It is very important for an international student to be proficient in English to be able to study in a country whose official language is English. New Zealand is no exception. A student must give the IELTS and obtain the minimum score required for his particular course set by the chosen University of New Zealand.
This section provides information about English proficiency requirements and about IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
English is the main medium of instruction in New Zealand, except at Maori institutions. It is therefore important for international students to give proof their proficiency in English to the University they wish to study with.
Tertiary institutions (studies at UG level) will ask for original documents or certified photocopies of one of the following:
- IELTS score of overall band score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. IELTS is a recognized test for most institutions in countries such as NZ, UK, Canada and Australia whose official language is English. It assesses your ability to read, write, speak and listen in academic or general training contexts. It as been developed and managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.
- A pass in English in the GCE (General Certificate of Education) ‘O’ level examination