Upcoming Intakes in New Zealand for Indian Students


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 08 September 2023 & Read Time 7 minutes



Do you aspire to study in New Zealand and are wondering about the upcoming intakes in New Zealand? Then you have come to the right place, as this blog includes detailed information on New Zealand's next intake.


The country boasts top-class QS World Rankings universities offering innovative education and diverse courses. February and July are the two major and most popular intakes in NZ universities.


In this blog, information regarding New Zealand's Feb intake is given in detail as it marks the next major intake in New Zealand. Along with this, steps to study for the Feb intake in New Zealand, documents needed for admission and frequently asked questions are included in the blog.


Upcoming Intakes in New Zealand 2024

You need to be aware of the entire application process prior to applying for admission to your desired university in New Zealand. In this regard, two upcoming intakes in New Zealand are the February and July intakes.


Feb Intake in New Zealand

This intake begins at the start of the year, as apparent, and if you are willing to apply for this intake, it is advisable to start your application from November onwards. 


July Intake in New Zealand

This intake begins in mid-year, wherein the deadline for applying to this intake usually ends in May. Various Indian students aiming to pursue higher education in New Zealand prefer the July intake.


Apart from the Feb and July intakes, September, May, and April intakes are available to Indian students for a limited number of short-term and vocational courses.


However, two main upcoming intakes in New Zealand, Feb and July, enable students to opt for a wide range of courses in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at several universities. The next upcoming intake in 2024 is the Feb intake, so let us get to know about this intake in detail.


New Zealand Feb Intake

Let us learn more about New Zealand Feb Intake in this section by delving deep into when to apply, the process of application, and the respective timeline.


When to Apply for Feb Intake in New Zealand?

It is a pivotal step towards applying to New Zealand universities and shortlisting universities. So, let us understand the nitty-gritty of applying for the upcoming intakes below:


  • Shortlist the universities and colleges of your choice and prepare your application by including points that make you a unique applicant by highlighting your strengths in the application.

  • Contact your direct managers and professors to gather 2-3 reference letters one month before your application deadline. 

  • Start drafting your essays and SOPs efficiently by giving sufficient time to structure the documents. 

  • Dates for New Zealand's Feb intake for 2024 may vary, so try much before the last date. 

  • Offer letter time in New Zealand differs between 2 to 4 weeks, so it is necessary to apply within time or in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle.


Steps to Study for Feb Intake in New Zealand: Timeline and Actions

If you are willing to study in New Zealand Winter intake, the most plausible time is to apply before November to universities offering the February semester cycle. 


It is beneficial to reach one month prior to your semester cycle for timely arrangement of accommodations and other necessary stuff in case you want to live off-campus. However, the deadline for applications for international students varies according to universities in New Zealand. 

Moreover, detailed steps to apply and the respective timeline are mentioned below:


  • Start to shortlist and finalise the courses and universities that you wish to apply for in NZ universities: September 2023

  • Appear for English language proficiency tests such as PTE, IELTS, TOFEL or Duolingo and standardised tests such as GRE, GMAT or SAT according to the course requisites: October-November 2023

  • Applications will generally open at this time, and international students can begin to apply to their desired colleges or universities to ensure that applications are submitted before the deadline: November 2023

  • Wait for the release of admission decisions via the universities wherein, in case of receiving the offer, students must decide on accepting or declining the offer: December 2023

  • You need to apply for a NZ student visa immediately after receiving the admission offer: December 2023 - January 2024


Moreover, students must accept offers within due time to ensure that they do face any delay in getting a student visa for New Zealand Winter intake in their desired university. 


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Documents Required for Upcoming Intake in New Zealand

Now that you have learned about upcoming intakes in New Zealand and the steps to study in the next intake, let us understand the key documents required for New Zealand's next intake:


  • Application form

  • Offer letter from the university

  • IELTS band score of 6.5 minimum

  • TOFEL 90 score

  • Statement of purpose and letter of recommendation

  • Academic essays

  • GMAT and GRE scores

  • Passport size photographs



Q. What are the most popular intakes in New Zealand?

A. Two main intakes in New Zealand are the February and July intake, wherein most of the students apply for the July intake as it gives access to a range of courses and universities to international students.


Q. What are the minimum eligibility requirements to apply for the February intake of New Zealand 2024?

A. The eligibility criteria vary depending on the university and course chosen by international students. In general, for UG courses, students need to submit standardised scores and high school scores, while for PG courses, students need standardised test scores and bachelor’s degree scores. Apart from this, applicants are required to submit SOP, CV, LORs and ELP test scores regardless of the programme and course they choose to apply to in the New Zealand Feb intake.


Q. Is it challenging to secure admission to the February intake in New Zealand?

A. Admission in both intakes is equally tough, but there are fewer applicants in the Feb intake in comparison to the July intake, which may create difficulties for international students seeking to take admission in the Feb intake.


Q. Can students with a gap year apply for the February intake in New Zealand?

A. Yes, students with a gap year can apply, but for a bachelor's degree course study gap of one year is accepted too, with a proper justification like any competitive exams like IIT-JEE or NEET, but a gap year of more than 1 year is not accepted. Further, while enrolling for a master's course, a study gap of 4-5  years is accepted with proper work experience or internship documents as the gap justification.



It is summarised from the comprehensive information provided in this blog that shifting to a foreign land for the purpose of studying can be quite overwhelming. However, you can easily navigate the challenges encountered in studying at your desired university or college in New Zealand through the right knowledge and guidance and by timely applying for the next intake.


We hope the blog illuminated the crucial information about upcoming intakes in New Zealand and the Feb intake 2024 and the process to apply to this intake at your desired universities. Moreover, if you are looking for proper guidance and more detailed information, you can contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC).


You can also take free online counselling through our website. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at application02@meridean.org or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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