Why come to Auckland, New Zealand?
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Get in touch with our International Team
Our international team can advise and assist you with your application to Media Design School.
All students who are not currently residing in New Zealand, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to connect yourself with one of our offshore approved agent partners of Media Design School. If you are residing in New Zealand, and you are not sure if you require an agent, please contact email@example.com.
We accept applications only from education agents with whom Media Design School has a formal agreement with. Unsolicited international student application from non-registered agents will be treated as direct applications from students and will not result in the payment of commission.
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Living in Auckland, New Zealand
Media Design School is located in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland (or Tāmaki Makaurau) is New Zealand's most populated city with 1.6 million people currently residing here.
Auckland was named the best city to travel to in 2022, and in the same year, the Global Peace Index ranked New Zealand the second safest country in the world. The most recent Mercer Quality of Life Survey (2019) ranked Auckland the 3rd most liveable city globally.
The central city boasts a harbour, museum, art gallery, several concert and theatre venues, town hall and countless public reserves, parks and recreation areas. A variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options cater to a range of interests.
If you're new to New Zealand, Media Design School is here to help you. From the moment you first arrive in Auckland, our Senior Student Services Advisor will ensure that you are welcomed and that you settle into life in New Zealand as quickly as possible.
What you'll need to live and study in Auckland, New Zealand
As an international student, you are required by law to hold a valid visa and comply with your visa conditions for the duration of your studies with Media Design School. It is the students’ primary responsibility to maintain the lawful status to study and stay in New Zealand. It is important to apply for your student visa as soon as possible, as in some cases the manual application process may take a minimum of one month.
All students must provide Media Design School with a copy of a valid student visa that shows that you are eligible to study with Media Design School. If you do not hold a valid student visa or fail to provide one, your student account may be suspended, your programme of study may be withdrawn and enrolment may be cancelled.
How do I apply for a Student Visa?
You can submit your student visa application directly by applying online through the Immigration New Zealand website.
Ensure that you have appropriate insurance during your study
Medical and Travel Insurance
All our international students must have current medical and travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their planned period of study in New Zealand.
To ensure that you have appropriate insurance, Media Design School uses Southern Cross as our preferred insurance provider. The Southern Cross StudentMax Plan offers you excellent Health and Travel Insurance benefits. These meet the requirements covered in the New Zealand Government's Ministry of Education's Code of Practice guidelines, (view more on the Code of Practice here) and it is the default insurance plan for all our new international students.
A 12-month premium for Southern Cross' international student travel insurance is $633. Get an instant quote here.
Having Health and Travel Insurance is a condition of enrolment at Media Design School, and this premium will automatically be added to your fees invoice. If you already have insurance with another provider, your insurance policy will be assessed by us prior to your travel to ensure the policy meets the requirements outlined by the Code of Practice. If your alternative insurance is deemed to meet the requirements, a waiver will be issued. To have your policy assessed and a waiver issued you must complete a waiver application form and provide a copy of your policy wording to the school (in English).
To assist you in completing the Waiver Application form, please use Media Design School's Insurance checklist to ensure your current policy meets the minimum requirements of the Code of Practice.
Eligibility for health services
As an international student, you're not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your time here, 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.
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.
For all enquiries regarding insurance please contact our Registry team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keen to work in New Zealand after your study? Here's what you need to know.
Students are eligible for a post study work visa of up to 3 years, depending on the qualification successfully completed:
- Bachelors degree programmes: 3 years
- Postgraduate Diploma in Design: 1 year
- Master of Design: 3 years
Please note the post study work visa is applicable for students studying Bachelor, Postgraduate Diploma and Master programmes only. Non-degree Level 7 or lower programmes which are not on the Immigration New Zealand Green List are not eligible for a post-study work visa.
Full details of visa requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service. This can be viewed here.
If you require assistance, or have any queries regarding the student visa process, please contact our Student Administration Manager at email@example.com
If English is not your first language, you may be required to provide satisfactory evidence of your proficiency in English in the form of a recent IELTS, TOEFL or PTE test score from an accredited organisation.
Planning tool to help you move to and settle in New Zealand
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Summarize the key things you should know (available in English, Chinese and Korean)
Your guide to living and working in New Zealand Visa-Waiver Countries – Check if you are from a country which does not need to a visa before travelling to New Zealand Immigration New Zealand Knowledge Base – Immigration Q&A Immigration New Zealand Overseas Receiving and Processing Office – Contact details of Overseas Immigration New Zealand Offices Immigration New Zealand Office and Fee Finder – Find out where to lodge your application and how much it is going to cost
Find even more information on what it's like to live in New Zealand as an international student.
Media Design School is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2021.