Many students like the idea of studying in the USA.  There are some great opportunities but:


  • You need to start your application as soon as possible.  It is a very time consuming, detailed and complex application process.  You cannot leave it to the last minute.
  • The cost of study in the US is extremely high (depending on the school it can be in the vicinity of $70k a year – and most US degrees are 4 years).  While there are scholarships out there that you can apply for these are highly competitive and attract top candidates from all over the world.  Most of these scholarships will ask for your parents financial information and will use this to decide what level of support they will offer you and what your parents can afford to pay. It is a good idea to really think hard about the financial implications of studying in the USA and if this is a realistic option for you and your whanau before spending a great deal of time on this.
  • All NZ Universities offer a student exchange program where you can study overseas for one or two semesters after your first year and pay New Zealand fees.  There is a wide range of countries you can do this in including the USA.  For many students this is a more viable option whereby they can have an overseas experience without incurring large costs.  See the page on Exchanges/Gap Years for more information on these.
  • EducationUSA New Zealand is a U.S. Department of State network that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited post secondary institutions in the United States. In New Zealand, they are located in the U.S. Consulate General Auckland and the U.S. Embassy Wellington and provide free services.  Find out more: (a depository of information for students interested in studying in the United States. The channel includes 16 videos and more than eight hours of content for students, parents, and educators to watch at their leisure. More videos and playlists will be added in the future, so please subscribe!)

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General information

Whether you plan to pursue a short-term or full degree program in the United States, EducationUSA has the resources you need in ‘Your Five Steps to U.S. Study’, including:


  1. Researching your options
  2. Financing your studies
  3. Completing your application
  4. Applying for your student visa
  5. Preparing for your departure


The following documents have been formatted for you to download:


Researching universities and studying in US


Researching financial aid


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