We want you to get the most out of your NZSE experience. From arranging accommodation to meeting you on your first day and giving practical advice, our friendly, approachable team will support you and make sure you feel part of the NZSE family.
International Student Support Staff
Each campus has a dedicated International Student Support Officer to assist international students and advocate on their behalf. Based at our Auckland campus, an IAA-licensed immigration adviser can also advise you on New Zealand immigration matters while you are here.
If you would like to stay in a homestay or student accommodation available in some cities, please indicate this during the admissions process so we can arrange it for you. During your stay our International Student Support Officers can assist with your own or your arranged accommodation, if you need it.
Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
NZSE has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The Code of Practice is available in other languages here
Check out the Immigration New Zealand website
for information relating to all immigration matters, and for easy-to-read advice on working while studying in New Zealand. Remember to apply for your visa with enough time to have it processed before your course starts. You may not commence your programme of study until you have the correct visa allowing you to do so.
Health and Insurances - Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services in New Zealand. If you need medical treatment while you’re here, you may be liable for the full cost. Find out more about entitlements to publicly funded health services on the Ministry of Health website.
Medical and Accident Insurance
International students are required by the conditions of their student visa and by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students to have appropriate and comprehensive medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. We recommend the Southern Cross International Student Insurance policy
, and can arrange cover for you for the duration of your visa. For more details, check out Southern Cross
. NZSE staff may assist with making claims or pointing you in the right direction for seeking medical treatment in New Zealand.
Working in New Zealand
All NZSE campuses have a Careers Service Advisor who delivers employment skills workshops, assists you with creating a CV and works with industry providers to help find you employment. You can find more information about our Careers Support here.
Student support staff can assist with getting an IRD (New Zealand tax) number. Many students start off working part-time during their studies until they have the skills needed for work. Advanced students may find themselves stepping straight into industry work while studying. Key advantages for making this happen include having a fantastic portfolio or show reel, and good English communication skills.
Student Support is available 24/7 over phone and email
Phone: 021 881 069 or 0800 99 88 11