Study and Work in New Zealand with Level 7 Diploma | Immigration New Zealand

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Level 7 – One Year Graduate Diploma Program

LEVEL 7 graduate diploma is a very popular program in New Zealand as they allow students to get further stay permit (post-study work visa) after studying a minimum of one year in New Zealand. Level 7 programs are highly skilled and specialised as it is equivalent to first-year entry of Master Degree or 3-years Bachelor’s Degree. Level 7 programs have a variety of specialisations and are offered by both universities and private institutions.

Popular subjects under Level 7 Graduate Diploma:

Institutions / Average FeesCampusesAvailable Programs
Alpha Education Institute (AEI)
Fees: NZ$19,504
Auckland &
Diploma in Business Management (Digital Ubiquitous Marketing)
Diploma in Business Management (Brand Management)
Diploma in Business Management (Business Information Technology)
Cornell Institute of Business & Technology
Fees: NZ$17,200
AucklandDiploma in Business Studies
Diploma in Software Development
Diploma in Information Technology (Networking Technology Management)
Diploma in Health (Advanced) (Applied Management)
EDENZ Colleges
Fees: NZ$12,000 – 18,500
AucklandDiploma in TESOL
Diploma in Management (Healthcare)
Diploma in Software Development
Diploma in Digital Media and Design
Diploma in Business
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
Fees: NZ$18,900
Nelson &
Diploma in Accounting
Diploma in Professional Accounting
Diploma in Information Technology
Diploma in Management
Diploma in Marketing

All courses offered by institutions are NZQA approved. The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.


There are few intakes in a year across different institutes. Generally on July and October.

Entry Requirement 

An applicant must have ONE of the following :

  • A Level 6 or higher qualification Diploma (or equivalent) OR
  • A Bachelor degree in related disciplines OR
  • Relevant industry experience in a related field AND 
  • IELTS score of 6.0 ( academic ) with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent NZQA approved English language test.

Popular campuses


Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand’s North Island, with an urban population of around 1,534,700. Auckland is earned the third most liveable city in the world in the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. It consistently rates as one of the best areas to live, for its cleanliness, infrastructure, climate and people, and its huge variety of activities.


Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island’s east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 396,700 residents making it New Zealand’s third-most populous city next to Auckland and Wellington.

Universities offering Level 7 programs

All 8 universities in New Zealand offer Level 7 programs.

  • University of Auckland, Auckland
  • Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Massey University at all three campuses Portsmouth, Wellington and Auckland
  • Waikato University, Hamilton
  • Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
  • Lincoln University, Christchurch
  • Canterbury Christchurch University, Christchurch
  • Otago University, Dunedin

Download NZ Universities course list with fees information 2019 (PDF 225KB) here.

Further Stay Permit Strategy (Post-Work Visa)

Level 7 programs are also offered by universities as the first year of the Master’s degree. International students can opt for the same by dividing their Master’s degree in level 7 and 8 which is Masters Degree first year and second year respectively.

Advantages of dividing Master’s degree for Level 7: In New Zealand, International students are allowed to take up the job search visa twice under current visa rule.

Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7)

the first year of Masters degree

One Year Job Search
Postgraduate Master (Level 8)
2nd year of Masters degree
One Year Job Search

Benefits for Married Students: Full Work Right for the Spouse 

If you are studying a Postgraduate course or a Level 7 course listed on long-term skill shortage list, your spouse will be eligible to accompany you to New Zealand and allow to work full time.

How to apply

Students can complete their application in four steps:

Step 1

They must choose their study programme and check if they meet the required academic entry requirements and English entry requirements.

Step 2

Students must prepare supporting documentation:

  • Certified copy of academic result (translated into English if applicable).
  • Certified copy of English test results (Academic IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) if applicable.
  • Certified copy of passport identification page.

Step 3

Students must apply through a representative (or us).

Step 4

Students must accept their offer to progress their application. Once their application is approved, students will receive an offer letter which includes instructions on how to:

  • Accept the offer
  • Pay the deposit
  • Provide outstanding documents if required

Contact us to find out more

International Student enquiries:

Phone: +60182414802

Email: [email protected]

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