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Get Ready


Many scholarships for school leavers are based on Year 12 results



Get started

Key contacts:

School Career Advisers








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 guides



Get planning

Key contact:

University Admissions Office


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

  • Not doing NCEA? See our Get in section for other pathways into university

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



Get advice

Key contacts:

Student Course Advisers and Finance Advisers

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, living expenses –think about them and get advice

• See what support your Student Union offers

• Budget guides are available at each university

Get applying

Key contact:

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 contact:

University Scholarships Office


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

  • Academic achievement

  • Māori students, Pacific students, students with disabilities, financial hardship

  • Sport and cultural achievement

  • Specific subjects

  • Eligible school leavers




Get a room

Key contacts:

Accommodation and Halls of Residence


• Take a tour of the facilities

• Check application deadlines

Get funded

Key contacts:

StudyLink and Fee Free websites


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 website to see if you’re eligible





Get accepted

Key contact:

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 offer



Me whakarite koe



Get under way

Key contact:

University Student Association


  • 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 things like concerts and club events

  • Clubs Day is where you'll find out about the clubs on campus. Sign up to a wide range of sport teams and academic, cultural and social groups

  • Māori and Pacific 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 and NZUni Talent


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

  • Your university may have a student jobs board or be able to help in another way. Search for 'student jobs' and 'careers' on the university website or talk to the university careers team 

  • Also look at NZUni Talent, an online tool to find work



Get it sorted

Key contact:

University Admissions Office


  • 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'll be charged for the courses you want to drop

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