Students must meet all the requirements of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to study in New Zealand. Full details of the requirements can be viewed at www.immigration.govt.nz
An application for your student visa should be undertaken once your place on the programme has been confirmed to you in the Offer of Place. You may initiate the application with the Immigration New Zealand services via their website or by contacting local New Zealand embassies or High Commissions.
Immigration NZ requires that tuition fees for the first year of study are pre-paid before a student visa will be issued. Students are also required to provide evidence that additional funds are available for living costs.
An Offer of Place at NZIBT does not guarantee that you will be issued with a student visa. If a student does not complete enrolment at NZIBT, we are obliged to notify INZ that the student has not fulfilled the obligations of their visa.
All international students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their planned period of study at NZIBT.
NZIBT can offer insurance cover through Lincoln University’s preferred insurance plan - Studentsafe-University. It is recommended you take up this option as having the Studentsafe-University insurance cover means that you will be eligible to use the Lincoln University Health Centre services on campus. Click http://www.studentassist.co.nz/ for more information.
We can organise the Studentsafe-University insurance for you, please select this option when completing the Student Application Form and we will add the cost of the insurance to your invoice.
The benefits of Studentsafe-University include:
The insurance premium is $589.00* (NZ dollars) for 12 months cover.
* (Price is effective from 1 January 2015 and insurance premiums are subject to occasional market fluctuations).
If you would like to discuss Family Insurance Policies (via Student-safe-University) please contact NZIBT at email@example.com
If you decide to organise your own medical and travel insurance cover please send a copy of the insurance policy (in English) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than two weeks prior to commencing your study. Please be aware that you will not be eligible for the health services offered at Lincoln University.
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.
Under the Studentsafe-University insurance plan you will receive free health care from the Doctor, the Nurses, or the Counselling staff at the Student Health and Support on-campus at Lincoln University for matters coming under the scope of the insurance plan. For all other claims outside the scope of the insurance plan you will be fully liable and NZIBT have no liability in respect of claims which are a matter between you and the insurer.
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.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) requirements for Certificate or Diploma study at Level 6 or 7, Degree at Level 7, Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT)
University of Cambridge ESOL examinations
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
City & Guilds IESOL
Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
FCE or FCE for schools, or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
PtoE (Academic) score of 50
B2 Communicator with a score of 66
NZIBT students will have the option to live on campus at the Halls of Residence available at Lincoln University which are fully catered.
On campus the best place for food is Mrs O’s Café and Bar in Te Kete Ika – Food and Function Centre, Lincoln University. There is also a good range of food outlets in the Lincoln township along with a supermarket and other service facilities.
The full range of accommodation options available to suit different budgets and needs are listed in the Student Handbook.
Lincoln is within 30 minutes’ drive to Christchurch and the Metro Bus Service operates between Lincoln and Christchurch. Christchurch is an accessible city with the Metro Bus Service being the main public transport option along with Taxis. There is also a Tram system within the central city.
For further information and timetables for the Metro Bus Service please see their website Metro Bus Service or phone them on Metroinfo (03) 366 8855. For further information about public transport in Christchurch please see the Transport for Christchurch website Transport for Christchurch or phone them on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
Living Costs (estimated NZD$ per week)
Accommodation (depending on type of accommodation) -- $350 - $500
Phone calls (from landline)-- $10 - $30+
Mobile phone -- $15+
Food – eating at home -- $60 - $100
Public transport-- $20 - $50
Personal items, entertainment, etc-- $40+
Some Typical Costs (estimated NZD$ per week)
Cup of coffee -- $4 - $5
Lunch in a café -- $10 - $25
Fast food (McDonalds, food court, etc) -- $5 - $15
Take away food -- $5 - $15
Movies -- $10 - $15
A night out (dinner, club, disco, etc) -- $25 - $80
Prices include 15% Goods and Services Tax
A currency converter can be found at www.oanda.com/converter/classic
You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week and full-time during all scheduled vacations and/or during the summer vacation period. To see the conditions for work rights: Click Here
The money you earn from working in New Zealand should only supplement your income and not be used as your only source of income. Before you come to New Zealand, you must show that you have enough money to pay for living expenses, education costs and travel for the duration of your study.
If you do work in New Zealand, you will need to obtain a tax number (IRD number) from Inland Revenue: www.ird.govt.nz
Phone 111 for urgent assistance from Police, Ambulance, or Fire Brigades. This is a free call from any phone in New Zealand, even a phone box or disconnected mobile phone. For TTY users (hearing/speech impaired), call 0800 16 16 16.
When you dial 111, an operator will ask which service you require – ambulance, police or fire. When you are on the phone, it is important to remain calm and speak slowly. Do not hang up until the operator has received the required information.
You should call 111 in a life threatening or time critical emergency, such as when:
Someone is seriously injured or in danger
There is serious risk to life or property
A crime is being committed and/or a further crime may be committed
Someone you suspect has committed a crime is close by or their location is known, and there is an opportunity to arrest the suspect
Witnesses may leave the scene of a crime or evidence might be lost if police do not get there quickly
A victim is seriously distressed
Non-emergency crimes and traffic incidents
Non-emergency crimes, such as burglary, theft, vandalism can be reported to your local police station or the Christchurch Central Police Station.
Further details are available in the Student Handbook.