Entry Requirements

SAE entry requirements vary depending on which course you are applying for, and whether you are a New Zealand or International student. An overview of entry requirements is given below. Alternatively, simply check the 'Key Facts' section of your chosen course for the entry requirements relevant to you.

New Zealand students

For Degree Courses

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Completion of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification from a New Zealand secondary school or equivalent; OR completion of a relevant academic bridging module within the degree
  • Completion of a relevant diploma level qualification issued by SAE or equivalent
  • Good command of oral and written English
  • Entry interview

For Diploma Courses

Applicants for diploma courses must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Completion of at least NCEA Level 1, preferabbly in maths and science, from a New Zealand secondary school or equivalent; OR adult entry if 20 years or older
  • Good command of oral and written English
  • An entry interview may be requested by SAE

For Certificate Courses

Applicants for certificate courses must satisfythe following minimum entry criteria:

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Good command of oral and written English
  • An entry interview may be requested by SAE

English language requirements

Non-native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

International students

For Degree Courses

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Completion of the equivalent of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification; OR completion of a relevant academic bridging module within the degree
  • Completion of a relevant diploma level qualification issued by SAE or equivalent
  • Meet the English Language requirements, as outlined below
  • Entry interview

For Diploma Courses

Applicants for diploma courses must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Completion of the equivalent of at least NCEA Level 1, preferabbly in maths and science; OR adult entry if 20 years or older
  • Meet the English Language requirements, as outlined below
  • An entry interview may be requested by SAE

English language requirements

International students who are not native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

Certificate Programmes

Certificate programmes are not available to international students due to visa limitations.