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United States Study Guidance 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.

Visit the Education USA website for your 5 steps to U.S. study.

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 – Learn about the variety of options available and how to identify an institution that best fits your needs.
2) Financing your studies – Need funding? Explore options or check out our university financial aid opportunity list.
3) Completing your application – Plan ahead and know the documents and requirements to apply for your program.
4) Applying for your student visa – Become familiar with U.S. student visa requirements and allow plenty of time to prepare your application.
5) Preparing for your departure – Pre-departure information including gathering documents for arrival and immigration compliance.

Education USA – VR content

Education USA – VR contentDid 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.

Get to know institutions through their websites and social media as part of your decision-making process and ask to be put in touch with current students. If your family is planning a holiday to America, see if you can tag on a campus visit or two. Most universities offer tours and information sessions to prospective students throughout the year.

Can’t visit in-person? No worries, you can take a virtual campus tour! Use your EducationUSA VR cardboard headsets (or similar) to virtually stroll through American university campuses.

Campus Tours – campustours.com.

You Visit – youvisit.com/collegesearch.

Contact Us


Email: newzealand@educationusa.org

Auckland Office:

U.S. Consulate General Auckland
Citigroup Centre, Level 3
23 Customs Street East
Auckland CBD
*Closed on NZ and US public holidays.

Wellington Office:

U.S. Embassy Wellington
29 Fitzherbert Terrace
Thorndon, Wellington
*Closed on NZ and US public holidays.