Things to know before you arrive

Things to know before you arrive

Please find below important information for international students to read before they begin studying in New Zealand.

The Immigration New Zealand website contains a wealth of information including the full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements while in New Zealand. Please visit

It is important to be familiar with your entitlements to publicly funded health services in New Zealand as most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health care. If you receive medical treatment during your visit you may be required to pay the full cost of it. Full details are available on the Ministry of Health website

The Accident Compensation Corporation 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

Chinese students must register online with the education section of the Chinese Embassy on arrival in New Zealand. This is so the embassy has your contact details in case of an emergency, and so they can ensure you receive their ‘Certificate for the Returned Overseas Students or Scholars’ once you have completed your qualification in New Zealand. The certificate is issued by the education section of the Chinese Embassy in Wellington or by Chinese Consulates in Auckland or Christchurch, and enables a New Zealand qualification to be recognised in China. We recommend you register at For more information, contact

Indian students studying in New Zealand have been requested to register online after arriving in New Zealand with the Consular Services Management System on the External Affairs Ministry website:

Registration is free, simple and instant; it creates an online record of the student and enables the Indian government and its diplomatic missions to locate students and offer timely help if required. This registration process is explained to NZTC students during orientation.

These FAQs are designed for partners of students to assist them in settling into New Zealand. NZTC highly recommends all students with families to undertake thorough research prior to arrival in New Zealand. Click HERE to view the pdf.