International Students

Why Choose Us?

As a supportive and friendly place for study, the School provides a nurturing ground for international students planning to pursue a career in acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine.

We provide high-quality support services to help international students adjust to living and studying in New Zealand. The staff have a warm and caring attitude to all students. Teachers are highly motivated to assist students with their academic success. Additional support is available for learning needs and for issues that may arise from living in a new country.

Recognition of Qualifications

New Zealand: All of our qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

China: The Schools’ qualifications are approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and are listed on China’s Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxiwang (JSJ) study abroad website.

European Union: Our qualifications are approved in Europe through the Lisbon Recognition Convention, officially the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, is an international convention of the Council of Europe elaborated together with the UNESCO.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years old at programme commencement and are interviewed either in person or via internet as part of the admissions process.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

  • Level 7 Degree, academic IELTS score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Level 9 Degree, academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0 or equivalent 

Fees Protection

The New Zealand Government requires that all New Zealand Qualifications Authority registered private training establishments (education providers) protect all student fees paid to them in advance. This means that in the unlikely event that the education provider closes before the completion of the student’s programme, the remainder of the student fees will be protected. Full fees are refundable up to 8 days for domestic and 10 working days for international students after the programme begins.

Fees protected within a trust account means that the student will have the choice to receive any remaining fees back or have them paid directly to an alternative education provider.

The School arranges fee protection with Public Trust. Fees deposited and protected by Public Trust are held in the Trust’s common funds. Details of fee protection with Public Trust are on its website at publictrust.co.nz.

Enrolment Procedures

STEP 1: FIND A PROGRAMME OF STUDY

If you need further information and advice regarding our programmes, please call us on Auckland: +64 9 630 3546, or email to admin@nzsao.com.

STEP 2: COMPLETE ENROLMENT FORM

When you have decided which programme of study to apply for, complete the enrolment form. There are three easy ways to enrol, online, download, or in person.

Online:Online Enrolment Form
Download:Downloadable Enrolment Form
Email:admin@nzsao.com
In person:Our campus is at:
382c Manukau Road
Epsom
Auckland
New Zealand

STEP 3: ASSESSMENT

We will assess your application and contact you if you need to provide additional information. We will conduct an interview with you by phone, video call or in person.

STEP 4: OFFER OF PLACE

We will send you an offer of place and acceptance of offer of place if your application is successful. You will then sign and return the acceptance of offer of place to us to confirm your acceptance.

You will be advised if your application is unsuccessful.

STEP 5: FEES PAYMENT

Timely payment of fees is expected. This can be done by internet banking. If your fees are paid by student loan, you need to submit your loan application to StudyLink ideally a month prior to programme commencement date, to confirm your eligibility and payment time frames.

STEP 6: PUBLIC TRUST DOCUMENTATION

Once public trust has received your fee, you will receive a receipt and a fee protect student acknowledgement form for you to sign and return to us.

Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of education providers with respect to international students. The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards.

The School is a signatory to, and has agreed to observe and be bound by, the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of international Students published by the Ministry of Education.

The Code is available below, on request at the School or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at education.govt.nz.

Immigration

International students must meet visa requirements while studying in New Zealand. Information on visa application, variation to visa conditions and rights to employment is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Medical Insurance

International students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are a resident or citizen of Australia, or a national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand, or the holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more. If a student does not belong to one of these categories and receives medical treatment while in New Zealand, the student will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.

The School cannot be held responsible for any sickness, injury, damage or loss incurred by the student within the School or on the School’s activities or tours, or place of accommodation. Insurance is compulsory by law for all international students and must be confirmed during enrolment.

International students are advised to take up travel/medical insurance prior to their arrival in New Zealand. This gives insurance cover for travel to New Zealand and the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of study at the School. Depending on illness, medical history and the policy type, a student may receive refund of all or most of medical costs from the insurance organisation.

How to Enrol

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