academic entrance exams which includes SAT, GRE and GMAT in New Zealand at different levels of education.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is required for education and immigration purposes in New Zealand.

TOEFL Threshold scores for a different level of Programs in New Zealand are: –

Program Level (1 – 10) Updated Scores
Level 3 35 (writing score – 14)
Level 4 – 5 46 (writing score – 14)
Level 6 – 7 60 (writing score – 18)
Level 8 – 10 79 (writing score – 21)

Purpose to visit New Zealand decides the minimum score required by the students. Skilled Migrant Category has the highest cut-off because of the job level demand.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

It is the most widely accepted test in New Zealand for English language proficiency judgment.

IELTS Threshold scores for different Migration to NZ are: –

Category Minimum Score
Skilled Migrant Category 6.5
Business Category: Entrepreneur 4
Parents 4
Residence from Work Category 5 (with partner and children)

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • PTE has been recently added to the list of English language proficiency tests in New Zealand. It is accepted by 100% New Zealand Universities, Visa, Polytechnics and Private Institutions.
  • PTE is of 2 types – Academic and General.
  • This exam is also valid for all the visa categories in New Zealand for migration.

PTE Threshold score for different types of Visas in New Zealand

Visa Type Overall PTE Academic Store
Skilled Migrant Category 58
Religious workers, partners and dependent children 36
Dependent Child Resident Visa 36
Parent Resident Visa At least 29 in two of the skills or overall 36
Entrepreneur 29
Contractual Relationship with Institutes
AWI International Group Auckland
Business / Management / Health Sciences
Auckland, New Zealand
Raffles College of Design and Commerce
Design / Commerce
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Institute Of Studies at St Helens
IT / Business
Auckland, Zealand
Royal Business College (RBC)
IT / Business
Auckland, New Zealand
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Study in New Zealand

Students are encouraged to think as an individual and find their own solutions, which is how many develop unique strengths and ideas whilst studying in the country.

Why New Zealand?

New Zealand is known for its low tuition and high-quality competitive education. It comes under top 20 nations offering quality education to its students.

Application Process

The student intake or admission cycle of New Zealand is between February and September.


Scholarships play a very important role for funding New Zealand. By scholarships, students may not need to worry about part-time jobs.


The visa process of New Zealand is quite simple and fast.

Work In New Zealand

In New Zealand, international students have an advantage of working immediately after completing their studies through special visa.

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