New Zealand Education

Education in New Zealand

New Zealand has eight public universities that are all internationally recognised, with one ranked in the top 100 globally. Education in New Zealand is widely regarded as among the best in the world, so you can be sure you'll receive a great quality education.

New Zealand universities have different specialisms according to the research conducted and subjects covered. Bachelor degree courses in New Zealand usually last for three years. This means you can complete your degree in a shorter time than some other countries, like the United States. 

The New Zealand education system

When you study at a New Zealand university, you will learn in groups, smaller tutorial classes, or on a one-to-one basis with your teacher. Depending on your course and university you may also have fieldwork or practical studies.

Teaching methods may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical work
  • Independent study

Your pathway to a highly ranked university

Taylors College Auckland is your pathway to New Zealand’s best universities, among those the globally recognised University of Auckland, a top 100 university in the world as ranked by QS World University Rankings 2018.

Many of the universities in New Zealand are ranked within the top 100 for individual subjects, with Massey University's Veterinary Science programme ranked 23 in the world, AUT’s Hospitality programme ranked 35th in the world, and University of Auckland ranked in the top 50 in the world across 18 subjects (QS 2018).

Reasons to study in New Zealand

  • Gain an internationally recognised education
  • Complete a typical bachelor’s degree in three years
  • Fantastic graduate post-study work opportunities
  • A diverse range of programmes and subjects to choose from
  • Improve your English language skills
  • Make friends from all over the world
  • Study in a friendly, welcoming country

Graduate employment opportunities

Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand which makes it a great place to work. As a full-time student in New Zealand, you are allowed to work while you study for up to 20 hours a week during term time, or full-time during Christmas holidays. This can help you gain valuable work experience, improve your English language skills, and make new friends, as well as being a source of income.  

After you have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a New Zealand university, you will be able to apply for a three year open work visa. This means that you can remain in New Zealand to look for work for up to three years.

When you study with Taylors College Auckland we will ensure you get the best start on your career with our integrated employability skills module, CareerAhead. We will provide you with a personal development plan to help you work towards your career goals, teach you how to write a resume/CV and provide you with volunteering opportunities. Learn more about CareerAhead.

Start your career

Taylors College Auckland is your route to the career of your dreams. 

Our programmes

An Auckland Foundation Year student

Discover what you'll study on the Auckland Foundation Year, Pre-Foundation Programme and our English Language Preparation Programme.

Student life

A group of Auckland Foundation Year students at Wynyard Quarter

Discover student life at Taylors College Auckland and the academic and personal support you’ll receive throughout your studies.

University partners

University of Auckland

The Auckland Foundation Year prepares you to enter one of our three partner universities: The University of Auckland, AUT University and Massey University.