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If you are under the age of 20 years and you do not meet the University Entrance standard, but you:
you may apply for Discretionary Entrance.
*Australian applicants’ most recent year of schooling must have been in New Zealand.
Discretionary Entrance applicants are expected to have a very good academic record. The normal criteria for consideration for Discretionary Entrance are:
Discretionary Entrance is granted to a nominated undergraduate qualification, not to the University generally.
Please note: If the qualification you wish to study has advanced or selected entry requirements, you may still need to meet these additional entry requirements.
You should apply online. Once you have applied we will contact you and ask you to provide the following documents:
If you have completed your Year 13 overseas you may be considered for Discretionary Entrance on the basis of your Year 12 study (criteria outlined above). You should provide confirmation of your exchange. This could be in the form of a certificate showing the completion of an approved exchange programme or a letter from your overseas secondary school. You should apply online.
If you attempted to qualify for University Entrance in Year 13 (through NCEA or equivalent), but you were unsuccessful, you may be considered for mid-year admission in the year following your University Entrance assessment. Admission will be at the discretion of the university. You should apply online.
If you are studying at a New Zealand secondary school, and attempting to qualify for entrance to university, you may apply for Discretionary Entrance in the same year for the purpose of enrolling in courses offered in a Summer School. Any person admitted under this Regulation who does not, in the following January, meet the University Entrance standard will be required to withdraw from the university and may re-apply for admission at mid-year. Students required to withdraw may complete their Summer School programme before doing so, but any courses passed will not be credited to a qualification until a University Entrance qualification is gained. You should apply online.
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Last updated on Monday 25 September 2017