Qualifications for international students in New Zealand
The New Zealand Government has developed consistent quality assurance systems to make sure that international students study in the country will achieve internationally-recognised qualifications.
Many of the courses that international students undertake will be covered by the National Qualifications Framework, a system of national qualifications which links 800 different qualifications across almost every industry.
The Framework gives students the ability to plan what, where and how to learn and gives them a clear understanding of what skills and knowledge are needed to succeed in their chosen field.
The Framework provides nationally recognised, consistent standards and qualifications, regardless of where learning and assessment are undertaken.
The Framework has received strong endorsement and support from New Zealand's
education and training providers, employers and national industry and professional groups. It is also compatible with similar systems being established in the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Australia and North America ... and more
All state-owned institutions in New Zealand can determine their own curricula and services, and appoint staff. However, the quality of training and assessment programmes are supervised through the Government's quality assurance.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA): to approve and monitor training programmes and qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training providers.
It is illegal in New Zealand to use terms like 'university','degree', 'polytechnic', 'national qualification' unless approved by a government body.
To further assure such qualifications, New Zealand's immigration laws prevent an international student from enrolling in a course which is not NZQA approved:
New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee: responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by New Zealand universities.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand: responsible for overseeing and approving all local qualifications offered at polytechnics
Association of Colleges of Education in New Zealand: responsible for approving and overseeing qualifications offered at Colleges of Education in New Zealand.
All qualifications approved by these organisations will be listed in the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.