Overseas University

Thinking about travelling to a country to study abroad? Look no further, this page will update you on what you need to know 

Overseas universities provide a different culture to immerse yourself in and experience. There are many courses available overseas which cannot be accessed in New Zeaand. You may be able to study at a world-renowned institute and become part of their alumni. Studying overseas will be a chance for you to see the world whilst gaining a degree at the same time. 

 Here are some key points worth noting

 - Course Fee will be higher 

 - Prepare for your application well in advance - we                      recommend at least 12 months from the semester. 

 - You will need a visa

How to Apply

When applying for an overseas university you will need to write an essay about yourself.  We recommend visiting the relevant university to understand what they want from applicants. generally, an essay is required and attached documents. Each country will differ with the specific documents they recommend you need, here is an overview of documents and what looks good on an application to it. 

Generally, Overseas Universities will require these documents, however, it may differ with each institute and country

        - Birth Certificate

        - Passport

        - Driver's License

        - Certificate of Citizenship or Residence

Scholarships 

A scholarship is a sum of money awarded to a person who fits the criteria of the scholarship. Scholarships can be used to cover fees such as Tuition fees, Accommodation fees or living costs such as course material or other expenses. They are funded by the 

institute themselves and can be applied for directly through the institutes website. Scholarship applications may require yuo to write an essay about yourself or complete a set of questions provided. 

Fees and Loans

Unfortunately, as you will be an international student, your fees will be drastically larger than fees domestic students pay. For example, a domestic student studying will likely pay between $6000 - $8000 (NZD) a year for the course whereas an international student will pay between $10000 - $50000 (NZD) for the same course depending on the institute and country.

The government now funds domestic students studying overseas at a range of counties across Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. If you are interested in studying in a campus located in one of these regions, you may be eligible for an interest-free student loan and a student allowance. Check the list of approved countries here. 

Australia

Attending university in Australia is a great way to experience a new country whilst still feeling close to home. Australia have a wide range of University's, many ranking in the top 100 in the world. 

Australia has the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) system. The ATAR Rank score is a number between 0 snad 99.95 which represents a student's academic ability and is used for admission to universities in Australia.  

Requirments

  • New Zealand Secondary School students must have completed at least 80 credits (Achieved NCEA Level 3). 

  • Universities will also have subject prerequisites, at least 18 credits in the subject, 10 of which must be at least merit or higher in three subjects (one must be the English subject). 

  • Different courses have different ATAR  requirements, we recommend you look at the university of your choice to see if you meet the ATAR requirement.

  • English Language Requirement.

How to Apply

When you apply, apply on the University website using their Application page on the website of it. Fill the required, you may need to provide documents. These will be specific to the University, generally, they will require 

  • Birth Certificate

  • Passport 

  • Driver's License

  • Certificate of Citizenship

  • Certificate of Qualification 

  • English Language Proficiency

NZQA sends through your Results Record to the chosen institute when you apply.

There will be an application fee. 

Key Dates

Australia has similar Academic year dates to New Zealand. Depending on the University, Australia will start in late February or early March and the semesters will usually end in October to November.

The academic year is made up of two or three semesters. 

We recommend checking the relevant university for specific information. 

Scholarships

There are many scholarships available for international students wanting to study in Australia. Scholarships can be used to cover the full or part of the course fee, accommodation or living costs. Aiming for good grades is beneficial as some scholarships can be highly competitive. Eligibility for a scholarship has a wide range of criteria ranging from the academic ability to hardship or sporting achievements for specific courses. Each scholarship will be different and require you to write different things, some may be a basic application whist others may want an in-depth essay written. The scholarships could be funded by the relevant university of the Australian governments themselves. Use this free scholarship tool or go to the relevant institute. 

https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/SIASearch/SIASearchScholarResults.aspx?moduleId=13&mode=1&Keyword=Scholarships

Documents that may be required

  • Academic Transcript

  • Essay or statement about yourself

  • A referee (professional person)

Fees and Loans

When studying abroad in Australia, New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to pay domestic fees (the same fees Australian citizens and residents would pay). Domestic fees are much lower than international fees. Your relevant university will have a detailed cost breakdown of fees for the course. New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents are not eligible for a student loan unless they are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. 

If you are not eligible for a student loan here is some information on how to get a bank loan for it. 

Each course will have different course fees. In Australia, the fees generally range from $6,000 - $15,000 (NZD). The fees are estimated based on a student studying full time at the university for one year of study. This figure is only the course fee, it does not include living costs, accommodation or course materials. 

Accommodation

Most Australian universities, if not all provide accommodation for students. These range from catered, non catrerd, student flat or halls of residence or shared apartments. Each university around Australia may differ with accommodation so we recommend looking on their website. Expect the fees to be around $10000-$30000 (NZD)

Generally, non-catered accommodation will be cheaper but do expect to pay for food yourself. 

Application for accommodation 

https://www.student.com/

Here is how to calculate NCEA results into the ATAR Rank Score

 Use your best 80 credits from your Level 3 results

     5 for each excellence credit

     3.5 for each merit credit

     2.5 for each achieved credit

 Calculate the total then divide by 400 (this is the maximum you can get)

 That is your ATAR score. 

Useful Links for more information on Studying in Australia: 

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/entrance-to-australian-universities/

United Kingdom

Overview

The United Kingdom is home to some of the top universities in the world as well as many other institutes that provide a once in a lifetime international student experience. In the United Kingdom, students are given the opportunity to expand their academic abilities and meet other like-minded students from across the world. The United Kingdom has GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCE A-Level (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level). NCEA is recognized by the United Kindom, the NCEA equivalent of GCSE is NCEA Level 2 Certificate, the NCEA equivalent of GCE A-Level is NCEA Level 3 Certificate. 

Requirements

Each university differs with their preferred requirements. Some institutes may only expect students who gain Level 3 with Excellence. NCEA Level 3 Certificate is required to apply for university, a Merit or Excellence NCEA Level 3 Certificate endorsement may be required for certain universities in the UK. 

Key dates

The academic year  is from September to June for the UK

Application available from October through to January for the year of study 

Some universities do accept late applications.

How to apply

When you have decided on the course and institute you can either apply through the relevant institute or through the UCAS website. 

The documents required generally will be 

  • Birth Certificate

  • Passport

  • Certificate of Citizenship or Residency

  • Certificate of Qualification

  • English Language Proficiency

  • Reference - Either someone in the school such as dean or principal or at work such as employer

There will be an application fee

Scholarships

There are many scholarships available for international students wanting to study in the United Kingdom. Scholarships can be used to cover the full amount or part of the course fee, accommodation or living costs. Aiming for good grades is beneficial as some scholarships can be highly competitive. Eligibility for a scholarship has a wide range of criteria ranging from the academic ability to hardship or sporting achievements for specific courses. Each scholarship will have a different set of criteria, some may include a set of questions whilst others may require an in-depth essay written. The scholarships can be funded by the University of the United Kingdom Government themselves. Grants and Bursaries are also available for International Students studying in the UK. Use this free scholarship tool or go to the relevant institute.

The government also offer scholarships

   - Chevening Scholarships, awarded to scholars with outstanding leadership and 

   - Marshall Scholarships

   - Commonwealth Scholarships offered to citizens of a commonwealth country

Fees and Loans

When studying in the United Kingdom, students will be required to pay the full amount of their tuition fees, accommodation costs and be expected to have money for living costs. Scholarships and Financial hardship can be used to cover fees. Course Fees can range from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the course and university you choose to attend excluding fees for accommodation and living costs. 

United States of America

Overview

The united states of America are renowned for accepting international students abroad.

Requirements

NCEA is accepted by universities in America as a qualification. There isn't a specific recommendation whether you should have achieved NCEA level 3 with a specific endorsement, but Merit or Excellence would be beneficial. In some cases, a specific GPA may need to be reached to apply for admission. A GPA is a grade point average out of 4. Some subjects may not be counted as a recognized subject, so the grades will not be included in the GPA, check with the relevant university about this. Normally, subjects considered 'core' are used to calculate GPA. 

A Standardized Test (SAT) may also be required when applying for a university. An SAT is a test that has the same question for all students so a comparison can be made between students for admission. 

Some colleges may have additional exams you are required to take to apply to it. 

How to apply

When you have chosen the course you would like to take, go directly to the University's website and apply through their online application form. 

The documents you may be asked to provide in your application may include

  • Birth Certificate

  • Passport

  • Driver's License

  • Certificate of Citizenship or Residency

  • Academic Transcript - This can be requested by NZQA 

  • Standardized Test (SAT) - Contact NZQA or go here to register

  • Recommendation letters - A letter written by someone aware of your academic and potential such as a dean

  • Essay - An essay written by you outlining your potential, goals and strengths weaknesses etc check out this website for how to write a great essay​

Key dates

Application due around November to January depending on the Institute location.

The United States of America academic school year runs from September to late May

You can sit the SAT from around August through to June. Click here for more information about the SAT Exam. 

Scholarships

There are many scholarships available for international students wanting to study in the USA. Scholarships can be used to cover the full or part of the course fee, accommodation or living costs. Aiming for good grades is beneficial as some scholarships can be highly competitive. Eligibility for a scholarship has a wide range of criteria ranging from the academic ability to hardship or sporting achievements for specific courses. Each scholarship will be different and require you to write different things, some may be a basic application whist others may want an in-depth essay written. The scholarships could be funded by the relevant university of the Australian governments themselves. Use this free scholarship tool or go to the relevant institute.

Alternatively, you may be able to apply ​for Financial Aid through the University. 

Fees and Loans

When studying in the United States of America students will be required to pay the full amount of their tuition fees, accommodation costs and be expected to have money for living costs. Scholarships and Financial hardship can be used for fees. 

Accommodation

College provided accommodation - On-Campus Dorm  

On-campus dormitories are residential buildings provided by the college and will be on campus near the college facilities. There is a cafeteria available on-site available to students. You can pay in advance for the cafeteria or you can pay at the beginning of the semester. It is common to share a room with one or two other students in the dorm. 

 

Off-campus accommodation provided by an external organisation

There are organisations that provide you with accommodation and can organise other people to flat with you. They can accommodate your needs as a student and organise other students in a location that is close to the college. 

Homestay

As an international student, you can apply for a homestay. This is where you will be placed with an American family who lives close to the campus. You will pay a fee which covers the cost of meals. A homestay is a great way to relieve the stress or navigating a foreign country and you can focus on having fun. the homestay will allow you to immerse yourself in the American lifestyle and gain insight into living like an American. There are many homestay organisations that can organise accommodation for you, alternatively, you can choose to organise a homestay yourself. 

 

More information will be provided by the university as well as through an information pack. 

GPA Converter

Use your best 80 credits from Level 3 NCEA

    4 for each Excellence credit

    3 for each Merit credit

    2 for each Achieved credit

Calculate the total the divide by 80

This is your GPA score out of 4.0. 

To find further information relevant to you, we recommend you contact the overseas institute itself or NZQA  to help. 

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