Here is the checklist to studying in New Zealand. Complete all the steps to have a great student life in the country.

1. Programme Research

You need to find the programme and tertiary institution which are just perfect for you. Consider your weaknesses and academic strengths. Research the different options available to you. Make sure that you meet the English language and academic requirements for the course. At AKO, we are readily available to provide consultation to help you make the best choice.

2. Student Visa Application

If you plan to enrol in a study programme which is longer than 12 weeks, you will need to apply for a student visa.

When you make the application, you will have to present the offer of a place in your chosen educational institution, which must be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will have to provide a written guarantee from the tertiary institution or an authorised person that there is suitable accommodation for you in the country.

You will have to provide evidence that you have enough money to cover your living expenses while you are studying in the country.

You will have to show proof that you plan to return to your home country after completing your programme. This can be an airline ticket or an amount of money which is designated for buying one.

We will assist you with making the student visa application and will track it for you.

3. Application Submission

You need to complete your application and submit the required documents. We will help you with this part of the process as well.

4. Accommodation Arrangements

There are accommodation options provided directly by tertiary educational institutions. These include residence halls and hostels. You can also rent independent accommodation with the options ranging from small apartments to five-bedroom houses. You can choose to stay at a temporary accommodation in the beginning and then settle in a place which matches your lifestyle and long-term needs completely.

5. Money Management

It is a good idea to set up a bank account and to sign up for all the banking services which you will require in advance. You should have full understanding of the terms and conditions which apply and of the cost of using the different products and services.

6. Settling in

You should give yourself enough time to get comfortable in your new surroundings before the beginning of your programme. It is best if you arrive in the place where you will stay at least a week in advance. Take the time to find out how to get around, where the different facilities on campus are and to meet fellow students.