Timeline for February 2022 Intake to Study in New Zealand

By Cyril Zachariah Updated On - May 10, 2021 04:56 PM

Looking to apply to a University in New Zealand? Here is the February intake 2022 timeline you should follow in order to have a stressfree and successful application process to one of New Zealand’s finest. Learn more on when to apply for a visa for New Zealand, or when to apply for a standardised test, etc, here.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. This is a powerful quote, which is applicable to all who aspire to study abroad. One of the key factors for your successful admission to a college or university is your preparation for the admission processes in New Zealand and meeting the prerequisites for the same.

The country boasts of highly-regarded universities, high teaching standards, good quality of life, vibrant cities, diverse communities, among a lot of other things. In this article, we shall discuss the timeline for the February 2022 Intake to study in New Zealand. There are many pre-requisite criteria that you need to satisfy before applying to a college or university in the country. Let’s look into the timeline for the February 2022 Intake in New Zealand and steps you need to follow in order to successfully apply and enrol in the college and university of your choice.

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Timeline for Fall (February) 2022 Intake in New Zealand

The timeline for intakes in New Zealand usually takes up anywhere between 6 months to one year of preparation and application processes. Universities in New Zealand common offer admission during February, while, there are a few universities who offer multiple intake options to students. In this article, we shall discuss the Timeline for February 2022 Intake in New Zealand.



April 2021 - September 2021: Shortlist Universities

Research and Shortlist universities as per your requirements and lookout for the best ones under your budget.

June 2021 - November 2021: Attempt Standardised Tests

Prepare, apply and attempt different standardised tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, etc, as specified by the institution.

September 2021 - November 2021: Fill out the Applications

Send in your completed application forms with the required documents to the shortlisted universities.

November 2021 - December 2021: Interviews and Acceptance

Universities will send out emails regarding further selection processes including Interviews. Selected candidates will receive acceptance letters.

December 2021 - January 2022: Prepare Your Travel Documents and Financial Aids

Take your time to apply for New Zealand student visa, book tickets and apply for financial aids or scholarships.

There are many pre-requisites that you as an applicant will be required to complete before you send in your application to the university of your choice. Some of these include gathering all the necessary documents, attempting standardised tests and English Proficiency Tests, among others.

April 2021 to Sept 2021: Shortlist Universities
  • The first step to your preparation must include shortlisting the universities that attract you the most.

    • (You can visit our website and check out the list of universities and colleges available in New Zealand.)

  • Once you have listed down all possible colleges and universities, you must research and study about the student amenities and post-study work opportunities made available by the college or university itself.

  • One of the factors you should consider when shortlisting a university is to check out the financial aid and scholarship offered by the university to international students.

Note: Take your time in shortlisting and deciding upon the colleges and universities that you like. Keep in mind that you should shortlist a few universities as a backup in case your applications are rejected by one. Researching thoroughly about a college or university will help you be better equipped to tackle the challenges you can face during the admission processes.

June 2021 to November 2021: Attempt Standardised Tests
  • Most universities will require you to present scorecards or scores you obtained in one of the globally accepted standardised tests such as GRE, GMAT, IELTS, SAT, TOEFL, etc.

  • English Proficiency Tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, etc are required by most Universities by all International applicants. Students must attempt one of the English Proficiency Tests in order for their applications to be considered.

  • Standardised Tests such as SATs can be optional, while, GRE or GMAT may be required for postgraduate studies.

  • Before attempting any Standardised Tests, research and study about the admission requirements of each university that you wish to apply to. Whichever standardised test is accepted and required by the university, apply and attempt those particular tests.

Note: Standardised tests are important factors that Universities look into when shortlisting candidates for admissions to a particular programme. Therefore, attempting one will definitely increase your chances of grabbing a seat in one of the prestigious universities in the country.

September 2021 - November 2021: Fill Out the Application Forms
  • After attempting all the tests, you can begin filling out the application forms. All universities release their applications forms over a year before the commencement of the next session.

  • Since you are an international applicant, you will be required to meet certain criteria, which may take time to complete and receive the appropriate documents.

  • Fill out the application forms for the universities you shortlisted earlier on and cross-check whether you meet all the requirements.

  • In most cases, you will be required to submit recommendation letters, essays and/or Statement of Purpose. You must keep these documents prepared at least a month before the application deadline, in case of any emergencies.

  • Most Importantly, apply before the deadline and do not wait for the last second to complete your application forms.

Note: Keep all the needed documents at hand during the application process. As information that you enter in the application must be as per the documents you will provide as proof.

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November 2021 - December 2021: Interviews and Acceptance
  • After submitting your application forms, the universities will contact you to complete further steps in the admission process, depending on whether they like your application or not.

  • You must not waste time in this process. Be alert and reply to University emails as quickly as possible and take part in the next few steps of the admission processes.

  • After taking part in further admission processes, which most likely would include a Personal Interview or a Video Interview, the university may send out an offer letter to you.

  • You will be required to confirm your admission offer letter as quickly as possible or before the deadline. However, think about your decision and reply to the offer letter.

  • As an acceptance of the offer, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit within the given deadline.

Note: It is important that you take the time to decide on your answer to the offer letter. Therefore, look into all the pros and cons of pursuing higher studies in any given institute or university. However, make the decision and pay the defined amount before the deadline or your offer letter will stand cancelled.

December 2021 - January 2022: Prepare your Travel Documents and Financial Aid
  • After accepting the offer, be quick and research on the scholarship offers available to you as an international student. Choose the suitable option and apply, if necessary.

  • More Importantly, apply for the student visa as soon as you accept the offer letter. Approval of and waiting for the visas may take time, therefore, complete the visa documentation processes as soon as possible.

  • Gather all your documents, including your visas, student and admission documents. You may also be required to arrange your own health insurance or apply for one through the university.

Note: Take this time to prepare for everything you might need legally to show that you will spend time in the country for higher education purposes. Documentation, visas and passports are highly important and you must carry the same when you arrive in the country.

Once all the steps have been completed and all that is left is to book the flight and start your journey in the international education system. Make sure you have the necessary documents and all other necessities before you leave for your university.

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Popular Universities in New Zealand for International Students

If you are interested in studying in New Zealand, then check out this list of popular universities in New Zealand for you. You can also check out the different disciplines available as well.

Name of the University

Courses Offered


Wellington Institute of Technology

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Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Unitech Institute of Technology

List of Courses Offered


Otago Polytechnic

List of Courses Offered


Waikato Institute of Technology

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Manukau Institute of Technology

List of Courses Offered

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

List of Courses Offered

Aspire2 International

List of Courses Offered

Whitireia New Zealand

List of Courses Offered

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

List of Courses Offered

New Plymouth

List of Courses Offered

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

List of Courses Offered

Air New Zealand Academy of Learning

List of Courses Offered

AUT University

List of Courses Offered

University of Otago

List of Courses Offered

International Academy of New Zealand

List of Courses Offered

UC International College

List of Courses Offered

University of Canterbury

List of Courses Offered

University of Auckland

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Victoria University of Wellington

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These are some of the popular higher educational institutions in New Zealand where you can apply and pursue your dream undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Go through our list of universities and colleges in New Zealand and choose the most suitable one.

Want to Pursue Higher Education in New Zealand?

If you wish to clear out your doubts regarding international education and/or admissions, then write to us at abroad@collegedekho.com. 

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