Experience of studying abroad in New Zealand
New Zealand is an ideal study destination, attracting many international students. However, for the first time studying abroad, you will face many difficulties. To help you feel more convenient during your study, ApplyZones would like to share some useful Experience of studying abroad in New Zealand.
1. Choose an accommodation
No matter where you study, finding accommodation is always a problem that causes students to face many difficulties. You can choose one of the following three forms of accommodation. However, each form has its pros and cons:
• Rent a room
• Rent a dorm
+ According to the experience of many international students, homestay is the best option. Because you will be able to live with the local family, which is a great opportunity for you to get acquainted with the environment and culture of New Zealand quickly.
However, this form will have certain disadvantages in terms of time and living habits. Because when choosing a homestay, international students must follow the rules and the time of the host family, so you should actively arrange your time.
+ If you choose to rent a room/house, you should find friends to share. This helps you save costs and avoid loneliness, especially in the first time when you arrive in a foreign country.
If you choose a homestay, you will learn how to calculate the spending to ensure the best life for a fixed budget. You should plan early and actively search for homestay accommodation around Tet or after the summer holidays. According to the experience of studying in New Zealand of many international students, this is a time the rental price is quite affordable and reasonable.
+ If you are communicative and extroverted, you can stay at the school dormitory. Surely this will be a good opportunity for you to get acquainted, exchange culture with other international students. Besides, you will definitely save some cost of accommodation and travel.
2. Choose a restaurant that suits your budget
The food in New Zealand is very diverse with many dishes from Asia to Europe, with affordable prices for students. While studying and living here, you can explore the unique cuisine of New Zealand. Surely you will have unique and interesting experiences by these unique dishes.
Besides, New Zealand also has Vietnamese and Chinese BBQ restaurants. This is definitely a destination for you in the first days when you feel not familiar with the local food.
If you are a fan of home-cooked dishes, you can go to the market and cook a Vietnamese meal right away. Based on your experience of studying abroad in New Zealand, you can go to markets like Silver Bell, Otahuhu ... where many Vietnamese people live to buy the necessary indigents.
3. Learn effectively
In New Zealand, you only have to attend classes from 14 to 16 hours a week. However, the school requires a large amount of homework, which requires you to invest a lot of time and ability to learn by yourself.
Based on the experience of studying in New Zealand, most schools require students to cite specific sources when doing the test. This is a very important note for you to achieve high results in your academic and research achievements.
New Zealand government scholarships are primarily for postgraduate programs. In particular, the financial support program is only for domestic students (New Zealand).
Please note that scholarships are considered directly by the University of New Zealand. New Zealand Government scholarships will be considered through the New Zealand Education Organization for undergraduate (very limited quantity) and postgraduate.
In addition, the New Zealand Government is also adding postgraduate scholarships (under the NZAID training program), support programs for international students from developing countries (including Vietnam). This program is open to civil servants and is open to all participants
Eligibilities: Applicants must have completed studies at university, have a good or excellent master's degree and an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. Please note that you will be asked to write a research topic.