Q: I am not sure about my level of English. So what class shall I apply to study at?
A: We will give you a Placement Test on your Orientation Day and then we will put you in the right class that fits you best based on your test result.
Q: How can I find accommodation in Auckland?
A: If you are coming from another country, once you have got your visa and have your flights booked, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will organize a homestay family for you. There is a $200 homestay placement fee for that service. If you are over 18 years of age and wish to go flatting (renting an apartment or house with others), you can do so when you have known your surroundings pretty well and have notified your homestay family for at least two weeks. Our Student Counsellors will help you to find a proper place for rent. You can also check out properties for rent on www.trademe.co.nz and www.realestate.co.nz. You can also find very useful information about accommodation for international students in Auckland here: http://www.aucklandnz.com/study/live .
Q: Can I change my homestay if I am feeling uncomfortable where I am?
A: Yes. Tell our Homestay Coordinator about your situation and a new homestay will be arranged for you. You may have to wait for two weeks while we find a new family for you to live with. However, if it is an emergency, the change will be made immediately.
Q: How much is the average cost of renting in Auckland?
A: The cost of renting a room in Auckland can be as low as $150 per week or as high as $300 per week, depending on the location and room facilities and condition, etc. You will need to pay a bond, usually 2 weeks rent, just in case you cause any damage to the apartment or house, and you will pay about 2 weeks rent in advance before you move in. Tip: It is a good idea to take photos of your room and the flat before you move in, so you will have evidence of any pre-existing damage.
Q: What do I need to bring with me to New Zealand?
A: It is a good idea to arrive in New Zealand with some cash and you can change your cash into New Zealand dollars at the money exchange booths at the airport. There are also ATM machines at the airport so you can withdraw some money using your credit card or bank debit card. You may need cash for your first few days or until you open a bank account.
Q: What is the climate like in New Zealand? What clothes do I need to bring?
A: New Zealand has a mild climate. Summer (December – February) is warm and winter (June – August) is cool. Please check out https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/new-zealand-climate-and-weather .
Auckland is known for having four seasons in one day – be prepared for sunshine and rain! It is a good idea to bring lots of layers, even if you are coming in the summer time. A jacket is always a good idea.
Remember that the seasons in New Zealand are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere, so please prepare proper clothes for yourself.
Q: Can I use my mobile phone in New Zealand?
A: Yes, if you buy a New Zealand sim card when you arrive, you can use your phone. Make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave your home country.
Q: What should I bring on my first day at NZIST?
A: On your first day at NZIST (your Orientation Day), please bring your passport, a valid visa, a couple of your passport size photos, travel and medical insurance which covers the duration of your course and meets the NZQA Code of Practice requirements (if you have got your own insurance already. Otherwise, our Counsellor will help you to get insurance on Orientation Day), $120 cash for your textbook and workbook deposit, pens and notebooks.
Q: Power voltage
A: Electricity is supplied at 230 – 240 volts (50 Hz). You will need an adapter/converter for any equipment that does not have this voltage. Power outlets take flat three or two-pin plugs.
Q: Can I start my course any time?
A: You are welcome to come on to any of our English courses any Monday.
Q: What time does school start and finish each day?
A: School starts at 9.20 am and finishes at 1.40 p.m. for the Morning Classes, with two 10-minute breaks in between. For the Afternoon Classes, the time is from 2.00 pm to 6.20pm, also with two 10-minute breaks. Our Counsellor will tell you clearly what time your class starts and finishes on your Orientation Day at NZIST.
Q: What kind of activities does NZIST offer?
A: We offer a range of cultural, social, tourist and sporting activities. We also offer free afternoon classes on various topics, such as Kiwi Culture, Basic Photography, Grammar, Pronunciation, Words & Music, etc. so you can practice your English while learning some new knowledge and skills. For any activity outside of the campus, there will be at least one NZIST staff member accompanying the group. Some activities are free but you will have to pay for some other activities.
Q: Can I work while I study at NZIST?
A: You can work if you have a Working Holiday visa or a Work Visa. If you hold a Student Visa and are enrolled onto a programme at NZIST for more than 6 months, you can also be granted a 20-hour per week work permit, if you have an IELTS score of 5.0 or above. You cannot work on a Visitor Visa.
Q: How do I apply for an IRD number so as to work?
A: Everyone earning an income in New Zealand needs an IRD number. This is a unique number given to you by Inland Revenue (NZ's Tax Department). You can download the form to apply for an IRD number from the IRD website http://www.ird.govt.nz
Q: What is the legal drinking age in New Zealand?
A: The legal drinking age in New Zealand is 18 years old. New Zealand bars and pubs only accept three types of ID: a valid passport, NZ driver's license, or an 18+ card from Hospitality New Zealand. If you do not have any of these types of ID, the bar/pub can refuse to let you in. You may be also asked for one of these ID’s to buy alcohol at a supermarket or other shops, if you don’t look like an adult. Find out how to apply for one here:
Q: Can I drive in New Zealand with my overseas driver license?
A: Yes. If you hold a valid overseas driver’s license or an International Driving Permit, you can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of 12 months, but you will also need an approved translation if your license isn't in English. It’s also very important that you study New Zealand road rules and become familiar with them before driving. Please refer to https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/motorcycle-road-code/ for more information.
Other useful links:
1. To learn more about New Zealand Education:
Study in New Zealand:
2. To know more about the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016:
3. To know more about NZQA’s Student Fee Protection Rules, please click on http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/approval- accreditation-and-registration/student-fee-protection
4. To get a guide to living and working in New Zealand, please check out New Zealand Now: http://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz
5. To get to know what to do as a tourist in New Zealand, log onto Tourism New Zealand: http://www.tourismnewzealand.com
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us!