International Student Support
Tena Koutou Katoa, welcome and congratulations on your decision to study in New Zealand. New Zealand is a stable, English-speaking democracy with just over five million people. We are one of the most peaceful nations in the world and one of the best countries to live in.
Studying abroad is a unique experience full of exciting new opportunities. You can look forward to a new environment, new language, new culture, and new friends!
Here at UP Education, we understand what life as an international student in New Zealand is like. We provide a range of dedicated services and high quality, ongoing pastoral care, and support to all the international students who study with us.
Double up on our courses with one of our custom-made specials that’ll set you up as a manager in restaurants or hotels. There’s also one that will transform you into a bartender with barista skills. These programmes combine two courses and get you a great discount on your final course fees.
Our goal is to help you make a career out of something you really care about. We’ll do that by getting you excited about New Zealand’s unique food, beverage and service culture. Where ingredients come from, how they’re prepared today, how they’re used traditionally and most importantly how to deliver meals, drinks and service in a modern, memorable way. Along the way, you’ll see just how far high-quality Kiwi hospitality can take you.
The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021
The education providers within UP Education abide by the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. The Code sets out minimum standards of advice and care that international students can expect and provides a procedure that you can follow if you have any concerns about your education providers and agents. Our responsibility for pastoral care of international students under the Code is for the duration of enrolment.
Useful websites: Tertiary and International learners Code of Practice
Prepare to travel to New Zealand
Book your flights
Submit your Traveller Declaration
Book transport from the airport to your accommodation (UP Education offers an airport pick-up service)
Plan what to pack (and what not to). Consider documents, NZ currency and medications for example.
Learn more about New Zealand’s culture, languages and customs, religious freedom and more.
SUPPORT TO GET YOUR
We’ll get you work-ready, fine-tune your CV and interview skills and line you up with exciting job opportunities to get your cooking or hospitality career humming. Our careers team and links with employers will help you, whether you’re starting out, plan to work for yourself or want to take your job to the next level.
All international students must hold a valid visa to study in New Zealand for the duration of their enrolments. Visitor and work visa holders can only study longer than their original study conditions once a Variation of Conditions has been completed and the visas study conditions are amended by Immigration New Zealand.
Working while studying
If you are a student visa holder, you may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and the Christmas and New Zealand holiday period. You must check your visa conditions before you start working. If you work when you are not allowed you, you will be in breach of your visa conditions.
Practical experience – if practical experience (internship) is a requirement of your course, Immigration New Zealand will grant your Student Visa with conditions that allow you to work to complete this practical experience.
For more information about working on a student visa, please visit here.
Medical and travel insurance
All international students must have medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This is the requirements to all international students by New Zealand government’s Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. This is also part of your visa requirement set by Immigration New Zealand.
UP Education has teamed up with one of New Zealand’s largest international student insurer, Allianz Partners offering (Studentsafe Inbound Learners) policies to UP Education students. It is an excellent policy which covers students during their journeys to and from New Zealand, and during their study here.
Pre-existing medical condition(s) is not automatically covered under the policy. Cover can be arranged in certain circumstances by completing a Medical Risk Assessment Form, this must be completed and forwarded to Allianz Partners within
a) 28 days of your arrival in New Zealand; or
b) 28 days of your first enrolment if you were not insured under a Studentsafe Inbound policy in the preceding semester and are already in New Zealand.
To make a claim, please visit here.
Acceptance of alternative insurance policies
International students may provide an insurance policy that is not arranged by UP Education. The insurance policy must submit before enrolment being finalized and complies with the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. The approval of the policy is subject to the Head of Admissions. For more information, please contact [email protected]
Orientation is a great way to start your study journey. During your orientation, you will be provided with a range of information of the support services we provide, living, studying, and working in New Zealand, your timetable and study materials, etc.
Students need to bring physical passport, valid visa, and insurance on the day to complete your enrolment.
Your education provider will contact you around 2 weeks before the orientation day to confirm the orientation schedule.
International students over 18 years of age can live in own arranged accommodation. Some accommodation options are popular, so it is wise to apply for your accommodation as soon as you can. NauMai NZ provides you with useful information about accommodation in New Zealand, and Tenancy Services helps you to understand your rights when you rent.
Airport pickup services
|Airport transfer (Pickup/drop-off)
(One way per person)
|Transfer of additional passenger||$90|
Airport check-in assistance and transfer
for Under 18 learners
Orientation is a great way to start your study journey. During your orientation, you will be provided with a range of information of the support services we provide, living, studying, and working in New Zealand, your timetable and study materials, etc. Students need to bring physical passport, valid visa, and insurance on the day to complete your enrolment. Your education provider will contact you around 2 weeks before the orientation day to confirm the orientation schedule.
UP Education and our partner Host Families NZ make sure all homestays are safe and suitable for our students. Each home is inspected, and families are interviewed before students are placed with the, and regularly visited during students’ stay to ensure their experience remains positive and complied with the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021.
A homestay is a great way to start your New Zealand experience. It literally means 'staying at home' with a New Zealand family. We recommend that all international students choose to live in a homestay for at least their first three months in New Zealand.
The benefits of a homestay
Safety. The homestay family can help you find your way around the city and give advice on living in New Zealand.
English practice. Talking to your homestay family improves your vocabulary and helps clarity of speech, an important part of living and studying in an English-speaking country.
Routine. You will have regular meals and a daily routine. Study requires energy and focus, so it’s important that you eat a regular and balanced diet of healthy home-cooked food.
Under 18 international students
If you are started your enrolment under 18 years of age, it’s important for you and your parents or legal guardians to read the information below.
For the safety and support of under 18 international students, your providers may conduct regular meetings with you, and concerns may be communicated to your parents or legal guardians.
Under 18 international students must live in a homestay, a designated caregiver, or parent(s). You may not live in any other type of accommodation while you are under 18 and all accommodation type is subject to the approval of the education provider.
For more information about UP Education homestay services, please visit here.
Sonder Student Safety App
We have partnered with Sonder, a 24/7 personal safety and wellbeing service, to support all our international students. The Sonder app is for personal devices and has a number of features, like “Track My Journey” and “Check on Me”, that will help students live and study in New Zealand with confidence - if you are walking alone at night, going on a first date, or meeting up with a stranger to buy or sell goods, for example.
Additionally, if you are feeling stressed, anxious, lonely, or simply don't know who to turn to, you can speak to Sonder’s multilingual support team anytime via live chat or phone, and they can even send in-person assistance if you need it. You will receive an activation email or text shortly before orientation. If you don't get your email or text, you will be given a code to use at orientation.
HERE TO GET YOU WORKING
The Culinary Collective’s Careers team is here to help, whether you want a part-time job while you study, looking for a full-time job after you graduate or need to clock up work experience with an internship. We’ll develop an action plan for you, keep you posted about new job opportunities and offer you support whatever stage you’re at in your training.
Key contact information
UP Education Admissions [email protected]
UP Education Accommodation [email protected]
UP Education Homestay Emergency Contact +64 (0) 21 597 135
UP International College New Zealand International Student Support [email protected]
Yoobee Colleges Ltd International Student Support [email protected]
NZMA International Student Support [email protected]
The Code signatories are required to have formal processes for handling learner complaints. If you have concerns about your education provider or agent, you should try and resolve it by using the internal provider process in the first instance which outlined in the Student Handbook. If your complaint is not resolved, you can take your complaint to NZQA who will process the complaint. NZQA is a government organisation, and they can provide an independent assessment of the complaint.
Learner complaints about providers’ compliance with the Code of Practice (Financial and contractual disputes, iStudent Complaints for international students)