All tertiary institutions have a wide range of undergraduate study programmes. These can range from one year Certificate programmes, to two year Diplomas and 3 or 4 year degrees. Most degrees are 3 years.
Because most tertiary institutions also have English language institutes it is normal practice for the institution to issue two Offers of Place, or one combined Offer of Place, which includes an English programme with the undergraduate course offer. The normal English requirement is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or 6.5 average depending on the course. Institutions sometimes also require a minimum mark of 6.0 in the Writing module.
A good option is for students to initially apply for a 6 month English programme and once they are studying in New Zealand they will be better able to review their future study options. They will also have a better idea about how long it will take for them to achieve the English entry level and can plan their future study accordingly.
Tertiary institution course semester entry dates are around mid-February and mid-July each year.