Admission procedure to get admission into New Zealand universities and colleges

New Zealand Admission Procedure :

The academic year is from mid/late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters with a mid-term break in June. Each University operates slightly different semester dates and some Universities also offer summer school in the summer holiday period from December to February. Some courses may have only a single start date in a year i.e. only starting from first semester (February). Specific course start dates for each university can be found in their international prospectus.

In the New Zealand education system, it is important to make your choice of institution according to the course you wish to take and the institution’s reputation in that field. If you want to study food technology, for example, find out about the different courses offered and choose by academic criteria such as faculty qualifications, practical work experience opportunities, and so on.

Entry Requirements:
Entry to postgraduate programmes requires a higher level of English, normally IELTS 6.5, and acceptable proof of academic requirements by way of previous qualifications and study. A number of professional courses will have higher entry standards because of limited capacity. Appropriate work experience can be a factor for Masters/MBA students. Some Universities also require the GMAT exam for MBA.

Type of Institution:

Since there are different types of institutions in New Zealand as mentioned above, this becomes an important factor while choosing the right institution. Students may choose from a university, polytechnic, institute of technology, private institution, etc. depending on their course availability and requirement.

Selecting Universities:

While selecting the right course and Institution, keep in mind the following points:-

  • Your academic grades(including achievements)
  • Test scores(IELTS, etc)
  • Your financial capacity
  • Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in
  • Term of entry (Feb/July)
  • The reputation of the Institution
  • The student to faculty ratio of the Institution
  • The location of the Institution (big city/small town/rural setup)
  • The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)

Application Procedure:

The basic steps for applying to a New Zealand Institution are :-

  • Identifying universities and the course of your interest
  • Taking various required tests like IELTS, etc.
  • Preparing statement of purpose and arranging recommendation letters.
  • Completing and sending application forms along with required documents through an authorised education advisor.

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