A Guide to Living, Studying and Working in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand

Learn about studying, living, working and enjoying all that New Zealand has to offer. These websites provide information on the New Zealand education system, what you can expect as an international student and processes for obtaining a student visa.


A General Introduction to New Zealand


Staying Healthy and Keeping Safe

We want to make sure you stay healthy and keep safe while studying with us. 

International students should be aware that if they have existing health care needs, for example medication, then they should ensure that the medication is (a) available in New Zealand, (b) legal to transport to New Zealand, (c) an illegal or controlled substance in New Zealand, (d) an over the counter medication, or (e) a prescription medication.  

All students with medical need or wishing to bring medication to New Zealand should check their medication using the following links:

To ensure you have knowledge of, and access to the full range of Health and Safety services in New Zealand - including medical and accident services, support services for your mental health and emotional well being, and what to do in an emergency including natural disasters please read more.....

Medical & Travel Insurance

Professional health care in New Zealand is not free to international students who are living in New Zealand on a Student Visa.

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 ("The Code") requires international students in New Zealand to have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their visa. Read more...


Repatriation Insurance in the Event of Sudden Death or Illness

Kalandra recommends that all current students and staff who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents take out insurance to cover the cost of repatriation to their home country in the event of their death by accident or through sudden illness.

In the event that a current student or staff member does not have appropriate insurance for such circumstances Kalandra undertakes to pay the costs of repatriation to their home country.


Money and Mobile Connection

Money Matters All banks operating in New Zealand must be registered with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Getting Connected Mobile phone and Internet costs and options


Fund Transfer Scheme

Funds Transfer Scheme for Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan and Filipino students

ANZ works with Immigration New Zealand to help students from China, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka organise their banking in New Zealand. read more... 


Fee Protection for Students

The New Zealand Government requires that all private training establishments registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), have some form of protection for fees paid to them in advance. These requirements are outlined in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Student Fee Protection Policy.

Kalandra Education Group uses the Public Trust


Accommodation & Living Costs

There is a wide range of Accommodation in New Zealand to suit all budgets. Living costs will vary depending upon your lifestyle.
If you are an International Student, the Department of Immigration NZ requires you to have a minimum of $17,000 per year (full year programmes) in order to have sufficient money to live in New Zealand. This is in addition to your tuition fees.

Kalandra Education Group does not organize your accommodation or homestay for you but (upon request) will inspect all accommodation to ensure it is suitable.

For information on finding a suitable place to live, your rights and obligations as a tenant in New Zealand and what to do if there is a dispute Read more...


Working in New Zealand - What You Need To Know

All employees in New Zealand are protected by New Zealand employment law. This includes the right to have a written employment contract specifying your employee duties and the terms of your employment; wages at no less than the legal minimum pay rate; rest and meal breaks during your work day, annual leave, public holidays and sick leave. You are entitled to receive fair treatment, training and support, and to a safe workplace where you are protected from discrimination because of your age, any disability, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Read more ...


Location New Zealand

Lying in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands - the North Island and the South Island. Stewart Island and many smaller islands lie offshore. read more...


Location Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, most diverse city and main transport hub. The region is home to some 1.5 million people and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills, read more...


Last updated:  25 February 2024

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