Educational Advising – United States Study Guidance

Woman speaking to a group of students. (Photo Credit: U.S. Consulate, Auckland)
EducationUSANZ Advisor, Katie Sleeman, talking to over 100 students at Waikato University

USA Education Advising Overview

EducationUSA NZ provides unbiased, current and comprehensive information on educational opportunities in the U.S.

Our Center in Auckland offers general advising to prospective international students interested in higher education in the U.S. The Center’s education advisor can come to schools to talk about study in the U.S. and help school careers advisors with queries.  Our small resource library has a collection of reference materials for students.  The resources are free and available during office hours, by appointment only.

Student Visa

There are two main types of visas that are issued to students wishing to study at U.S. universities – a Student Visa and an Exchange Visitor Visa (click here to find out more about the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program/U.S. Camp Counselor Program).

You will find more information about student visas at TRAVEL.STATE.GOV.

The Education Advisor cannot assist with any visa related, or otherwise Consular, matter.
 For assistance in these areas, please refer to the Consular pages of this site, or call the Visa Information Service.

Helpful Resources

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 and print:

If you are interested in a cultural exchange program, please visit the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Current tertiary students and recent graduates could be eligible for the Twelve-Month Work and Travel Program.

Fulbright New Zealand

Fulbright New Zealand offers a range of awards for students with a four-year tertiary qualification who show academic excellence, leadership potential and the ability to be cultural ambassadors for New Zealand.  Grantees can undertake study or research in any field of study at the U.S. institution of their choice.

Fulbright New Zealand also operates an EducationUSA Advising Center at its office in Wellington. Visit for more details.

Education USA – VR content

Did you know that there are more than 4,000 higher education options to consider in the U.S.? The first step to studying in the United States is researching your options to find a college or university that best fits your needs. You shouldn’t try to match yourself to the school, but rather find the school that matches you and your priorities and long-term goals. Find out more.