Years Accepting International Students
Government-Approved Training Institute
All our courses are approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Students on Permanent Resident Visa or NZ Citizenship can access the Studylink system for Student Loans and Allowances for financial support through their studies.
When you study at NZIE, you can choose the type of accommodation that best suits your needs.
We have our own in-house accommodation counsellors who will help you to choose the best living option to make the most of your experience.
The cost of accommodation will vary depending on how you want to live. The national median rent for a three bedroom house was NZ$552 per week in January 2018, NZ$150 – NZ$200 a room per week.
The great thing about homestay accommodation is you get to experience living with a New Zealand family in a welcoming home environment. All meals (except weekday lunches) are included in your homestay cost. NZIE has it’s own homestay service that will match you with a pre-approved homestay family. We believe we have the best homestays in Auckland and our Student Services team will support you throughout your homestay journey!
You may wish to rent your own accommodation in a house, flat or apartment. This is a great option for older students or those seeking more independence. Approximate market prices are NZ$150-$200 per room, excluding food and expenses.
Hostels and Backpackers
There are many backpacker lodges and hostels in Central City (10 minutes bus ride from the NZIE) where you can stay short or medium term. There is usually a choice of private rooms, shared rooms or dormitory. Prices range from approximately NZ$150-$220 per week. We only recommend this to students who have a good level of English and plan a short-term stay in NZ.
Applying for your Student Visa
If your course is less than 12 weeks long, you’ll only need a visitor visa to come to New Zealand. However, if you plan to study for more than 12 weeks you’ll need to apply for a student visa by post or at your nearest Immigration New Zealand Office. Most students will travel to NZ on a Visitors Visa, Student Visa or Working Holiday Visa.
Once you’ve chosen your course the next step is to get your application sorted. At NZIE we are here to help. Just send us an enquiry through our enquiry page on the website and we’ll let you know what New Zealand visa you need.
When applying remember to take with you:
- OFFER OF PLACEMENT: The offer of place from NZIE (New Zealand Institute of Education)
- MONEY: Proof that you have enough money for living costs while studying.
- TRAVEL DETAILS: A return airline ticket to your home country, or proof that you have enough money to buy one.
- PARENTAL CONSENT: If you’re under 18 years old, a written guarantee from the institution or another person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand.
What happens if I want to extend my course?
The good news is that NZIE is a registered Students Online Provider through Immigration NZ. This is only offered to the top schools in New Zealand so rest assured you’re in good hands.
What is Students Online?
This service is perfect for students in New Zealand who want to extend their English or Business Courses at NZIE. Instead of dealing with NZ Immigration to get a visa we’ll sort it all out for you. It’s like having a Student Visa office right in the school! We’ll send the application to Immigration and provide you with your visa stamp, saving you both time and money.
More information about New Zealand study visa’s can be found at http://www.immigration.govt.nz/
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.
Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at www.acc.co.nz
Health and Travel Insurance
All international students must have appropriate and valid medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. You are required to provide NZIE with proof of appropriate insurance (in English) from your home country or with a New Zealand provider to cover the length of your study in New Zealand. It is strongly recommended that you have a policy that covers the entire length of your student visa and permit.
When you apply to NZIE we will give you the option to have NZIE arrange Insurance for you. NZIE will organise this all once we receive your application. We deal with the best student insurance provider in New Zealand, so this means you’ll be covered for any accident or health problems during your stay.
Please note: Pre-existing medical conditions are not automatically covered. Cover may be granted upon application – if you have a pre-existing medical condition please advise us prior to your arrival.
To check full policy wording and schedule of benefits please see:
When you’re a long way from home and you have come off a long flight it’s important that a representative from the school is there to pick you up! Our airport pick-up is only $120 one-way and we’ll give you a personal welcome and then drop you off at your accommodation destination.
For more information on this please contact us, otherwise when you apply simply select airport pickup and provide your flight details!