Plan your finances well
Moving abroad to study can be a challenge and definitely requires a plan – it doesn’t matter if you are studying for a short or long duration. Also, the cost of living in New Zealand will be different from to what you are used to.
Now, don’t start panicking.
Take some time to analyse the fixed expenses like tuition fees, food, travel and accommodation. As an international student rent, food and transport are the key items in one’s budget. New Zealand allows international students to work up to 20 hours per week and full time during scheduled holidays. You can’t make a fortune out of it, but it can take some financial burden off you.
Accommodation options in New Zealand are diverse; from staying in a hostel/backpacker (short duration), arranging a homestay (pay extra and include meals) or renting/sharing an apartment. Don’t forget that wherever you live you won’t be far from stunning views, beaches, parks, walking trails and cycle tracks.
For further guidance refer to Cost of living in New Zealand or contact the friendly student support team at your institution for some budgeting advice.
Studying abroad is an important decision so the key to ensuring you make the right choice is OUTREACH. Don’t feel shy - reach out to people, ask questions, use every possible information tool you can to learn more. Research beyond the rankings, evaluate the course well, read blogs, contact alumni, attend NZ Education Expos, contact the university/institutions about their plans of visiting your country, be active on social media.
Trust me you will be surprised at how many incredible tips and advice you’ll find and receive.
My top piece of advice: do not overthink.
Feeling unsure and anxious is completely normal, and I went through these emotions as well. Trust yourself and feel positive about your decision. I did change my life and you will change yours too.
For a long time, the thought of studying abroad was the most daunting task but looking back now I feel incredibly privileged for taking the risk and seizing the opportunity. During my one year of study I was able to explore what it was like to live, study and work in NZ – what could possibly be better than that?
Yes, there is uncertainty, cost involved, and things take time, but don’t let it disappoint or block you. At the very stage I stopped panicking and put all my focus on what really mattered. It helped me to accomplish my goal.
Lastly, if you asked me if studying in New Zealand was worth it, I would tell you: YES, it definitely was!
New Zealand is a great place for unique experiences and new beginnings.
So, take advantage and travel to NZ now!