Including Permanent Residents

To enrol at IPU New Zealand, students must meet the entry criteria of their chosen programme. (See the relevant programe page for more details.) Programmes at Level 7 or above will usually require University Entrance.  

University Entrance (UE)

To meet the University Entrance (UE) criteria, a student must achieve all of the following:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • a minimum of 14 credits in each of three approved Level 3 subjects, and
  • a minimum of 10 credits at level 1 or higher in Numeracy, and
  • a minimum of 10 credits at level 2 or higher in Literacy; 5 credits must be in Reading and 5 credits must be in Writing.

Further details and a list of approved subjects is available at www.nzqa.govt.nz



New Zealand or Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who turn 20 before the start date of their programme are eligible to apply for admission regardless of the above criteria. However, an interview with the Director - Academic is recommended prior to enrolment.



Students with other qualifications, such as Cambridge International Examinations or International Baccalaureate, should contact IPU New Zealand and their application will be assessed on an individual basis.

For those who received their secondary or tertiary education in another country, or wish for their individual circumstances or qualifications to be assessed (under Discretionary Entry criteria), please contact IPU New Zealand.




All international applicants must be able to demonstrate:
  1. Completion of high school curriculum (or proof of academic equivalence with high school graduates);
  2. Appropriate English level, evidenced by an internationally-recognised English test (within two years of application for admission) OR having studied for five years in an English-medium secondary school.
In addition, applicants must meet the specific requirements of their chosen course as outlined below:
To be granted entry to the Graduate Diploma of Contemporary International Studies (GDCIS) or Postgradute Diploma of Contemporary International Studies (PDCIS)
  1. A Bachelors degree or equivalent from a recognised institution with an average of at least 50%.




  • An International Qualifications Assessment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority may be requested.
  • Applicants may be asked to take a supplementary admission test and/or interview.


  1. Submit the application form
  2. Submit formally certified academic records (English)
  3. Pay the application fee.

Applications close six weeks before the beginning of a Semester or Term of study.

For more details, see How to Apply.



A prospective student who is not a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident must apply for an International Student Visa through the New Zealand Embassy or his or her own visa office.
As part of the Visa application process, you will be asked to 
  1. Submit of an Offer of Place from IPU New Zealand.
    (This will be provided after IPU New Zealand accepts your application for provisional admission.)
  2. Submit receipt of full payment of annual fees to IPU New Zealand
    (This will be provided after IPU New Zealand receives both payment and completed Confirmation of Acceptance form from the student.)