1. Your teens do not need to decide on their course of study this year. They can just apply to a number of degrees and universities and decide later. However, it is important to apply before the closing dates and I recommend doing this by at least the mid-September holidays. AUT's applications are now open for next year. Applying is simply an indication of interest and does not tie your teen to any financial or contractual bond.
2. Suggest your teen apply for anything she/he is interested in. Suggest they accept any conditional offers they may receive,even if it is not their preference as they can always change later. Encourage back-up plans as many degrees are competitive entry.
Places are limited. Submit your application well before the semester starts
Semester 2, 2015 - apply now, many of our programmes are still open
Semester 1, 2016 - apply by 27 November 2015
Semester 2, 2016 - apply by 27 May 2016
Some programmes have specific closing dates – please check the programme page for details
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3. Once they have applied and checked requirements they can breathe easy and get on with the job of studying for admission. Enrolling is a completely different process and does not begin until the student has accepted their offer and agreed to the terms and conditions of the university. Enrolling is where you actually choose your course papers when you have committed to a degree in late January/February. We have course advice in schools from July onward and also have course planners which I will discuss in a later blog.
The important thing to reassure them about is that there is no need to feel panicked and they will have the summer holidays to reflect and then choose in January as long as they have applied.