Changes to foreign students’ regime

Staff Reporter – 

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is seeking to amend the provisions ofits Qualifications Framework in respect of English language requirements.

The proposed changes would affect students applying for admission into New Zealand tertiary institutions from only a select list of countries.

English proficiency

According to a notification posted on the NZQA and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) websites, the changes would also affect the way in which these institutions recruit students from these countries.

“Category 1 and approved Category 2 providers who are currently able to use internal or NZQA-approved English proficiency assessments for international students would be able to use these tests only for students from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 90%,” the notification said.

Category 1, 2 and 3 providers would be able to use previous study at schools where English is the medium of instruction only as evidence of English proficiency for students from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 90%

NZQA is also seeking comment on the transition timeframe for any changes to Rule 18.

For further details, please visit www.nzqa.govt.nz

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