QRC and International students
QRC is a premier provider of Tourism and Hospitality education and as such, our student body is diverse and passionate about their chosen industry. 20% of our student body is international. We aim to provide our international students with not only a high quality education but a safe, supportive and culturally enriching experience whilst studying with us in Queenstown.
Our international students have come from over 20 countries including Malaysia, Australia, United Kingdom, Russia, India, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. During their time with us, we ensure our international students are immersed in the ‘kiwi’ culture and way of life and in return, we highly value the cultural contribution our international students bring to the QRC student experience.
QRC’s friendly Student Relations, Faculty, Admissions, Marketing and Accommodation teams are here to assist you with immigration matters, insurance, accommodation and life in New Zealand.
On this page and links to the left, you can find the essential information about studying at QRC.
All students must be 18 years or older upon commencement of either programme.
Both of QRC’s diplomas are accredited by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as Level 5 qualifications.
To gain entry into these programmes, you must satisfy the following criteria:
If studying in NZ students need to attain
- 48 credits over four level 2 subjects including 4 reading and writing English credits.
- 10 level 1 (or higher) credits in Numeracy.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Students: At least 3 passes in SL subjects including Mathematics and English
Cambridge/CIE Students: CIE (Cambridge International Exam) candidates must attain at least 60 UCAS points (from the UCAS Tariff) over two or more subjects and have IGCSE Mathematics Grade D or better and AS English Language or AS English Literature with Grade E or better.
Students studying out side of NZ must have successfully passed 12 years of schooling equivalent to the above NZ requirements. A full list of equivalencies can be found here.
QRC's Terms and Conditions of Enrolment can be found here.
English Language Requirements
Students enrolling in either the Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management or the Diploma of Hospitality Management need to achieve the following:
- IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in speaking and 5.0 in any other band or equivalent.
English Language Pathways
QRC has developed articulation agreements and pathways with a number of leading English Schools in New Zealand. Students are able to be assessed internally by each institution as an alternative to an IELTS assessment.
Students enrolling in either the Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management or the Diploma of Hospitality Management need to have an IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in speaking and 5.0 in any other band or equivalent.
Although IELTS is our preferred assessment method we understand that some students may prefer to have other options.
As such QRC has formed articulations with the following reputable English schools in New Zealand:
Southern Lakes English College
ABC College of English
Language Schools NZ
New Zealand Language Centres
Website : www.learnenglish.co.nz
Kaplan International College
Tel: + 64 9 307 6507
Students can be internally assessed at the above schools without having to sit a formal IELTS exam. Please contact each school directly for further details.
Here is the about tuition fees for both Hospitality and Adventure Tourism Management. For a more detailed breakdown of Diploma fee's please download the 2016 International Fees sheet.
It is a requirement of the NZ Government that all year one fees are to be paid in advance before the issuing of a Student Visa. No deferred payment schemes are available. QRC's Refund Policy can be found here.
Start Dates 2016
Tuition ($NZ) Year 1
Tuition ($NZ) Year 2
Diploma of Hospitality Management
Tuition Fee $20,000*
Enrolment Fee $200.00
Course-related costs: $2,500.00
Insurance (1 year): $454
Tuition Fee $20,000.00*
Course-related costs: $1,200.00
Insurance (6 months): $242
Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management
Tuition Fee $20,000.00*
Enrolment Fee $200.00
Course-related costs: $3,100.00
Insurance (1 year): $454
Tuition Fee $20,000.00*
Course-related costs: $1,500.00
Insurance (6 months): $242
* A $2500 Study Grant may apply. All fees include GST and are subject to change. Data and printing limits apply per student.
The above fees include a non-refundable placement fee of NZ$500 which is payable immediately to secure enrolment.
Some courses and services accrue additional costs. All charges relating to your chosen course will be itemised on your Invoice. If you have any questions regarding General Fee charges, please email .
- Accommodation placement fee: NZ$200.00
- Travel and medical insurance for international students = from $71 per month, $242 per 6 months or $454 per year
- Optional transfer service (welcome on arrival and transfer to Accommodation): NZ$35
Medical and Travel Insurance
Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students studying abroad 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.
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying abroad in New Zealand. Queenstown Resort College will organise these insurances for you upon application.
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) 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.
When you enrol with QRC from overseas, you must apply for a Student Visa from Immigration New Zealand. Once you have your letter of offer from QRC, you can begin your visa application. Be mindful when choosing your programme intake that you have allowed enough time for the processing of your visa.
You can find out the application steps as well as permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements at this Immigration New Zealand site. Read their Student Visa Guide here. QRC can help you apply for a student visa or alternatively your education agent can assist with this process. See our handy guide to the visa process here.
When applying for your visa, Immigration NZ requires you to show evidence of $15,000 to cover the cost of living in New Zealand for one year.
Graduate Job Search visa
If you have successfully graduated from QRC in the programmes listed on your visa, you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa. This visa allows you to work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
The Student Relations team at Queenstown Resort College is responsible for admissions, accommodation, student support library services and pastoral care. We are here to help you and are based on Level 2 of QRC House.
We can help you with general college information, accommodation and payments, academic and study matters, career planning, library services and personal and social issues.
For international students, we also assist with visa extensions and renewals, travel and insurance and Code of Practice issues.
Counselling and Support Services for International Students
If you have a personal concern or problem, please speak to our Student Relations Manager who can be contacted via Reception, a Term Advisor or student support person. There are many ways we can assist you and you will be referred to someone with the skills and sensitivity to address an issue with you. We have confidence in these people and invite them to be with you when needed.
Getting to Queenstown is easy and for international students, the best way is by domestic or international flights. Queenstown is accessible from a number of Australian airports as well as Auckland and Christchurch airports. Our airport is around 10 minutes by shuttle or car to the QRC campus.
Upon arrival, QRC can organise airport transfers for you to be transferred between the airport and your accommodation. Just let us know your details before you arrive and we can arrange this.
Queenstown students have several transport options. The town itself is relatively compact, in fact the distance between QRC Lodge and our campus is around 2.4 kilometres. This can be walked in around 34 minutes or alternatively, QRC students have the option of purchasing a bus pass for $200 per term or $375 for 6 months. Biking is hugely popular in Queenstown and great if you are looking for an affordable mode of transport.
QRC Halls of Residence
We recommend our International students reside at the QRC Halls of Residence during their first two terms. It helps you become familiar with your fellow students, gets you involved in social activities and provides safe, homely environment with the support of an on-site manager who is available 24/7. Find out more information about the Halls of Residence here.
If you wish to live at QRC Halls of Residence, you can nominate to do this during the application process. The cost of living at the Halls of Residence can be found here.
Renting in Queenstown
During internship times, students can either find accommodation by renting in Queenstown (or wherever you are located for internship) or alternatively, QRC has a second accommodation option, Shotover Lodge, in Arthurs Point.
It is cheaper to rent in Queenstown Central than Auckland. On average you could pay around $122 less per week for a single room apartment in Queenstown than Auckland. You can find more information on rental prices at Tenancy Services.
|Dwelling||Median weekly rent*||Money saved|
|Auckland - Ponsonby||Queenstown - Central|
|1 bedroom apartment||$477||$355||$122|
|2 bedroom apartment||$700||$450||$250|
|3 bedroom apartment||$720||$690||$30|
|1 bedroom flat||$415||$250||$165|
|2 bedroom flat||$450||$335||$115|
|3 bedroom house||$800||$575||$225|
|4 bedroom house||$1000||$735||$265|
*Based 01 Sep 2015 - 29 Feb 2016 statistics listed on the Tenancy Services website.
The Code of Practice for International Students
When students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, it is important that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for. New Zealand educational providers have an important responsibility for international students' welfare under the Code of Practice for International Students.
The Code is a document which provides a framework for service delivery by educational providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students.
The Code applies to all educational providers in New Zealand with students enrolled on international study permits. The Code is mandatory to these providers and must be signed by them.
Queenstown Resort College 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 online from the Ministry of Education website.
QRC has agents around the world to help you apply to QRC.
Our relationship with our appointed agents is very important to us and we welcome interest from agencies from around the world. However, QRC will generally only appoint agents with prior experience in enrolling students into New Zealand.
QRC does not accept unsolicited student applications through non-registered agents, therefore, an agent must have a formal agreement for representation from QRC before the application will be assessed.
How to become an agent
QRC is very selective in its choice of agents and the number of appointments is strictly limited. To apply to become a QRC-appointed agent, you can download the Application Form and fill it out before faxing or returning it to the College. All other enquiries should be directed to Admissions Officer, contact Sophie Feeney on .
Opening Hours and Public Holidays
Queenstown Resort College closes for the Christmas period.
Where tuition is affected by QRC observance of New Zealand public holidays, a minimum of three days shall constitute a week for tuition and fee purposes. Please refer to the QRC Year Calendars available in the downloads section.