I'm glad it worked out for you!(Original post by Positronized)
I looked on the University's website and decided ASAP which College appealed to me most, then emailed the admissions office of that College, detailing my qualification and situation and asked for specific advice.
A particularly sad experience for me was when I emailed Queen's admissions officer who replied to me with a flat out rejection saying that the NZ qualification wouldn't be sufficient for entry -- and didn't reply to any further correspondence from either me or my school. After a few days agonising I decided to try my luck again with Emmanuel (which, funnily enough, was actually my preferred College from start, but I thought they looked too hard to get into, so I chickened out a bit...) whose admissions officer turned out to be really friendly and helpful. At the interview I also had a chance to talk to the maths DoS about the NZ system to clarify things a bit further as well.
My application experience was actually a rather pleasant one and I found it quite comfortable to email the College for clarification on a few issues I had about having non-standard qualification. That said as an international student without A-Levels/IB I would advice you to start asking around ASAP (now's good...)
I know this is kind of irrelevant..:
I am applying to Cambridge for the 2010 year..
I possibly missed the grade's in one my A levels due to extenuating circumstances so I was thinking to apply through the special access scheme..
I contacted Sidney Sussex and the admissions tutor was so friendly and helpful about it..! She was very informative about what I had to do and how to fill things in on the additional application forms. Ever since then I was compelled to find out more about the college and am 100% thinking of applying..
I guess when we want something so much we'll do just about anything for it..
And actually passed?