Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a student visa?

A student visa is required for every programme of longer than 12 weeks’ duration.

If you intend to study a 10-week English programme, you can enter New Zealand on a visitor’s visa. Any other programme requires a visa before you leave your home country.

You should apply for a visa as soon as you have been accepted for your programme of study.

Immigration New Zealand’s online resources

Immigration New Zealand provides an online planning tool to help you to plan and to learn about studying and living in New Zealand.

The requirements for different countries can be found on

Can I work part time during studying at Stellaris?

Yes, under certain circumstances. For further information please visit the website of Immigration New Zealand.

Do I need insurance as an international student?

All international students must have an appropriate comprehensive medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Stellaris can arrange insurance coverage for you.

If you purchase an alternative insurance, not arranged by Stellaris, you must provide a copy of the policy of your insurance for their review and approval.

Important! You need to provide a proof of insurance for your student visa application.

Will Stellaris arrange my Airport pickup.

Yes. Please let us know your flight details two weeks before you depart so that arrangements can be made for your collection from the airport. For further information please contact us at

Where can I stay what does it cost?

There are several options including apartments, houses, flats & hostels. Talk to our team if you have any queries.

Living costs will vary in Tauranga.

It is important that you know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant – for further information visit Tenancy Services.

For private accommodation listings, visit Trade Me


Renting privately

Rental houses and apartments are available throughout town and near bus routes, shopping and entertainment.

Visit for quick access to renting information, which outlines important rights and responsibilities for landlords and tenants.

It is required under New Zealand law that Stellaris PTE maintains current records of its international students’ accommodation details and addresses. Therefore, it is your responsibility to advise the International office immediately of any change to your accommodation address and/or phone numbers.

Cost of Living in New Zealand and Preparing Financially

It is important that you are financially prepared for your stay in New Zealand, especially if you are not planning to work.

In New Zealand the word “flatting” means to rent a house with others (flatmates). This can be with students, friends or strangers. You and your flatmates will be responsible for securing your own furniture, sharing the cost of power, water, telephone and other bills. Cooking your own meals, doing your own laundry and maintaining the rental agreement are some of the other responsibilities you will have to undertake.

Approximate costs in New Zealand dollars to rent a three-person flat. Each person (per month)

Rent $500

Power $60

Telephone (non-mobile/no tolls) $15 Gas heating $30 Food $300 Totals $905

This equates to approximately NZ$210 per person per week.

It can take some time to find a flat to rent. You may need to stay in temporary accommodation for the first two to four weeks after arriving in New Zealand. A city backpackers might be your best option while you search for a flat. Please ensure you have enough money for living expenses in case you do not find a job in Tauranga straight away.

Stellaris PTE has not assessed or approved any of the above accommodation options.

What are the English language requirements?

To study a diploma course at Stellaris New Zealand you must have proof of your English skills with an academic IELTS test.

What is IELTS?
I = International
E= English
L = Language
T = Testing
S = System

IELTS examines the English proficiency of students in speaking, listening, reading and writing. IELTS offers a general IELTS and academic IELTS. Stellaris accepts the academic IELTS results. To find a centre to do the test close to you please visit

What are the attendance requirements?

All students must meet Stellaris PTE’s 100% attendance requirement at all times unless they have genuine reasons for absence. Failure to do so could lead to a warning being issued. Continual failure to meet attendance requirements could lead to expulsion.