Medical care is not free for international students, so you must arrange for comprehensive travel insurance. A comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover is required by every student under the NZ Ministry of Education Code of Practice. Proof of purchase will be required. It is highly recommended that you purchase the insurance after consulting your institution since your insurance has to meet a set of requirements set by your institution.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Pre-existing medical conditions are not automatically covered by insurance. These are medical or physical conditions that you have before you enroll in the plan and can extend to conditions you were aware of but did not seek treatment for.
If you require additional cover for pre-existing medical condition, you need to apply for cover by completing a medical risk assessment form available from www.studentassist.co.nz/
While most medications are available in NZ, if you need anything specific you should bring enough with you to last for the first month.
Remember to bring your Doctor’s prescription as you may need to prove you are allowed that medication and it should help when you need to visit a doctor for a repeat prescription.
Remember to check INZ’s website for more information about bringing medications to NZ. Click here for more information.
A student visa allows you to travel and study in New Zealand.
A student visa is required for a course of longer than 12 weeks duration. If you are studying a 10 week English course, you may enter New Zealand on a visitor’s visa. Any other course will require you to obtain a student visa before you leave home, or a student visa once you are in New Zealand.
You will need to apply for your visa through Immigration New Zealand. Go to the Immigration NZ website to find the forms and information you need. Contact us if you have any problems.
Before you leave
Check your Student Visa conditions before you leave your country. If you do not have “outward passage waiver” written on your visa, you must have a return air ticket when you come to New Zealand. Note: if you do not have a return ticket, you will be asked to buy an air ticket upon your arrival which would be very expensive.
APPLY FOR YOUR VISA
When to Arrive
Try to arrive early for orientation
We recommend you arrive a couple of days before your institution starts as it can be lonely waiting without knowing anyone.
We ask you not to arrive late, as your institution would normally start their orientation in the first weeks.
Book a Flight
Check with your local travel agency for a list of flights that come to NZ from your region.
Transfer Money to NZ
If you need to transfer fees to your institution or accommodation provider, you will need to require the following information of your institution:
New Zealand bank account name
New Zealand bank account number and swift code
Address of the bank the receiving account is with
If you already have a New Zealand bank account, you can check your daily bank for detailed information about sending money from overseas: