Requirements for international students

In addition to being an exciting and diverse country, New Zealand places great value on welcoming visitors, of which international students make up a large part. New Zealand is committed to ensure that international students have a safe and positive experience whilst studying here.


The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute is a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This government certification acts in the interests of domestic and international students to ensure that programmes are industry relevant, quality assured and that student fees are fully protected.


The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.


Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at

Immigration New Zealand has launched ONLINE-Student, a visa application service that allows you to apply, pay fees and upload supporting documents online.

NOTE: Air New Zealand employment policy requires all applicants to have permanent New Zealand residency in order to be considered for positions with Air New Zealand.


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


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


International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This is a requirement under The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Insurance can be arranged through ANZAI under its Vero Plan. If students wish to purchase their insurance elsewhere, ANZAI needs to be provided with a copy of the insurance certificate and policy wordings so we may determine whether the insurance provides sufficient cover for the student’s medical, travel and potential repatriation needs.

It should be noted that costs such as medical treatment in New Zealand and medical evacuation or repatriation can be very expensive. Sums insured for these benefits must be set at an appropriately high figure so they will not be exceeded in any possible claim. Current policies range from $600,000 to ‘unlimited cover’. In order to future proof policies, sums insured of one million dollars plus are recommended, although ANZAI will allow amounts that it deems to be sufficiently high. Below is the suggested minimum content for appropriate insurance policies according to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students.

The Policy should include:

[a] Commence immediately the student leaves home for the airport on their way to New Zealand

[b] Apply whilst in transit both ways

[c] Apply whilst the student is in New Zealand

[d] Cover the student for any trips to other countries during the period of study

[e] Cover the student for any holidays back to their home country during the period of study.

[f] Include cover for loss of baggage, accident and injury, disruption to travel plans, medical care in stop over countries, emergency evacuation/repatriation, accompanying relatives, personal effects, and personal liability.

Emergency evacuation/repatriation

Repatriation represents the costs of getting a student home. The benefit works two ways:

[1] If the student becomes seriously ill or injured and needs to be accompanied home (either alive or deceased) with medical professionals, these costs are met by the insurance.

[2] If members of the students immediate* family living overseas become critically ill or die, the policy will cover the cost of flying the student home and then back to New Zealand to complete their studies.(*immediate family is the mother, father, brother or sister).

Insurance Provider

It is suggested that you check promptly with the Administration team to establish if the policy you wish to purchase meets the required standards and is an approved policy.


Accommodation and living expenses will depend upon individual choices and it is expected that international students will need to allow for around NZD$15,000 per year. For more information on accommodation please click here.




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