Maximise your experience
Set goals for your future success
Identify your goals
Goals to create during your time in Aotearoa
Get a part time job
Do you want to get career experience, meet new people or learn about New Zealand workplace culture? Whatever your answer, here are a few things you can do to get that part time job!
Improve English language skills
Do you know there are small things you can do every day to improve your English language skills? You'll be surprised at how much you can achieve in a short amount of time.
Learn about Māori culture
Do you know Māori culture and language are essential to the identity of modern day Aotearoa, New Zealand? Learn how our indigenous culture shaped our past and inspires our future.
Make new friends
Do you want to meet people to share experiences and have fun with? There are some easy things you can do today to start building relationships.
Live like a local
What does 'live like a local' mean to you? Finding cool places to eat, knowing clever ways to save money or feeling at home in your new city or town? Whatever your answer, here's a few things you can do to make progress – fast!
Studying in New Zealand taught me the skills of living in another country in which I can apply if I decide to work abroad someday…it also helped me discover my passion for travelling and I have now made it a goal of mine to incorporate more travel into my life.
Liz Stein — US study abroad student studying speech therapy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.
A global pathway course is a great way to start your studies in your home country. With the convenience of studying locally, you can save on travel and living costs. Once you’ve completed your course you can continue your education at university in New Zealand.
Stay well, stay connected
Living away from home and family is an exciting time for many international students, but it can be a challenge too. During the COVID-19 pandemic we all learnt so many new things, including how to better look after our health and wellbeing. This is still really important. and this page has information and resources to help you stay well and stay connected.
Making friends in New Zealand
Personal well-being and mental health are very important to a healthy life. Find out how to stay happy, healthy and safe as an international student in New Zealand.