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Welcome,

Here you will find everything you need to know about Techtorium, our Courses in New Zealand, studying and living in New Zealand and much more. Whether its the New Zealand Courses on offer, New Zealand as a study destination, or the Enrolment Process, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Before you begin, it is important to know that Techtorium New Zealand Institute of Information Technology is one of New Zealand’s leading computer training and IT Tertiary Institutes.
Awarded Category 1 status by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) this was in recognition of outstanding student outcomes as well as business practices. The Tertiary Education Commission publish these student outcome statistics and the most recent sees Techtorium students enjoy amongst the highest rate of successful course and qualification completions in New Zealand, so you can be rest assured you’re being educated by the best New Zealand has to offer.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us on international@techtorium.ac.nz or call us on +64 (9) 529 7523 between 8:30am – 5:00pm from Monday to Friday at GMT+13

Enrolment Process:

Step 1:
To study at Techtorium you will need to apply either directly or through a Techtorium Registered Agent. You will need to supply all the correctly certified required documentation otherwise this will delay your application. To get started, download and fill out the International Application Form
Step 2:
When we receive your application, successful applicants will receive an Offer of Place letter, which will give advice on tuition fees, learner services levy, enrolment fees, insurance fees, and date of payment.
Step 3:
When your fees have been received, a receipt will be issued and Techtorium will send you an Acceptance Letter. This must be presented to the nearest Immigration New Zealand office with a copy of your Offer of Place in order to obtain a student permit/visa. Your correct student permit/visa must be presented to the Techtorium Student Administrator to help complete enrolment prior to the start of your programme. To guarantee an applicant’s place in the programme, acceptance must be received with full payment of fees by the due date. It is compulsory that you have a Travel Insurance before your arrive in New Zealand.
Step 4:
Congratulations! We are looking forward to meeting you! Know that we have a Student Services team dedicated to help you settle in Techtorium and in New Zealand.

1. Expression of Interest

The first step in the international enrolment process is the Expression of Interest. Please fill out this for International Application Form.

2. Check List

To apply for one of Techtoriums academic IT Courses, all international students must provide by email:

  • Completed International Application Form – see link above.
  • Proof of English Language status (IELTS or TOEFL test results, or evidence that your medium of instruction has been English)
  • Certified copy of your passport and visa processing
  • A certified English translation of academic records
  • A copy of your most recent school report
  • Details of any relevant work experience you would like us to consider (CV/Resume)
  • Insurance and any health evidence required by Immigration New Zealand
  • Bank deposit details.

Please submit your application via your accredited agent or to Techtorium NZIIT directly with verified copies of all key documents as outlined above.

Send all documents to:  international@techtorium.ac.nz

3. Prior Learning

There are no specific academic requirements to enrol on our Level 5 NZ Diploma Information Technology Technical Support and Level 5 NZ Diploma Information Systems but you will need a IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5.

You must have an IT qualification to enrol on Level 6 NZ Diploma System Administration and Level 7 Diploma Cloud Management. Previous work experience in the IT industry will be considered as well. You will need to graduate from our Techtorium Level 5 NZ Diploma Information Systems to apply for the second year of our Level 6 NZ Diploma in Software Development.

4. Payment of Fees

All our courses are $17,000 per year for our International students. The payments are not made to Techtorium but to a Public Trust Fund, all details will be included in the Letter of Offer.
Once you made the payment, you will receive a letter of placement which you can present to your NZ immigration officer. If for some reason you visa is declined, you will be refunded in full.

 

If you have any questions, please contact international@techtorium.ac.nz or call us on +64 (9) 529 7523 between 8:30am – 5:00pm from Monday to Friday at GMT+13

5. Visas & Immigration

To study in New Zealand, you must have a valid visa which will detail the category, start and expiry date of the visa. The New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) processes all visa enquiries and information, including full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements. Visas must be renewed well before expiry dates.

When applying for a student visa, you will need to present your acceptance letter from Techtorium NZIIT. A minimum of five weeks should be allowed before the start of the course for the issue of a student visa.

For more information visit the Immigration website

6. Arrival in Auckland, New Zealand

To complete the enrolment process, you must arrive in New Zealand and attend the Techtorium orientation at the start of the course. You must advise us beforehand if you wish to be met and picked up at the airport (Auckland, New Zealand).

If you have arranged homestay accommodation, you can be picked up and taken directly to your home stay family.

Make sure you do not bring any animal products into New Zealand and familisarise yourself on New Zealand Customs’ import and entry requirements, including a list of prohibited items, on their website.

You’ve arrived in Auckland also known as the city of sails.  It is a long way to come from many countries and you may be feeling jet lagged.  It is a good idea to try and adjust to local time and in doing so adapt to the natural rhythm of day light hours.

Immigration and customs will greet you as you enter into NZ.  You will have an important form to complete that outlines prohibited goods which keeps NZ a safe and a poisonous free zone which enables our agriculture to flourish.  Usually you will be given this declaration form whilst on the plane but they are easy to locate at any kiosk or counter.  Be aware that you must declare food, even a banana that’s in the bottom of your back pack that you may have forgotten about.  An instant NZ$200 fine may be a consequence of your forgetfulness.  If you have medication with you that is prescription medicines or controlled drugs carry them in their original containers and include your prescription document form from your physician.  Most medication is available in NZ so remember to carry only up to 3 months’ supply for prescription medication and 1 month for controlled drugs.

Transport from Auckland airport is a breeze!  There are many options including taxis (Cheap Cab or Uber), shuttles (Super Shuttle) and buses (SKYbus) that go directly to the city which takes around 30 minutes.

Documents to have handy are your passport, insurance certificates, letter of offer to study at Techtorium, study visa, driver’s license and a verified copy of your birth certificate. It’s also a good idea on arrival to have some NZ dollars for emergencies, we suggest $300.

Auckland climate is mild but we do have four seasons so pack clothes that will keep you comfortable all year round.  Summer (January – March) is humid and temperatures can reach 30 degrees but because of the humidity it can feel hot and sticky so cotton and silk materials are most comfortable to wear.  Winter (June – September) is cooler and the average temperature reaches 14 degrees but expect some rain.  We recommend that you bring a wool coat or puffer jacket as up to three layers of clothing is suggested.  Autumn (April – May) and Spring (October – December) are our comfortable months with less humidity and rain but can often be windy in Spring due to the weather patterns changing.  We have great clothing designers and shopping malls so anything you need to compliment your wardrobe can be purchased here in Auckland.

Attractions in Auckland vary tremendously and depending on what you enjoy there is something for everyone to discover.  Auckland is a vibrant energetic city that enjoys being nestled between two oceans – the Pacific and Tasman seas hence being referred to as the “city of sales”.  The nightlife and live theatre is in keeping with a cultural appetite as well as a desire to walk in nature and embrace the outdoor lifestyle.  Explore the white sands of the east coast beaches and the wild unique black sands of the west surfing beaches.  Many local and international festivals, exhibitions and performances will reflect this multicultural city that celebrates diversity.

Personal finance is often the first item to be sorted and understood.  NZ has its own currency NZD which operates in both coins and notes.  Check out currency values and exchange rates here http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/new-zealand-currency/. It is a good idea to open a NZ bank account and be sure to ask for an international student package as most banks are set up for this.  Techtorium will also guide you and support your decisions around banking choices.  ATMs are readily available and accessible throughout Auckland.

Cost of living in the largest city in NZ is higher than townships and smaller cities but is less expensive than larger cities around the world.  For example Auckland compared to New York City is 20% cheaper (2016, April).  Retrieved from http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp  Here is a guide for expected average annual living costs you can budget for and include with your own personal living costs.

Description           Weekly         Annual (52 weeks)

Rent                             $150                $8000

Food                            $100                $5200

Power / Internet         $20                $1000

Transport                    $40                  $2080

Clothing                       $20                 $1040

Laundry                       $7                    $350

Entertainment             $20                $1000

Insurance                    $12                  $600

Total                            $370                $19000

 

Cost of commonly purchased items vary depending on where you buy them but here is a guide of the average price.

Description            NZD

Big Mac                       $5.20

Large Pizza                  $5 – 15.00

Espresso                      $4.50

Can of Coke                 $3.00

Pint of beer                 $8.00

Glass of wine               $10 – 15.00

Movie ticket                $17 for students | $19.50 for adults

Cell phone plan           $30

 

nz-power-plugElectrical items and power plugs is supplied at 230 volts, 50 hertz in NZ.  Most power sockets accept three-pin plugs or similar adaptors.  Internet is readily available through wifi and most public places and homes are connected.

 

 

Food and Grocery shopping is available from a range of supermarkets.  Here are the brand logos in order of exclusivity and higher prices;

  • New World, higher end supermarket. Available on Queen street, Victoria Park. online shopping available on some stores.
  • Countdown  Open 24 hours in Quay Street Auckland Central,
    Until midnight on Victoria st, Williamson street, Richmond road. Until 10pm on Ponsonby Road. Online shopping available.
  • PaknSave  Open 8am – 10pm in suburbs surrounding Auckland Central

Shopping for household items such as small appliances, linen and other essentials you may need when you go flatting are available from a range of stores.  Here are the brand logos in order of exclusivity and higher prices;

  • Farmers  Open 9am – 6pm  Auckland Central
  • Briscoes   Open 9am – 5pm in suburbs surrounding Auckland
  • Warehouse   Open 8am – 6pm Newmarket and Auckland Central
  • Kmart Open 8am – 00pm in St Lukes Westfield Mall and other locations.

 

Health and wellbeing is an important aspect while you are with us at Techtorium.  Medical care can be accessed through Private Health Clinics, Accident and Emergency Clinics and many other providers that surround Auckland central.  Symonds Street Medical Centre offer a full service of primary health care, check them out here http://www.ssmc.co.nz/ .If you are at all concerned about your health Techtorium’s pastoral team will provide support and guidance.

Māori Culture

New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people have a unique and fascinating language and culture, which plays a major role in New Zealand life. The Treaty of Waitangi is an essential part of New Zealand’s history and how to live in harmony with all its communities.

We invite you to visit Auckland museum in the Auckland Domain not too far from Techtorium, it will give you a wonderful insight of New Zealand in a nutshell. If you visit Wellington, the Te Papa Museum is 7 floors and covers absolutely every aspects of New Zealand culture in the most interactive and digital way!

The People

Though a diverse and multicultural people, there are many qualities, including friendliness, individuality, invention and self-reliance, that you’ll find in most New Zealanders. It’s our national character!

To meet more people and help you fit in, we are sure that you will make plenty of new friends at Techtorium but you can also join some external groups on Meetup, you can also join the Facebook group Got to Get out International Students to join free hikes around Auckland.

To check out events happening in Auckland, check the “What’s on” website    or book a cool activity with a discount from Bookme

 

Arts

The influence of Māori, Pacific Island, European and Asian cultures makes the arts in New Zealand colourful, unique and vibrant – definitely something to
look out for!

Kiwiana
A range of wacky and weird objects helps define what it is to be a New Zealander, or ‘Kiwi’. These wonderful things are known simply as – ‘Kiwiana
Useful Links
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Techtorium NZIIT 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 Techtorium or download yours here

IMMIGRATION

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the
New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on its website at www.immigration.govt.nz

WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND WHILE ON A STUDENT VISA

Most international students can work part-time up to 20 hours per week while studying in New Zealand on a student permit.

Please refer to www.immigration.govt.nz for details.

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 of entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on its website at www.moh.govt.nz

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. Further information can be viewed
on the ACC website at
www.acc.co.nz

DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND

You can drive in New Zealand if you have a current and valid overseas licence or driver permit, and you haven’t been given a disqualification or suspension in New Zealand, and you came into New Zealand less than 12 months ago, and your overseas licence is in English, or you have an accurate translation.
Find out how to get a New Zealand licence if you don’t meet the criteria

Please have a read through this multi-lingual booklet from NZ Transport Agency

WATER SAFETY

New Zealand is lucky enough to never be further away more than a 130km away from the sea. Part of enjoying a kiwi summer is to go for a swim but not all beaches have a lifeguard. Please check this website to check the conditions for a swim before you go ahead  www.watersafety.org.nz

Dispute Resolution Scheme

If you wish to review your rights and legislative procedure to resolve a legal dispute, please refer to this guideline on international student contract dispute resolution scheme rules

iStudent Complaint

iStudent is an independent dispute resolution scheme established by the New Zealand Government. Their objective is to encourage swift settlement of contractual and financial disputes between international students and their providers in New Zealand.

Please review their website

BANKING

It’s a good idea to open a bank account as soon as you get to NZ, so you don’t have to carry large amounts of cash or pay big fees to use your home account.

In New Zealand:
  • sales tax is called GST. It’s 15 percent, it’s charged on all goods and services and it’s automatically included in the price
  • people generally don’t tip. You can tip a waiter if you’ve had exceptional service (many places have a bowl at the counter for this), but it’s never expected
  • you go to the counter to pay after a meal at a restaurant
  • taxi fares are not negotiable
  • most people pay by debit card (called EFTPOS) and don’t carry much cash.
Banking in NZ

The major New Zealand banks are:

All these banks have a branch in Newmaket and they are within walking distance from our campus.

 

To open an account, you’ll usually need:

  • your passport
  • to prove that you’ll be a full-time student—you can usually use your Offer of Place. Some banks might require a student ID card, so you’ll need to wait until you’ve got yours
  • a residential address in New Zealand, or a Letter from us confirming that you are a student at Techtorium
  • your IRD Number
  • Some banks allow you to open an international student account before you arrive in NZ.
IRD

Getting a part-time job while you study can help you pay your living expenses, meet new people and learn about the New Zealand workplace. It’s also a great way to practice your English.

New Zealand student visas usually allow full-time students to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during the summer break.

Check your student visa – it will show if (and when) you are allowed to work. You can find out more about working on a student visa

You will pay tax on what you earn. The current tax rate is 10.5% if you earn less than NZ$14,000 a year. Before you start working you need to get an IRD number from New Zealand’s tax department, Inland Revenue. You can apply for a number online.

The IRD form to complete for an international individual