What to study, Where to study and universities and colleges to attend in New Zealand?


What to study in New Zealand?

New Zealand offers some of the most diverse degrees in the world. Still, if the market is too vast, you should know that some of the most popular study options in New Zealand are:

  • Computer Science degrees in New Zealand
  • Educational Research degrees in New Zealand
  • Psychology degrees in New Zealand
  • Commerce degrees in New Zealand
  • Agriculture degrees in New Zealand
  • Biomedical Engineering degrees in New Zealand

Where to study in New Zealand?

New Zealand has some of the top-rated “liveable” cities in the world, so there’s no wonder that, besides the capital  (Wellington), there are other popular destinations, like:

  • Study in Auckland
  • Study in Wellington
  • Study in Christchurch

Which universities and colleges to attend in New Zealand?

For such a tiny place, New Zealand sure has a lot of universities and institutions to choose from. It’s hard to decide but many of them are schools specific to different types of career and job training. Here is a small list of universities to think of:

  • University of Auckland
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Massey University

 

How to apply

You should know that a New Zealand school year starts in February and ends in November, with a month-long break in June/July.

When you apply online (or on paper, if you hate trees), you should know that the documents you will need to provide are:

  • A personal statement of intent
  • Your transcripts from secondary school, including any university courses that you may have taken
  • Any relevant test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Proof of funding, or intent to apply for funding for your tuition
  • Proof of paying the application fee
  • Your financial aid applications

You can always have your questions answered at the admission office at the university, so write down your questions and go wild with their e-mail address.

Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a New Zealand university

Take Preparation Courses

These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes.

Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course

If you’re attending a degree programme in New Zealand, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures, seeing how some schools will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

The minimum grades and scores international students are required to have vary wildly from university to university, and sometimes from programme to programme.

Still, the English proficiency tests usually accepted are:

  • TOEFL iBT
  • IELTS Academic
  • Cambridge: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency
  • PTE Academic
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)