Higher level study

New Zealand’s tertiary education institutes consist of institutes of technology and polytechnics, universities (incorporating the former colleges of education) and wānanga.

They must meet quality assurance standards. The Crown manages its interest in them.

If you are thinking about enrolling at a higher education institution, you may find it useful to inquire about the external quality review of the course, qualification or institution. Below are some questions you may wish to ask:

  1. What are the standards of quality? Is there an available summary of the last review?
  2. As well as the usual quality assurance process, is the course or qualification certified for quality by an industry organisation?
  3. What external quality review is carried out by this organisation and what are the standards? Is there a summary of the last review?

If you are considering enrolling in an initial course of study or qualification at one institution and may want to enrol in a further course of study or qualification at another higher education institution in the future, you may find it useful to inquire about transferability of credits and courses.

  1. Will other institutions accept the credits and courses earned?
  2. Will other institutions count the credits and courses toward a degree?
  3. Will graduate schools accept the credits and courses for admission?
  4. Who decides toward what the credits or courses count? How can they be contacted?

If you intend to use a course of study or program for employment purposes or would like your employer to provide tuition assistance, you may find it useful to inquire about acceptance of credits and courses by employers.

  1. Will employers accept the credits and courses earned?
  2. Will employers acknowledge the credits and courses for upgrading, retraining and additional compensation?
  3. Who should be contacted to learn what courses and credits an employer may accept?
  • Last changed: 22 October 2009