Transition to University

Entrance to New Zealand Universities for School Leavers


To qualify for entrance to any New Zealand university you must achieve University Entrance


University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university. To be awarded UE you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3

  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:

  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

    • 5 credits in reading

    • 5 credits in writing

  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

    • achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or

    • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).


Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.

Some Diploma courses at Polytechnics also require University Entrance so check the prospective websites

Please refer to the NZQA website for further information:

Open Days 2021

Otago University -  Monday 24 May

University of Canterbury - Thursday 9 September

Victoria University -  Friday 20 August

Lincoln University Virtual Open days:

Thursday 11 March  -  4pm - 6pm

Saturday 20 March   -  10am-  12pm

Saturday 17 April      -  10am - 12pm

Tuesday 27 April       -   5pm - 7pm

Saturday 8 May         -  10am  - 12pm

Wednesday 19 May  -   4pm-6pm

To book or for more information see