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Education System

Primary and Secondary Schools

Almost all primary and secondary schools have a set schedule, usually from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. They go to school throughout the year, with four different terms spread out evenly. The terms are as follows:

  • Term 1: February to mid-April
  • Term 2: Late April to early July
  • Term 3: Mid July to late September
  • Term 4: Mid October to mid-December

There is a two-week break between terms one and two, two and three, and three and four. Between term four and the following term 1, there is a 6-week summer break, lasting part of December and all of January.

There are three types of primary and secondary schools, they are state-funded, state-integrated religious schools and private schools.


Secondary school

uses a practical curriculum to help students get prepared for either the work world or higher education, and the curriculum is regulated by the Government’s Education Review Office. Some secondary schools will allow their senior students to take the Cambridge International Exam or the International Baccalaureate, which grant them credits and recognition in higher education programs worldwide.

Higher Education

New Zealand is known for its business, technology, engineering, medicine, and biological sciences. You can learn more about education in New Zealand in two places, first at The Ministry of Education’s website, where you can find more information about the way that the educational system is laid out and what laws and such are in place. The other place is Education New Zealand’s Study in New Zealand website, which can give you more information about those laws and about the schools around the entire country.


Not all institutions of higher education award scholarships to international students. They can be awarded by private and public institutions ranging from 1-4 years. Applicant should research the various opportunities available to them, some of them include:

Dean’s Asian Scholarship in the Faculty of Business & Economics is for students get a Bachelor in commerce or property degree at the University of Auckland Business school. Students are selected based on academic excellence and financial need.

New Zealand Excellence award has 35 scholarships worth NZ$5000 across all 8 universities. This scholarship is for Indian students who show distinction in the field of business, fashion or STEM related programs.

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships is to retain international researchers in the country. It provides full tuition and living expenses for up to 3 years. It is awarded for financial need and academic excellence.

Admission Procedure

  • Complete International Admissions Assessment to assess academic skills and English language skills.
  • Student must have confirmation of enrolment and must get health insurance.
  • Student must fill out university application forms and then submit application well before the due date.

Post Education

Post Study Work Visa is for people who have qualifications from New Zealand and are permitted to work in with any employer.

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