Why New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the leading education providers worldwide. It provides a world-class education in a safe, peaceful, multi-cultural and English speaking environment.

New Zealand also offers cost-effective education and living when compared to most countries in Europe, North America and neighbouring Australia.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) registration provides a high level of quality assurance by providing monitoring and auditing of the content of the classes and the assessments, There is also peace of mind for international students as their student fees are lodged in the Public Trust which legally protects their money.

Studying in New Zealand provides an education that has global appeal is job focussed and prepares students for introductory and middle-level and upper-level roles in the work place.

People sometimes call New Zealanders “Kiwis,” after the bird which is  native to New Zealand and lives nowhere else in the world.

New Zealanders are also famous for their welcoming and friendly attitude. “Kiwis” are used to meeting new people and welcome them as individuals.  They are quite laid back and easy going, although the big cities such as Auckland have such a mix of cultures it is hard to tell who is local and who is like your self – from somewhere else.  New Zealanders are great travellers and know what it is like to be alone in a new place. 

While New Zealand is known internationally as a safe place to live, it is important that you do make sure you look after the safety of yourselves and your belongings.  But if there is a problem the police are wonderful, and our Government officials, such as Police, Immigration etc are rated as amongst the least corruptible in the world.

The economy of New Zealand is stable, the cost of living is less than in many other countries and the government is extremely stable.

The weather in New Zealand is comparatively mild, although it is colder in the South.  It rarely gets over 30 degrees in summer and less than 10 degrees in winter.  New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, and summer is from December to February and winter lasts from June to August.   However the weather is variable, even in places quite close to each other and if you are going walking in the countryside it is very important to take warm clothes with you as it can change from hot to cold in minutes if the wind changes.  The North Island is much warmer than the South Island but you can be assured that our two campuses are in the warm places.

New Zealand is not only famous for the high-class education but also the opportunities for sport and recreation. For example, both Auckland and Tauranga have wonderful beaches for swimming and Tauranga is well known for its excellent  surf beaches and fishing.  We also encourage students to join the local sporting clubs such as cricket or football.

There are plenty of work opportunities available to international students. On a student visa, students can work up to twenty hours a week through the semester and during vacations students are allowed to work up to forty hours a week.  This helps you supplement your income to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand. At the end of a programme, it can be possible to get a 12-month “work permit” what allows international students to gain necessary work experience in their field of study.

Studying and living in New Zealand for international students

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.
https://nzready.immigration.govt.nz

The requirements for different countries can be found on
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

 

Can I work part time during studying at Stellaris?

Yes, under certain circumstances. For further information please visit the website of Immigration New Zealand. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study

 

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.

 

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 https://www.ielts.org.

How to apply – International Student

Application Process

To study at Stellaris students need to apply to our International Marketing division at onshore@stellaris.co.nz.

The following are the steps you need to take:

Step 1 – Review entry requirements of the course you wish to take.

Please note that courses have varying English language and academic requirements. You need to be familiar with the Academic entry requirements and their equivalent qualifications.

View Diploma in Business Strategy 

 

Step 2 – Application Form and supporting documents.

Our recommendation is that you should submit your application atleast two months prior to the start of the semester.
Applicants must complete an Application Form.

Please contact onshore@stellaris.co.nz to receive one or click on the link below.

Supporting documents for your application are:
– IELTS (academic)
– Certified copies of relevant academic transcripts and documents
– Certified copy of Passport
– Evidence of relevant work experience including references

 

Step 3 – Receive Acknowledgment which will be sent by email or mail.

 

Step 4 – Receive Offer of Place

You will receive an Offer of Place by email (PDF) or post. The letter includes information on tuition fees, insurance fees, date of payment, method of payment and a copy of the Stellaris refund policy.

 

Step 5 – Accept Offer of Place

To accept a Stellaris Offer of Place you must complete the invoice/acceptance forms and return it to Stellaris by email or post.

 

Step 6 – Apply for your student visa

When Stellaris has received your payments, a receipt will be issued.
The receipt must be presented to Immigration New Zealand to get a student visa.

 

Step 7 – Confirm your place of study

The Stellaris Offer of Place does not guarantee you a place to study. To guarantee your place you must have completed the required documentation and show evidence you have applied for your student visa.   You also must meet the eligibility requirements for your particular course of study.

 

Step 8 – Confirm which is your preferred campus.

FAQs

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.

https://nzready.immigration.govt.nz

The requirements for different countries can be found on
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Can I work part time during studying at Stellaris?

Yes, under certain circumstances. For further information please visit the website of Immigration New Zealand. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study

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 info@stellaris.ac.nz.

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 depending on whether you studying in Auckland or 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 https://www.tenancy.govt.nz 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 https://www.ielts.org.

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.

Auckland Campus

Tauranga Campus

Accomodation

Stellaris PTE does not arrange or promote any student accommodation. There are two main options from which students can choose regarding their accommodation: homestay or renting privately.

For private accommodation listings, visit Trade Me Tauranga and Trade Me Auckland.


Renting privately

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