NZCSE was developed with the idea that it could be offered to Steiner High Schools overseas as well as in New Zealand.

There are hundreds of Steiner Schools around the world who could use this qualification and this would improve the international flavour of the learning outcomes.

As a result of this international interest there are now twelve schools in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Switzerland running NZCSE.

Schools currently using the Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE)

The Lisbon Recognition Convention

The Lisbon Recognition Convention aims to ensure that holders of a qualification from a signatory country can have that qualification recognised in another.

The Convention was signed by most countries in Europe as well as New Zealand. It is now law in these countries. This agreement has greatly facilitated our ability to offer the NZCSE programme overseas.

Each signatory country must recognise qualifications for access to higher education as similar to the corresponding qualifications in its own system unless it can show that there are substantial differences between its own qualifications and the qualifications for which recognition is sought. [ ]

The explanatory report of the LRC explicitly states that the Convention also applies to qualifications belonging to the education system of a Party but earned at a school or other institution located outside of the territory of that Party. [ ] That means, for example, that achievement of the NZCSE in the UK is the same as its achievement in New Zealand. This in turn means that a UK student can use the NZCSE to achieve entry into a UK university.

Credit Recognition and Transfer (CRT)

This process has been approved by NZQA to enable students in SEDT approved schools overseas to have their achievement results scrutinised by the SSC Qualifications Committee in New Zealand.

They will approve these results as being equivalent to those obtained by students in accredited SSC schools in New Zealand if they meet the required criteria.

This is the quality assured, legal process SEDT uses to confer a New Zealand qualification to students in schools in other countries.

European University Entrance

Many students have been admitted to European universities on the basis of their Level 3 NZCSE with UE in a range of different courses in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK.

We have also had a formal letter of recognition and equivalence from the UK NARIC which approves overseas qualifications for UK universities. There are currently some 56 students studying at universities in the UK on the basis of this recognition and the Lisbon Protocol.

This also means that New Zealand students can apply to European universities and study overseas for their qualifications.