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New Zealand’s education system, based on the British model, has earned a global reputation for quality and choice. Local and international students can choose from a wide range of higher education institutions and courses, including eight universities together with colleges, private institutions and polytechnics.
All New Zealand universities accept Cambridge International A Levels for admission, with the Cambridge Pre-U qualification also widely accepted. Minimum entry requirements are agreed by Universities New Zealand – Te Pokai Tara, which represents all universities in the country.
In response to changes to the UK UCAS tariff system (from September 2017), Universities New Zealand – Te Pokai Tara has instituted the NZ Cambridge International Exams University Entrance Tariff system for students who have undertaken their Cambridge International A Levels in New Zealand.
Students should check the Universities New Zealand – Te Pokai Tara website for more information on these changes, and should also check with their chosen university regarding any specific entry requirements. Minimum grades must also be achieved in literacy and numeracy subjects.
Please always check directly with your target institution and/or study destination for up-to-date admissions requirements and policies for local and international students.
Find out which universities and colleges in New Zealand recognise Cambridge qualifications by searching our recognitions database.