Study with Vision College in New Zealand?

Why study in New Zealand?
In New Zealand, you will find a unique culture and stunning natural environment. New Zealand is similar in land size to the United Kingdom or Japan but has a population of just over 4 million.


Choose Vision College for Your Study in New Zealand
New Zealand is an amazing destination to choose for your tertiary study. Vision College has campuses in the beautiful cities of Hamilton and Christchurch as well as Auckland (East Tamaki).


International students from all over the world are welcome to Study with us at Vision.
Download our 2018 international prospectus to see what we can offer.


Our six schools offer a range of qualifications, all registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. These qualifications can help open doors for you to be employed in New Zealand, your home country, or other countries around the world.



Vision College is a division of ATC New Zealand which was formed in 1984. It offers a unique Christian-based environment for study.


Christian values of care, honour and respect are part of our culture and are all designed to help learners excel. People of all religions and cultures are most welcome to study at Vision College.


Vision College provides a range of programmes from certificate and diplomas, through to degree level.Vision College is an approved and accredited NZQA Category 2 provider. NZQA assesses the standard of education for tertiary education organisations through a regular system of external evaluation and review (EER). Through periodic EER, tertiary education organisations are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties – see


Important Information

Before enrolling, please read the International Student handbook HERE (Downloadable PDF)

To enrol, please download, fill in and return the International application form HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Hamilton Only - Homestay application form HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Hamilton Only - Homestay fees brochure Here (Downloadable PDF)

We have staff that can assist with finding accommodation for students in Auckland.

English Requirements
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has set the English entry criteria (if English is not your first language) for all the courses we offer. Each course page shows the IELTS results required to meet these entry criteria under the English Requirements heading. Please note that only the academic IELTS exam is accepted for all our courses.  If you have completed another official English test the following website lists alternative English tests which can be accepted with the required scores:

Student Visa Information

If you are not a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident and are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa or permit from New Zealand Immigration.


The New Zealand Immigration Website explains in detail the requirements and process for receiving a Student Visa.

Some useful pages on the New Zealand Immigration website:
 - Study opportunities
 - Working while studying
 - Get ready for NZ
 - Staying in NZ after study (N.B. Post Study Work Visa – Open is only available to students with an acceptable qualification. Please check that the qualification you enrol in is acceptable.)
 - List of Skilled Occupations


An acceptable qualification for a post-study work visa is a New Zealand qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework that is either:

 - A bachelor's degree (level 7) or higher qualification that involved a single course in New Zealand of 30 weeks or more.

 - A level 4 - 6 qualification that involved a single course in New Zealand of 60 weeks or more.

 - Two or more level 4 - 6 qualifications that each involved 30 weeks or more of study in New Zealand, where the level of the last qualification is higher than the first.

 - A National Certificate (level 4) relevant to an occupation on Part B or C of the 'List of Skilled Occupations' that involved a single course in New Zealand of 60 weeks or more.



Cost of Living in New Zealand

The cost of living in New Zealand varies according to where you live. Immigration expects you to have $15,000 per year available for living costs or $1,250 per month for short courses.  Although you may be able to find part-time work in New Zealand there is a lot of competition and some cities offer more work opportunities than others.  Please note also, that part-time jobs do not usually bring in enough money to contribute toward tuition fees or cover all your living expenses. You will be allowed to work full time during holidays, provided your course meets Immigration requirements – please check Working while studying under Student Visa Information above for more details about work rights.


General information about living costs is shown on the following website:

Specific information for each city can be searched for on the website here:

There are ways to reduce costs by only buying essential items and looking for items on sale.  Some helpful budgeting advice is shown on the following websites:



Health and Travel Insurance requirements

Please note all international students are required to have appropriate travel and medical insurance from the date they leave their home country until their return home on completion of study. Vision College is able to arrange this insurance for you. If your current insurance policy does not meet the minimum requirements below, we reserve the right to insist on a new policy.
It is recommended that international students should hold insurance covering all the following aspects:


Health cover while in New Zealand
• Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of illness and/or injury (in excess of ACC cover) that requires surgery and/or hospitalisation – unlimited sum insured
• Medical evacuation related to serious illness and injuries – unlimited sum insured
• Emergency dental treatment
• Optical cover
• Costs for family members’ travel in the event that the student suffers a serious illness or injury.


Repatriation, search, and rescue
• Repatriation and expatriation in the event a student have to return home following an injury or illness which interrupts their study plans - unlimited sum insured
• Return of mortal remains/funeral expenses - including travel costs for family members, repatriation of remains, and funeral costs
• Search and rescue operation to locate the insured.


Travel into and out of New Zealand
• Missed flights or delays for travels into and out of New Zealand
• Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of an illness and injury incurred during the travel.


Personal liability
• Negligence causing bodily injury (including death) of another person or loss of or damage to property
• False arrest and wrongful detention.
Also, personal effects cover for laptops, expensive musical instruments, and belongings.


Insurance Costs
Vision College will arrange an appropriate insurance policy with an NZ provider if the student has not arranged an appropriate policy.  The cost of the insurance will be detailed on the Offer of Place. See here for costs.



Accommodation in New Zealand

If you are new to New Zealand we recommend that you choose Homestay accommodation, even if just for the first few months while you settle in. Homestay accommodation means you can stay with a New Zealand family during your studies.


If you are interested in Homestay accommodation please complete the homestay application form at the same time you apply to study one of our courses and we will refer you to our recommended Homestay provider.


All homestays have had the facilities inspected and the hosts interviewed and vetted by the police as to their suitability in accordance with the provisions set out in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students. Ongoing inspections are made regularly.


Homestay accommodation provides students with their own room, study facilities, 3 meals a day, heating, laundry, ablutions and the use of a phone.

At least four weeks notice is normally required to arrange Homestay on the students’ behalf. The homestay placement fee and first 4 weeks homestay fees will be included with the tuition fees invoice. 


Please see the Homestay fees brochure (available above)



Other accommodation options

N.B. These options have not been assessed by Vision College. Students need to check them and make their own arrangements if required.

• Rental accommodation. See Real Estate, To Rent or Flatmates Wanted and look for properties:
 - (Waikato - Hamilton) in Hamilton East, Claudelands, Hillcrest, Enderley or Fairfield
 -  (Canterbury - Christchurch) in the City Centre, Richmond, St. Albans, Phillipstown, Beckenham, Addington or Riccarton


If you want to rent a property you’ll find advice here: and information about your legal rights here:
Make sure you know your rights before you sign a tenancy agreement. Please ask a Support Services staff member if you require further information.

• Private boarding. Try or (Christian) in the same suburbs as above.
• Hostel - Vision College does not have a student hostel. Try: (Hamilton) (Christian) – within walking distance or - a short bus ride away. (Christchurch) or check out some backpacker hostels for short term accommodation.
• Hostel arrangements must be made well in advance of the academic year as places fill up quickly.
• Please also read the International Students’ Handbook (available above) for more details about accommodation options.



How to Pay Fees

New Zealand Immigration requires fees to be paid in full before they will issue a student visa.


Paying Fees
Fees can be paid by bank card, cheque or cash at one of the Vision College campuses. Or can be paid directly into the student fees Trust Account.

Please note that the account number below is for electronic transactions only. Please see below for the details if you are doing a manual deposit to the bank.


Trust Account Number: 12-3123-0010341-37
Account Name: Activate Training Centre Ltd
Swift Code: ASBBNZ2A
Address details for account: ASB Bank Centre
Lvl 9, 135 Albert St
Name of Bank: ASB Bank Ltd


The account number below is for manual transactions only.

Trust Account Number: 12-3123-009818-01
Account Name: Business and Tax Centre Limited


Important: Use your name in the reference when making a deposit. And email Vision College when a payment has been made so that we can issue a receipt.


Trust Fund for Student Fees
All student fees collected by Vision College for courses are banked directly into a Trust fund administered by a Chartered Accountant. Periodic payments to Vision College will be affected from that trust on a monthly basis over the term of the student’s course.
Refund policy...

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (COP)

Vision College / ATC New Zealand is a signatory to the Code of Practice.


The Code describes the minimum standards of advice and care that you can expect as an international student. It provides a complaints procedure that you can follow if you have concerns about the pastoral treatment you have received from an education provider or from the agent of a provider. The Code does not apply to concerns about academic standards.  Information about the Code can be found on the NZQA website:



International Agents

We welcome enquiries from International Student Agents.


If you have a strong track record as a student agent and would like to offer Vision College courses to students you are working with, please send an email to with the following details:

First name:
Agency Name: