We all know that New Zealand has a world class education system and the country has carved its own success story in providing high quality education. In terms of academics, despite having eight universities, all of them feature in the QS World University Rankings with high ratings, which is no mean feat. They provide their students with opportunities to develop their potential throughout their learning curve be it vocational or academic. They focus on supporting students with a number of ways to learn, co-create and co-innovate. So, we can say that studying in New Zealand will not only enhance your credentials, but also help shape your future.
If you are deciding to study abroad in NZ, there are a few things which you need to be wary of, when you do your research and fill in those applications. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
Do your research: Choosing where to study in New Zealand for a degree is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. So choose wisely and do ample research before you start applying for one of the educational institutions over there. This may range from doing a background check on the university’s performance and rankings, whether it is a recognized by the concerned authorities, the validity or accreditation of the course that you are interested in applying to etc.
Public or Private: Get to know whether the college or university that you are interested in applying is publicly or privately funded. For instance, Students looking for a state-run university may choose from The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington University of Otago, Massey University, Auckland University of Technology. For those seeking private universities, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato and Lincoln University should be the top consideration.
Test your English Proficiency: As you know, in order to study in New Zealand, you would need to take English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL etc. and get a good score to get through the top universities. Higher scores will enhance your chances of getting a better university.
Get your Funds sorted: You will be required to provide the evidence of having sufficient funds to sustain yourself completely during your course of study. So first work out how you’ll support yourself in NZ and check which documents you need to provide with your application. Best is to get expert advice on the funds required, what avenues should be at your disposal and how to show them, and only a good advisor can truly help you with this, which brings us to the next tip.
Seek Counsel: Last but not the least, approach a good visa consultant to get a better idea of how the student visa process works, what is the timeline of application through selection, and also get other doubts cleared before applying.
We hope, by now, you would have gotten a fair idea of things to keep in mind before studying in New Zealand.