Important Information for International Students

Small Classes

NZCM promises:

  • One-on-one mentors
  • A friendly, service-focused experience
  • In-depth discussion based learning
  • Strong connections and lifelong friendships
  • More opportunities to practice new skills

Graduates in Demand

NZCM’s practical approach, small classes and dedicated tutors produce graduates who are set for success and can easily and quickly make the transition to work. Employers say they receive real value from employing NZCM graduates and having students on site for work experience.

NZCM International

Our friendly international team will assist you with:

  • Applications for enrolment
  • On-going support during your stay at NZCM


At the start of each course there is an orientation programme for new international students. Attendance at this programme is compulsory and it is an excellent opportunity to meet other students and learn more about the country.

Student Support and Facilities

NZCM offers a wide range of support services, including learning support, visa and accommodation assistance. Our staff are very approachable – you will not be left alone.

There are really great facilities at NZCM including a library, computer labs, a large kitchen and common room spaces.

Immigration and Visas

As soon as you receive an offer of a place to study at NZCM you should apply for a student visa through the nearest New Zealand High Commission, Embassy, Consulate, or Trade New Zealand office with New Zealand Immigration service facilities. For details of the locations of places you can apply to please visit:


If you are studying full-time courses of 2 years or longer, you can apply for permission to work part-time for up to 20 hours in any given week.

If you are enrolled in a course of 12 months or longer you can apply to work full-time during the Christmas/summer holidays.

On completion of a 2 year diploma or degree level qualification you may be eligible to apply for a 6 month open job search visa. Fur further information please refer to:

Travel and Medical Insurance

Under the Code of Practice for the pastoral Care for International Students you are required to have appropriate health and travel insurance while in New Zealand. You will be told to provide a copy of the Medical and Travel Insurance documents when you enrol.

Code of Conduct

New Zealand College of Massage 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. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the Ministry of Education website at

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

Accident Insurance

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.


NZCM can help international students to find homestays, there will be a non-refundable registration fee of $300 for this service. Homestays are arranged with New Zealand families who wish to welcome international students into their home life. A homestay is a great way to experience the New Zealand lifestyle, make friends and to practice your English. You will have your own room and all meals are provided. For many international parents this is an ideal option for their children. We will ensure that we introduce your to a family that is right for you.

Cost: Ranges from NZ$240-NZ$280 per week. The minimum stay is for four weeks.

Temporary Accommodation

If you need a place to stay for a relatively short period of time, NZCM can help you to find temporary accommodation, this is ideal for those who need a place to stay for a few days to find their feet prior to making permanent living arrangements.

Cost: Ranges from NZ$30-NZ$90 per day (not including food).

Flatting Estimated Living Costs

Students who wish to live independently can rent an apartment of share a house with others. NZCM international can assist with finding a suitable flat close to the NZCM campuses. Students usually have their own room in a house they share with other students. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared along with bills for utilities.

Cost: Ranges from NZ$170-NZ$230 per week (not including food and bills).

Your living costs will vary depending on how long you stay and your accommodation. For one academic year or 38 weeks your basic costs are likely to be:

Rent: Shared Accommodation NZ$200/week
Weekly expenses (food and personal items): NZ$70/week
Utilities (gas, electricity, telephone, internet): NZ$50/week
Public Transport: NZ$40/week
Entertainment Costs: NZ$40/week
Total: NZ$13,680 for 38 weeks – $NZ$360/week

General Information about Studying and Living in New Zealand

You can find very helpful information about studying and living in New Zealand from the Ministry of Education website. Go to and run a search for ‘Guide to Living and Studying’