You will need to make your own travel arrangements to New Zealand. Please try to arrive at least 1-2 weeks before the start of International Student Orientation to allow enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate and overcoming jet-lag.
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: www.immigration.govt.nz.
Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students 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 and can be viewed on their website at www.moh.govt.nz.Accident Insurance
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. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at www.acc.co.nz.
Travel and Medical Insurance
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.
N.B. Students must be able to provide evidence of their medical and travel insurance and the signatory must keep a record of the type of cover each student has.
Alphacrucis’s accommodation service is primarily for overseas students. New Zealand student may make requests for assistance if necessary.
Accommodation OptionsAlphacrucis does not provide an accommodation service. Below are a list of possible accommodation options while studying in New Zealand
Homestay - This is the most common form of accommodation for overseas students in New Zealand. You live with a New Zealand family, sharing food and family activities. Southern Cross selects homestays carefully so that you can be confident that you will have a comfortable home with friendly people. You can indicate whether you want a homestay with children or pets. Staying with a NZ family also provides plenty of opportunities for English conversation and cultural learning experiences. The typical cost of this is from $225 per week
Hostels - Hostels provide you with a room in a building with many other people. Usually bathrooms and toilets are shared. This accommodation is not always available. This typical cost of this is from $210 per week
Apartments or Flats - These are like small homes but you share with 2 - 5 other students. Students also have to cook their own meals and look after house keeping. This is best for students who have been in NZ long enough to know how to shop, pay bills etc. The typical cost of this is from $180 per week.
Motels - These are usually for short stays as they are quite expensive. They provide a Hotel like room with bathroom and small kitchen. The typical cost of this from $120 per night.
Airport transfer - Alphacrucis can meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation or to the College (through pre-arrangement). After that travel from your accommodation to College and return will be your responsibility but we will give you guidance as to the best options.
Public Transport - Alphacrucis is on a bus route that provides access to a large part of the city within 30 minutes travel. Bus travel is safe and not expensive.
Automobiles - Many overseas students find they are able to purchase a car quite inexpensively. You may drive in NZ on an international driver’s license. It is not expensive to sit for a NZ driver’s license. Alphacrucis has onsite parking available.
Support For Overseas Students
Alphacrucis provides student advisors who provide helpful assistance in a range of areas including:
- Support in your own language. This may not always be possible but generally Alphacrucis will be have someone to help you in this way
- Direction for obtaining academic assistance.
- Assistance in understanding NZ culture and customs.
- Additional orientation to Alphacrucis rules and practices.
- Referral to professional counsellors where necessary. (Alphacrucis does not cover the cost of professional counselling sessions.
- Support in accommodation matters and some mediation support if required.
- Guidance on practical matters such as obtaining drivers licenses, banking, sport and recreation opportunities, shopping, entertainment etc.
At orientation you will be introduced to your student advisor. You may approach them for support and guidance at any time. They will set an appointment for you if it is not convenient to speak at that time.
If you are not able to get the required assistance you may contact the office for help. If you don’t know how to arrange a meeting with the person, ask the receptionist to help. .