Arrival checklist

Checklist time

Studying abroad for the first time can be overwhelming especially if you are used to living with your family, and having things taken care of by your parents or guardian. Don’t worry! MABECS Global consultants have curated a ‘before and after’ arriving in New Zealand checklist for you. We hope that this will reduce your anxiety as you leave home for a new start!

Before going to New Zealand

Besides the necessary steps after your degree application, such as applying for student visa  and applying for the police certificate of good conduct, here are a few important tasks you should complete before going to New Zealand:

  1. Make sure you already have medical and travel insurance for New Zealand that covers your time studying in, and travelling to and from New Zealand.1 If you need further information, speak to a MABECS Global consultant.
  2. Not sure what to pack? Here are two of our favourite packing lists, which also includes things not to bring to New Zealand such as fresh fruits, food and plant products!

  1. Make sure you have already packed your important documents before leaving for the airport: air tickets, passport, travel and medical insurance certificate, driver’s licence, money (at least NZ$500), traveller cheques, credit cards, copies of your birth certificate and any necessary academic records.2
  2. Remember to put all important documents in your hand luggage. It is wise to keep a photocopy of your birth certificate and passport in your checked luggage and leave a copy with a family member or friend back home just in case your luggage is missing (it can happen!).2
  3. Note down the contact details for the International Student Support Staff at your campus.

After arriving in New Zealand

  1. Declare everything upon arrival: It is a good practice to declare all your edible items so that you don’t get caught for carrying anything illegal and made to pay thousands of dollars. Remember to always carry a medical prescription for your medicines. Read more: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/arriving-in-new-zealand/items-to-declare/
  2. After checking into your accommodation, do some grocery shopping to start a good practice of living on budget. Ideally, do some research before arriving to know the nearby grocery stores.
  3. Prepare yourself for classes and mingle with new friends!

Further reading

Make sure to bookmark the websites below if you’re applying to pursue a degree in New Zealand2:

    1. Nzready.immigration.govt.nz—a tool to help you plan your study in New Zealand
    2. Studyinnewzealand.govt.nz—a detailed study guide for prospective students
    3. Chineseservice.org.nz—a service to support Chinese students and immigrants
    4. Education.govt.nz—the official website dedicated to education in New Zealand

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