List of 8 Universities in New Zealand for IELTS Score of 5.5 and Above

by IDP IELTS — March 13th, 2021

Here’s a full list of colleges and universities in New Zealand accepting IELTS for 2021 and 2022 admission into undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses. And, IELTS tests are officially accepted all universities in New Zealand.

There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. But, the test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes. The organisation where you plan to work or study sets the requirements. So, before you book your test, it’s good to check which one is right for you. In short, all New Zealand Universities accept Academic IELTS. And, some schools, work places and immigration authorities accept General Training IELTS. Have a look at the difference between IELTS Academic and General training.

The following table contains the list of college and universities in New Zealand accepting IELTS band score of 5.5 and above, including the following:

  • IELTS Overall Scores
  • Listening Scores
  • Reading Scores
  • Writing Scores
  • Speaking Scores

Universities in New Zealand Accepting IELTS 5.5 and Above

Some universities have minimum IELTS scores for each section of the test. But, other universities have listed overall minimum required IELTS Scores. Now, check this full list of New Zealand universities and the required IELTS score for entry.

New Zealand University or College

IELTS Overall

IELTS Writing

IELTS Reading

IELTS Listening

IELTS Speaking

Auckland University of Technology 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Lincoln University 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Massey University 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
University of Auckland 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
University of Canterbury 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
University of Otago 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
University of Waikato 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Victoria University of Wellington 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5

Always check with universities in New Zealand to make sure the IELTS scores listed here matches the required score for admission.

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Study in New Zealand with IELTS

Just like you, people choose IELTS to support their study ambitions in New Zealand. Now, they know more than 10,000 organisations globally accept IELTS. It’s the most respected test of English in the world. And, with IELTS you know that your score can help you with an New Zealand study visa. Also, it helps you with entry into New Zealand universities, schools, training colleges and other tertiary institutions.

IELTS has 18 test venues in New Zealand. We know getting the results you need is important for your study in New Zealand. So, that’s why IELTS also offers you more free practice material than any other language test. IELTS helps you succeed.

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Can I Study and Get Admission in New Zealand with an IELTS 5.5 Band: 2021 Update!

Yes, you can apply for universities and colleges in New Zealand with an IELTS 5.5 band! However, you must meet some conditions or requirements. Below, you can see some of the tips on getting an offer for an New Zealand university with an IELTS 5.5.

Direct entry

Generally, to study in New Zealand, you need to score a minimum 6.5 overall in IELTS, with no band less than 6.0 for your postgraduate degree. And when you apply for your undergraduate options, you need to score a minimum 6.0 overall in IELTS. But, did you know some universities in New Zealand accept applications from students who have secured a band of 5.5 in any of the sections of IELTS – either speaking, listening, reading or writing? So if you’ve scored a 5.5, say in the reading or speaking section in your last IELTS exam and you can still apply!

We are here to take you through some of the New Zealand universities that accept international students with IELTS band 5.5. The below list is based on recent trending courses that are most popular amongst international students.


  • Massey University

To apply for Diploma in Business Studies at Massey University, students should have an overall IELTS band of 5.5.

  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Students looking for foundation programmes at AUT can choose from undergraduate certificates and diplomas. The programme is open to students having IELTS band 5.5 as well as for students with 6.0 IELTS band.


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Minimum IELTS Band Score to Obtain A Study Visa in New Zealand in 2021

If you want to get a student visa for the 2021 or 2022 academic year in New Zealand, you need a minimum overall IELTS Band Score of 5.5. You can find the official general New Zealand language and academic requirements in the list below.

Program of Study

Minimum IELTS Requirement

Minimum Academic Requirements

Diploma 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 Passed High School
Bachelors 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 Passed High School
Graduate Diploma 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 Bachelors degree
Post-graduate Diploma 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 Bachelors degree
Masters 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 Bachelors degree


Study in New Zealand

Are you looking to stay in New Zealand for education purposes? An NZ Student Visa is your starting point. Generally, you can apply for a student visa by enrolling in:

  • English Courses
  • Vocational Courses
  • University Courses

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