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Admission to a university in New Zealand requires a completion of twelve years of elementary and secondary education. In the Palestinian context, this implies qualifying in class 12th examination or junior college as applicable. The acceptable degrees include: Palestinian School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Higher School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate, All Palestinian Senior School Certificate.
Most universities ask for a minimum of 75% aggregate marks and a minimum of 60% in English.
In case the criteria is not met, you may be required to complete one year of education in any university in Palestine or do a foundation course in some university in New Zealand.
Most New Zealand universities accept the Palestinian graduation system of three years for entry into most postgraduate courses. A Palestinian bachelor degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. is equivalent to a New Zealand bachelor (ordinary) degree. However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to New Zealand bachelor (honors) degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like B.E., B.Tech or other such courses.
For most universities, a good first degree from a leading university in Palestine or its equivalent is essential.
If the student is not proficient in English, he may be required to take the IELTS (International English Testing System). Every institute has its own minimum scores with respect to this test.
International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test), which is regularly administered by the British Council. A minimum score of 6.5 is usually required by most institutes.
If the student does not obtain the minimum score required by the institute, he/she will have to go in for a 3 to 9 month bridging course in English at the institute before the start of the chosen program of study.
Some universities may accept TOEFL scores instead of IELTS score