All New Zealand's international student education providers are required to be signatories to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The code is a document introduced in 2002 designed to ensure all signatories provide a high standard of pastoral care to meet the needs of international students studying in New Zealand.

New Zealand Teaching and Learning Environment

Students are expected to personally take full responsibility for completing the course requirements. Adaptation to the new learning environment promotes heightened organizational skills, responsibility, regularity, understanding and research.

Students are encouraged to ask questions, and help and guidance is available to them at all times from their teachers and lecturers. The system is a strong advocate of originality. Every student is expected to present assignments that reflect their own understanding and is a product of their own research. The aim is to make sure that the students understand what they are writing and can apply that knowledge practically.

Working in groups is allowed, as long as each assignment presented is their own work. Plagiarism is unacceptable, may it be copying from a textbook or another person's answer, and is considered a serious offence by all schools and tertiary institutes.


Active participation in learning is the crux of the study approach in New Zealand; students are expected to ask and answer questions as well as provide ideas for discussion.

Understanding is given higher value than mere memorizing. Research and references from several other sources is encouraged.

At the tertiary level, there is no set pattern for homework. Class notes, attention, participation and research are vital to the study process and aid preparation for the examinations.


To pass a course and get credit for it, a student must achieve a level equal to or higher than the grade or pass mark set by the school or institute. The final grade is awarded based on a mixture of end – of – course examinations and in – course assessments i.e. essays, assignments and tests. To progress in the programmes students need to pass the courses and meet the entry level requirements of the next course. Entry to some courses requires achievement of a higher level than just the passing mark or grade.


Examinations are designed to test the conceptual understanding of students. Students are expected to remember and recall what they have learnt and use that knowledge to answer questions in a practical manner. Cheating in examinations is completely unacceptable and serious action is taken against it.


There are support systems, like Student Learning Support Centres, where new students are given ample aid in understanding New Zealand's teaching and learning environment. In most cases, the education provider will conduct study skill seminars or give opportunities for practice before assessments. If a student faces any difficulty or wants to learn more about how to improve their grades, they can ask their tutors for help without any hesitation.