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 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.
Visas and Permits
When you enrol from overseas, your agent or local NZ Trade Office will advise you of the visa application process. Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service.
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.
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at http://www.immigration.govt.nz
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.
Medical and Travel Insurance
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.
On your arrival, you will be asked if you would like to open a bank account. You will be helped with this within the first three days, when QRC staff will take you to the ANZ Banking Group. Full services for students are provided.
Counselling and Support for International Students on Campus
If you have a personal concern or problem, please speak to a tutor and / 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.