NZQA is New Zealand's designated National Education Information Centre and qualifications recognition agency.

We work with individuals, education providers, employers, other agencies and other countries to help improve recognition of New Zealand qualifications overseas, and of international qualifications in New Zealand.

Taking a New Zealand qualification overseas

Find out how NZQA can help if you've completed a qualification in New Zealand and want to use it to apply for further study or employment overseas.

To keep your student loan interest-free while you're studying overseas, you'll need to apply to us for an Overseas Study Assessment to include with your application to IRD.

Applying to study overseas with NCEA

Using NZ tertiary qualifications overseas

Getting NZ qualification documents

Apply for an Overseas Study Assessment

Tertiary Education Qualification Statements

Coming to study in New Zealand

International students studying in New Zealand or studying with a New Zealand education provider while overseas, are protected by the Code of Pastoral Care for international students. All education systems are different – our quality assurance practices ensure your New Zealand education meets a high standard.

How the New Zealand education system works

Coming to New Zealand for secondary education

Coming to New Zealand for tertiary education

Quality assurance of education in New Zealand


Code of Pastoral Care for international students

Get an overseas qualification assessed

If you have a qualification from overseas and would like to use it in New Zealand, you may need an International Qualification Assessment (IQA). IQAs can be used for immigration, further education or employment purposes.

Find out if you need an International Qualification Assessment

Apply for an International Qualification Assessment

Recognition statements

How we assess overseas qualifications

Applications submitted before February 10, 2020

Qualification assessment for refugees

How to check a qualification

Find out what you need to do and how NZQA can help if you need to check a New Zealand or overseas qualification.

Check a New Zealand qualification

Verify NZQA documents

Check an overseas qualification

Recognition arrangements with other countries

New Zealand has formal arrangements in place with other countries to make it easier for qualifications to be recognised overseas. Some arrangements are specific agreements with one other country, others are broader conventions involving groups of countries.

NZ's recognition arrangements with other countries

International qualification recognition treaties

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