Studying in New Zealand
Studying in New Zealand can be very different to your home country. To help you adjust to your new life we suggest you visit the following website to get more information about living and studying in New Zealand.
- Study in New Zealand www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz
- NZQA’s Studying in New Zealand www.nzqa.govt.nz/studying-in-new-zealand
- Immigration new Zealand’s Studying in New Zealand https://www.immigration.govt.nz/assist-migrants-and-students/assist-students
- New Zealand Now www.newzealandnow.govt.nz
- Tourism New Zealand www.tourismnewzealand.com
Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
FutureCOL is a signatory of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. FutureCOL has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the Pastoral Care Team at FutureCOL or from the New Zealand Qualification Authority website at www.nzqa.govt.nz
FutureCOL has Classrooms, a Student Lounge, Kitchen and Computer Lab. The FutureCOL student lounge is equipped with microwave ovens, vending machine, hot and cold water. There is also a seating area where students can consume their food while they catch up with their friends. There is a Ping-Pong table, a pool table and chess board for students to use during their free time. There is an outdoor court yard ideal for student breaks during summer or sunny winter days. Outside there is a car-park where you will find student having a quick game of Volleyball. There is free WiFi access to all students on campus.
Professional Skills and Orientation Programme (PSOP) is held a week before your course commences. During the week, after the completion of your enrolment you will cover topics like living in New Zealand, Studying at FutureCOL, Looking for part-time employment, Emergency procedures and Support Services. There will be guest speakers from the local Police Department and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
You will also have a fun activity like Bowling or Wall Climbing which will give you a chance to meet other students and get to know them.
About the Hawke’s Bay Region
Hawke’s Bay is known as the ‘fruit bowl of New Zealand’. With its vast vineyards, orchards, and connection to the sea, Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful destination for an international student.
Accommodation for Prospective Students
For students who would like to experience living with a local family, a homestay is a great way to improve your English and find out more about New Zealand.
While public transport is available, students find most things in Hastings are within easy walking or cycling distance. Many students opt for the healthier option of cycling to college or work.
Currently there is strong demand in New Zealand for skilled labour. International students are a valuable source of skilled migrants with approximately one quarter of international tertiary student graduates eventually go onto become New Zealand residents.
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz.
Settlement Support is a network of people based in local communities who are available to assist migrants settle in NZ. They provide information, workshops and help with getting settled.