Many scholarships for school leavers are based on Year 12 results.


Get ready!

Me whakarite koe

Get started

Key contacts:

School Career Advisers


• Check the Careers NZ website

• Attend Career Expos in your area







Get connected

Key contacts:

University Liaison or Recruitment Officers


  • Attend a university visit at your school

  • Go to a university Open Day—take a university tour, experience a university lecture, talk with students taking courses to hear about their experiences

  • Check out a university prospectus

  • Universities have lots of supporting guides as well:

    • information for parents

    • accommodation guides

    • Māori student guides

    • Pacific student guides

    • budgeting and financial planning




Get planning

Key contacts:

University Admissions Office


• Make sure you are on track to get University Entrance (UE). If you are unsure talk to your school.

• Not doing NCEA? See the Admissions section for more information on other pathways into university.

• Check the universities’ application deadlines (some programmes have earlier closing dates than others).




Get advice

Key contacts:

Student Course Advisors & Finance Advisors

Study related: Course advisers can help you plan your study year! Contact the university if you’d like help to:

• choose your course

• choose your qualification

• complete your Application to Enrol

• plan your timetable

Money matters:

• Jobs, scholarships, budgeting advice, living expenses – get advice on money matters.

• Think about living expenses.

• See what support your Student Union offers.

• Budget guides are available at each university.

Get applying

Key contacts:

University Admissions Office


• Check (and double-check) the entry requirements for the courses you’re applying for. Some courses have specific requirements in addition to UE.

• Go to our Get in section for more details on what you’ll need when applying.

  • Sort your RealME account so you're ready to apply to StudyLink





Get a scholarship

Key contacts:

University Scholarships Office


Universities and other organisations offer a wide-range of scholarships for university study.
There are scholarships to support:

  • Academic achievement

  • Māori students, Pasifika students, students with Disabilities, Financial hardship

  • Sport and Cultural achievement

  • Subject-specific scholarships

  • School Leaver scholarships



Get a room

Key contacts:

Accommodation & Halls of Residence


• Take a tour of the facilities.

• Check the application deadlines.

Get funded

Key contacts:



Apply by 16 December

to help get your correct payments on time, even if you haven’t finalised where or what you’re studying. 


Fees free?

Check the government’s fees-free website to see if you’re eligible






Get accepted

Key contacts:

University Admissions Office

  • Conditional offer of place: Universities may make you a conditional offer before your school results are released.

  • Formal offer of place: Universities will send a formal offer once school results are released.

  • Accepting or declining an offer of place: The university will send you information about accepting or declining an off er of place.



Get under way

Key contacts:

University Student Associations


Orientation Week (O Week) is where you’ll meet new people and be introduced to the campus, its support teams and services. There are lots of fun events like concerts, and club events.

‘Clubs Day’ is where you will find out about the clubs on campus. Sign up to a wide range of sport teams, academic, cultural or social groups.

Māori and Pasifika students may be invited to attend a Pōwhiri, or another formal welcoming. Your whānau can come too!


Get a job

Key contacts:

Student Job Search & NZUniCareer Hub


  • If you are going to need a job to help with costs at university, check out Student Job Search

  • Check out ‘Career Hub’ – an online tool to find work



Get it sorted

Key contacts:



  • You can drop, swap or add a course for a limited time at the start of each semester.

  • Check the change of enrolment deadlines or you will be charged for the courses you want to drop.




© 2020 by Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara

  • Facebook
  • Twitter