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Survival tips for studying abroad in New Zealand

Starting out as an international student in New Zealand is a wonderful experience, but it can be challenging in the beginning .For the first few weeks, you may feel different from life at home and start to miss loved ones. Education counselors at MMS make sure you are properly cared for, but these tips will also help to make your lifetime experience in New Zealand a truly memorable and an enjoyable one. 

Connecting with people

Getting to know people is a great way to keep you occupied when you first arrive in New Zealand. It might be difficult talking to completely new people, especially if English is not your mother tongue. It's always good to start small and talk to the person next to you in class or a roommate. Not only it will distract you from the fact that you are away from home, but also build your self-esteem by opening up to others. 

Be prepared to miss home

It is completely normal and understandable to feel homesick when you are on your own in another country. Everything feels new and strange even the simplest task like buying food and grocery in another country. When you start feeling emotional, keep yourself distracted by doing something active - go for a jog, or go to a library or join a support group with others from the same country. Focus on the real purpose on being in a new place and embrace it. It will help keep your mind positive.

Stay healthy by being active

Keeping yourself healthy by sleeping well and exercising can help you feel better and happy. it is extremely helpful to join a sports team or sign up for the gym is usually a popular option amongst the students. It also helps to stay in touch with other international students and plan for a get together for the emotional and moral support from being in a new place.

Plan your budget

Stressing out about money can distract you from your study.

Make a list of the necessary expenses and try to spend within your means. There are many helpful sites that can guide you to plan a comfortable yet affordable living. It is also wise to download a cost of living calculator to help you develop a realistic budget while studying in New Zealand.

MMS Education Placement Group




Block E No 32, 33 & 34 (1st Floor) Taman Sri Sarawak Mall

Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 

93100 Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA

Tel:  60 82 246 795      

Fax: 60 82 428 636


Contact Person: Mdm May Tan


Market Management Services

(Sibu) Sdn Bhd (354406-P)

No 3, 3rd Floor, Lorong Kampung

Datu 5, Jalan Kampung Datu

(above CIMB Bank) 

96000 Sibu

Tel:   60 84 324 178

Fax:  60 84 349 741

H/P:  60 16 857 7512


Contact Person:  Miss Christina Teo


Market Management Services Sdn Bhd (73205-A)

MMS Miri

1st Floor, Lot 1341 Jalan Sri Dagang

Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre

98000 Miri

Tel & Fax:  60 85 428 066

H/P:  60 12 899 2866


Contact Person:  Miss Yong Ing Hui


MMS Bintulu (Smart Tuition Centre)

41D & E, 1st Floor

Medan Jaya Commercial Centre

97000 Bintulu

Tel:   60 86 317 617 (Tuition Centre)

Fax:  60 86 338 778

H/P:  60 13 833 3230


Contact Person:  Mdm Annette Yip


Kota Kinabalu - Damai 

Market Management Services Sdn Bhd (73205-A)

1st floor,Lot 53, Block G, Damai Plaza IV, Luyang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu

Tel:  60 88 252 044 

Fax: 60 88 252 043

H/P: 60 16 810 5250


Contact Person:  Mdm Ivy Tan

Kota Kinabalu - Likas

G04, Ground Floor, Wisma Milenia,

Miles 3 1/2, Jln Tuaran, Likas,

88400 Kota Kinabalu

Tel:  60 88 222 799 / 222 722 

Fax: 60 88 222 884

H/P: 60 16 810 5250


Contact Person:  Mdm Ivy Tan


MMS Sandakan

Ground Floor, Lot 5, Block A Grandview Shophouse

Jalan Buli Sim Sim

90000 Sandakan

Tel:   60 89 221 901 

Fax:  60 89 221 901

H/P:  60 13 883 1901


Contact Person:  Mdm Margaret Liew


MMS Tawau (Access International Marketing - T097517)

TB1981 Loong Sang (1st Floor)

Taman Emas, Jalan Sin Onn

91000 Tawau

H/P:  60 12 810 7378 (Annie Lee)

H/P:  60 16 826 3699 (Peter Lee)


Contact Person:  Mrs Annie Lee


MMS Labuan (Woo Chin Wah)

U1180, Tg Bendera

P O Box 113

87008 Federal Territory of Labuan

Tel:   60 87 424 822

Fax:  60 87 419 237

H/P:  60 16 833 8822


Contact Person:  Mr Woo Chin Wah

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