Where to study

Get a world-class education right here in Wellington. Find out where you can study and be supported in your learning

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Wellington is home to a range of outstanding education providers and some of the best facilities in the country. From early childhood, primary and secondary schools through to world-ranked universities and private training institutes, there's lots of great places you can study.

Early childhood education

Wellington has a wide variety of early childhood education facilities, including pre-schools, kindergartens and playcentres in both central Wellington and the wider region. These learning facilities are designed for children aged 0 to 5 years. It is not compulsory, but around 95% of children attend early childhood education for at least a brief period before starting primary school.

Primary and intermediate schools

Wellington has lots of excellent primary schools, including public (state-run) or private schools, co-educational (boys and girls together), or single gender schools. These cater for students aged 5 to 12 years (years 1 to 8). The last two years of primary school (Years 7 and 8) are often completed at a separate ‘intermediate’ or middle school.

Secondary schools

Most of Wellington’s secondary schools are operated by the New Zealand Government and teach a nationally-set curriculum. However, there are also a number of privately-owned secondary schools (single sex, co-educational, or for particular religious beliefs), along with a small number of schools that offer the International Baccalaureate qualification.

Secondary schools are for students aged 13 to 19 years (Year 9 to 13). Some private and state integrated schools also include full programmes for students from Years 1 to 13, or Years 7 to 13.

You can reach your full potential here with the help of top-notch education systems and a supportive environment.

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Tertiary institutes

In New Zealand, tertiary education includes all post-secondary school education. There are lots of different tertiary education options in Wellington which offer a range of courses, programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. These include:


Wellington has three world-ranked universities, each offering a range of degrees in a large choice of subjects. All three Wellington universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world. Victoria University of Wellington is also ranked first in New Zealand for quality research.

Industry Training Organisations

Industry training organisations provide hands-on practical training and qualifications, relevant to particular industries (e.g. agriculture, building and construction, motor trade). 

Private Training Establishments

Private Training Establishments offer specific vocational courses at certificate and diploma level (e.g. travel and tourism, culinary arts). These learning facilities must be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and offer course curricula that align with national standards.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Institutes of technology and polytechnics provide professional hands-on and industry-related vocational training, from introductory studies to degrees. A number of the qualifications offered are equivalent in merit to similar university courses.

English language schools

There are a small number of schools in Wellington that offer courses specifically to improve your English. Most of these schools have flexible start dates and offer courses that cater to a range of abilities.

For detailed information on New Zealand's education system visit www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz AND www.education.govt.nz

Find out more

For more information on where to get educated in Wellington, check out our full directory of education providers

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