What is the summer like in New Zealand and what clothes am I advised to wear?
In high summer, sunshine can be severe and strong. Your skin may burn more easily in New Zealand than most parts of the world. Liberal application of sunscreen is advised.
You may choose to wear light cotton or linen t-shirts, light cotton blouses. Sweatshirts or cardigans can be tagged with a light cotton outfit; in-case it gets colder. Light cotton jeans, light cotton skirts or trousers can also be worn. You may choose to wear a pair of sandals, 'slip-on's, jandals or light flat shoes.
As always, remember to carry an umbrella - Auckland is known for erratic, unpredictable showers.
How can I subscribe to the Auckland City Library?
Students needs to show their passport and proof of address in New Zealand to the Auckland City Library staff to avail a membership card. Members may use the Wi-Fi and computers at the library for recreational and study purposes.
For more info, refer to the Auckland City Library Website.
What would be my cost of living?
Cost of living will depend upon each student's lifestyle.
Rent: $150 to $250 a week
Groceries: $70 to $100 a week
Transportation: $60 a week
Mobile plans: $20 to $30 a month
Recreational activities: $225 to $300 a year
Miscellaneous: $50 a week
It would approximately be around NZD $15,000 per annum. For more details, refer to the New Zealand Now website
How do I travel to college and back?
Is the winter harsh? What clothes am I advised to wear in winter?
The NZSAF Epsom campus is centrally located in the heart of Auckland with easy access to trains and buses for a hassle-free commute to and from student residences.
Auckland Transport is responsible for Auckland's public transport services including buses, ferries, trains, roads, cycling and parking. Information about transport timetables is available at the AT Website.
Auckland transport provides discounts to tertiary students for travelling. Students are advised to get an AT-HOP card for travelling.
The nearest train station to NZSAF's Epsom campus is Remuera.
Winter in Auckland usually lasts from June to August. Auckland rarely witnesses frost or snow; however wet winter days are something to look-out for.
With harsh winds, an umbrella might be hard to manage. But you may always choose to wear a light t-shirt, thermal top or blouse under a warm woolen-jersey or rainproof sweatshirt. You may also choose to wear a singlet under your t-shirt or blouse, a jacket or a puffer jacket hat, a cap or beanie or a scarf and some warm gloves. Jeans are not warm enough for winter, but you may choose to get some 'moleskins' as they are quite trendy and keep warm. Girls may choose to wear tights under their jeans for warmth. A warm pair of boots while travelling to college and some rain-friendly footwear for the day would be ideal.
Remember, temperatures inside the college are maintained for warmth and comfort whereas outside temperatures can be cold, so it is advised to dress accordingly.
Studying at NZSAF
What support is available at NZSAF for me as a student?
NZSAF is committed to the support and well-being of students. From the beginning of your time at NZSAF, our staff will give you an overview of the amenities that we offer. Our sociable staff and especially our Student Welfare Officers, are experts in their field of knowledge and are accessible for support and guidance.
NZSAF has support staff available 24×7 to help and assist students. Our Student Welfare Officers are well bonded with our students and are usually the first point of contact for students in most of the matters.
Information about external support services may be found in the Code of Practice Policy, NZSAF Programme Learner Handbook and the NZSAF Website. Internal support services are listed in Holistic Learner Support Policy and Health and Safety Policy.
What does the orientation programme mean?
NZSAF's orientation programme provides students with all the information needed for settling in at NZSAF and in New Zealand over your initial days in the country. As a new student, it can be daunting to meet new friends, learn about NZSAF’s campus and services or even finding timetables or help. The orientation programme helps solve these mundane student queries.
For more information, refer to the Programme learner handbook.
Whom do I contact should there be an emergency?
In an emergency (fire, crime or accident), phone the NZ emergency services free number 111 (including mobile phones).
You may contact our student welfare officer for emergencies that occur on-campus. The following NZSAF staff are dedicated to support and assist you through emergencies after-hours:
Tara Leef - 0800 244 463 / 022 162 6711 / Email -
Emma Stutz; Abby; Swahani Chandra
What are the general rules around assessment?
NZSAF has listed clear guidelines for assessment in the “Learner Assessment Policy” and the “Cheating and Plagiarism Policy". These could be found in the Programme Learner Handbook.
What if I wish to lodge a complaint?
As mentioned earlier, the first point of contact usually has to be the Student Welfare Officer (in most cases they should be able to help ease the matter). NZSAF’s complaint and grievances policy comply with The Education Code of Practice 2016.
For detailed information on conditions, procedures for complaint and grievances, refer to the Programme Learner Handbook.
How do I get help for someone I am worried about?
Some situations may become tricky when not “extreme” enough to pass to an agency, but is still a major issue for you to manage. In such cases, please refer to the following links for better clarify and help: www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/worried-about-someone ; https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines
What about Insurance and related queries?
For detailed information on insurance requirements, insurance covers, insurance companies and policies, refer to the following links
Southern Cross Insurance
Orbit Protect Insurance
For more questions and answers on Insurance, refer to The Education (Pastoral Care for International students) Code of Practice (Page 13-14)
NZSAF has ZERO tolerance for bullying
NZSAF has robust processes and procedures to address instances of bullying and misconduct. The Institute is committed to promoting diversity in all of its practices and activities. This is reflected in our multi-cultural student body and staff. The Institute aims to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes applicants from all walks of life. Therefore, there is zero-tolerance to instances of bullying and misconduct.
For detailed information, refer to the Programme Learner Handbook.
What if I wish to withdraw from my programme?
During the enrollment process, applicants are asked to write Statements of purpose and explain why they want to study the course. This makes us and the applicant sure of the course they are picking but in case the student wishes to withdraw from the programme, they can do so. NZSAF’s withdrawal and refund policy comply with the Education Act (1989).
For detailed information on conditions, procedures of withdrawal and refund, refer to the Programme Learning Handbook.