Timeline for February 2021 Intake to Study in New Zealand

By Cyril Zachariah Updated On - Nov 30, 2020 12:29 PM

Looking to apply to a University in New Zealand? Here is the 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 abroad is your preparation for the admission processes and meeting the admission requisites for the admissions.

In this article, we shall discuss the timeline for the February 2021 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 2021 Intake in New Zealand and steps you need to take in order to successfully apply and enrol in the college and university of your choice.

Timeline for Fall (February) 2021 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 2021 Intake in New Zealand.

Timeline

Activity

April 2020 - September 2020: Shortlist Universities

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

June 2020 - November 2020: Attempt Standardised Tests

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

September 2020 - November 2020: Fill out the Applications

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

November 2020 - December 2020: Interviews and Acceptance

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

December 2020 - January 2021: Prepare Your Travel Documents and Financial Aids

Take your time to apply for Visas, 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 2020 to September 2020: 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 2020 to November 2020: 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, 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 2020 - November 2020: 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 Purposes. 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.

Also Read: Timeline for September Intake 2021: Study in the USA

November 2020 - December 2020: 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 2020 - January 2020: 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.

Also Read: Canada September Intake 2021: Timeline and Admission Requirements

Top Universities in New Zealand for You

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

Name of University

Disciplines Offered

Location

Wellington Institute of Technology

Bachelors:

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Business and Management

Masters:

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Business and Management

Wellington

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Bachelors:

  • Engineering

  • Business and Management

  • Creative Arts and Design

Masters:

  • Business and Management

  • Hospitality and Leisure

  • Engineering

  • Commerce

Christchurch

Unitech Institute of Technology

Bachelors:

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Health and Medicine

Masters:

  • Business and Management

  • Computer Science and IT

  • Architecture

Auckland

Otago Polytechnic

Bachelors:

  • Business and Management

  • Engineering

Masters:

  • Business and Management

  • Hospitality and Leisure

  • Applied and Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Computer Science

  • Creative Arts and Design

Auckland

Waikato Institute of Technology

Bachelors:

  • Engineering

  • Business and Management

Masters:

  • Commerce

  • Computer Science

  • Humanities and Arts

Hamilton

These are just a few of the top higher educational institutions in New Zealand that you can apply to and pursuing your dream undergraduate or postgraduate programme. There are hundreds of universities and institutes to choose from in NZ, therefore, go through our list of universities and colleges in the country and choose among the best.

If you wish to clear out your doubts regarding international education and/or admissions, then call us at 785-9990-990 or write to us at abroad@collegedekho.com. Visit CollegeDekho’s Study Abroad website and browse through the hundreds of programmes and universities available all around the globe.

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