This Guide aims to help better prepare you for life and
study in New Zealand. It should help answer any
questions you may have before you leave, when you arrive
or after you have been in New Zealand a while.
Each year many students come to study and live in New
Zealand. Living and studying in a new country away from
friends and family can be exciting and scary at the same
time. There will be lots for you to learn!
This Guide contains lots of useful and practical
information for day to day living in New Zealand. It
also contains information that you may find helpful if
you encounter a problem or difficulty.
When reading through this Guide, you could be forgiven
for thinking international student life in New Zealand
is fraught with problems and difficulties! Please
remember that most students enjoy their stay in New
Zealand and encounter few problems, and go home with
memories they will cherish for a lifetime. However, if
you do come across any difficulties it is not always
easy to know how to deal with them or what support is
available, and that is where this Guide aims to help.
We hope you have a fantastic time living and studying in
“This guide will also play an important role in
helping students settle in to life in New Zealand.
It advises students of some of the challenges they
may face as international students, and outlines
avenues for accessing support to assist in dealing
with them." Education Minister.
The guide was produced in consultation with a wide range
of agencies, non-government organisations, providers and
current and former international students.
Preparing students for study and life in New
Zealand, You can