New Zealand’s education system

Language of instruction: English is the official language of New Zealand and the main language of instruction in the education system.

New Zealand’s education system has 3 levels and reflects its unique and diverse society.
New Zealand’s education system has 3 levels:

  • Early childhood education: from birth to school entry age
  • Primary and secondary schools: from 5 to 19 years of age (school is compulsory from 6 to 16 years of age)
  • Further education: vocational and higher education