Top universities in New Zealand: The reputation of New Zealand as a world-class education hub was never in doubt, as all its eight universities are frequently listed in world university ranking lists –in the QS 2016-17 rankings; all eight appear in the top 500. Also, while countries like the UK are making it harder for international students to take up post-study work by tightening visa rules, post-study work in New Zealand opportunities still remain a major incentive for students to study in New Zealand.
Top universities in New Zealand:
World Ranking 2016/17 (QS)
The University of Auckland
University of Otago
University of Canterbury
Victoria University of Wellington
University of Waikato
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Based on their rankings, we give you a brief description of each university and provide you useful information like eligibility criteria, application timeline and application process. Read on.
A leading research-based education institution, The University of Auckland has the distinction of being the only university in New Zealand to be ranked in the top 200 in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings. Teaching and research at the university is conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes, encompassing all the major disciplines in higher education. Both academic staff and postgraduate students are involved in fundamental and applied research at the university. Currently, more than 4,000 students from around 93 countries are enrolled at Auckland, one of the top universities in New Zealand.
When to apply:
How to apply:
Online using university application
IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), PTE, MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
Established in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university and ranked 169th in QS 2016/17 QS rankings. It is a premier research university with annual revenue of more than $650 million; postgraduate students-to-research-active staff ratio at the university stands at 3:1. One of the top universities in New Zealand, it offers over 185 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, across four academic divisions: Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences and Business. Since 1904, it has produced 62 Rhodes Scholars.
October-End (Feb intake)
Online using University application
English Proficiency (Postgraduate)
TOEFL 95 (Writing 22), IELTS 6.5 (no individual band below 6.0), IELTS 6.5 (no individual band below 6.0), CAE (176), PTE (with no communicative skills score below 57)
GMAT (for MBA)
University of Canterbury (UC)
Besides having a picturesque campus, UC is one of the top universities in New Zealand being ranked 214th in QS 2016/17 and the first in the country to receive QS 5 Stars rating in 2011. While University of Canterbury performs decently in all major disciplines, it is engineering where it excels and is ranked 49th by QS for 2015/16 in Civil & Structural Engineering.
Students at UC have the freedom to select from wide range of study options, both at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels, as it offers more than 100 qualifications across more than 80 subject areas.
Early-November (Feb intake)
Apply online using myUC application
IELTS, TOEFL, CCEL, CCEL English for Academic Purposes Level 2 (EAP Level 2), CPE, CAE, PTE
GMAT for MBA programme (Overall score of 600 or higher)
A regular in world’s best university lists and one of the top universities in New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington is ranked 228th in the QS Rankings 2016/17. Its business school, Victoria Business School , features among a handful of institutions that has been granted the international accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB (Business) and AMBA. It is also well-regarded for its research initiatives and has annual external research revenue of approx. $49 million.
The total student strength of the university is around 21,000, with 3,000 of them international from over 100 countries.
If you are applying to Victoria for the first time, or moving from pre-degree to degree-level study, you can’t apply online. Those seeking enrollment in exchange programme, PhD, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology also can’t apply online. Instead, they must download the application form and after completing it, mail or courier it to the university.
Most programmes accept online application, but some need paper applications. Contact with your faculty before applying.
IELTS, TOEFL, CAE
GMAT (550) for MBA admission.
For close to a century, Massey University has been one of the top universities in New Zealand, and is known for its research-centric approach, forward-looking curriculum and adoption of technology for imparting education. In addition to being ranked consistently in the top 3% of universities worldwide (QS rankings), its business school -- Massey Business School -- is one of the largest and most popular management schools in the country. It also offers annual scholarship grant to the tune of $3m. Including distance learning students, Massey has around 36,000 students.
When to apply:
IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, Cambridge English
The GMAT test is optional but it may enhance entry to the MBA programme
Founded in 1964, the University of Waikato is ranked 324th in QS World University Rankings 2016/17. The university rates highly on parameters like employability, teaching, facilities, inclusiveness and internationalisation. In fact, it won the QS Stars five star rating in 2016. According to the International Student Barometer survey of 2013, 90% of international students who have studied at the university say they had a positive experience, while close to 82% answered on the affirmative when asked whether they would recommend the university to others.
Early-December (March intake)
Early-May (July intake)
*Applications received after the given deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic
In addition to holding a QS Five Stars rating, Lincoln University also ranks among the top 400 universities in the world; it is ranked 343rd in the QS 2016/17 rankings. Lincoln is a partner member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) and the Global Challenges University Alliance, which gives it a universal appeal and standing. Among the top universities in New Zealand, it was founded in 1878, and is the third oldest university in the country.
Online through MyLinc
IELTS (iBT), TOEFL, CAE, PTE Academic
Ranked 12th in the world for International Outlook by THE, AUT has made great progress in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17 as well, jumping almost 40 places from the previous year to be ranked among the top 450. In addition, the AUT Business School enjoys an overall four-star QS rating, while in the individual bands - Teaching & Student Quality, Internationalisation & Diversity, and Facilities, it got a five stars- the maximum.
The university has tremendous research infrastructure to achieving its twin research goals of creating a lively learning community and growing national and international research impact.
Early-to-mid January (Visa-free countries)
Apply directly to AUT OR
Apply through an AUT registered agent
GMAT for MBA programme
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Hello dear student,
As it seems like you want to take admission in New Zealand. so dear student it depends in which university you want to take admission in , so different universities asks for the different exam .They all have their own criteria to take students for MS in their university. So maximum universities asks for GRE marks while few asks for the other test scores. GRE though not too popular, GRE is required for admission to masters courses in some of the universities in New Zealand. GMAT: While NZ, just like Australia puts more emphasis on work experience, GMAT is still accepted for admission to management courses in its business schools.
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