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International Students New Zealand

International Students New Zealand

International Student Welfare

Free International Student Counselling

New Zealand Education - International Student Welfare


  • Free academic and personal counselling by professional and qualified staff is offered to all international students planning to study in New Zealand.
  • On and off-campus security
    Tertiary institutions have security guards on campus day and night. Some institutions also provide a buddy system whereby a volunteer will escort international students home.
  • Dispute resolution
    Tertiary institutions have peace and peer mediation courses to resolve disputes.
  • Support for women
    Women's clubs and groups and common rooms are to be found in many tertiary institutions and there are effective measures to combat sexual harassment and discrimination.

International Students New Zealand
International Students New Zealand

Welcome International Students in New Zealand!

International Student Education New Zealand - need help to make a successful career move? Inform us for updated and useful ideas on study options ...

Our Center for International Education:

  1. offers study and internship opportunities to visiting international students of exceptional academic, personal and professional promise.
  2. assists you in understanding the immigration laws and procedures which may apply
  3. offers comprehensive support to you throughout your stay in New Zealand

International Student Support - Career Counseling

Please send us your questions!

  1. How do I apply to be a student in New Zealand?
  2. What Do I Need to Know Once I am Accepted as a Student in New Zealand?
  3. What Do I need to Know About New Zealand Immigration and Visitor Regulations and Guidelines?
  4. What Do I Need to Know About Living, Studying, or Working in New Zealand?
  5. What Do I Need to Know About the New Zealand Education System?

Please contact us with any further questions you may have and we will answer your questions within some hours.

International Students New Zealand

Qualifications for international students in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has developed consistent quality assurance systems to make sure that international students study in the country will achieve internationally-recognised qualifications.

Qualifications framework?

Many of the courses that international students undertake will be covered by the National Qualifications Framework, a system of national qualifications which links 800 different qualifications across almost every industry.

The Framework gives students the ability to plan what, where and how to learn and gives them a clear understanding of what skills and knowledge are needed to succeed in their chosen field.

The Framework provides nationally recognised, consistent standards and qualifications, regardless of where learning and assessment are undertaken.

The Framework has received strong endorsement and support from New Zealand's

education and training providers, employers and national industry and professional groups. It is also compatible with similar systems being established in the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Australia and North America ... and more

All state-owned institutions in New Zealand can determine their own curricula and services, and appoint staff. However, the quality of training and assessment programmes are supervised through the Government's quality assurance.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA): to approve and monitor training programmes and qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training providers.

It is illegal in New Zealand to use terms like 'university','degree', 'polytechnic', 'national qualification' unless approved by a government body.

To further assure such qualifications, New Zealand's immigration laws prevent an international student from enrolling in a course which is not NZQA approved:

New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee: responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by New Zealand universities.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand: responsible for overseeing and approving all local qualifications offered at polytechnics

Association of Colleges of Education in New Zealand: responsible for approving and overseeing qualifications offered at Colleges of Education in New Zealand.

All qualifications approved by these organisations will be listed in the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.

International Student Testimonials New Zealand

International Student Testimonials

Andrés Segón Rodriguez
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Qualification: Certificate of Proficiency

Exchange student from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. Best things about Unitec Andrés heard about Unitec through the International Office at UADE and came to Unitec as an exchange student for one semester in the school of Business. He notes that one of the most challenging aspects about studying overseas is that all his classes are in English and the accents are hard to get used too. He chose to come to New Zealand and Unitec because he wanted to learn English and live in a different culture. When Andrés first arrived, he travelled around New Zealand
because was able to fit in time before the semester started. His advice to students is “don’t go home before you have travelled around this beautiful country”.

Chang Chun, PR China
Qualification: Bachelor of Nursing

Cherry chose Unitec because of the beautiful environment and the convenience and location of the campus, particularly ecause accommodation was easy to find and  accessible to Unitec. Her parents also wanted Cherry to come to NZ so that she could learn to become more independent. Cherry first enrolled in FoundationStudies for 1 year and is now studying towards the 3 year Bachelor of Nursing degree. Cherry cites her teachers as being a strong influence on her decisionto stay at Unitec because they are always “encouraging and supportive and if I had problems, there are always kind staff around such as the international student advisors who helped me find a better way to solve a problem.”

Because of the international nature of Unitec, Cherry has met students from all different nationalities. Cherry’s advice to other students is to “be open-minded because to go abroad and study is one thing but its also a chance to learn about the culture of the country you’re living in and also share and learn about cultures from other people.”


Mumbai, India
Qualification: Graduate Diploma in Computing

Karthik has always had an interest in computers. He completed his graduation, gained employment and received on the job training in the area of communications. He applied and was accepted to begin his studies in the 1 year Graduate Diploma in Computing programme. He is also looking ahead and
contemplating further study after the GDipComp and he noted, “I see Unitec as the only place at which I can pursue my research goals and be surrounded by similar people who will push me to my maximum potential.”

Karthik chose to come to Unitec because of the courses that were offered and the location of the campus, right in the heart of Auckland city. One of the most
different aspects that he noticed was that he became independent very quickly but also found that he adjusted very quickly to having to do everything on his own! One piece of advice he gives to students is “to bring lots of money to travel
around New Zealand!”

Sven Damm
Mannheim, Germany
Qualification: Master of Business

“I first found out about Unitec through an education fair which was held in Germany and when I found out about the opportunities that existed for me, I knew that Unitec was a great place for my further studies. Not only am I able to pay domestic fees as a postgraduate student, but the programme gives me a lot of flexibility in choosing my courses as well. Because I had been working for the last three years in Germany, I had a lot of industry experience in areas such as leadership and communication knowledge that then related to my studies and the areas Im interested in. During my undergraduate studies, I travelled to the USA for a study
abroad experience and learnt while travelling through other countries, to appreciate different philosophies  and cultures.”

New Zealand is a beautiful country and I chose it for the location. My advice is to travel as much as possible and see the country and learn about the culture. Unitec is also a beautiful campus and if you study here, you’ll appreciate the fact that its so close to the beaches on both the east and west coast! I love Unitec so much that I even made amovie about it”

Coromandel - New Zealand - Interview with a teacher from Campbell Institute


We are very sure that a lot of alumnis and current students are very happy to know a little bit more about this teacher. He is our Movie Master on Wednesday afternoon, IELTS god for many students, he is trying to write a book - gladly not during Academic Writing class, always shares chocolate with the Marketing girls and is extremly hilirious.... Kalito... Karlos or Käal...

Kaal Nikolic (34 years), Coromandel - New Zealand

Senior Tutor - General English, Academic Writing, IELTS Prep

1. How did you get into English Language Teaching?

A chance meeting and a twist of fate resulted in getting my
first job as a teacher in a small village in the Himalayas of
Nepal. It was an incredible, almost magical experience.

2. What different places, countries, have you taught in before?

I spent four and a half years teaching and training teachers in Japan and four years in Australia and New Zealand while I finished my Master of Education.

3. What do you particularly enjoy about teaching?

I love the diversity of cultures and personalities I encounter in the classroom. I enjoy helping students to reach their personal and academic goals.

4. What's the best thing about Wellington?

I love the wind (kidding!) Wellington is a beautiful, funky, artsy, compact city full of intelligent, creative, humane people. And then there are also politicians here....;)

5. If you could invite 3 people from history for dinner, who would you invite, and what would you cook?

Hmm a tough question. My first thought was to invite three very evil people because my cooking could have some positive results! However, I think if I could explore the minds of three of the most fascinating people in history while eating some of New Zealand's best seafood and white wine I would choose.

International Students New Zealand

International Students New Zealand - News

Three year exchange programme

A new European Union/New Zealand pilot education exchange programme allows NZ students to study high level interaction design in Europe.

This is a three year exchange programme with a minimum of 24 NZ students with EU students having a similar opportunity to study in NZ. The programme also allows for the exchange of faculty members.

New Zealand Associate Tertiary Education Minister, Steve Maharey, said the programme will contribute to the sharing of knowledge and expertise which will benefir NZ in the long run.

"If New Zealand is to be a birthplace of world-changing people and ideas, we need to provide more opportunities for our emerging knowledge leaders to interact with other leading thinkers from around the world", he said.

Maurice Maxwell, Head of the European Commission Delegation in Wellington, described the programme as a bridge bringing two communities closer through collaboration in the field of international education.

"This pilot programme will further strengthen the ties between the European Union and New Zealand and potentially serve as a model for future cooperation in higher education", he said.

Study in New Zealand

Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Career Opportunities in New Zealand The Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management prepares you for an entry level management position in either a tourism or hospitality organization. You will also gain sufficient knowledge and practice to prepare you to start a small business in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Cursos Vocacionales Nueva Zelanda

Cursos Vocacionales en Nueva Zelanda VET se refiere a la Educación Vocacional cómo carreras técnicas que preparan aprendices dedicados al trabajo práctico o que no es académico. Es dedicado a un área específica, en donde el participante desarrolla sus capacidades en el área deseada. Todos los cursos se basan en teoría práctica para desarrollar habilidades […]

Become a Travel Writer

Successful Travel Writers Travel, Write, Learn, and Make their Script Sellable

Have you ever thought of becoming a travel writer, pen down some classic exploits of unexplored realms of the world – say New Zealand – and, mint good amount of money in the bargain? If not, the time is ripe for you to make a head start as there are many internet jobs for travel writer. However, you must have a passionate inclination to write and travel.

Many areas in New Zealand still remain unexplored. Time and again travelers make a sneak peek into this pristine world, write their own tour experience, and inform readers about how to accomplish a trip to the area. An excellent piece of work would be a promotional tool for tourism sector, travel agencies, resort management, and tour operators.

How to Make Article Sellable
Travel writing is not just about narrating day-to-day activities in a holiday or reworded synopsis of another article from the net. A travelogue must be:

Original with a sense of novelty
Laced with a personal touch of the author – through tips and opinions
Interesting enough to draw the reader
A travel story where the writer has dealt a particular angle
Neat, compact, and lucid to read

Where to Start
It would take some time to become a pro travel writer. However, avid writers with equally motivating urge to travel would be able to stick to their endeavor till the end. Remember, steady progress works wonder for becoming a perfect artist. To start with, most aspiring travel-writers:

Create their own blogs and publish regular eye-catching articles
Register to social networking sites, publish articles, reply comments, and generally stay active in the literary circle.
Read other travelogues and e-books
Attend travel writing workshops, seminars, literary fests, and art exhibitions

Travel Writing Courses
Building your career as a travel writer is not just about writing a piece. You must know how to pitch editors and get responses from them. It is also about how you socialize yourself in the literary world. Many writing courses help in these aspects. Special reviewers are appointed to review your work.

Pitching through Photographs and Videos
An illustrated article would fetch a good price, especially if the content deals with a popular locale in New Zealand. In fact, an aspiring travel writer can make an edge over the other competitors by sending a fantastic photograph to the editor. Pitching through this method yields better response. It would be a good idea to earn ancillary courses in travel, such as underwater filmography, videography, and photography.

A scuba-diving with knowledge in underwater photography could rake money by writing an e-book on a journey undersea among wreckage and corals of New Zealand Sea. In short, there are loads of opportunities for a travel writer to carve out a perfect career.

Cookery Programs

New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) has been offering a gamut of cookery programs and internships to cater to the hospitality sector. The programs would start off in February, 2013 for various levels – 3, 4, and 5 at their new facility in Panmure. Write to us if you are looking for this NZQA accredited attractive course.

Degree in Viticulture

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has renewed an alliance with Lincoln University to deliver bachelor degree in viticulture from its Marlborough campus. The alliance showcases the brilliance of utilizing local industry and community through wine industry training. So, if you want a guaranteed pathway staying at Nelson from diploma to a bachelor’s degree, here is your chance – study the course. Write to us for more details.

New Zealand Research

New Zealand Research

Earthquake wireless sensor was developed by a student from Victoria University, Wellington of the Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering faculty. Although this is the final year research project by the student, it is possible to create such masterpieces from summer research scholarships of Victoria University. If you want to know more information about this project or wish to work in such innovative research work, write to us.

NZ Research

New Zealand Research Grants

The researchers at Victoria University bagged 12 Marsden grants that would allow them to work on various research-based subjects, such as corals, climatic changes, and cultural changes in the Pacific countries. Write to us if you want to know about these projects or research–based curriculum pursued by the education provider.

NZ - Facility for Climate Research

World-Class Ice Core Facility For Climate Research
A research laboratory of international repute will be established in New Zealand to monitor climate change. The lab will act as a storage facility for the analysis of Antartic and New Zealand glacial cores, the key indicators of climate change.

GNS Science Chief Executive, Dr Alex Malahoff, said that the ice facility will be operated by GNS Science in the Lower Hutt area and it has the backing of Antartica New Zealand, Victoria University and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The facility will operate as a service to the whole of New Zealand.

" The facility will invigorate climate research not only in New Zealand, but internationally", he said.

" It will provide information and interpretation for global climate modelling that will underpin international climate protocols. It will be one of the cornerstones of the Joint Antarctic Research Institute, recently set up between GNS Science and Victoria University.

General Manager and Director of the National Isotope Centre, Frank Bruhn, said that construction of the facility would commence immediately and work would be commissioned by the end of the current calendar year.

" Development of the facility is timely as we have climate research programmes underway that will retrieve hundreds of metres of ice cores during the next five years, Dr Bruhn said.

Dr Bruhn said the new facility would allow GNS to engage in commerical scientific research for interested clients through collaboration in areas such as the environment and groundwater areas.

NCEA Levels

Western Springs College (WSC) unveils the courses that it is planning to teach in 2013. The courses can be divided into NCEA Level 1, NCEA Level 2, and NCEA Level 3. For Level 1, students can choose 3 subjects apart from English, Mathematics, and Science. For Level 2, 5 subjects must be chosen apart from English while for Level 3, 5 subjects must be chose from the list. Contact our student adviser if you are looking for such opportunity from this noted college.


Geothermal New Zealand

The Institute of Earth Science and Engineering (IESE) is all set to offer short courses on geothermal technology in 2013 on behalf of Geothermal Institute of University of Auckland. The courses would include:
• Geothermal Geoscience
• Geothermal Field Trip to Rotorua
• Geothermal Geochemistry
• Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

If you want to enroll to any of these courses, write to us for course fees, pre-requirements and other formalities.

History of New Zealand

The Stout Research Centre of Victoria University of Wellington is planning to host a multi-disciplinary conference on history of New Zealand, especially on the “Great War”. This is a great opportunity for historians and research workers who can submit papers related to New Zealand and the First World War, especially the events in the country around 1914-to-18. If you are interested to write on the topic and want to participate in the conference, let us know.