International Students

Important Information For International Students

Accident Insurance

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


There is no student hostel accommodation available on campus. However, there are a range of accommodation options available in Auckland for international students:


Homestays are families who invite international students to stay in their homes. You can expect the homestay family to be an English-speaking family of good character. Normally you are provided with morning and evening meals from Monday to Friday and other meals by arrangement

The school has procedures for the selection and monitoring of homestay families including an on-site assessment of the suitability of the residential facilities.

Private Boarding Establishments

This kind of accommodation provides full board, including all meals and sometimes extra services such as ironing.

Flats (apartments)

A flat may be part of a house or a whole house which is shared between two or more flatmates. Flatting or apartment accommodation is usually more expensive. Flats may cost between $250-500 a week, depending on their quality, location or whether or not you are sharing. An initial bond will often be required. In addition to the rent you can expect to pay about NZ$ 70.00 a week if you prepare your own food, $40 a week for energy (heating, lighting, cooking, hot water) and $20 a week for a telephone.

If requested, the Institute can assist international student obtain appropriate accommodation prior to their arrival in New Zealand.


The Institute is located at 41 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

 History says that the first inhabitants of Auckland were the fair skinned Turehu. In the mid 18th century Auckland was conquered by Ngati Whatua iwi. Samuel Marsden, in 1820, was the first European to explore Hauraki Gulf in Auckland. After 13 years in 1833, the first European village was established here. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed by local Maori chiefs at Karaka Bay in 1840, which gave birth to the modern city of Auckland.

 Inhabited now by people from Europe, Asia and Pacific regions, Auckland is a multi-cultural city. It is a home of the largest Polynesian population of the world. With some of the best educational institutes of the world and great employment opportunity quite a large amount of people immigrate from all over the world to Auckland.

 Auckland provides the best earning opportunity of all the cities of New Zealand. Greater Auckland, Southern parts of Auckland and Manukau City are the commercial hubs of Auckland.

 Almost every International Flights go through Auckland to New Zealand. There are also a number of domestic flights connecting the major cities of New Zealand to Auckland. The main railway station is at Beach Road which is one kilometre east of the main city. Cars and taxis could also be hired for travelling to other cities of New Zealand.

Code of Practice for International Students

 The Institute has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at


Counselling Staff are available to talk to students by appointment. The Institute can also refer students to outside professional counselling assistance when required.

Health services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at

Local Laws

Alcohol and Tobacco

 New Zealand has strict laws for the use of alcohol. You must be aged 18 to buy alcohol or enter a bar where it is sold. Shop keepers must not sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18. Smoking is banned in most public buildings and in many private buildings, restaurants and hotel bars.

Traffic Laws

 In New Zealand all vehicles travel on the left side of the road. Before you drive in New Zealand you should study the Road Code to learn the rules of the road.

 If you have a driver licence from another country or an international driving permit, you may drive in New Zealand for up to one year. After that you must get a New Zealand licence. For further details contact the Land Transport Safety Authority:

 It is recommended that no driver should drink and then drive. The current blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.08ml for fully licensed drivers and this limit may be lowered. There are heavy penalties for people who drink and drive

Medical and travel insurance

 It is compulsory for all international students to have current and appropriate medical and travel insurance while they are living in New Zealand. This is in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students set out by the Ministry of Education.

 AIAS strongly recommends that students are insured through a New Zealand based insurance company. Please be aware that if you do not provide a satisfactory insurance policy, AIAS reserves the right to require international students to take out a default policy prior to the start of your programme.

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