Tertiary & Private Providers

All About NZ Universities Universities NZ

New Zealand Universities

Universities offer the highest and the most challenging level of education. The third year of a 3-year degree is at NZQA Level 7. Students can progress to gain an honours degree (level 8), postgraduate diplomas, a master’s degree or a doctorate (NZQA Level 10).

Links to University websites below

Private Training Organisations in NZ

New Zealand has a huge number of Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and they are all very different. They are all required to be registered with NZQA and their curriculum and academic standards must meet national standards. Here is a list of New Zealand private training providers.

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Wānanga are publicly owned tertiary institutions that focus on practical learning and embrace learning and teaching in a Māori cultural context. Tertiary study is available from NZQA Level 3 to Level 10. Links to the three wānanga are:

NZ Polytechnics (NZ Institute of Skills and Technology)

If you are looking for a more practical style of learning and smaller class sizes you may want to consider an ITP or polytechnic. They have a range of subjects available and are often focused on an end job. Each institution has a range of qualification ranging from a certificate (NZQA Level ¾) to a degree (NZQA Level 7). Suit people of all ages and stages.

NZ Institute of Skills and Technology NZIST) (NZ Institute of Skills and Technology encompasses all Polytechnic from 1 April 2020)

Ara Institute of Canterbury (ARA) https://www.ara.ac.nz/Bay of Plenty Polytechnic https://www.toiohomai.ac.nz/Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) https://www.eit.ac.nz/Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) https://www.manukau.ac.nz/Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) https://www.nmit.ac.nz/NorthTec https://www.northtec.ac.nz/Otago Polytechnic https://www.op.ac.nz/Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) https://www.sit.ac.nz/Tai Poutini Polytechnic https://www.tpp.ac.nz/The Open Polytechnic https://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology https://www.toiohomai.ac.nz/Unitec New Zealand https://www.unitec.ac.nz/Universal College of Learning (UCOL) https://www.ucol.ac.nz/Waiariki Institute of Technology https://www.toiohomai.ac.nz/Waikato Institute of Technology https://www.wintec.ac.nz/Wellington Institute of Technology https://www.weltec.ac.nz/Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) https://www.witt.ac.nz/Whitireia Community Polytechnic https://www.whitireia.ac.nz/