Applying to university in New Zealand

When to apply

Before you start applying, it’s a good idea to check the closing dates for the course(s) you wish to apply for on the university website.

This is so you have plenty of time to prepare for your intended start date.

If you intend to start in February (semester 1), it is recommended you submit your application by 1st November at the latest.

If you wish to start in July (semester 2), it is recommended you submit your application by 1st May at the latest.

Ideally, you should start researching and applying for courses around 6 months before your intended start date.

How to apply

All universities will have a section for international students on their website, which will contain instructions on how to apply.

Usually, this will involve you filling out their application form, and sending it off with the following documents:

  • A certified copy of an English language test certificate, such as TOEFL or IELTS, (if English is not your first language).
  • Originals or certified true copies of all relevant academic documents (transcripts as well as the award certificate). If necessary, an official translation of documents must also be provided.

You will also be asked to provide:

  • a passport-sized photo
  • a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • references for any relevant work experience.

Before submitting your application, check that you have filled out the application form correctly and in full, and that you have attached all the documents the university asks you to provide.

If you miss something, it may delay your application so that you can not start your course on the intended date.