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You may be eligible for Special Admission if you:

  • are aged at least 20 years on the first day of the semester in which you wish to begin study
  • are a New Zealand citizen or
  • are a holder of a New Zealand residence class visa, or an Australian citizen or permanent resident, studying in New Zealand
  • do not otherwise qualify for admission
  • meet language requirements (if your first language is not English or Māori).


A non-refundable administration fee of $93.00 will normally be charged for applications under Special Admission.

Evidence you are required to provide

In order to be considered for admission via Special Admission for the applicable undergraduate programmes you must normally provide:

  • a brief curriculum vitae containing details of any work experience and/or other activities you have undertaken which you consider may help us assess your suitability for admission to the University, and information (and, where possible, supporting documentation) in relation to any qualifications you may hold.
  • an essay of between 500-600 words on a topic that will be provided to you. You will be sent instructions for the essay once we have processed your application.

You may also need to provide evidence that you have fulfilled the University's language requirements.

Applicants for admission via Special Admission will be considered under the Competitive Entry pathway.

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